DVD’s – International vs. Foreign

February 7, 2012

What’s the difference between international and foreign DVD’s?  The distinction we make is straightforward: if the DVD has either an English soundtrack or subtitles, it is DVD Foreign and is shelved accordingly. If the DVD has no English options, it’s in the International collection for the corresponding language and is shelved with other international materials.

International DVD’s should now have an INTL call number and should not have a Foreign genre label. We are setting up a special fund account with Midwest Tapes, our main media vendor, to help assure these items are properly processed when we purchase them.  However, occasionally you may encounter a DVD that has a Foreign label and/or no INTL call number, but a customer has told you there was no English option and the package doesn’t indicate any English option.   It’s likely that’s an error, and you could send it in to Cataloging Review with a blue slip or just let me know.  Again, we’re taking steps that we hope will minimize this confusion.

By the way, thanks to Betsy Lewis for procuring a large donation of  Mexican DVD’s from Fred Meyer, which will go in the INTL collection.  These include many old classic, highly popular titles featuring the likes of Cantinflas, Pedro Infante, and la India Maria. 

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Posted by Darren

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One Response to “DVD’s – International vs. Foreign”


  1. Thank you for explaining this!


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