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Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by resident paul » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:17 pm

What's the point for changing film titles for US market & vice-versa for world market.
For example:
Live free or die hard(US) = Die hard 4.0(world)
Nanny McPhee Returns(US) = Nanny McPhee & the big bang(world)
Point of no return(US) = The assassin(world)
Harry potter & the sorcerer stone(US) = Harry potter & the philosopher stone(world)
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:38 pm

All about marketing. Apparently the American audience would have been baffled by the word 'Philosopher's'? Apparently Licence Revoked (the original title of Licence to Kill ) was done for similar reasons

Die Hard 4.0 has a crap name whether its UK or US release
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by jdanddiet » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:39 pm

there are several reasons: cultural differences, trying to disguise a poor performing film in the US or just plain old US ignorance - The Madness of King George III had to be changed to just King George as they assumed the old septics would think it's a sequel :lol:
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:23 am

On occasion it'll be for clarity, as there'll already be a film with that name. Same happens with games, we had I-War here (I got another plug in Steve ;) ) but the Americans called it Independence War because the snappier title was already in use.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:04 pm

Sometimes it's for reasons of snappiness, it seems. Dead Scared started off as The Hazing but soon got changed. Don't know why for sure, either name's good.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by ToxieDogg » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:58 pm

It's a practice I don't fully understand in certain cases. I think Live Free And Die Hard is a much, much better name than the generic Die Hard 4.0 we got saddled with. Likewise, why was The Rundown (decent title) changed to Welcome To The Jungle (just keeps making me think of Guns 'n Roses) over here?

And isn't Peter Jackson's Braindead called Dead Alive over in the US? What's all that about?

Don't understand why they do it with certain games either.....like one of the games I've recently played through on the PS2 Sly Racoon is known as Sly Cooper and the Thevius Raccoonus over in the US.

Anther case I can think of is when StarFox and StarFox 64 were changed to StarWing and Lylat Wars[/i] respectively over here, but that's because there was already a game in Europe called Starfox. Nintendo seem to have sorted that problem out now though.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by pottyboy » Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:38 pm

The Godzilla movies are another good example. Invasion of the Astro-Monsters is known as Godzilla Vs Monster Zero over there.
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Post by JetSetWilly » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:13 pm

There's also 'Teen Agent' over here, and in the US it's 'If Looks Could Kill'.
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Post by Juggernaut Headcrush » Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:43 am

What was called "Encino Man" in America was renamed "California Man" over here, presumably as not many folk over here knew where Encino was/is.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by retromax » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:11 pm

Sometimes films have had different titles when they were released for video after flopping at the cinema and as allready said about Encino for example as the international audience may not know what Encino is..... also sometimes the title just sounds crap!!!.... anyway off the top of my head a few more that I can think of:-

Taking Care of Buisiness - Filofax
Above the Law - Nico
My best Friend Is a Vampire - I was a teenage Vampire
Career Opportunities - One Wild Night
Frog Dreaming - The Go-Kids - The Quest
Adventures In Babysitting - A Night on the Town
If Looks could Kill - Teen Agent
For Love or Money - The Concierge
Two if by Sea - Stolen Hearts
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by jdanddiet » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:22 pm

one title they should have changed - the last airbender, obviously the producers weren't quite up on english vernacular...
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by retromax » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:35 pm

One more thought................ Halloween 3!!!!! that damn film should NOT have been called Halloween 3!!!.... Haloween 4 should have been Halloween 3 and Halloween 3 should have been called something Like 'Halloween the season of the Witch' either that or they should have just burnt the negatives!!
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by JazzFunk » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:38 pm

^Halloween 3 was awesome!!!! :shock: (though I can understand your misgivings seeing as it has completely nothing in common with the previous two films bar the fact it's set during Halloween and some of the bods behind it are the same).

Many 70s/80s horrors had multitudinous name changes for the US/Euro markets:

City Of The Living Dead (UK) The Gates Of Hell (US)
Blood Bath (AKA (A) Bay Of Blood) (UK) > Twitch Of The Death Nerve (US)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (UK) > Zombie (US)
Zombie Creeping Flesh (UK) > Hell Of The Living Dead (US)
etcetera etcetera etcetera...

I also don't know why in the UK we got 'Tenebrae', when its Italian title is 'Tenebre', as is the US DVD release??????

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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by necronom » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:12 am

jdanddiet wrote:one title they should have changed - the last airbender, obviously the producers weren't quite up on english vernacular...
It was originally called "Avatar: The Last Airbender", but that is only slightly better.

I thought Halloween 3 was excellent.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by RetroMartin » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:00 am

necronom wrote:
jdanddiet wrote:one title they should have changed - the last airbender, obviously the producers weren't quite up on english vernacular...
It was originally called "Avatar: The Last Airbender", but that is only slightly better.

I thought Halloween 3 was excellent.
Yeah they took the Avatar out for EXCEEDINGLY obvious reasons.

In before it gets brought up - The Golden Compass was actually The Northern Lights in book form over here in the UK, but the American audience apparently wouldn't have gone for it so it got changed and then when they made the film they just named it the same thing ¬_¬
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