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Do you like movies? Sometimes, you don't understand what the movie is about. Well, if you lived here in Czech Republic, it would be even harder for you. Although you might think differently, the technical quality of Czech dubbing is actually very good. The problem is that rather often there are glaring errors in translation. I'm translating movies myself and I understand that you have to translate not the words but THE IDEA behind the words. But on the following page you'll see examples of errors resulting from the simple fact that the translator didn't have any idea what the original sentence means. Even more interesting is the fact that the movie often has up to four different translations: For theatrical release, for video release, for DVD release and finally for TV, while several completely different versions sometimes exist for different Czech TV stations and DVD subtitles are usually done outside Czech Republic, by people who sometimes don't even know Czech grammar! You'll see the original sentences followed by their Czech translations which I very carefully translated back to English to retain their Czech meaning. Very often the result doesn't make any sense. That's right. It doesn't make any sense in Czech either and very often I have no idea how the translator came up with such gems. It's interesting that no one during the translation process was disturbed by the words that defy the logic of the scene or the whole movie. Some interesting translations of the movie titles are also included. (Just don't think that these are the only errors that I ever saw / heard!) Enjoy. And don't think that I never make mistakes when translating movies!

Important note: Since 2009, this page is not update very frequently. See my translation tales of terror and fun on my blog instead.

- - - The Movies - - -

 - - - AIRPLANE! (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - ALADDIN (DVD)

 - - - ALIEN

 - - - ALIEN 3 (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - ALIEN 3 (DVD)

 - - - AMERICAN PIE

 - - - BEAN

 - - - BLADE RUNNER - FINAL CUT (DVD subtitles)

 - - - BRAINSMASHER: A LOVE STORY (Video)

 - - - CHAIN OF COMMAND (TV)

 - - - CHARLIE'S ANGELS (DVD)

 - - - CHILDREN OF THE CORN ?? (TV dubbing)

 - - - CLUELESS (Video)

 - - - DARKNESS FALLS

 - - - DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

 - - - THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS

 - - - ERASER (Video Dubbing)

 - - - 15 MINUTES

 - - - GANGS OF NEW YORK (DVD)

 - - - GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (Theatrical Subtitles)

 - - - FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER (Video)

 - - - HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE

 - - - HOME ALONE 2

 - - - HOT SHOTS

 - - - HULK (Trailer)

 - - - IDLE HANDS (DVD)

 - - - THE INCREDIBLES (Dubbing)

 - - - INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - THE LAKE HOUSE (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - LAWNMOWER MAN (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - LORD OF WAR (Theatrical Subtitles)

 - - - LOST IN SPACE (Video)

 - - - MALLRATS (TV subtitles)

 - - - MATRIX (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - MICKEY BLUE EYES

 - - - MILLION DOLLAR BABY (DVD subtitles)

 - - - MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Video)

 - - - MONTY PYTHON LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL (TV subtitles)

 - - - MOULIN ROUGE! (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - THE NEXT BEST THING

 - - - 9 1/2 WEEKS (TV Dubbing)

 - - - THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

 - - - PLANET OF THE APES (TV trailer)

 - - - THE PACIFIER (theatrical trailer)

 - - - THE POSTMAN

 - - - RICOCHET (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - THE ROCK (Video dubbing)

 - - - THE SOLDIER

 - - - SOUTH PARK (TV series dubbing)

 - - - SPY HARD (Video)

 - - - STARSHIP TROOPERS (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - STAR WARS EPISODE IV (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - SUPERMAN RETURNS (Slovak theatrical subtitles)

 - - - TERMINAL VELOCITY

 - - - THREE TO TANGO

 - - - TROY (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - VAN HELSING (Theatrical Subtitles)

 - - - VELVET GOLDMINE (Video)

 - - - THE VILLAGE (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - WAYNE'S WORLD (Theatrical dubbing)

 - - - WIMBLEDON (Theatrical subtitles)

 - - - ZATHURA (Theatrical trailer)

 - - - ZOOLANDER (DVD subtitles)

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