Mandalay Pictures (also known as Mandalay Vision; formerly Mandalay Entertainment) is a film production studio founded in 1995 by Hollywood producer Peter Guber, a year after leaving as head of Sony Pictures Entertainment. It is named after the city of Mandalay, Myanmar. In 1997, Lionsgate purchased Mandalay until 2003, when it became independent again. In 2008, Mandalay formed an independent division and later in 2011, it was changed to Mandalay Vision.
(August 16, 1996-)
Nickname: "The Tiger", "Mandalay Tiger"
Logo: In a black-and-white jungle, we see the sun shining through trees in Mandalay, Myanmar. The camera pans down towards the bottom of the jungle, where an Indochinese tiger emerges in a vibrant, orange color. It walks towards the camera while a box zooms out and surrounds its head as it turns into a stylized drawing of itself through a slashing effect. The text "mandalay" appears above the logo (in a script font) while "ENTERTAINMENT" appears below.
- On The Fan (the first film from the company), the logo starts after the stylized tiger has fully formed. The international release starts with the normal long version instead (prior to the TriStar Pictures logo, instead of the other way around).
- Starting in 1999, the word "PICTURES" replaces "ENTERTAINMENT".
- Sometimes, there is nothing below the name.
- During the Lionsgate ownership from 1999-2003, a byline "A LIONS GATE COMPANY" was shown below.
- On Never Back Down, the text "INDEPENDENT PICTURES" is seen below the logo.
- An in-credit version appears at the end of Into the Blue.
- There is a shortened version of the logo where it begins with the tiger emerging from the jungle.
- On the Mandalay Vision version, the ending of the logo changes slightly. The stylized tiger is now in black-and-white, while the text "VISION" in a bubbly water font appears from lightly splashed water. On some other films from the division, it's just the normal version with "VISION" below, albeit with the orange on the stylized tiger slighty goldish brown.
FX/SFX: The tiger emerging. Mostly live-action, which is done in a really unique fashion. This was done by Picturemill.
Music/Sounds: A jungle-like tribal theme, which ends with a sword-drawing sound effect as the tiger's head turns into a drawing and turns into a majestic six-note fanfare. This was composed by Jonathan Elias. Sometimes, the opening theme is heard.
Availability: Common. It was first seen on The Fan.
- The short version of this logo can be seen on Little Evil and on US prints of Sleepy Hollow.
- The long version can be seen on films such as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Desperate Measures, and non-US prints of Sleepy Hollow, among others.
- The Independent variant appears on Never Back Down.
- The logo with the Lionsgate byline appears on some films such as Serving Sara.
- The Vision variant appears on films such as The Kids Are All Right, Soul Surfer, Vanishing on 7th Street, Bernie and The Voices.
Editor's Note: This is a favorite of many. The Independent variant is known to be wasted as it only appeared on the title above.