In my last article I looked at the translation issues in regard to movie titles, and as a thank you to all the great suggestions I plan on a sequel to that article featuring everyone’s suggestions. While I am currently swamped with work I thought I look at another issue when it comes to living abroad, the delayed releases of films. Now, some will point out that we actually have the privilege on receiving some films ahead of time, especially when it comes to Marvel Studio films, but that isn’t necessarily always the case. Guardians of the Galaxy for example was released on the 24th July 2014 in the UK, but Austria only had the chance to see the film on the 28th August, so almost an entire month later than the US. As one can see, the release schedules are extremely dependant on the country where they will be released and with the countless countries in Europe the dates can vary.
The issue with living abroad is simply that it is difficult to truly say when a film will be released, as you aren’t only dependant on when they finish the dubbing of the film, but also how large the film actually is. Independent films are never released until half a year later, if they are even released in cinemas. For example, the critically acclaimed Birdman will only be released in Austria on the 30th January, but only in select theaters, commonly small ones that are only to be found in a few cinemas. One of my most anticipated films back in the day was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which was only released in one single cinema in Vienna but at the same time the Blu-ray was being released in the US. Some might understand my quarrels with having to wait for a film to never truly seeing a release.
This is not exclusive to films though, as many TV shows sadly get lost sometimes as well. Many TV shows air an entire year later, if they even air at all. If we are lucky we see the release of shows on Blu-ray, but somehow, especially in Austria, they love to play shows that have always been popular. One channel lives off of re-runs of Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. The funniest moments are when you realize that they air one particular episode every week because it had the most views. We just recently had the start of Season 2 of Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also finally got a release date on Free-TV with 14th February, which is probably the dumbest decision I have seen as a show premiere on Valentine’s Day is counterproductive to its future. Don’t let me start that I need to wait an entire year and half now so that I can get my hands on the Blu-Ray.
I am limited to what I am use to, so most of my examples are of how films are treated in Austria, but I am pretty sure many other countries share similar issues or maybe even worse. Sometimes you wonder if things are decided on random if you look at some of the releases, especially over the world. The Japanese character Godzilla got a remake last year, which didn’t receive a Japanese release until two months after its initial release in the US. How does that make any possible sense for a film franchise they created being released later in their own country even if it is a US remake.
What about your experiences with this topic? You live in a foreign country and some film or TV show was either never truly released or simply delayed? Leave a comment below!