Thursday, December 26, 2002

in a land before time...

A couple of months ago, Chris handed me a pointer to the trailer of the Jerry Seinfeld movie Comedian, which takes a look behind the scenes of stand-up comedy. This was a great preview {transcript} and (spoiler ahead) played on the mundaneness of movie previews. It also featured Hal Douglas, one of the most widely employed voice-over men for movie trailers. {catch a few trailers}. That set me on a little quest to find out more about these guys and I found some more information, this time it was Don La Fontaine. Thanks to a movie preview, I now know whose voice I hear in the theatre. Back home in India it was Ameen Sayani, and sometimes Harish Bhimani, although stars like Amitabh Bachchan did a lot of voice overs. Of course, Bollywood previews were never like this. They focused on the songs. But Sayani handled the radio promos, and the Big B did narrations for movies as far-flung as Zulm ki Hukumat, a Godfather clone with Govinda as Al Pacino.

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