Pet Peeve re: Gwangi

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  1. Jan Strnad

    Jan Strnad Screenwriter

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    This is me being anal retentive.

    Gwangi is a dinosaur named "Gwangi."

    So the movie's title is The Valley of Gwangi.

    It isn't Valley of the Gwangi.

    I just ordered the DVD from Deep Discount DVD, despite the fact that they got the title wrong.

    What is so hard about this? I mean, there isn't even such a thing as "a gwangi"!


    Jan
    Who obviously doesn't have enough to worry about.
     
  2. ChuckSolo

    ChuckSolo Screenwriter

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    Watch the movie again, and notice that before they get to the "valley" an old Mexican woman/Gypsy just says "Gwangi" which I took to be a name they call the dinosaur of their legend. Hence, the "Valley of Gwangi." I don't think that Gwangi is their word for dinosaur which in Spanish is "dinosaurio" (pronounced dee-no-sow-rio).
    Gwangi could be considered a "proper" name, much like Michael, Stephen, Susan, etc. You wouldn't say "The Valley of the Michael." would you?
     
  3. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

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    Took me a while, but what Jan's complaining about is that DDD screwed up the listing to read "Valley of the Gwangi." Not that the actual movie title is wrong.

    Yes, Jan, you need something to occupy your time. [​IMG]
     
  4. Gunnar Syren

    Gunnar Syren Stunt Coordinator

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    DDD are not the only ones getting it wrong. DV-Depot also has it listed as Valley of the Gwangi. Could it be an erroneous listing from some distributor, maybe?
     
  5. Sean Campbell

    Sean Campbell Second Unit

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    When I was a kid I used to call it 'Valley of the Gwangi'. I was about 14 or so before I noticed the lack of 'the' in the title [​IMG]
     
  6. JeremySt

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    You mean a website had some errors? Whoa, Im canceling my internet service right now. [​IMG]

    Yesterday, a friend of mine called "The Two Towers" just plain old "Two Towers." I corrected him immediatly, and intructed him to never say that again. I dont want him looking like a jerk or anything. [​IMG]
     
  7. Malcolm R

    Malcolm R Executive Producer

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    At least he didn't call it "The Twin Towers." One of the theaters around here actually listed it that way when it came out last year. How ignorant. [​IMG]
     
  8. soop.spoon

    soop.spoon Supporting Actor

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    DDD has the lastest Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set listed as "MST3K"... so unless you search by that name, you won't find it. Lame.

    Gwangi rocks.
     
  9. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    I have had serious problems with my Gwangi as of late. Will antibiotics help with the swelling?
     
  10. soop.spoon

    soop.spoon Supporting Actor

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    you might have to lance it.
     
  11. Jimmy M

    Jimmy M Second Unit

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    Jan, you must have had a field day with the movie (that MST3K also used) called "Attack of the the Eye People" because the title was that way on screen.

    Jimmy!
     
  12. Jan Strnad

    Jan Strnad Screenwriter

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    Jimmy,

    Actually, the title is Attack of the the Eye Creatures.... [​IMG]

    (I gotta get a life, or at least borrow one for awhile.)

    Jan
     
  13. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

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    I have another pet peeve about this movie, which is one of my favorites. Why, oh why, in a movie with such wonderful animation did they have to have a couple of clunkers?

    I suppose the answer is that Harryhausen had nothing to do with those effects. Too bad they didn't aspire or have to money to better match his work.

    When Gwangi breaks through the cave entrance to escape the valley and the rockslide brings him down, it is so obviously a stiff model. And the closeups of Carlos wrestling the pterodactyl are equally bad.

    The bad effects take you out of the fantasy and into a bad movie.
     

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