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  1. #101
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by Subjective Effect View Post
    oh god english 101 all up in here
    Trust me, for non-native speakers especially, even if they've got a good command of a language, non-literal, shorthand or even (apparently) contradictory use of a language can be pretty difficult.

    On the main topic, though: I also wonder about this staggered release. Especially nowadays, when people get excited about films, games, books etc. by checking out info on the website, I don't see any benefit about such releases. If anything, it pisses off potential customers - and I can definitely see how those sitting on the fence are more likely to go for pirated copies rather than wait. Does this mean they're impatient and behaving like entitled brats? Probably, but from the perspective of the company that's still a potential loss of sales.

  2. #102
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    Location: Thiefier Than Thou
    I do find the staggered releases silly, and I always have. I've had weird situations where I've been in one country, seen a film, gone to another country and not only is it not on but it's got ages til it comes out there. I saw a bunch of stuff in Taiwan one summer that only came out late autumn/early winter in the UK.

    And when I was in Africa VHS pirate copies used to come up from South Africa - of films that hadn't reached the UK. So I'd sometimes see stuff at home, go the UK for summer and find this stuff on at the cinema! Of course in those days there was no internet so we had no idea about global release dates, especially in Africa.

    As to English. Oh hell yeah, I know what you mean. I think this image is pretty spot on and I especially like "With the greatest respect...", "That is a very brave proposal" and my fav - "Very interesting."


  3. #103
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Tokyo desu
    Haha, that's as bad as the double-talk maze Japanese always run you through.

    Right: Prometheus. Opens tomorrow in die Schweiz, BelgiŽ & FranÁaise.
    Expecting full report from somebody in the morning.

  4. #104
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    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Right: Prometheus. Opens tomorrow in die Schweiz...
    I wish. It's only in la Suisse; die Schweiz will have to wait 'till August, like it's friggin' neighbour to the north.

  5. #105
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Thiefier Than Thou
    Wait what? Are you frikking kidding me or am I reading this wrong? You're saying that it's only coming to part of Switzerland?!!

  6. #106
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Tokyo desu
    Yeah I was going to say, what kind of confederacy are you?

    But it's a francophone release, so it makes sense on paper they'd also release to french-speaking Belgium and Switzerland. It just makes it suck all the worse to the other half of those countries to have to derp around for another 3 months.

  7. #107
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    The joys of federalism...

    I guess for one reason or another the German dub is ready later than the French one, and while 50% of cinemas still show the original language versions with subtitles, with the big releases they usually have one or two cinemas showing the dubbed version.

  8. #108
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    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: LosAngeles: Between Amusements
    Quote Originally Posted by Subjective Effect View Post
    I do find the staggered releases silly, and I always have. I've had weird situations where I've been in one country, seen a film, gone to another country and not only is it not on but it's got ages til it comes out there. I saw a bunch of stuff in Taiwan one summer that only came out late autumn/early winter in the UK.

    And when I was in Africa VHS pirate copies used to come up from South Africa - of films that hadn't reached the UK. So I'd sometimes see stuff at home, go the UK for summer and find this stuff on at the cinema! Of course in those days there was no internet so we had no idea about global release dates, especially in Africa.

    As to English. Oh hell yeah, I know what you mean. I think this image is pretty spot on and I especially like "With the greatest respect...", "That is a very brave proposal" and my fav - "Very interesting."








  9. #109
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    Are you aiming at British or Cockney there Larry?

  10. #110
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    Quote Originally Posted by scumble View Post
    Are you aiming at British or Cockney there Larry?
    More of a shotgun approach. (Or is that scattergun across the pond? Or maybe a fowling piece?) I've always enjoyed finding out how spot on George Bernard Shaw was with his observation that "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."

  11. #111
    ...wishy washies?

  12. #112
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    I've never heard them called that either.

  13. #113
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: Tokyo desu
    That joke was all over the place last year or so.
    Some of them are a little funny, come on.

    US - UK
    Doors - wobbly flip-shutters
    Clock - Small Ben
    Door bell - Chimey push-knob
    door knobs - Twisting Plank-handles
    Feces - Niffy loo pudding
    Hamburger - Beef Wellington ensemble with lettuce
    Markers - Crockety snapwickets
    Clown - Looney chuckle fairy
    Watch - Cuff-link time Johnny
    Candybars - Globbernaughts
    Cars - Rollinghams
    Fireworks - Fizzlebombs
    Gravy - Meat water
    Power cables - electro-rope
    sandwich - breaddystack
    Peanut butter & Jelly - nutty gum and fruit spleggings
    Escalator - Upsy-stairsy
    Sweater - Knitty witty sheepity sleepity
    cookie - choco chip bicky
    screwdriver - pip pop gollywock
    lightbulb - ceiling-bright
    Ball - blimpy bounce
    Roads - Cobblestone clippity clops

  14. #114
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: UK
    Often accompanied with a picture of Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent in Blackadder the Third.

  15. #115
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    Location: LosAngeles: Between Amusements
    But "rooty-tooty-point-and-shooty" was familiar??? I didn't make the chart, I just found it.

    Better?




  16. #116
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: above the clouds
    This is beginning to feel like a return to primary school (that's elementary school for the Americans, by the way)

  17. #117
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    I find the differences in culture and mentality interesting (especially since I work for an ultra-British, upper middle classish. Grauniad-reading organisation and my boss is a young, enthusiastic American), but much of the linguistic jokery-shokery is pretty stale and tired IMO.

    Has anyone else checked out some of the early reviews, or are people afraid of spoilers?

    One thing that was mentioned that I found interesting/intriguing/confusing:
    One critic mentioned that the ending feels like an obvious sequel setup. If this is a prequel-of-sorts, what would a sequel be? An in-between-quel? Which raises the bigger question that I'm excited about: how exactly does this tie into Alien?

  18. #118
    If you're worried about spoilers, also avoid the full trailer. It seems to be basically a plot-synopsis.

  19. #119
    Encouragingly, I've heard that the trailer doesn't give everything away.

  20. #120
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Thiefier Than Thou
    Some of those Brit "translations" crack me up, especially the ones you post dema.

    2 days to go to Prometheus! Can't wait can't wait!

  21. #121
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    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: Deutschy-Deutschland / London
    Well, the reviews are coming in, and they aren't all that glowing. Sounds like what most people were worried about - a shiny, eye-boggling and somewhat directionless film that tries to bolt on a horror theme late in the game (despite horror being entirely about the set-up - Alien is an absolute masterclass in this). Basically, sounds like it's pretty good but probably has more in common with Avatar than it does with Alien. Bah. What is it with massive budgets fucking things up?

  22. #122
    Maybe you should wait to see if for yourself before passing judgement? Just a thought.

    Anyway, of course massive budget means needing to appeal to a wider audience to recoup costs, which typically gives you Avatar instead of Alien. Not surprising at all if that's the case.

    http://www.metro.co.uk/film/900788-f...world-premiere

  23. #123
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    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: Deutschy-Deutschland / London
    Just a thought, eh? Well here's a thought - when I go see it I have already spent 15 quid on it, and even if I leave the cinema prepared to murder ridley scott and burn his house down, the studio have already taken my money and as far as they are concerned I LOVED it and definitely want more films made that are exactly like that. That's what critics are FOR, to give you some idea of what the film is like. You want to spend money going to see good films and not spend money going to see bad films so that the bad films bomb and people don't make more of them. Last time I reserved judgement I ended up watching Alien Resurrection and nearly crying.

    PS the metro really fucking ripped into it, wow: http://blogs.metro.co.uk/film/promet...dd-the-aliens/

    Basically, I'm waiting to see what Ebert says about it.
    Last edited by Vivian; 31st May 2012 at 10:51.

  24. #124
    Life is full of risks, sucka.

  25. #125
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    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: Deutschy-Deutschland / London
    I think I've been bitter ever since I bought a copy of MW2 and realised I couldn't sell it. Now it sits in my steam games list and reminds me to be cautious, lest I end up contributing to the burgeoning success of yet another load of facile shit.

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