Rastar (pronounced "Raystar") was a film production company founded by Ray Stark 1966 as "Rastar Pictures". His first production was the 1968 release, Funny Girl and all of his releases were released by Columbia Pictures until 1979. In 1974, Columbia acquired Rastar Pictures. Stark also founded "Rastar Films", the reincarnated Rastar Pictures, which eventually would get acquired by Columbia in 1980. Stark's final film was the 2000 TV movie, Alley Cats Strike! (as Rastar Television), which was co-produced by Walt Disney Television and aired on Disney Channel. Rastar was closed in 2001 and was folded into Columbia Pictures. Most of the Rastar releases are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment except for The Hunter and Harriet the Spy (both owned by Paramount Pictures), Smokey and the Bandit II, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Secret of My Success, Biloxi Blues, and Somewhere in Time (all owned by Universal Studios), The Goodbye Girl and White Hunter Black Heart (all owned by Warner Bros. Pictures), and Barbarians at the Gate (owned by HBO).
1st Logo (November 3, 1970-June 22, 1983)
Logo: On the end-title from any movie, we see the text "From Rastar".
Technique: The scrolling of the end credits.
Music/Sounds: The closing music of the film or music from any given soundtrack.
Availability: Seen on the end credits of Casey's Shadow, Hot Stuff, California Suite, and Annie, among others.
2nd Logo (May 13, 1983-October 8, 1999)
Nicknames: "RASTAR", "The Star"
Logo: We see bold text that says "RASTAR" with the shape of a star cut out of the second letter "A".
- On The Secret of My Success and Harriet the Spy, the text "From" isn't seen above.
- On Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, the logo appears superimposed in-credit.
Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the movie.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Harriet the Spy, Revenge, and To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, among other releases. The superimposed variant can be seen on Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip when aired on the Starz Encore networks.