I just rented War for the Planet of the Apes on Google Play. If I watch without subtitles, there are quite long scenes purely in sign language, which feels a little odd. If I turn on the English subs, the sign language is subtitled (but so is the rest of the movie).

The movie has no forced/non-english subtitle track.

When screened properly, i.e. in a cinema in an English speaking country, are these scenes shown with or without subtitles?

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    I just watched this on blu-ray; and the sign language was subtitled as I expected. Sounds like something might be wrong with Google Play.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Dec 30, 2017 at 1:16
  • I didn’t see War in the theaters, but in the first movie of the reboot series, the sign language was definitely subtitled in the theater.
    – Kevin Troy
    Commented Dec 30, 2017 at 4:20
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    To be fair to Google Play, I reported it, and got a refund immediately. I wonder whether they'll fix the problem. It's surprising how often streaming services still get this wrong.
    – Peter
    Commented Dec 30, 2017 at 9:06

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Yes, they are shown with subtitles. Screenshot embedded from the blu-ray:



I saw this in an IMAX in India, and no there were no subtitles in the movie. I thought that this was a big mistake on the part of the studio and crew, as key moments and conversations happened with sign language. I haven't bought it's Blu Ray, that might have forced subtitles.


In foreign cinemas, there are subtitles for the sign language.

I cannot speak for english-speaking countries, but at least in Portugal the movie's sign language was subbed. My source is that I watched the War for the Planet of the Apes in the cinema, almost 1 year ago.

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