When DVDs first came out everyone at first complained because so many of the DVDs were being shown in that widescreen letterbox fashion. Some of us do find this annoying, but there are too many advantages that DVDs have over regular television and cable to completely get rid of DVDs. Besides, that letterbox screen comes in handy when you are watching a movie that has subtitles. Can you imagine how hard it would have been to watch The Passion of the Christ if it wasn't in letterbox format? Widescreen DVD formats help to reduce screen glare when you are watching subtitles. The best thing about subtitles when you are watching a DVD is that you can often customize the subtitles for your convenience. For example, you can choose to have your subtitles in any language that you want if you do not speak English primarily. That is a pretty big convenience. DVD subtitles are a rare but worth it venture because they give you the chance to view movies in languages that are not your primary language. It is a very versatile aspect of watching DVDs. Most DVD players these days are designed to give you access to subtitle viewing at any time and for any reason that you want, even if the movie is not in a foreign language to you, you can still benefit from subtitles. One of the biggest advantages to using subtitles is fro those people who are hearing impaired, elderly and or deaf. Subtitles make movies a great experience for everyone. It is also a great way to help children to further their reading skills. Some televisions and DVD players automatically go into subtitle mode when the sound is on mute while others need to be programmed. DVD players generally have a special button the remote for easy access to subtitles when you want them or to turn off that specialization when it is needed. Subtitles make many movies easier to keep up with, but there is a flaw with subtitles that many people do not think about. That flaw is that subtitles often skip certain phrases being spoken or misprint them. That can be very annoying at times. Subtitles also express curse words by printing that profanity is being used rather than telling you what was said. In that aspect, perhaps some people wouldn't like to use DVD subtitles unless they have to.