Now the movies are getting their due, both with in-theater audio setups allowing blind viewers to hear descriptions through headphones, and streaming releases with built-in descriptive tracks. One major release that bellowed through the blind community: The Force Awakens, which you can now download off iTunes with audio description.
These tracks are more nuanced than simple stage direction, capturing an actor's nuance or a lingering camera angle. They're also hyper-succinct, popping up between dialogue and wrapping up before essential sound effects. The Star Wars movies are more difficult to paint with words, even if you're fluent in Wookiee. The alien populations and soaring spacecrafts don't exist on Earth -- how do you convey that information? To give you an idea of how the blind "watch" the highest-grossing movie in movie history, here's how the narration describes a few choice moments: