today at dam...
...a couple of news items by yours truly. Also, the scoop (via Aint-It-Cool-News) on plans to release the film Shaolin Soccer Stateside! Apparently, studio Miramax is agonizing about whether to release a subtitled version--as they did with Iron Monkey--or just go with dubbing.
For me, this is a no-brainer. Given the choice, I will always take a subbed version of an anime or Asian movie over a dubbed-only. For crying out loud, the original soundtrack is already there; you might as well provide it, given the DVD's enormous storage capacity. I realize a lot of folks don't like subtitles (when I saw the magnificent Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, I was warned both by a sign at the box office and by the ticker clerk that the film was subbed), and I wouldn't blame Miramax for releasing the dubbed version in theaters, or on videocassette if they plan to use that format, as they seem to have concerns about audience appeal. But there are plenty of Asiaphiles with DVD players, and it'd be easy enough to toss us a bone, even if the studio makes the English language track the default.