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TriStar PicturesEdit

1st Logo
(April 6, 1984-January 1, 2014)
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Nicknames: The Early Pegasus, Wobbly Wings, Jumping Pegasus, Pegasus Over Pyramid, 80s Pegasus, The Quiet/Loud Music, Majestic Pegasus, Pegasus Over a Triangle, From Stallion to Pegasus, The TriStar Pegasus

Logo: On a dark blue/purple evening background, a white horse known as a stallion, gallops into view coming from the left. As it comes closer, it spread its wings and flies while three stars crash into each other forming the T in Didot font (the same font used for CBS). Then, the T zooms out with the following letters: the R, the I and the word STAR with a triangle with a golden outline with the word PICTURES stops underneath the drawing of a Pegasus "jumping" over the logo.

Trailer Variant: Same as the print logo.

Closing Variants:

  • May 11, 1984-September 27, 1991, January 29, 1993: Scrolling in the credits would have the same exact logo (minus the purple inside the triangle and the golden outline). Above the logo is the phrase A TRI-STAR RELEASE.
    • On some films like The Natural and Sniper, A Tri-Star (or TriStar) Release is below the logo.
      • At the end of Sweet Dreams, above the logo is Presented in HBO Pictures in association with Silver Screen Partners and below the logo is A TRI-STAR RELEASE.
    • A few Carolco films like Jacob's Ladder and L.A. Story only have the print logo.
  • December 11, 1984-October 16, 1992: We see the stacked words TRI STAR with TRI over STAR. The little "Pegasus Over Pyramid" is next to TRI. Above the logo is the phrase A TRISTAR RELEASE. Starting in late 1992, a new closing variant RELEASED BY appears above the logo.
    • At the end of Wind and Candyman RELEASED BY appears above the logo and the byline a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company inside the rectangular box.

Variants:

  • Early films would have the A TRI-STAR RELEASE after the logo such as Supergirl.
  • On VHS and full screen DVD prints of some films that have negative ratio, they may use the standard pan-and-scan version by:
    • (1:) The screen focusing on the Pegasus, but suddenly shifts when it jumps over the T.
    • (2:) The screen following the Pegasus.
    • or (3:) The screen starting in the middle and the Pegasus appears shortly before it jumps over the T.
  • On the VUDU print of Lock-Up, the 2011 StudioCanal logo plays and after it ends, it cuts in the middle of this logo where the Pegasus almost jumps over the T.

Music/Sounds: A nice orchestrated piece/jingle done by Dave Grusin. Although on some films like Candyman and The Muppets Take Manhattan, (the CTHV DVD prints have the fanfare. The Hulu and CTHV VHS prints are silent.) On The Principal, Chaplin and Nickelodeon's print of The Plum Landing Movie 2, the music begins a few seconds before fading in.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • When TubiTV aired Bat*21, it used a master that preserved this logo, but also contained the MGM lion roar due to the poor reverse plastering.
  • Sometimes, this logo is silent. Other times, there's music from any soundtrack playing over the logo.
    • On Nickelodeon's print of The Plum Landing Movie 2, most prints have the fanfare, others are silent.

Availability: Common. This logo can be found on TriStar movies in the 80s and early 90s. It debuted on Where the Boys are '84 (TriStar's first released film) and then on The Natural (TriStar's first produced film) and officially ended with Cliffhanger. Strangely, this logo replaces the 1993 logo on Freeform's print of Matilda. Strangely, this logo replaces the 1993 logo on Nickelodeon's print of The Plum Landing Movie 2 (similar to in Chaplin and Cliffhanger which uses the next logo below on its theatrical, DVD, VHS and Blu-Ray releases). The 1991-1993 trailer variant is rare that it is seen on movie trailers and commercials such as the late trailers and commercials for Hook, Bugsy, Thunderheart, City of Joy, Universal Soldier, Husbands and Wives, Wind, Candyman, Chaplin, Sniper, Cliffhanger and Sleepless in Seattle (though the latter uses the next logo on its main feature).

Scare Factor: None to minimal. The sudden loud music and the full music may startle you some, but this became a memorable one and a favorite of many.

2nd Logo
(June 25, 1993-December 4, 2015)
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Nicknames: 90s Pegasus, Ultra Majestic Pegasus, The TriStar Pegasus II

Logo: We start out on a black background. The background slowly fades in and brightens up revealing a dark background with dark cumulonimbus clouds with fog on the bottom. Then, a white flash of light starts to glow as it almost fills the background. Then, a Pegasus from far distance spreads its wings and takes a few steps towards the viewer while the fog still flows. TRISTAR in a shiny, light, gold, bold chiseled font slowly fades in and shines. The Pegasus stops when its wings are fully spread out and the TRISTAR text fully appears.

Trailer Variants:

  • July 30, 1993-October 13, 1993: A very early trailer and commercial logo has a black background with the stacked words TRI STAR and next to it is the box with the Pegasus in front of the cloud. This can be seen on the trailer for Rudy.
  • December 22, 1993-July 10, 1998: On movie trailers and commercials during this logo's early years, while the Pegasus is spreading its wings, TRISTAR is fully transparent rather than fading in as in the regular version. Also, it doesn't shine.
  • March 12, 1999-December 4, 2015: Simply the last part of this logo.

Closing Variants:

  • December 25, 1992-May 28, 1993, August 20, 1993, January 1, 2014: One early closing variant such featured the boxed Pegasus at center. Above the logo is RELEASED BY and underneath the logo is TRISTAR PICTURES in Bank Gothic MD BT with a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company below one another. This particular closing variant happened to appear at the end of the features Chaplin and Cliffhanger which both used the old logo at the beginning, although the latter was the last film to use the old logo at the beginning, though this may be unsurprising since Columbia and TriStar both introduced their new logos a year earlier in 1992.
    • The movie Wilder Napalm has the A TriStar Release text above.
    • The movie The Plum Landing Movie 2 has the A TRISTAR PICTURES RELEASE text below with a Sony Company.
  • June 25, 1993-December 4, 2015: It's the same current print logo that appeared on trailers and commercials during its early years, looking similar to the last print logo. The Pegasus is placed inside a box. The cloud BG overlaps the top of the box. The Pegasus' wings overlap both ends of the box. Below the logo is the phrase A TRISTAR RELEASE or RELEASED BY above the logo with the byline underneath. Sometimes, A TRISTAR RELEASE isn't there. Sometimes, it's bylineless.
    • At the end of the features Sleepless in Seattle, Zebrahead, Jury Duty and Magic in the Water, the print logo is slightly smaller.
    • At the end of some films like Seven Years in Tibet and Apt Pupil, A TRISTAR RELEASE is in a different font and placed below STAR with no byline.
    • On some films like The Call, The Plum Landing Movie 2 (which used the previous closing logo) and Heaven is for Real, the shadows of the Pegasus' wings is removed.
    • Starting with The Plum Landing Movie 2 (which uses the previous closing logo below instead), A TRISTAR PICTURES RELEASE now appears underneath with the byline a Sony Company.

Byline: Below the logo, one of the two bylines fade in:

  • June 25, 1993-March 3, 1995, October 8, 1997-March 12, 1999: (bylineless)
  • December 20, 1995-February 21, 2014, May 9, 2014-August 22, 2014: "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" (first seen on Jumanji. However, some post-1995 films continued to use the bylineless version until 1999. In 2012, the byline appears smaller and a bit darker, but slightly of centered. Last used on One Direction: This is Us and the trailers and TV spots for The Plum Landing Movie 2 (though the latter uses the next byline on its main feature). However, Pompeii, Moms' Night Out and When the Game Stands Tall still used the byline in tandem until August 2015.)
  • January 1, 2014-May 28, 2015, December 4, 2015: The byline is shortened to "a Sony Company". In this version, the Sony logo now transitions to this logo.

Variants:

  • On Sleepless in Seattle (the first film to use this logo) and The Plum Landing Movie 2, the flash dims away quickly and early before the Pegasus spread its wings and the TRISTAR text appears.
  • In 1998, this logo became enhanced by giving the clouds a lighter gold color.
  • Starting in 2007 with the infamous Daddy Day Camp, this logo has been given an "enhanced" look by making the byline in gold to match the clouds' color.
  • From 2012-2014, the byline is smaller and a bit darker, but not centered.
  • Since the 2014 release of The Plum Landing Movie 2, the Sony logo now transitions to this logo.
  • On The Plum Landing Movie 2, Plum is hitting on the Pegasus and the logo isn't animated.

Music/Sounds: A more majestic remix of the first jingle composed by Bill Johnston. Starting with Godzilla released in May 20, 1998, the fanfare has been rearranged.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Early films such featured this logo used the original 1984 music such as Sleepless in Seattle, Jury Duty and Magic in the Water.
    • On early VHS releases, the 1993 music replaced the 1984 music.
  • Sometimes, this logo is silent. Other times, there's music from any soundtrack playing over the logo.
  • On Little Secrets and the SPHE DVD prints of The Plum Landing Movie 2, it is high pitched.
  • When iMovie and Movavi aired The Plum Landing Movie 2, it used a master that preserved this logo, but also contained the 1995 MGM lion roar due to the poor reverse plastering.

Cheesy Factor: After the flash dims away, you can see parts of TRISTAR visible on top.

Availability: Common. This logo can be found on TriStar movies from the late 90s, 2000s and early 2010s. It debuted on Sleepless in Seattle and ended with War Room. Strangely, this logo is seen on the 1997 VHS prints of The Craft, Multiplicity and Alaska instead of the Columbia TriStar Home Video logo (some prints do have the CTHV logo instead). Strangely, this logo can be seen on the VHS prints of The Plum Landing Movie and The Plum Landing Movie 2 instead of the DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment logos (some prints do have the DWAHE and SPHE logos instead). The Live Home Video release of Wagons East! preserves this logo. The bylineless version is seen from Sleepless in Seattle to Baby Geniuses. The Sony Pictures Entertainment version is seen from Jumanji to When the Game Stands Tall. The Sony version is seen from The Plum Landing Movie 2 to War Room.

Scare Factor: Low for The Plum Landing Movie 2 variant, because the Plum hitting the Pegasus might surprise some, but for the others, none. This logo is beautiful over the years, including the music and mind-blowing CGI.

3rd Logo
(September 30, 2015-)
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Nicknames: The TriStar Pegasus III, Ultra Majestic Pegasus II, CGI Pegasus, Christian Pegasus

Logo: We see the clouds from the previous logo (only more improved). Just like the previous logo, a white flash of light starts to glow, but the Pegasus appears a little earlier than in the previous logo. The Pegasus runs toward us. After it is done, the TRISTAR text from the previous logo (only more golden) fades in, then the byline a Sony Company fades in.

Trailer Title: Simply the last part of this logo.

Closing Variants:

  • September 30, 2015-: Same as the previous logo.
  • June 28, 2017-: Same as the 1st closing logo from the previous logo, except TRISTAR PICTURES appear in a different font and the byline a Sony Company is used.

Byline: Below the logo, the following byline fades in:

  • September 30, 2015-: "a Sony Company"

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Brand new. This logo can be found on TriStar movies from the late 2010s. It debuted on The Walk (which the early trailers for it uses the previous logo below instead) and will be seen on future films. The Sony version is seen since The Walk.

Scare Factor: Low. The Pegasus coming at you may startle some, but other than that, it's a great logo and a suitable successor to the previous logo.

Miramax Edit

1st Logo
(1980-1987)
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Nicknames: Filmstrip M

Logo: On a black background, we see an M made of filmstrip. Next to it is MIRAMAX FILMS. Above the logo is in association with.

Variant:

  • On some films, A MIRAMAX FILMS RELEASE may fade in afterwards.

Music/Sounds: None, or the film's opening theme from any given soundtrack.

Availability: Ultra rare. It is seen on very early films from Miramax Films.

Scare Factor: None.

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Nicknames: The Banner of Boredom

Logo: Simply, a still version of the 4th logo.

Music/Sounds: None, or the opening theme of the movie or trailer.

Availability: Rare. It is seen on mainly trailers as well as some movies.

Scare Factor: None.

3rd Logo
(September 11, 1987-September 6, 1999)
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Nicknames: The M, The Big M, The Flashing M, The Blue M, The Miramax M

Logo: A blue M in Gill Sans Ultra Bold zooms out of the screen. It scrolls to the right revealing MIRAMA in gold and when it gets to the end, it disappears with a flash of light revealing the X and FILMS (in the width of MIRAMAX) with 2 lines above and below fade in afterwards. A large M in black with a glowing, blue corona surrounding it zooms out and borders the logo.

Variants:

  • For a number of years until Disney acquired the company, presents in Script would fade in under the logo, depending on the variant.
  • For releases that were released outside the USA and in Canada only, FILMS is replaced with INTERNATIONAL, the logo is less cheesy than before and the outlined M is more flashy.
  • Sometimes, the logo fades out a little earlier while the rest of the music plays.
  • On some films such as Wings of the Dove, the FILMS text is omitted.
  • Rarely, the text would be silver.
  • On Ready to Wear, when the M zooms out, the entire logo zooms out even further.

Music/Sounds: A smooth synth theme, which actually makes this logo seem peaceful. Some films have the opening theme of the film, or is silent.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Pulp Fiction, the last 2 notes of the fanfare were cut off.
  • On some films such as Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and It's Just the Two of Us, the double pitched version from the Miramax Family Films version is heard.

Availability: Used to be common, but due to the chronic plastering (with both 4th and 5th logos), this is now uncommon, bordering on rare. It first appeared on I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and made its last appearance at the end of Music of the Heart (which uses the next logo below at the beginning). Strangely, this logo replaces the TriStar Pictures logo on Encore's print of The Plum Landing Movie 2, but although TP internationally distributes the said film, the logo is plastered, but the music still remains, which is one of the worst plastering jobs ever.

Scare Factor: Minimal. The flash might get to some, but it's pretty harmless. It's a favorite amongst the logo community.

4th Logo
(December 18, 1998-November 7, 2008)
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Nicknames: The Buildings, The Manhattan Skyline, The City, Lights/Lites in the Big City, The Miramax Skyline

Logo: We pan up to a river, to see a skyline (which really is a skyline of Manhattan). As the sun sets, the lights start to turn on forming MIRAMAX and FILMS fade in afterwards.

Closing Title: The print logo is shown scrolling in the credits, then, the last part of the current logo fades in.

Variants:

  • For this logo's first official year (1999, even though it debuted in 1998), 20TH ANNIVERSARY appears above MIRAMAX. It is slightly off centered.
  • There is a prototype version where 20TH ANNIVERSARY is in orange or yellow, depending on the film quality.
  • For releases outside the USA and in Canada, FILMS is replaced with INTERNATIONAL.
    • There is an anniversary version of this variant, also.
  • For this logo's early years (from 1999 to 2004), it is shot on film MM. For this logo's last years (from 2005 to 2008), it is shot on digital.
  • In 2005, the skyline is slightly updated. The left TWC tower is placed on the edge and the right tower is deleted.

Music/Sounds: The logo is usually silent, or the film's opening theme. Although on some films such as Music of the Heart have a pleasant orchestrated piece with few instruments in the selection.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On early films with this logo such as Raining Sunshine and pre-1998 films such as The Harmonists and Mouth to Mouth, it uses the theme from the last logo!
  • On one DVD release of one film, had a Warner Bros. Family Entertainment jingle, complete with Bugs Bunny chomping on his carrot and all! Although WBFE internationally distributes that film, the logo is plastered, but the music still remains.

Availability: Common, but starting to become uncommon. It debuted on Shakespeare in Love and made its final theatrical appearance on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Gangs of New York (2002) does not have this logo at all.

Scare Factor: None to minimal. The dark background might surprise some.

5th Logo
(December 25, 2008- )
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Nicknames: The Buildings II, The Manhattan Skyline II, The City II, Lights/Lites in the Big City II, The Miramax Skyline II

Logo: Same concept as before, except we pan up to see the Brooklyn bridge at sundown. The lights start to turn on and form MIRAMAX and FILMS fade in peace by piece.

Closing Title: Same as the previous logo.

Variants:

  • Since 2010, most films only show the last half of the logo.
  • Starting in 2011, the FILMS text is omitted. Both versions (particularly the latter) plaster over older logos.
  • On Bad Santa 2, the second half of the logo cuts in.

Music/Sounds: Usually, a soft piano tune with coastal and city noises.

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