The 1982 United States theatrical release of Wolfgang Peterson's Das Boot was the last major release to go out in both original and English-dubbed versions, and the film's original version actually grossed much higher than the English-dubbed version.When Miramax planned to release the English-dubbed versions of Shaolin Soccer and Hero in the United States cinemas, their English-dubbed versions scored badly in test screenings in the United States, so Miramax finally released the films in United States cinemas with their original language.One person's national cinema can be another person's foreign film.
Technically, foreign film does not mean the same as foreign language film, but the inference is that a foreign film is not only foreign in terms of the country of production, but also in terms of the language used.
As such, the use of the term foreign film for films produced in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or other English-speaking countries would be uncommon within other English-speaking countries.
Cinema is not limited to these components of overall film culture.
It is not just the experience of watching a film, but it is the experience of the travel beforehand, from the second the journey begins to arrive upon the desired location and all the steps up until the film itself begins.
"The rule for foreign-language films is that if you've done $5 million or better (in United States cinemas), you've had a very nice success; if you do $10 (million) or better (in United States cinemas), you're in blockbuster category," Warner Independent Pictures ex-president Mark Gill said.
On the other hand, English-dubbed foreign films rarely did well in United States box office (except Anime films).
Foreign language films that are particularly successful in international markets may be taken on by the large film distribution companies for DVD releases.
At the other end of the scale, many foreign language films are never given a DVD release outside of their home markets.
The viewing and personal responses to this cinema is also part of the experience, one that compared to the journey can be more of a collective experience.
When going to the cinema, I either go with friends, family, or most times on my own.