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Subtitles - can they ever get them right?

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19th March 2007 15:03  #1

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Subtitles - can they ever get them right?
Has anyone noticed how they still can't get these right? I was just recently watching the Ghost in the Shell 2nd Gig series and alot of the time the english audio does not match the subtitles at all, being quite different.
In this day and age, you would think that a studio could get this right, considering they control the script, dvd authoring, etc
Just my rant at 2.30 am!

19th March 2007 15:43  #2

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I'm sure there are some fine and talented individuals out there translating and subtitling films but I would imagine it's a pretty thankless task and it probably falls on some underpaid, overworked and poorly motivated people.

Any translating subtitlers out there to enlighten us?

20th March 2007 21:46  #3

Moldovia Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 120
Maybe is it is a subtitles/dubtitles thing?

23rd March 2007 0:29  #4

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
That's funny you're saying that, I'm complaining about the same thing. Since it's a pain in the ass reading subtitles, I put "Lola Rennt" ("Run Lola Run" for people who didn't know) in my DVD player, playing it with English dubbed tracks. I got subtitles on anyway and as I'm watching the film, the words the characters say are completely different from the subtitles.

23rd March 2007 0:40  #5

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Run Lola Run is one of the worst Dubbed tracks I've ever heard.

23rd March 2007 1:51  #6

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Agreed. I dont think they cursed once in that whole track. The subtitles had all of them.

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