50th Street Films

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50th Street Films was a banner of Troma Entertainment that distributed arthouse/indie/Z-grade/horror films aimed at mainstream audiences, rather than the raunchy horror-comedies the company is known for. Strangely, the company is most notably known as the original distributor of the family-oriented Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro.

(September 8, 1990-1999)

Logo: On a black background, we see the words:

Distributed by 50th Street ___________FILMS T R O M A, I N C.

There are three lines to the right of "FILMS". The logo zooms in and stops in place, taking up 3/4 of the screen.

Technique: The zooming in of the logo.

Music/Sounds: None, but on some films, it has the opening audio of children playing in the background.

Availability: Extremely rare. Most of their distributed films were independent, horror, or Z-grade material, with some having this logo while most do not feature it or remove it due to rights changes. Appears on the Streamline Pictures dub of My Neighbor Totoro, which is intact on both the U.S. Fox Video 1995 VHS and 2002 DVDs; it is not present on newer releases of the film, as the rights later went to Disney and now GKIDS, and the newer English dub the former produced (and is currently used) excises this logo. This was also seen on the theatrical print of Bride of Re-Animator, as well as the German LaserParadise DVD, but most other home video releases and TV prints do not retain this logo; It is unknown if this was preserved on the Arrow Films USA release.

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