Originally Posted by spectator
It's art, not a competition. A dub cannot do better because the aim is fidelity to the original artistic statement. Something perceived to be "better" would simply be wrong. You, personally, may like it
more, but that doesn't make it a superior soundtrack for the film; rather, it necessarily makes it an inferior one.
I don't think fidelity is really ever in the cards for dubbing. For the most simple example, it's not even the same language...
Still I see how you could see things your way. We'll have to agree to disagree. I think any fidelity arguments are, by definition, out the window when you're talking about dubs (if you want fidelity, why bother with a dub at all?), and any comparisons have to be 100% subjective by the same token. And even by that much more lax standard, most dubs still don't measure up to the original!
EDIT: Actually, re-reading your post I think we're in agreement. I just take it as a given that dubs are not faithful to the original, and so I didn't even mention it. So yes my preference for the French dub is subjective, absolutely. Incidentally I don't speak French--when I listen to it, I use subs!