Astrion

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Astrion was a British home video distributor founded in 1995 by Ivor Scholsberg and was acquired by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in June 1998.

(1995-1999)

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Logo: On a starry dark blue space background, we see stars then one of them begins to move and reveals a blue diamond which it flies in from the distance in the top right corner of the screen, stopping on it's tip when it reaches the middle. Then as it appears the diamond flies around forwards top-first until it covers most of the screen then it turns on it's tip where it spins clockwise briefly before flying back to the middle of the screen. When it does so the 3D word "ASTRION" in Copperplate Gothic light flips in from the middle of the screen zooming out doing a backward somersault as it flies around the bottom of the screen placing it underneath where the blue diamond. As they both stop moving one at a time, the sparkle effect form a shiny star glows on the top of the diamond until it glows.

Variants

  • On VHS covers the logo is instead depictured in a blue six point star inside a black circle.
  • On the actual tapes, the star is white.

Technique: The diamond, the word, and the shining. Decent CGI for the time.

Music/Sounds: A low synth note, with a somber string theme playing over it.

Availability: Rare. Videotapes that have this logo include the Letterland series, Wizadora, and a handful of racing tapes such as Jeremy Clarkson's Motorsport Mayhem and it's sequel, More Motorcycle Mayhem along with tapes in the Murray series such as Magic Moments, Motorsport Spectacular and Formula One Celebration which it appears after the Vision Video Ltd. (which PolyGram acquired it in 1993) and followed by the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment logo.

Legacy: The animation may be bright, but the music may not sit well with a few.

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