Richard Curtis’s Pirate Radio is one of those films that has gone through an interesting journey. Released earlier this year in the UK under the title The Boat that Rocked, it received mixed reviews and did modest box office business. Wally Hammond of Time Out London brutalizes the film in his review:
â€˜The Ship That Sankâ€™ would be a more appropriate title for writer-director Richard Curtisâ€™s latest and most disappointing entertainment. Itâ€™s a cripplingly self-conscious and self-satisfied tribute to the roistering last days of offshore British mid-â€™60s pirate radio before the meanies from the ministry pulled the plugs.
Fast forward to later in 2009 and the film’s U.S. distributor, Focus Features, wants to disassociate itself from the UK version of the film. They made plans to do some re-edits and change the way the film is marketed for the U.S. release. The title was changed to Pirate Radio, the American star Philip Seymour Hoffman’s involvement is emphasized and, voila, they cut a new trailer.
Check it out after the jump…
[Source: Killer Film]