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Thu, Sep 6, 2018 10:27 AM

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Is there any way to search for films by languages they have been dubbed into?

For example, is there any way I can search for English films dubbed into Spanish?  If the Advanced Search feature of IMDb is not designed for such filtering of its database, does anyone know of any good workarounds?  At the very least, can someone tell me if the language(s) a film has been dubbed into is even a data field at all in this database and, if so, what has it been labeled?

Also, what would it take to get this type of search feature added?  It would be really helpful to students of foreign languages and those who teach them.

If IMDb isn't interested in adding this feature, does anybody know of a similar film/movie database that does let the user sort by languages the film has been dubbed into?

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2 years ago

Hi Lisa,

Unless mistaken, IMDb is not registering any information about dubbing.
The closest you could get is the release dates by country, but in many cases, that does not mean that a local dubbed version is available (e.g. English speaking movies in the Netherlands)

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2 years ago

Thank you for getting back to me on this.  At least I can rule this out as a method to return a list of dubbed films into/from languages of my choosing.  Lots of language learners out there these days, though, what with the popularity of programs such as Babbel and Duolingo.  Perhaps IMDB can add that as a feature some day.  In the meantime, for those interested in this topic, I did come across this:

https://www.finder.com/netflix-movies-spanish-subtitles-audio

which was added to some thread or article I found the other day.  Granted, it is restricted to what you can find on Netflix, so it can't be all that comprehensive, but it's better than nothing.  If you click on the link above, it'll take you to a page that has a column for "Subtitle" and another for "Audio."  My understanding of this list is that if the column for "Audio" contains "Yes," that is a film that's been dubbed into Spanish (not just subtitled).  Obviously, the list on that page has been filtered for "Spanish," but I would imagine Netflix provides the subscriber with language filters that go beyond just Spanish.  Even so, I'd love it if IMDB offered users the ability to filter by this feature (languages dubbed into) some day.