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DVD regions

Descriptive cataloging

Subject cataloging


Physical treatment


Examples in Voyager

Descriptive Cataloging

In many ways cataloging DVDs is similar to cataloging other visual items. Special features that should be considered are as follows:


Type of Record = g Projected medium

007 Fixed Field:

Specific Material Designation: d = videdisc or DVD ; f = videocassette
Format: v = DVD ; b = VHS
Sound on Medium: a = sound ; [blank] = no sound (silent)
Medium for Sound: i = videdisc or DVD ; h = videotape or videocassette ; [blank] = no sound (silent)
Dimensions: z = other (use for DVD) ; o = 1/2 in (use for videocassette)

008 Fixed Field:

Publication Status: in cases of a video release of a film issued earlier, use “p”; [video release date] = date 1 ; [original issue date] = date 2
Type of Material: v = videorecording
Technique: 1 = live action ; a = animation

245 Field:

$h [videorecording]

260 Field:

This information relates to the distributor of the video; typically found on container

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula: ‡a [Burbank, Calif.] : ‡b Columbia TriStar Home Video, ‡c c1993.
  • Rules of the game: United States : ‡b Criterion Collection, ‡c c2004.

300 Field:

1 videocassette (82 min.) : ‡b si., b&w ; ‡c 1/2 in.

2 videodiscs (106, 94 min.) : ‡b sd., col. ; ‡c 4 3/4 in.

5xx Fields:

500: Title from container. (if source of title is taken from container and not from viewing the DVD or VHS)
‡a Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.
‡a Special DVD features include printable materials for educators; access to the Origins web site; close captions; and described video for visually impaired.

508: Records the credits for persons or organizations, other than members of the cast, who have participated in the creation and/or production of the work. This repeatable field is used to credit the producer, director, film editor, consultant, etc.:
‡a Directed by Carlos Carrera ; screenplay by Vicente Leñero.
‡a Written and directed by Benito Zambrano ; produced by Antonio P. Pérez.
‡a Directed by Jim Brown ; produced by Jim Brown, Sam Pollard and Jeff Rosen ; written by Charles Wolfe.

‡a Cinematographer, Slawomir Idziak ; editor, Krystyna Rutkowska ; music, Zbigniew Preisner ; costume designer, Wieslawa Starska ; production designer, Allan Starski.

511: Contains a note giving information about the participants, players, narrators, presenters or performers:
‡a Various performers ; narrated by Kris Kristofferson.
‡a Narrated by Jeffrey Wright ; participants, Mekhi Phifer, Larenz Tate, Terry Kinney, Alicia Keys.

‡a Hosted and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

520: Summary [accept as is; do not provide one]

538: Technical information including recording system(s), region, format, etc.:
‡a DVD, region 1, full screen (4:3) presentation; Dolby Digital mono 1.0.
‡a DVD, region 0 (worldwide), PCM stereo., DTS 5.1.
‡a DVD, no region specified.
‡a DVD ; NTSC ; Region All ; Dolby Digital 2.0.
‡a DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, Dolby digital 2.0 surround.
‡a DVD 9 & 5; LPCM stereo. (opera & documentaries), DTS digital 5.1 surround (opera); aspect ratio 16:9 (opera), 4:3 (documentaries); region code 0.

546: Language note:
‡a In Icelandic with Sanskrit subtitles.
‡a Mandarin, dubbed English or dubbed French dialogue, English or French subtitles.
‡a English or dubbed French dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

‡a Sung in Italian, with German dialogue; with subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish.

700 Field:

Actors (prominently named in opening credits or on container; if prominence is unclear, trace no more than 3), directors, and writers; For documentaries: narrators, interviewers, writers; Related works (e.g., based on Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to arms.)