Netflix Removes STAR TREK III From Streaming To Improve Alien Subtitles


Netflix has temporarily removed Star Trek: The Search For Spock from its Watch Instantly streaming video service, but not for a reason you might expect. Usually when a title is made unavailable it has something to do with a rights issue between Netflix and the film’s particular studio. According to the Radio Times (via the Hollywood Reporter), this takedown should last about a week until they are “able to provide authentic subtitles for the Vulcan and Klingon dialogue.”

You read that right. Netflix is concerned about the accuracy of the subtitles for two fictional languages in the film.

Linguist Marc Orkrand developed Klingon as an actual language for Star Trek III and further expanded it for subsequent films. As there are a number of hardcore Trek fans who can actually speak the language, it probably shouldn’t be too hard for Netflix to find someone to provide the translation. And they’ll also be there to let Netflix know if they don’t get it right.

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Joe Nazzaro
July 31, 2013 6:54 pm

Just replace it with Welsh.

Rich Drees
July 31, 2013 6:57 pm


Greg Korin
July 31, 2013 6:58 pm

SuQ Maq dIUq!!!!

Sheelagh Wells
July 31, 2013 7:19 pm

Did anyone say Welsh ?

Joe Nazzaro
July 31, 2013 7:21 pm

I thought you spoke Klingon.

Trish Dalton
July 31, 2013 7:44 pm

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Morey Kunin
July 31, 2013 10:15 pm

Their subtitles are totally messed up on “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia.” The other two from that season seemed to be ok though for some reason.

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August 2, 2013 12:14 am

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