'CODA' will be first film to feature burned in subtitles in all theaters

Coda Hero
Coda Hero (Image credit: Sundance Film Festival)

What you need to know

  • CODA will become the first theatrical release to have "burned in" subtitles on all releases.
  • The film is set to premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, August 13.

CODA is breaking new ground before the film even premieres.

The new Apple TV+ film, as reported by Reuters, will be the first theatrical release with subtitles "burned" into the video. This means that subtitles will be present on all releases of the film rather than there being separate releases with subtitles or special equipment needed.

"It couldn't be more groundbreaking, (just) as the film is groundbreaking in support of the deaf community and the hard-of-hearing community," said Marlee Matlin, who plays a deaf mother in the film. Matlin is the only deaf performer to ever win an Oscar, for best actress in "Children of a Lesser God" in 1987."It is historic. It is huge for all us," said Daniel Durant, a deaf actor who plays son Leo. "This is a day we have waited to see for so many years."

CODA tells the story of 17-year-old Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family (CODA, or child of deaf adults). Before school, she works as an interpreter for her parents on their fishing boat but one day discovers her passion for singing.

"CODA" stars Emilia Jones ("Locke & Key"), Eugenio Derbez ("The Casagrandes"), Troy Kotsur ("The Number 23"), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo ("Vikings"), Daniel Durant ("Switched at Birth"), Amy Forsyth ("Beautiful Boy"), Kevin Chapman ("City on a Hill") and Academy Award winner Marlee MatlinBut when Ruby joins her high school's choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

CODA will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, August 13. If you want to enjoy the film in the best quality possible, the best streaming device to watch it on is the new Apple TV 4K.

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