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Offline minolotus

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imdb script: aka field with country entries
« on: June 30, 2011, 07:29:41 pm »
I think it would be nice if the imdb script has an option to keep the country info for the aka titles. Currently PVD removes the country and shows the aka titles only. If a movie has more than one aka title in the same language, you can’t find out to which country the respective title belongs to.

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Re: imdb script: aka field with country entries
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 12:12:51 am »
Its kind of problematic as it will mess up searching by this field - you do not want those countries while searching...
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Re: imdb script: aka field with country entries
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011, 03:04:55 am »
It would be rather unusual for a user to do an Advanced Search for AKA equals something. Any regular search, and a more sensible Advanced Search, would be for AKA contains something—a partial or complete title. Either way, such a search would be unaffected by the country being appended.

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Re: imdb script: aka field with country entries
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2011, 11:20:43 pm »
Why is that? There can be country names in movies titles... (I get 12 movies when I search for America for example using all titles filter)
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Re: imdb script: aka field with country entries
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2011, 11:40:43 pm »
For me it is a rare case searching for a movie title with the name of a country only. Even so, if the country is added to the aka field with brackets, it would be possible to enter into the search field the country + space to clear the search results from the “wrong” search results.

However, if this would be only an additional option in the settings of the script, the users could decide themselves what would be more important to them.

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Re: imdb script: aka field with country entries
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 01:28:33 am »
Why is that? There can be country names in movies titles... (I get 12 movies when I search for America for example using all titles filter)

"America" is not the proper name of the country, and there are very few titles containing "United States of America." A title is more likely to contain "USA," but that could be the country or part of another word. A search can also be restricted to [Title] or [Original title]—probably a sensible thing to do if searching for a specific title that contains a country name.

But all this is beside the point. Surely the purpose of the field is more than just a means to generate more search hits. Much of the meaning of the data is lost by omitting this additional information. And it's not just the country in which the title was used. AKA's also include working, pre-release, complete, dubbed-version, DVD, re-release, and regional titles. Sometimes a title will be different than that used for a release in countries of the same language (e.g., British and North American releases). Or there may be multiple titles for one country (e.g., English and French versions for Canada). The various titles themselves can be meaningless without some indication of how they were used.

Even so, if the country is added to the aka field with brackets, it would be possible to enter into the search field the country + space to clear the search results from the “wrong” search results.

This occurred to me as well, then I realized there's more to it than just a country. And it's the additional information that's in brackets (e.g., "USA (working title)" or "Canada (French title)").

It's probably not possible, but it would be nice if the data could be retrieved/stored as "Title ... Country (additional information)" and displayed in the same manner as "Actor ... Role." But setting it off with a " • " or enclosing it in square brackets would do. Also, many of the entries include "(imdb display title)." I doubt this means anything to a PVD user and should be omitted.