Any reason for changing film titles for US market

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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by SpecChum81 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:57 am

Things like this has always baffled me. :?

If the Film has a title, leave it alone!

One that always amuses me going all the way back was an Al Jolson film from 1933 called 'Hallelujah I'm A Bum'.

It was changed in the British market to 'Hallelujah I'm a Tramp', so that the word Bum (meaning Hobo in the US) didn't cause amusement of offence!
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by Katzkatz » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:48 am

"The Ghost" was changed to "The Ghost Writer" in the USA. I presume to avoid confusing it with the Patrick Swayze film "Ghost".

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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by harlequ1n » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:54 am

Don't get me started on the ridiculous translations into Spanish of movies/books/video games titles. Let's start with Die Hard = La Jungla = The Jungle...
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by TheNewMonkey » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:29 pm

retromax wrote: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!!
i agree halloween 3 is like the black sheep of the series, what were they on when they thought hmmm i know lets leave the main character out of the film! :?
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by retromax » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:38 pm

Yeah they were just cashing in on the franchise, I don't think the film is 'bad' as such.... it just shouldn't be associated with the rest...IMO :)
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by lanky316 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:27 am

RetroMartin wrote:
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.
Yeah somehow Cameron got the rights to the use of the word "avatar", I'm waiting for him to sue the worlds Hindu populace.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by pottyboy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:28 am

Avatar wasn't the first film to use a title from something else. The Karate Kid, anyone?

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The only thing that links these two is the title and that both feature karate.
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by JetSetWilly » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:21 am

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It's a wonder they didn't change The Karate Kid when it came over here, to The Kung-Fu Boy :roll:
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Re: Any reason for changing film titles for US market

Post by retromax » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:35 am

Better still... they Changed the name of 'The Mighty Ducks' to 'Champions'........... then they release a sequel.... do they bother calling that 'Champions 2'............ nah don't be silly!
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