TriStar Pictures

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Background

TriStar Pictures (originally spelled "Tri-Star") was formed in 1982 as a joint venture between Columbia Pictures (then owned by The Coca-Cola Company), HBO, and CBS, hence the name of the studio. Originally it was known as "Nova Pictures" until the name was changed on May 16, 1983 in order to avoid confusion with PBS's hit science series Nova. CBS was the first joint-owner who dropped out of the venture on November 15, 1985 and sold its interest to Columbia Pictures for $48 million. In 1986, HBO sold its shares in Tri-Star to Columbia as well and formed HBO Pictures.

On December 21, 1987, Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. was renamed to "Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc." and Coke merged Tri-Star and Columbia to become "Columbia/Tri-Star", of which Coca-Cola owned 80% of its stock. In late 1987, most of Tri-Star's releases were copyrighted under the "Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc." name until mid-1988, when it was reverted back to "Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.", as a new entity with that name was incorporated on April 13. In January 1988, CPE's stocks fell a little and Coke decreased its shares in CPE to 49%. On November 8, 1989, Sony Corporation of Japan acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment for $3.4 billion. On August 7, 1991, under Sony Pictures Entertainment, the hyphen (-) was taken off of the name to refer it to the current CamelCase-style name, "TriStar".

Early on (with a few exceptions), TriStar's films were released on home video by either RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), CBS/FOX/Key Video (now 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment), occasionally Vestron Video/Lightning Video (now Lionsgate Home Entertainment), or Thorn-EMI/HBO/Cannon Video/HBO Video (now HBO Home Entertainment), among other companies. In 1988, following Columbia's buyout of TriStar, home video distribution of films produced by the studio moved exclusively to RCA/Columbia. From 1985 until 1994, TriStar also distributed films produced by Carolco Pictures in the US and select international regions; these were released on the International Video Entertainment and Live Home Video labels (now Lionsgate Home Entertainment), often with TriStar's logo cut. Cliffhanger is the only Carolco film in which the rights were retained by the original distributor. The Taft Entertainment movies they released (such as The Monster Squad and Stephen King's The Running Man) now belong to Paramount Pictures after Taft merged into Republic and then Viacom. International distribution rights to Tri-Star's titles were previously handled by Columbia-Warner Distributors (a partnership between Columbia and Warner Bros.) until it was absorbed into Columbia Tri-Star Films in 1988.

1st Logo (April 6, 1984-May 20, 1993)

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Nicknames: "The Early Pegasus", "Jumping Pegasus", "Pegasus Over Pyramid", "'80s Pegasus", "Majestic Pegasus", "Pegasus Over a Triangle", "Stallion becomes Pegasus", "From Stallion to Pegasus", "The TriStar Pegasus", "Pre-Sony Pegasus", "Pre-Ultra Majestic Pegasus"

Logo: On a dark blue/purple evening background with pink skies, a splashed white stallion gallops into view coming from the left. When it gets really close, three stars coming from the left, right, and bottom of the screen crash into each other, forming a "T" in the Didot font (the same font used for the CBS text as CBS was one of the joint owners of Tri-Star until 1985). The stallion suddenly grows a pair of wings (if watching in HD, you can easily notice the wings appear on the stallion out of thin air) and flies over the "T". It zooms out, revealing two more letters: "R", and "I", and below it is the word "STAR", reading the stacked words "TRI STAR". The text continues to zoom out. A golden outline of a triangle zooms out with the spaced-out word "PICTURES" under it, surrounding the text and the background. As this happens, the triangle outline reveals an abstract drawing of a Pegasus "jumping" over the logo.

Trivia:

  • According to then-TriStar head Victor Kaufman: "One of the advisers in creating the company was Sydney Pollack, who was a famous director and actor, and he helped us put together the logo. The horse for the TriStar logo was the horse from The Electric Horseman, which he directed and made with Robert Redford. And the horse from The Electric Horseman was a dark horse, so he transposed the horse to look white, and put it on the screen, and created a Pegasus and created ... the music and everything ..."
  • According to Elizabeth Kaye McCall's book The Tao of Horses, the Pegasus was played by a white Arabian gelding named "T-Bone", who was trained by Hollywood horse trainer Corky Randall. The Pegasus sequence was filmed at night in an outdoor arena Randall frequently used. T-Bone, powdered to look whiter, was to run in an especially made L-passage flanked by black curtains. When Randall called him, he galloped through it, and jumped over a fence to reach him, creating the desired effect.
  • This logo was spoofed on the Family Guy S4 episode "Petergeist", where it shows Joe Swanson riding his wheelchair instead of the Pegasus, and it says "JOE SWANSON THEATRES" instead of "TRI STAR PICTURES".

Variants:

  • On films shot in 2.35:1 (anamorphic Panavision), the abstract triangle and Pegsaus zoom out further back to accommodate the wider ratio. On VHS and full-screen DVD releases, they might use the full image or use the pan-and-scan version of the zooming Pegsaus by (1) the screen focusing on the Pegasus when it appears and suddenly shifting when it jumps over the "T", (2) the screen following the Pegasus or (3) the screen starting in the middle and the Pegasus appearing shortly before it jumps over the "T". On two Carolco movies in the aforementioned format (in this case, shot in Super 35), Deepstar Six and Air America, the standard logo is stretched to fit the ratio.
  • On Iron Eagle and The Fisher King, a 1.85:1 version of the shrinking Pegasus was used. A cropped 2.35 version was used on Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The open matte version, which shows more of the top but crops out some of the sides, appears only on the 4:3 version of The Fisher King; Iron Eagle used the full image in its 4:3 version, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day never had a known 4:3 release with the TriStar logo.
  • Some anamorphic Scope films, such as The Bear, used the full image in their 4:3 versions. This was also used for early 4:3 prints of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Music Box, and Narrow Margin whenever they preserved this logo.
  • On many Tri-Star releases in 1985, we can see the Pegasus make it half way and start to grow its wings and jump over the "T".
  • The text "A TRI-STAR RELEASE" appears on a black background after the end of the Tri-Star logo. The 1984 theme, which appears to be out of sync in this variant, plays over it as well. This was seen on a December 24, 1986 HBO airing of Santa Claus: The Movie.
  • On 1991-1993 movie trailers and commercials, the words "TRI STAR" are in white over a black background with a little "Pegasus Over Pyramid" logo in the upper right next to "TRI", while the films themselves used the 1984 logo and the newly-formed TriStar Television did use this for their logo. However, an animated version of the logo did exist with the TriStar text scrolling through space and the Pegasus and pyramid scrolling back in their place. It was seen on a video showing Sony Pictures Entertainment's plans for Culver City. It is unknown whether or not it was an abandoned attempt for a new theatrical logo or if it was just made for promotional purposes.
  • There was a logo for Producers Sales Organization that began at the end of the Tri-Star logo.
  • The beginning of Tri-Star Showcase has this logo edited, with the horse galloping. When it jumps over the "T", it fades to the preview of the movie.
  • On a TV spot for Places in the Heart, the Pegasus outlining and company name appear bolder.
  • On the VUDU print of Lock-Up, the 2011 StudioCanal logo plays, and after it ends, it cuts in the middle of the TriStar logo when the Pegasus jumps over the "T".

Closing Variants:

  • May 11, 1984-September 20, 1991, January 29, 1993: Scrolling in the end credits is the same exact logo, minus the purple triangle with the gold outline color. Above the logo is the phrase "A TRI-STAR RELEASE". On some films such as The Natural, Johnny Handsome, The Freshman, and Sniper, the "A TriStar (or Tri-Star) Release" phrase is below the logo. Flashpoint has the "A TRI-STAR RELEASE" text on the right of the logo. The movie Sweet Dreams, being produced by HBO/Silver Screen Partners, has the text "Presented by HBO Pictures in association with Silver Screen Partners" above the Pegasus-over-Pyramid and the "A TRI-STAR RELEASE" text below. Made in U.S.A (produced by Hemdale) has the text "Released through Tri-Star Pictures".
  • December 11, 1991-October 16, 1992: The closing variant of the still logo from the movie trailers and the 1991 TriStar Television logo, minus the "TELEVISION" rectangular box below "STAR" nor "PICTURES" below the triangle with the phrase "A TRISTAR RELEASE", minus the hyphen between the TriStar name seen above the logo. Sometimes, the rectangular box is seen below the logo, but it lacks the "TELEVISION" text inside it. Starting in late 1992, there is a new version with "RELEASED BY" above the logo and the rectangular box has a Sony Pictures Entertainment byline. This was seen on Wind and Candyman.
  • On Avalon, a still version of the finished logo is seen after the end credits and Baltimore Pictures logo.
  • On a few Carolco films such as Narrow Margin, Jacob's Ladder and L.A. Story, it lacks the "A Tri-Star Release" text as it just has the print logo.
  • Sometimes, on TV airings, the closing logo may be kept with the Sony Pictures Television (formerly the Columbia TriStar Television Distribution logo) following afterwards or may be skipped ahead with the SPT/CTTD logo.

FX/SFX: The wings growing on the horse, the forming of the "T", and the text zooming out. A great mix of live-action and early CGI, done by R/Greenberg Associates.

Music/Sounds: An orchestrated piece done by Dave Grusin. As the horse gallops into view, three low French horn notes play and they repeat. When the Pegasus flies over the "T", more enlightening trumpets play and are combined with the trombone. For the logo formation, a loud brass fanfare is played.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A high tone variant also exists which is mostly heard on PAL prints.
  • On some films, such as Birdy, Candyman, The Muppets Take Manhattan (the Columbia/TriStar DVD has the fanfare while the Hulu print and CTHV VHS print are silent), a recent Turner Classic Movies (TCM) broadcast of Places in the Heart (also on the Columbia/TriStar DVD of said film), and the original theatrical release and some streaming prints of the theatrical version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (save for the Director's Cut), among others, the logo is silent.
  • On The Principal and Chaplin, the music begins a few seconds before the logo fades in.
  • Sometimes, the theme echoes after the logo ends.
  • Strangely, on the 2004 Lionsgate DVD release of Universal Solider, the fanfare is barely audible, likely due to a printing error.
  • On some prints of Rambo: First Blood Part II (beginning with the 2002 Artisan VHS and DVD release) and other Carolco films, the Carolco theme is heard (one TV airing of the movie had the high-tone version of the theme). This also appeared on a 1995 Australian television broadcast of Iron Eagle II (with the 1988 theme). This is likely due to poor plastering. The original domestic print had the standard TriStar fanfare, as this was the version used on HBO early on, starting in 1986.
  • On the US Scream Factory Blu-ray print of Lifeforce (1985), the 1984 fanfare plays in low tone.
  • A French print of The Hitcher (the 1986 version) had this logo with the music from the Cannon Films logo, probably thanks to sloppy plastering.
  • TubiTV's print of Bat*21 (1988) uses a master that preserved this logo, but also contains the 1995 MGM lion roar due to poor reverse plastering.
  • TBS and Freeform's print of Matilda (1996), which feature this logo under strange circumstances, has the 1993 jingle playing over this instead due to poor reverse plastering.

Availability: Common.

  • Can be found on TriStar movies from the '80s and early '90s, particularly The Muppets Take Manhattan, Birdy, Red Heat, Total Recall, Night of the Creeps, Light of Day, Side Out, Air America, The Natural, Places in the Heart, Jacob's Ladder, Short Circuit 1 & 2, Toy Soldiers (1991) (although it's removed from the Dutch Arrow Film VHS), Volunteers (1985), Tap (1989), Steel Magnolias, The Running Man (except for the 1999 Republic Pictures DVD), Universal Soldier, The Hitcher (1986), Supergirl (1984) (USA Home Video release), Heaven Help Us, Sweet Dreams, Rad (including the Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray), Hook, Glory, Touch and Go (HBO/Cannon VHS only; it is unknown if it appears on the 1999 Trimark Home Video VHS release), The Monster Squad, Mountains of the Moon (the 1999 Artisan/Pioneer DVD), Head Office, Bat*21 (while it's saved on the Media Home Entertainment VHS, it's presumed missing from the MGM DVD; and it is unknown if it is preserved on the Kino Lorber Blu-Ray), Q&A (including the 20th Century Fox DVD from 2003), Every Time We Say Goodbye (though it's skipped on the Video Treasures re-issue), Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III (except the Lionsgate Ultra HD release), L.A. Story, the first two Look Who's Talking movies, Labyrinth (though not on the Embassy VHS release), and Sniper, among others.
  • This logo made its first appearance on Where the Boys Are '84 as TriStar's first released film and then on The Natural, TriStar's first produced film and officially ended with Cliffhanger.
  • Strangely, this logo replaces the 1993 logo on certain airings and prints of Matilda, including TBS and Freeform, which sometimes uses the 1993 music over the 1984 logo, likely due to reverse plastering.
  • The silent version can also be found on the 1999 VHS of The Muppets Take Manhattan.
  • Many video and international theatrical releases of Carolco productions remove this logo, but it's preserved on some films, such as Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, DeepStar Six, Universal Soldier, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Basic Instinct, a demo VHS of Red Heat, VUDU and YouTube streaming prints of Homeboy (1988), current releases of Rambo III, and streaming prints, the 1998 Widescreen LaserDisc release and reportedly, an Encore airing and Australian, French, and Brazilian DVDs of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, as well as being present on the RCA/Columbia/Hoyts VHS release, and the 2012 UK theatrical re-release of Total Recall. It is unknown if the Kino Lorber Blu-Ray and Artisan DVD of DeepStar Six preserves the Tri-Star/Carolco combo.
  • It was also preserved on French VHS releases of Total Recall and Hamlet (1990).
  • Also seen on The Kiss (including the Canadian Astral Video VHS), international prints of Fright Night Part II (including the German Blu-Ray), and on the original MGM/UA Home Video VHS release of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, a Cannon film released by TriStar originally (the current DVD version has it replaced with the 2001 MGM lion).
  • Also seen on the British DVD of Iron Eagle II and a foreign Blu-Ray (and some streaming prints) of Extreme Prejudice; it is also intact on the recent Vestron Video/Lionsgate Blu-Ray of the latter film.
  • It is retained on the DVD release of Places in the Heart (although the CBS/FOX Home Video VHS release removes this logo).
  • It's also retained on Paramount's official YouTube print of Ironweed, since it uses the same master found on the Olive Films DVD and Blu-Ray, and was also intact on the Lionsgate DVD, after the third Vestron Video logo, as it used a VHS master.
  • It may have also been seen on original theatrical prints of the first Silent Night, Deadly Night film, but these particular prints have more than likely been destroyed in the aftermath of that film's controversy and subsequent withdrawal from theaters.
  • Also may be found on theatrical prints of High Spirits and Santa Claus: The Movie; for both films, don't expect this on the Media Home Entertainment VHS releases. For the latter film, there is a small chance it might be restored on the recent DVD and Blu-Ray releases from Lionsgate, and maybe non-American media, but the odds aren't very likely. However, it was preserved on HBO airings of Santa Claus: The Movie from the late-1980s (including a Christmas Eve 1986 broadcast), among other possible premium cable prints.
  • Strangely, on a couple episodes of the TV series Werewolf, this was used in place of the TriStar Television logo and was even retained on Chiller reruns, CTV Throwback prints and the DVD prints.
  • It was also retained on VOD prints of Lifeforce, including prints on now-defunct FEARNet, and surprisingly, the original UK VHS release from Guild and the U.S. Scream Factory Blu-Ray (the latter after the MGM lion). Don't expect it on the original Vestron Video VHS, the 1997 MGM/UA Movie Time VHS or the 2000 MGM DVD (both of which include the film's international cut, where it probably wouldn't be intact at all anyway). It may be intact on the Video Treasures reprint, but the odds aren't likely.
  • It's also retained on the Scream Factory Blu-Ray of Candyman (with the 1997 Universal Pictures logo preceding it).
  • It is unknown if this was retained on VHS or DVD releases of Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star, the Scorpion DVD of Where the Boys Are '84 (don't expect it on the Blu-Ray), Love at Stake, foreign releases of They Live, or High Tide. Don't expect it on VHS releases of Flashpoint and Made in U.S.A.
  • The trailer logo is rare and seen on previews of TriStar films from 1991-1993, such as Bugsy, Candyman, Sniper, Cliffhanger, and Sleepless in Seattle (though the latter uses the next logo on the main feature).

Editor's Note: The state-of-the-art animation of the time and the majestic fanfare makes this one of the most iconic movie logos of the 1980s.

2nd Logo (June 25, 1993-September 12, 2015)

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Nicknames: "'90s/2000s Pegasus", "Majestic Pegasus II", "Ultra Majestic Pegasus", "The TriStar Pegasus II", "CGI Pegasus", "Pegasus in the Sky", "Pegasus Over Clouds", "Sony Pegasus"

Logo: We start out on a black background. Then we see part of a dark background, which slowly fades in and brightens to reveal that it is made up of dark cumulonimbus clouds with fog on the bottom. A white flash of light then starts to glow and gets bright, as it almost fills the background. A Pegasus appears from the far distance, as it spreads its wings out and takes a few steps, causing the fog to flow. "TRISTAR", in a shiny chiseled font, slowly fades in at the top of the screen with the letters "T" and "S" in a bigger font than the other letters as the flash dims away slowly. The Pegasus stops when its wings are fully spread out and the "TRISTAR" text fully appears. The text slowly shines as the fog still flows and the Sony byline fades in (described below).

Trivia:

  • This logo was based on a still image Sony had introduced alongside its sister studio Columbia in 1992. The logo was only used for home video and television until a fully animated logo debuted in the summer of 1993.
  • The footage of the white stallion was shot in a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The wings were done by combining real feathers and digitized computing and were merged with the white stallion's image via computer morphing. The footage of the cloud background was shot from the Haleakala Crater on Maui.
  • This logo was apparently animated in 2.20:1, as even open matte presentations have this logo cropped on both sides.
  • The logo bears an intentional resemblance to the Columbia logo introduced around the same period. This is done to reinforce the connection between Columbia and TriStar.

Bylines:

  • June 25, 1993-March 12, 1999: (Bylineless)
  • December 15, 1995-February 21, 2014: "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" (first seen on Jumanji, the byline is blue on its first appearance, but starting with Mary Reilly, released on February 23, 1996, the byline is bright yellow or white). However, some post-1995 films continued to use the bylineless version until 1999. Starting with Sparkle on August 17, 2012, the byline appears smaller and a bit darker, but slightly off-centered like in the 1996 Columbia logo. This byline was last used on Pompeii, however, Moms' Night Out and When the Game Stands Tall still used this byline in tandem with the one below until August 2015.
  • April 16, 2014-September 12, 2015: "a Sony Company" (seen on Heaven is for Real, Ricki and the Flash, War Room, and the UK theatrical version of The Lady in the Van (the last film to use this logo)). In this version, the Sony logo transitions to this logo.

Variants:

  • During this logo's early years, on movie trailers and commercials, when the Pegasus is spreading out its wings, the "TRISTAR" text is fully transparent, rather than fading in as in the regular version. Also, it doesn't shine.
  • On Sleepless in Seattle (the first movie to use this logo), the flash dims away earlier before the Pegasus spreads out its wings and the "TRISTAR" text appears.
  • The brightness of the clouds and the color of the byline vary depending on the film.
  • A very early trailer and commercial logo has a black background with the stacked words "TRI STAR" and next to it is the box with the Pegasus in front of the cloud. This can be seen on the trailer for Rudy.
  • Starting with the film Godzilla, released on May 20, 1998, coinciding with a music rearrangement (see Music/Sounds), the logo became enhanced by making the clouds a lighter gold color.
  • In 2007, starting with Daddy Day Camp, the logo was given an "enhanced" look with the "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" byline in gold, to match the clouds' color.

Closing Variants:

  • It's the same current print logo that appeared on movie trailers during its early years, and looking similar to the last print logo. The Pegasus is placed inside a box, with a cloud background overlapping the top. Its wings overlap both ends of the box. Below the logo is the phrase "A TRISTAR RELEASE", or "RELEASED BY" above the logo with the SPE byline underneath. Sometimes, "A TRISTAR RELEASE" isn't there. Sometimes, it's bylineless.
  • One early variant of such featured the boxed Pegasus logo at center, with "TRISTAR PICTURES" (in Bank Gothic MD BT) and the SPE byline below one another. This particular closing variant happened to appear at the end of the features Chaplin and Cliffhanger, which both used the old logo at the beginning, although the latter was the last movie to use the old logo at the beginning; though this may be unsurprising, since both Columbia and TriStar first introduced their new logos for their home video and television divisions a year earlier in 1992. The movie Wilder Napalm has the "A TriStar Release" text above.
  • Starting with Heaven is for Real, the Pegasus' wings have the shadows removed, and "A TRISTAR PICTURES RELEASE" is now seen underneath with the byline "a Sony Company". Sometimes, the shadows are still intact.
  • After the end credits of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, the logo is still and the print logo is replaced.

FX/SFX: The light beam forming the Pegasus, the unfolding wings, the fog flowing, the text fading in and shining. A very professionally done combination of live-action film (the Pegasus, the cloud background, both filmed separately) and computer animation (the light beam, the wings, the text, the fog), done by Intralink Film Graphic Design.

Music/Sounds: A majestic reorchestration of the last logo's fanfare, this time composed by Bill Johnson. It starts with an ascending and descending back-and-forth piano glissando, followed by a three-note descending xylophone tune, on the last note, the French horns playing the same six opening notes from the last logo begins. Between the third and fourth notes, there is a delay filled with a four-note tuba tune. The music rises in intensity as we hear more and more instruments come in (including brass instruments and drums), ending in a very majestic fanfare.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Starting with the film Godzilla, released on May 20, 1998, the fanfare has been rearranged. This fanfare plasters the original version on the original DVD release of Desperate Measures.
  • Sometimes, this logo is silent (found on international prints of Fortress 2: Re-Entry and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie). Other times, the opening theme plays over the logo.
  • On earlier films with this logo, such as Jury Duty and some prints (such as the 1999 DVD release) of Sleepless in Seattle, the 1984 fanfare plays (it should be noted that on the 1999 DVD release of the latter, the logo fades out before the music stops).
  • On the original DVD release of Little Secrets, as well as PAL prints of films, the fanfare is high-pitched.

Availability: Common. It's seen on many TriStar releases during this period.

  • The bylineless version can be found on pre-1995 releases including Sleepless in Seattle, Weekend at Bernie's II, Look Who's Talking Now, Philadelphia, Mr. Jones, Mixed Nuts, Legends of the Fall, Jury Duty and Magic in the Water. It was also used on some post-1995 films such as Desperate Measures, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, and Baby Geniuses.
  • The version with the SPE byline made its debut on Jumanji and would be used on nearly all post-1995 films such as Matilda, Jerry Maguire, My Best Friend's Wedding, As Good as it Gets, The Mask of Zorro, Madeline, Godzilla and many others.
  • Strangely, this logo is seen on 1997 VHS prints of The Craft, Multiplicity, Alaska, Fly Away Home, AVON VHS copies of Matilda, later copies of the 1993 VHS of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1997 Screener VHS of Deadly Heroes (1993), 1997 reissues of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Matilda, and Annie (1982) instead of the Columbia TriStar Home Video logo (some prints of these tapes do have the CTHV logo instead).
  • The logo made its first appearance in Sleepless in Seattle, and made its final appearance in The Lady in the Van.
  • This is also preserved on the Live Home Video VHS, DVD and laserdisc releases of Wagons East! (which was the last Carolco film distributed by TriStar Pictures).
  • The 1984 music is replaced with the 1993 music on early VHS prints of Sleepless in Seattle.
  • Seen on international printings and US video releases of Faster.
  • The silent version makes a surprise appearance at the start of Sony's PAL DVD release of Wes Craven's Shocker (1989) before the Universal Pictures logo. Despite Carolco having international rights, Sony released the film on DVD internationally in the mid-2000s before StudioCanal eventually regained the home video rights.

Editor's Note: This logo is beautiful and has held up over the years, including the music and mind-blowing CGI which remained good for over two decades.

3rd Logo (September 26, 2015-)

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Nicknames: "2010s Pegasus", "Majestic Pegasus III", "Ultra Majestic Pegasus II", "The TriStar Pegasus III", "CGI Pegasus II", "Christian Pegasus", "Pegasus in the Sky II", "Pegasus Over Clouds II", "Pegasus in the Bright Sky", "Sony Pegasus II", "The Day of the Pegasus"

Logo:

  • 2015-2020: After the Sony Entertainment logo transitions to this logo, we see the cloud formations of the previous logo shrouded in darkness, with a cerulean blue background partially illuminated by the bottom half of the screen. Then, a light shines up from the center and the clouds and background brighten, turning into full daylight. The clouds here are pure white and more ethereal in design, compared to the more realistic golden clouds from the last logo. Just as the clouds light up, we see a white stallion gallop out from the glowing light towards us, with the light fading out shortly afterwards. The stallion opens its wings as it runs out, revealing itself to be a Pegasus; once it stops running towards the screen, it stands up on its hind legs, showing off its full wingspan in the process. Once it has done this, the "TRISTAR" text from the previous logo (only more golden) fades in, then the byline "a Sony Company" from the previous logo fades in after that. This was last used on the Hulu original film Happiest Season, released on November 25, 2020.
  • 2022-: Starting with the release of The Woman King, released on September 16, 2022, the Sony logo at the beginning is updated with a new animation based off its June 2021 identity. Otherwise, the logo remains the same.

Trivia:

  • The logo was designed by JAMM Visual of Santa Monica, California. Sony commissioned the updated logo to take advantage of new technologies such as 4K and IMAX 3D, which is why there's an open matte version of this logo available, unlike with the previous logo.
  • Two videos exist showcasing the development of the logo, with concept art, pre-renders, animation tests, etc. They can be seen here and here.
  • The logo does not have an HFR version, unlike with the 2011 and 2021 WB/New Line and 2012 MGM logos. As a result, the 4K UHD version of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noticeable judder during this and the other opening logos.

Variants:

  • On FXM's print of The Walk, a 1.78:1 matted version is used.
  • On most TV prints of some movies, the original scope version has been cropped to 16:9.
  • On the development videos above, the Sony logo is omitted, similar to the 1993-2014 logo. Also the first seconds of the fanfare are cut as they are part of the Sony logo.

Closing Variant: Beginning with T2 Trainspotting in 2017, a revised version of the 1993 early closing variant is used. Here, the text and byline are larger.

FX/SFX: The light shining, and the Pegasus running toward us as the night time turns into the daylight, and the texts fading in, as well as a combination of elements from the 1993 logo and the Pegasus in the 1984 logo. It's all very nice CGI, done by JAMM Visual of Santa Monica, California.

Music/Sounds: The 1998 rearranged fanfare from the previous logo or the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: Current. First shown on the IMAX trailer for The Walk (most trailers use the previous logo). The fully animated version debuted on the film itself and has been seen on TriStar releases since the US release of The Lady in the Van.

Editor's Note: A suitable successor to the previous logo, although some are disappointed as they think it had more potential.

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