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  • from ebert's movie answer man []:

    Q. It's said no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' is an excellent film up here in Canada, as was ''The Madness of George III.'' I wonder if the same can be said for the U.S. releases ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' and ''The Madness of King George.'' The point of course, is that these minor title details were changed for American audiences on the assumption they are too stupid to handle the concept of the philosopher's stone of alchemical fame, or to realize seeing George III doesn't mean you've missed parts I and II. Are these decisions made because the suits think I'm really dumb, or is it because they are?

    A. Let's say they think you're as dumb as they are when they make the decisions. The Harry Potter title change was made not by Warner Brothers but by the book publishers, Scholastic, who feared American readers might be scared off by the word ''philosopher.''


    -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();