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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 2010-08-29, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question why studios change titles for other regions?

Do you guys have any hypothesis on the reasoning behind multiple titles used for the same movie in other parts of the world?

Example:
US(original title): Fists of Steel. Int'l: Hands of Steel
US: Nanny McPhee Returns. Int'l (original title): Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang
US: Karate Kid; Int'l: Kungfu Kid; Japan: The Best Kid; Original title: The New Karate Kid
US: 9 Int'l (original title): Number 9

It seems to me that the NA titles (unless it's the original title), it always gets the dumbed down version of the title.

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Not always. Canada got Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
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I've always enjoyed the "urban myth" (which strikes me as more plausible than the official explanation) about the "III" having been dropped from "The Madness of King George III" (which was a good movie) because of "fear that American audiences would think the film was a sequel".
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Not always. Canada got Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
As per the book, but the US had a different movie title

http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=harry+potter

I assume this happens to a lot of movies due to certain "context" in a certain country.

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I think the point was that Canada got the original -- not dumbed-down version -- and Canada *is* part of North America.
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Not to start an argument, but it's still an exception to the rule.

Another example is "Coco Avant Chanel" that's been anglocized (sp?) to "Coco Before Chanel"... which altough a perfect translation... why translate? The movies were released in various countries that doesn't speak French at all and maintain the title "Coco Avant Chanel".

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^ One could ask the same question about American movie English titles being translated for Quebec? Dumb? Often yes, because there's sometimes only a "le" etc. in front of a title, or an "e" added to a word, otherwise it looks identical to English and nobody misses the meaning. Local sensibilities, and (probably) the law in that case... Sometimes the Americans are in a weird state vis a vis their longest ally (France), so best not to have too much French in a title at the time LOL. Or plain marketing. It doesn't have to make sense. People get paid big bucks to make these decisions, so they must be good.

I have some "foreign" titles where the cuts are different, with the different market titles, so there's one not bad circumstance for changing. Might make some type of rights/copyright thing easier too, I don't know...

re wprager's comment: Reminds me of the current Honda dealer ad I hear every day, saying how much better their North American-built cars are than those made in Mexico...

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true, true... although as we all know there are too many people who got paid big bucks and yet they are still clueless regarding their decisions.

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