New version of IMDb advanced title search launched

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We are pleased to launch a new version of the IMDb advanced title search today.  At the moment we have the same interface available at http://www.imdb.com/search/title with new software powering the results. In the long term we will be providing new, more powerful search options. 

The new software is more up-to-date and more flexible than the old software.  Our aim is to make the search results backwards compatible, so in theory, the only differences between the old and new search results should be an improved layout and more timely results. However, with millions of bookmarks and entry points to the new search, it was not possible to cover every combination in testing ahead of the launch, sorry. 

We have already seen reports of some issues and we are working on these now.  This thread will be used to gather all feedback and bug reports. 

Please let us know here if you see anything unusual with the advance search results, thanks. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem with advanced title search.

Since today, when I search, for example, for the best movies with 6.9 rating, the results displays the movies in popularity order. The first place is the most popular 6.9 movie of the moment and not the movie which is closer to 7.0. 
And, for example, when I search for the best movies with a maximum 6.9 rating, the results apparently are in rating order, since the 6.8 movies are shown below the 6.9 movies. But the groups of movies with 6.9, 6.8 and so on, when isolated, are in popularity order. Please, fix it, since there is a great difference between an almost 7.0 movie and an almost 6.8 movie and I like to know which is which. 
Thanks and sorry for my english. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bug in search results - advanced search - year - show more.

Hello. Today, I got this bug while searching for movies. Filter: Advanced search, year, and 2006. Then I get a list a list of 10 movies but , but when I click on "Show more" then I get a list of "Most popular movies". I'm expecting to see the expanded list of first 50 movies from 2006, but suddenly I get a completely different list. This must be a bug.  The link is http://www.imdb.com/year/2006 and click on "show more".
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled IMDb ATS.

the query parameter seems to have been renamed from "year" -> "release_date". so for example to search most popular titles in 1998 the url is: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?release_date=1998&title_type=feature&sort=moviemeter,asc

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: I can't see the most voted feature films released in a specific year..
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Years section seems to be glitching..

If you click on any year from a film title (Or the 'Years' section), it will take you to a page like this : http://www.imdb.com/year/1939/

But when you click "show more" at the bottom the link isn't working properly and it is giving a list of 344,673 titles, starting with 2016. It was working in the last day or two, because I use this feature virtually daily. This is from the main website and I tried it on both Chrome and Internet Explorer. Thanks!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I can't see the most voted feature films released in a specific year..

I tried to see the ''Most Voted Titles Released In 2015'' (and another specific years). When I clicked ''show more'' site shows the ''Most Voted Titles''. All times, not a single year. 
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Hello,

Before, when I selected a language in advanced search, the results it gave me were for movies for which that was the primary language. Now it gives all movies with dialogue in that language, even if it is only a few words (for example, Ip Man 3 comes up when I search for English-language films even though the film is mostly in Cantonese). It would be a good idea to have a "primary language" selector in the advanced search.
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Thanks for the feedback but the old software behaved the same way with respect to languages. One workaround for this is to search by country and language.
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"Thanks for the feedback but the old software behaved the same way with respect to languages. " No it did not. At some point yes, but recently it only showed results that referred to the first language listed.
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Col,

Thanks. I'm happy to see that the Advanced Search now makes use of the new technology.

I noticed immediately that this search now sorts the films properly by MOVIEmeter rank:
Most Popular Feature Films
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&view=simple
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I hate it. The votes do not show up in the Advanced Search screen anymore and the superfluous cover images are simply redundant in a compact search. Please can't we have the data presented as it was in the old version.
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I didn't like either. Now, we have thousands of bugs and the way the results are displayed are not clean and simple anymore. 
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The votes not showing up is really a big issue.
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Like Steven Arnold above, I use the advanced search by year feature on a daily basis, and have several years bookmarked.
My 1973 list now looks like this:  http://www.imdb.com/search/title?at=0&licb=0.2588968437630683&sort=release_date_us,asc&s...
My 2011 list isn't showing up at all:  http://www.imdb.com/search/title?at=0&licb=0.2588968437630683&sort=release_date_us,asc&s...
I hope this issue is resolved soon.
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Col, Advanced Title Search is disregarding my selection of "US TV Airings" as Title Data.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New software doesn't allow real search within a given year!!!.

When I search for a specific year, whether for highest user rating or number of votes, it always brings me to this mostly 2015/2016 movies screen (in other words, there is a serious bug in this new software). Now we cannot know the best or at least best-rated movies in any given year from top to bottom, this new system is much worse and very inconvenient!!)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled advance title search problems.

Besides the bug that I already reported (movies are shown by popularity order instead of rating order when we search for the best movies with, for example, 6.9 rating) there is another one: some movies nominated for Oscars has disappeared from the search results when we look for Oscar-nominated movies. Overall, I didn't like the new system. The way the results are displayed in the detailed mode are ugly, confused and over-detailed. Thanks and sorry for my english. 
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Most Voted Titles You Haven't Seen (http://www.imdb.com/search/title?count=50&my_ratings=exclude&sort=num_votes,desc)
shows "No results"
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Hi Artem Konstantinov,

It works if you select at least one of the Title Types such as Feature Films or some other criteria beside films you haven't seen.

For instances these searches works:
Most Popular Feature Films
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature

Most Popular Feature Films You Haven't Seen
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=exclude&title_type=feature

Most Popular Feature Films You Have Seen
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&title_type=feature

Most Popular Titles Released 1800-01-01 to 2050-12-31
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?release_date=1800,2050

Most Popular Titles You Have Seen, Released 1800-01-01 to 2050-12-31
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=restrict&release_date=1800,2050

Note to Staff: This search doesn't work properly. It returns no results.

Most Popular Titles You Haven't Seen, Released 1800-01-01 to 2050-12-31
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?my_ratings=exclude&release_date=1800,2050
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Why isn't refined search by countries and languages in watchlist not available anymore? Before, I used to add phrases in the URL like "&explore=countries" or "&explore=languages" and that would result in a box (or a list) right on the screen with various languages or countries where movies originated from. Now it's gone, nothing happens when I add these options.
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The old way of filtering to search for cast/crew by role no longer works.  You used to be able to add
...&role=nm01234567|actors... (for example) to limit your search to appearances by a cast member as an actor.  Is there a way for the new software to accomodate such searches?
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Hello. I still get an error here:

http://www.imdb.com/year/

and choose one year, say 2006

http://www.imdb.com/year/2006

then I get the 10 first movies, but when I click on "show more", I get a completely different list

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?year=2006,2006&title_type=feature&sort=moviemeter,asc


Hope you fix this soon.

-Eirik G-
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When I click "Show More" when I browse movies by any year, it auto-directs me to ....

When I click "Show More" when I browse movies by any year, it auto-directs me to 2016 most feautured movies.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled problem of "Search" function.

Recently, i can't use complexe searchings like this "http://www.imdb.com/search/title?at=0&countries=fr&sort=release_date_fr&start=101&ye...".
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I complete: in this phrase the part : "sort=release_date_fr" does not work
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I used to add exlamation mark to search for anything BUT that parameter but now that's not working. For example when adding !countries=in it showed up titles in every country but India. This was extremelly useful especially for countries and languages cause it's really impossible to add every country or language in the search except the one you don't want.

Any chance this can be fixed?
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BTW this post here by ljdoncel explains it better in terms of how it worked. https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/add-option-to-exclude-country-from-advanced-title-search
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This is useful for genre searches too.  E.g. Comedy not drama..  Please fix this as a number of my bookmarks used this feature.
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George, IMDb has confirmed that exclusions don't work in the new Advanced Title Search at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/-option-doesnt-work-in-advanced-title-search-new-version?top...
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The movies which have won special achievement awards on Oscars, for example Return of the Jedi (visual effects) and The Jazz Singer (for its technical achievements), are no longer appearing when we look for Oscar-winning pictures. That also includes all the movies which won the special awards for foreign-language film before the category turns into a competitive category with more than one nominee. Please fix it. These were categories without more than one nominee, but it was the Oscars just the same. In 82 and 84, there were more than one nominee for visual effects, but in 83 the Academy decided that Return of the Jedi has no matches in that category. Just because the award was delivered directly to that movie team, that is no reason to that film to disappear from the lists of winners. Thanks and sorry for my english.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Oscars and the new advanced title search.

The movies which have won special achievement awards on Oscars, for example Return of the Jedi (visual effects) and The Jazz Singer (for its technical achievements), are no longer appearing when we look for Oscar-winning pictures. That also includes all the movies which won the special awards for foreign-language film before the category turns into a competitive category with more than one nominee. Please fix it. These were categories without more than one nominee, but it was the Oscars just the same. In 82 and 84, there were more than one nominee for visual effects, but in 83 the Academy decided that Return of the Jedi has no matches in that category. Just because the award was delivered directly to that movie team, that is no reason to that film to disappear from the lists of winners. Thanks and sorry for my english.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Search by banned films show no results..

I noticed that if you search banned films in a determined country, it doesn't returns any result. Just go to the Parent's Guide and look for a film that has been banned in any country: UK, Ukraine, New Zealand, Singapore... None of them show the results anymore. I don't know for how much time I am having this problem but I remember that it worked fine some time ago. Now, is this happening just with me? Or it is a problem with the site?
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This has been fixed now, thanks for the problem report.
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Help : I want to find american films from 1916 ordered by release date but the results are not correctly ordered, like before !!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New advanced title search. More bugs..

When I look for movies in US release date order, the results are first shown in popularity order. Then I have to switch manually to release date order. Anyway, the results that appear are in general release order, not in US release order, which is fine by me, but now IMDb must close the US release order option in the advance title search page, to avoid confusion and erroneous information. Another bug: I have selected, in my personal configuration page, that the movie titles must be shown in its US titles, but now, with the new advance title search, when the movie is not from US, it is shown with its brazilian title (Brazil is my country), and that's annoying cause I have selected the US titles exactly to avoid this type of incongruence on the results. 
I don't think that the results in real time are worth this new software full of bugs and flaws. I suggest that you come back the way it was. It was working perfectly. Thanks and sorry for my english. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can't search in my ratings anymore.

I used to be able to search in my own ratings by going to this link:
http://www.imdb.com/search/title?defaults=1&my_ratings=restrict

Now I get an overview of the most popular films in my ratings, which I don't find interesting, so why is this function removed? Is there any other way where I can see how many films I have seen with Fanny Ardant for example.

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