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Dr. Alice Howland: All my life I've accumulated memories - they've become, in a way, my most precious possessions. The night I met my husband, the first time I held my textbook in my hands. Having children, making friends, traveling the world. Everything I accumulated in life, everything I've worked so hard for - now all that is being ripped away. As you can imagine, or as you know, this is hell. But it gets worse. Who can take us seriously when we are so far from who we once were? Our strange behavior and fumbled sentences change other's perception of us and our perception of ourselves. We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is not who we are, this is our disease. And like any disease it has a cause, it has a progression, and it could have a cure. My greatest wish is that my children, our children - the next generation - do not have to face what I am facing. But for the time being, I'm still alive. I know I'm alive. I have people I love dearly. I have things I want to do with my life. I rail against myself for not being able to remember things - but I still have moments in the day of pure happiness and joy. And please do not think that I am suffering. I am not suffering. I am struggling. Struggling to be part of things, to stay connected to whom I was once. So, 'live in the moment' I tell myself. It's really all I can do, live in the moment. And not beat myself up too much... and not beat myself up too much for mastering the art of losing. One thing I will try to hold onto though is the memory of speaking here today. It will go, I know it will. It may be gone by tomorrow. But it means so much to be talking here, today, like my old ambitious self who was so fascinated by communication. Thank you for this opportunity. It means the world to me. Thank you.

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English Closed Captions subtitles are specifically intended for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. "Captions not only display words as the textual equivalent of spoken dialogue or narration, but they also include speaker identification, sound effects, and music description," according to the National Association of the Deaf.

Basically, the difference between English and English [CC] is that the closed-captions setting provides descriptions of sounds, such as gasps, and prompts as to who is speaking. They're often autogenerated and, in Squid Game's case according to one viewer, a closer match to the English dub than the English subtitles.

A viral thread on Twitter dove into how the closed-captions translation went as far as changing the meaning of the show. Youngmi Mayer, who co-hosts the Feeling Asian podcast, wrote last week, "not to sound snobby but i'm fluent in korean and i watched squid game with english subtitles and if you don't understand korean you didn't really watch the same show. translation was so bad. the dialogue was written so well and zero of it was preserved."

In one scene, the character Han Mi-nyeo, a woman who claims to be a poor single mother, tries to convince people to play the game with her. The closed-captions translation says, "I'm not a genius, but I still got it work out. Huh?"

"You have to change your Netflix settings to English not English CC. Here is a screen grab of that scene with English. (Screen is black cause they don't allow grabs but the subtitle comes through)," wrote @ADeVonJohnson.

A subtitle or closed caption file contains the text of what is said in the video. It also contains time codes for when each line of text should be displayed. Some files also include position and style info, which is especially useful for deaf or hard of hearing viewers. See what file formats YouTube supports below.

Acknowledgements: A big thanks to Dawn Jones (@iheartsubtitles) for suggesting Night Watch in response to a question I posed recently on the CCAC mailing list. As a result of her suggestion, I purchased the movie on DVD.

For Julianne Moore, the Oscar question always seemed to be not "if" but "when." The redheaded actress had been too good in too many movies for too long for a statuette and a speech to be anything but inevitabilities. In February, we got our answer: 2015 was when Moore finally made the leap from repeat nominee to Best Actress winner.The well-deserved accolade seemed more about Moore than about the movie for which she entered the winner's circle. Still Alice hadn't even opened when Moore's Academy Award nomination was announced, simply the last big stop on her award season of domination. It slowly expanded in limited release, finally crossing the 1,000-theater threshold the weekend after Moore's victory became official to nobody's surprise.By most accounts, it seemed like Moore was the movie, since Still Alice received little recognition beyond the lead performance. Adapted and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, a gay married couple who had risen the ranks from writing-producing trashy TV and directing gay porn, respectively, Still Alice tells the story of Alice Howland (Moore), a respected Columbia University linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease shortly after turning 50.Alice is shocked and dubious about the diagnosis, but memory tests and brain scans confirm it. She is heartbroken to discover that hers is the familial variety, which means her three children have a 50% chance of inheriting the same condition in middle age. The children -- catty mom-to-be Anna (Kate Bosworth), struggling actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart), and son Tom (Hunter Parrish) -- wrestle with getting tested. Alice's husband John (Alec Baldwin) tries to be as supportive as he can be.Family support is not enough to cushion Alice from the blows of her senility-inducing neurogenerative disease. She soon loses her position at Columbia and as her condition worsens, she struggles to recognize her own children while unavoidably becoming a bit of a burden on her loved ones.Adapted from the 2007 novel of the same name by American neuroscientist Lisa Genova, Still Alice does not have to do much. It raises its dilemma early on and simply sees it through as its protagonist's disease advances. The movie avoids going too big in its depictions. Alice's plight is one that really only affects her and, to a lesser degree, her immediate family. All try to cope with the bad hand dealt the best they can, but tensions still form in this appealing and intimate character study.The three most reliable paths to Oscar glory are physical transformation, portraying a well-known figure, and dramatizing a disease. Most recent acting winners could check off anywhere from one to all three of those boxes. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lost serious weight to play AIDS victims, Daniel Day-Lewis personified one of America's greatest heroes in Lincoln, Anne Hathaway won by losing her hair for Les Mis. Even Eddie Redmayne defied the odds this year by contorting himself to play ALS-afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking.The Best Actress category has been upholding these tenets thoroughly. Of the last four winners, Meryl Streep impersonated Margaret Thatcher, while Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence all wrestled with descents into madness or at least flirtations with mental instability. It's easy to say Moore went the disease route and liken her to Dustin Hoffman's take on autism (Rain Man) and Day-Lewis' cerebral palsy performance (My Left Foot). Does that trivialize Moore's achievement? Perhaps. But it's also a fair observation. Throughout her career, Moore had faced and surmounted more subtle acting challenges for a wide variety of directors. It's not as if referring to Still Alice as "that Alzheimer's movie" marginalizes what the movie and its leading lady do, which is to put an empathetic human face on a rare but real and heartbreaking condition.Still Alice depicts the condition tastefully and honestly, with Moore making it easy to appreciate just how frustrating it would be to lose control of your mind, the tool that drives virtually every aspect of life, especially for an academic. The subplots that present themselves -- John wanting to take a job at the Mayo Clinic, Lydia resisting her mother's wish for her to attend college -- offer passable complement to the disease narrative that demands little support. You're left thinking about what you would do in Alice's position or in the position of her loved ones. It's something to think about and to be grateful if this disease is not currently taking its toll on you or your family.Doing solid business in limited release, Still Alice peaked with its post-Oscar weekend expansion. It finished with a domestic gross of $18.6 million, generating a healthy profit on the very reasonable $5 million budget and actually outperforming a couple of more extensive Oscar contenders from the same distributor, Sony Pictures Classics (Whiplash and Foxcatcher).Sony recently brought Still Alice to DVD and Blu-ray, each equipped with a digital copy. Blu-ray Disc Details 1.85:1 Widescreen 5.1 DTS-HD MA (English, French), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Descriptive Video Service) Subtitles: English, English for Hearing Impaired, French Not Closed Captioned; Most Extras Subtitled Release Date: May 12, 2015 Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 Single-sided, dual-layered disc (BD-50) Blue Keepcase with Side Snap in Cardboard Slipcover Also available on DVD ($30.99 SRP) and on Amazon Instant Video VIDEO and AUDIOStill Alice may not have garnered much love for its technical achievements, but the movie looks absolutely terrific in Sony's sharp, immaculate 1.85:1 presentation. The warm, vibrant visuals are complemented by a tasteful 5.1 DTS-HD master audio soundtrack. BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGNThe all-HD extras begin with "Directing Alice" (8:40), the first of three features exclusive to the Blu-ray. This one discusses the directing couple's experience, making the movie while Richard Glatzer (who later passed away in March 2015) suffered from ALS. Glatzer communicates via toe-operated iPad, while Wash Westmoreland addresses the challenges of making a movie while wrestling with such duress."Finding Alice" (9:20) discusses the disease and how the film sought to depict it accurately. Experts, victims-advisors, and the cast and filmmakers weigh in.Another exclusive, the curiously blurry "Interview with Composer Ilan Eshkeri" (6:29), gathers behind-the-scenes footage and remarks from Eshkeri about his Still Alice score.Three deleted scenes (6:08), also left off the DVD, show us more of Alice at her sharpest, more of John injecting himself into Alice's prescribed medical treatment, and Alice exhibiting senility at a student's presentation.Being a Sony Pictures Classics release, Still Alice kindly has its theatrical trailer (2:18) preserved here."Previews" repeats the disc-opening trailers for Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner, Leviathan, Red Army, and Wild Tales.The scored, static menu adapts the poster and cover art. Sony authors the Blu-ray to support bookmarks and to resume playback.An insert bearing your Digital HD UltraViolet code accompanies the full-color disc in a side-snapped keepcase that is topped by a glossy slipcover featuring the same artwork.CLOSING THOUGHTSStill Alice is worth seeing for Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning performance alone, but there is more to this thought-provoking Alzheimer's drama than that. Treating the film to top-notch picture and sound plus a good handful of extras, Sony's Blu-ray warrants a look.Buy Still Alice from Blu-ray + Digital HD / DVD / Instant Video 041b061a72


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