6.07.2005

captions

the dvd vendors in thailand might seem inexpensive at 100 baht (us$2.50) per disc but the vendors in china blow them away with pricing at 7rmb (about US$0.90) per disc. at that price one can't expect the discs to be perfect, and i find that around 25% of the discs either don't work at all or (worse) flake out towards the end of the movie.

the captions, especially for new movies, are done in china- often translated directly from the chinese that was translated by a chinese person watching the movie and trying to scribble down the script. just like the 'chinese whispers' game (i wonder how it got that name?) the results can often be quite different from the original dialogue.

in some cases the captions are completely off- either they started out ok and the captionist got bored and decided to write whatever he felt like, or they are from the wrong movie.

fahrenheit 9/11 was the first dvd i watched in china. the captions are obviously from another movie with a very very different subject matter...

farenheit 9/11

farenheit 9/11

farenheit 9/11

farenheit 9/11

farenheit 9/11

9 Comments:

Blogger Adam Edwards said...

Robin would love this.

June 14, 2005 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who did these captions is a genius, match and funny.

June 14, 2005 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erm, these are the commercial subtitles for the deaf for "Jungle Fever." Somebody ripped it and combined it with the Fahrenheit DVD.

June 18, 2005 5:10 AM  
Anonymous FinalGamer said...

If they had those subtitles on the English DVDs as well, I am sure it would've been a bigger hit.

That made the film so much better

July 27, 2005 9:23 AM  
Blogger Heina said...

I love your site. I'm rofl-ing thanks to all the Engrish

August 6, 2005 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lord, that's HILARIOUS. Keep 'em coming ...

October 15, 2005 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a community of cappers that rip screengrabed movies to shreds at www.glitterrock.org. You can also submit screengrabs and we blast the hell out of them with caps just for kicks. Would love to have you register and be part of the capping gallery from time to time :)

da_upstart

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December 6, 2005 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Ahahahaha! That is so hilarious! especially when they put that one guy's dialogue down as '[moaning]'!


Ahahahaha! ^___^

September 27, 2006 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Laughs) That's hilarious! ^___^ It really is true that the funniest things come from fluke accidents ^_^

October 7, 2006 11:18 PM  

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