Medusa Communications

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
mr3urious and kidinbed

Captures by
TheUndertaker180 and kidinbed

Editions by
Optimus Prime 2000, Kobepedia and CooleyBoy10

Video captures courtesy of
Not to be confused with the Mediaset company of a similar name.



1st Logo (1981-1990)

Logo: Against a black BG, a purple box spins out with a residue-trailing effect. Then, a series of tiles are formed in a counterclockwise spiral pattern, forming a yellow Medusa against a red BG. Finally, "MEDUSA" (in a thick white font) slides up in a residue-trailing effect, followed by "COMMUNICATIONS LTD" (in a smaller white Impact font), which lacks any sort of trailing effects.

Technique: The tiles and trailing effects.

Music/Sounds: A synth humming sound as the box spins out, and a deep, ancient-sounding synth fanfare as the Medusa is formed.

Availability: Rare; seen on some old British, and German tapes, as well as some Japanese tapes released by the company Pack-In Video. This was also used on some Australian CBS/Fox releases too.

2nd Logo (1988-2004)

Logo: On a black background, a blue filmstrip is seen scrolling upwards. As the camera zooms out and tilts, the Medusa Pictures logo on a black square scrolls along it. The logo has "Medusa" in a bulky-looking font, with a line running along the "edusa" part of it, partially involving the "d". Below it is "PICTURES" aligned to the left in a tall sans serif font. The logo continues to scroll along a zigzag-like pattern of flimstrips, as the camera pans by them. Upon reaching the last part of the filmstrip, 2 red lasers cut a section off and the filmstrip flies offscreen. The remaining square tilts to an upwards angle as the text emerges from the squaure by a shining effect, turning a red/blue graident color. The text then shines.

Variant: A short variant exists that's mainly seen on trailers.

Technique: The filmstrip rolling, the lasers cutting the logo, the text emerging and shining.

Music/Sounds: A new age tune, followed by church bells.

Availability: Rare; seen on mainly British VHS & DVD releases from this company before its acquisition by Contender in 2004. It also makes a strange appearance on the Brazilian VHS release of Moon 44, plastering the Overseas Filmgroup logo.

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