I can say for some fans of Japanese films, there is a sort of nostalgia
that makes them not want to wholly reject the dubbed versions, and the
interesting variations in duubbing (some dub tracks ar better than others
for the same film. The Toho Inernational dub track for _Destroy All
Monsters_ (the one in current video release) is incredibly boring. The
Amercian International print for US theatres, which I got on tape (very
high quality, albeit pan and scan) from a collector, is much livelier, if
artificial. The Toho International actors sound bored, and I almost fell
asleep when watching that version. There is more of a demand for
subtitled films, even by these same people, than Toho seems to have been
willing to admit, however, because sales of grey-market tapes are rampant.
(they've been transferred one generation from PAL, but come in the
original box (usually)). The copy of _Gojira_ I have has a printed cover,
not a color Xerox, which is why I think it must be grey-market, rather
than a bootleg. Would I want to sell off my copy of the onr with Burr?
Probably not, but that one's nowhere near as good...
Scott Andrew Hutchins
Oz, Monsters, Kamillions, and More!
"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."--Noam Chomsky
On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Gabriela Warkentin wrote:
> Talking about dubbed or subtitled films.
> Last year, a mayor discussion went on in Mexico regarding a new legislation
> on film and the film industry (whatever is left of it in this country).
> Part of this new legislation refers to the dubbing or subtitling of films.
> In Mexico, no film that is going to be screened in commercial film-theaters
> can be dubbed into Spanish. This does not apply to films for children or to
> doccumentaries. It does not apply also to anything that is going to be
> broadcasted on TV. Congress passed the legislation which means that there
> is no change in the dubbing policy: no film (except the cases noted) can be
> Maybe because I was raised here and I am used to watching subtitled films,
> but I don't think that the idea of not dubbing a film has to do with any
> kind of "nostalgia" or anything like that. I think it has to do with
> respecting the wholeness of the film. It is very difficult for me to watch
> a dubbed film, there is something artificial about it.
> What do you think?
> Saludos. Gabriela.
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