Trans World Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Reactor37654, mr3urious and rj4712

Captures by
MachineryNoise, Eric S., V of Doom, Supermarty-o, and TimYeiLogoCollector

Editions by
Blue2000 and Michael Kenchington

Video captures courtesy of
AdjustTracking and DudeThatLogo

Background

Trans World Entertainment was started up and ran by Moshe Diamant and Eduard Sarlui. It is not to be confused with another company of the same name which operates stores such as f.y.e. Its library would comprise Epic's Sigma library, and is currently owned by MGM through Orion after it purchased the Epic Alphabet Libraries from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

1st Logo (1984-December 27, 1989)

Logo: On a space background (look closely and you can see stars when the logo forms), we see a Tron-like grid with a fuchsia glow above it. As we go above the grid, a red and blue ribbon appears and makes a stylized "W". Smaller ribbons extend out of the main ribbon to form a "T" and an "E". "TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT" appears below the "TWE". The logo then "sparkles".

Variants:

  • On some releases, after the logo fades out, the red/white word "PRESENTS" would appear in the center of the screen.
  • A recent Screenpix Westerns airing of Duel in the Eclipse had the name of the movie superimposed over a majority of the logo.

Technique: The grid, the ribbon moving, and the sparkling.

Music/Sounds: A six-note synthesized theme that contains a section that sounds a lot like Viacom's "V of Doom" jingle.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • Another variant that was seen on Impact HD's print of Ator 3: Iron Warrior (1987) had the 1995 MGM lion roar playing instead due to sloppy plastering.
  • Sometimes, it is silent instead or may have the film's opening music play over it.
  • On Catch the Heat, a re-arranged version was heard.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • Appeared on B-movies on VHS in the '80s, most notably The Tomb, Soldier's Revenge, Outlaw Force, Nightmare Sisters, Defense Play, Monster Dog, Alien Predators, Jailbird Rock, Deadly Weapon, The Caller, Maniac Cop, Hobgoblins, and also on older VHS tapes of some DFE cartoons, such as The Barkleys and The Houndcats, among others.
  • Also appears on Catch the Heat and a low pitched version could be found on the Hulu print of Creature (1985) when it was still up there and was used on some of this company's theatrical releases, including Pray for Death (1985).
  • This was also seen on the original RCA/Columbia VHS of Arena and the original HBO Video VHS of Riding the Edge.
  • Also recently spotted on local station airings of Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), and can be found on the original VHS.
  • Also present on Comet airings of Creature and Curse II: The Bite. It is also presumed to be present on the 2007 MGM/Fox DVD of the latter film, though missing from Scream Factory's Blu-Ray.


2nd Logo (October 1987-September 25, 1991)

Logo: Against a black background, a blue ribbon with a white outline zooms out, quickly forming a W similar to the previous logo, colored blue and red (from left to right). The "T" and "E" also take form similarly to the previous logo. The words "TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT", written in a Microgramma font, fade in below when the logo forms.

Variant: On trailers from this company, "Coming From" would be above the logo.

Technique: The ribbon forming, which is only a small improvement from the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: A Chariots of Fire-like theme.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some movies like Teen Witch the opening theme plays over it.
  • Sometimes it is silent instead.
  • There is a variant with the first logo's music playing over it.
  • On some releases, an announcer would also be heard saying the company name.

Availability: Mainly used on theatrical releases such as Teen Witch, The Wild Pair, Night Game, and Seven Hours to Judgment, though it may be plastered by the MGM logo on newer prints. On the Media VHS and the now-defunct FEARnet's print of Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Also on the Arrow Films Blu-Ray), and on Starz Encore Action airings of Arena (as well as the Shout! Factory DVD), this plasters the 1st logo. Was also surprisingly spotted on a screener VHS of Red Nights, released on video by Trans World themselves. Also seen on ThisTV airings of Kansas.


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