How to Buy Foreign Movies

Foreign movies are international films that have either been produced in another country or feature themes and a language relevant to an entirely different culture. You can buy foreign movies from a multitude of venues; such as retail stores that sell movies or from websites and online stores that specialize in selling movies or foreign films specifically. Continue reading this article to determine how you can choose and buy foreign movies for your film collection.


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    Buy foreign movies that feature a culture that interests you. For example, if you enjoy reading and learning about German culture, you may enjoy watching foreign movies that take place in Germany or are spoken in German.
    • If you are in the process of learning a foreign language, buy a foreign movie in the language you are learning to help sharpen your speaking and listening skills in that particular language.
    • If you plan on spending an extended period of time in a foreign country, buy a foreign movie for the purpose of familiarizing yourself with that country's particular cultural behavior. For example, if you are traveling to India, buy a foreign movie that takes place in India to learn more about the Indian culture.
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    Decide whether you want the foreign movie to be dubbed or have subtitles. A dubbed foreign movie will contain a voice-over of the characters' dialogue in your native language; whereas movies with subtitles will retain the original language and voices of the actors, but provide you with the translated dialogue in the form of text at the bottom of your screen.
    • Buy foreign movies with subtitles if you want to retain the film's originality and if you want the experience of listening to the foreign language. Subtitles will also provide the most accurate translation without ad-libs by voiceover actors, and is beneficial to those who are deaf or hearing impaired.
    • Buy foreign movies that are dubbed if you do not enjoy reading text on the screen, and if you feel that listening to the movie in your native language will enhance your overall interest and involvement with the movie.
    • In some cases, foreign movies with subtitles may require the translators to omit certain parts of dialogue so that the text can fit onto the bottom portion of the screen; whereas foreign movies with dubbed dialogue often provide the voiceover actors with the ability to translate the dialogue in its entirety.
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    Shop for foreign movies in local retail stores. Foreign movies are often available in retail stores that sell movies and can also be purchased from movie rental locations.
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    Shop for foreign movies on the Internet. In most cases, you can find movies online that cater to a specific niche or are difficult to find in local retail stores. Shopping on the Internet will also provide you with multiple pricing options.
    • Perform a keyword search specific to the type of foreign movies you want to buy. For example, if you are interested in Japanese Animation movies, also known as "Anime," type these keywords into any search engine and browse the results that appear to locate online foreign movie vendors.
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    Verify that the foreign movie has the features you need. In most cases, the packaging of the movie or the website selling the movie will have a complete list of the movie's features.
    • Check to see if the foreign movie is a subtitled or dubbed version. In some cases, the foreign movie will contain both options so you can choose between viewing it with subtitles or dubbed voiceovers.
    • Check to see that the subtitles or dubbed voices are available in your native language. Some movies will have these features in multiple languages; such as English, Italian, French, Spanish, and more.

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