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Old 03-26-05, 07:37 AM   #1
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Movies that use different titles overseas

The new XXX movie "XXX2: State of the Union", is changing it's name for the overseas release. It'll be "XXX2: The Next Level"

What other movies can you think of that changed their titles for overseas release?

The movie "Joyride" is known as "Roadkill" in Australia.

Leprechaun 2 is known as "Four Funerals and a Wedding" in some countries.
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Old 03-26-05, 09:50 AM   #2
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"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" outside the US.
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Old 03-26-05, 09:59 AM   #3
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The Rundown was Welcome To The Jungle overseas...
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Old 03-26-05, 10:44 AM   #4
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"Formula 51" was "The 51st State" over in the UK.
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Old 03-26-05, 12:58 PM   #5
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Don't know if it's an overseas thing, but Steve Guttenberg's movie "Don't Tell Her It's Me" suddenly became "The Boyfriend School" for the recent DVD release.
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Old 03-26-05, 01:32 PM   #6
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Cowboy Bebop movie was Knockin' on Heaven's Door originally. Had to change it for rights in the US
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Old 03-26-05, 01:34 PM   #7
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A Matter of Life and Death became Stairway to Heaven. This movie needs an R1 DVD release desperately!
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Old 03-26-05, 05:26 PM   #8
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In France, Speed was called "Speed" pronounced with a French accent.
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Old 03-26-05, 05:40 PM   #9
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"Army of Darkness" was known in some countries as "Captain Supermarket."
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Old 03-26-05, 06:08 PM   #10
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Seems like most movies get an alternate title in at least some country they are released in.
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Old 03-26-05, 11:48 PM   #11
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could it be due to shitty translation jobs?
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Old 03-27-05, 07:47 AM   #12
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Not so much shitty translation jobs as neccessary translation jobs.

For example, the Ghibli movie Laputa was changed to Castle in the Sky because the phrase "La Puta" means "The Whore" in Spanish.

Other times the altered title is done by the original film's producers. Hong Kong films often have very different English titles than what a literal translation of the Chinese would produce. This is done sometimes because of the oddness a literally translated title would produce.

Sometimes the changes are made due to different cultural or marketing reasons. For example, Stephen Chow's new film "Kung Fu Hustle" is titled in Chinese as just "Kung Fu." This is good enough for Chinese audiences, who know Stephen Chow and his comedic approach, and are also familiar with all the kung fu films that he homages in this film. For English, the word hustle was added possibly to add a hint of comedy to the title and to keep it from sounding too generic.

Sometimes title changes have nothing to do with translation. For example, the film that was released as "Danny the Dog" in the UK is being released in the US as "Unleashed." So sometimes is purely a marketing thing, or because a studio exec preferred a certain title.
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Old 03-27-05, 09:00 AM   #13
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Old 03-27-05, 11:47 AM   #14
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Dead Alive was called Braindead in virtually every country but the US.
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Old 03-27-05, 06:59 PM   #15
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Japan changes almost all the Foreign release titles.Have no idea why and who desides all those stupid titles!
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Old 03-27-05, 10:50 PM   #16
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Léon was called The Professional in the U.S. However, probably due to the film's following of people familiar with the original title, both titles are on the American DVD releases.
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Old 03-28-05, 02:14 AM   #17
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"Army of Darkness" was known in some countries as "Captain Supermarket."
Posters? Cover Art? I want to see that one.

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Léon was called The Professional in the U.S. However, probably due to the film's following of people familiar with the original title, both titles are on the American DVD releases.
That is because LEON is a different cut than The Professional... This was the comprimise the director made....they cut his film, so he gave it a different name. Same goes with the dvd....all DC's are titles Leon, while the cut version is still titled The Professional
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Old 03-28-05, 03:38 AM   #18
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Japan changes almost all the Foreign release titles.Have no idea why and who desides all those stupid titles!
For example, according to the Japanese trailer, The Incredibles was renamed Mr Incredible over there.
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Old 03-28-05, 06:26 AM   #19
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Old 03-28-05, 08:06 AM   #20
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A Matter of Life and Death became Stairway to Heaven. This movie needs an R1 DVD release desperately!
My most anticipated release. Don't understand the holdup.
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Old 03-28-05, 08:59 AM   #21
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"Army of Darkness" was known in some countries as "Captain Supermarket."
what? and there's no "Captain Supermarket Edition" of the movie out? I smell a new release coming!
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Old 03-28-05, 11:00 AM   #22
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"Army of Darkness" was known in some countries as "Captain Supermarket."
That was the title in Japan. One of my favorite name changes.
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Old 03-28-05, 12:25 PM   #23
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Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle appears to be called Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies in other places.
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Old 03-28-05, 04:02 PM   #24
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Harold and kumar is kalled "high school high" in norway. Now that is a bad title.
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Old 03-28-05, 04:13 PM   #25
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Posters? Cover Art? I want to see that one.
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