Largo Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Logophile and CuriousGeorge60

Editions by
thehugetvfan, Shadeed A. Kelly and Prodigy012

Video captures courtesy of
LogicSmash, No. and Broken Saw

Background

Largo Entertainment was a production company founded in August 1989. It was ran by movie producers and brothers Lawrence and Charles Gordon and was backed by Japanese electronics firm JVC/Victor in an investment that cost more than $100 million. The production company released their first film, Point Break, in 1991. In 1992, they formed "Largo International N.V.", a short-lived international division of Largo Entertainment that was established shortly after Largo itself was founded. Largo went out of business in 1999, and their film library was acquired by InterMedia in 2001. Warner Bros. holds video rights to most of the InterMedia-owned Largo Entertainment library, with a few exceptions.

(July 12, 1991-September 10, 1999)

Logo: On a black background, a red line scrolls down. As it does this, the word "LARGO" rises up. They both rest in the middle of the screen. Then the word "ENTERTAINMENT" crawls down from below the red line and stops. Then the byline "IN ASSOCIATION WITH JVC ENTERTAINMENT, INC." with the JVC logo in its corporate font, between "WITH" and "JVC" fades in below.

Variants:

  • From February 7-November 18, 1992, the word "ENTERTAINMENT" is replaced with the words "INTERNATIONAL N.V." on international prints of some films.
  • A still version of this logo was seen at the end credits of John Carpenter's Vampires.

FX/SFX: The red line, the "LARGO" rising, "ENTERTAINMENT" crawling down, and the appearance of the JVC byline.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized theme with jingles throughout the piece. Sometimes, the opening theme of the movie is heard.

Music/Sounds Variant: On one (possibly non-USA) print of This World, Then the Fireworks, you can actually hear the Orion Pictures jingle in the background (its Classics division released it in the United States).

Availability: Rare. Seen on films from Largo Entertainment such as Point Break, The Super, Dr. Giggles, Judgment Night, Timecop, The Getaway (the 1994 remake starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger), Mulholland Falls, Omega Doom, Adrenalin: Fear the Rush, Meet Wally Sparks and John Carpenter's Vampires. On current prints of some of these, with examples being Timecop and films on double feature DVDs by Warner Home Video, this is replaced by the current InterMedia logo but leaves the original distributors logo (the 1981 20th Century Fox and 1991 Universal Pictures logos, for example) intact; thus, resulting in the most unusual logo combos ever. The "INTERNATIONAL N.V." variant was seen on international prints of Malcolm X. The last film to use this logo was Grey Owl, starring Pierce Brosnan.

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