United Artists

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Background

United Artists was formed in 1919 by four of the leading figures in the early Hollywood era: Mary Pickford, Sir Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith. It was sold to Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin in 1951; both Chaplin and Pickford sold the remaining shares to Krim and Benjamin in 1956. United Artists was sold to Transamerica Corporation on April 27, 1967, and later to Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda, Inc. (the then-current owner of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.) on July 28, 1981. MGM would use both their brand and United Artists as labels during this time under the MGM/UA brand.

In 1986, Turner Broadcasting System purchased MGM/UA Entertainment Co. and renamed it to MGM Entertainment Co. United Artists' assets were purchased back by Kirk Kerkorian who would use them to found a new company under the United Artists name. However, when Turner gained heavy debt over the MGM purchase, he sold the company back to Kirk Kerkorian, with the new United Artists being renamed as MGM/UA Communications Company, with MGM and United Artists being used as distribution labels. This still wasn't enough, as the company gained a loss of $88 million, leading to MGM and United Artists splitting into separate divisions.

By 1990, after the purchase of MGM/UA by Giancarlo Parretti, United Artists became dormant in favor of the MGM label being used instead. In 1993, after Crédit Lyonnais' purchase of MGM, he convinced John Calley to run UA, allowing the Pink Panther and James Bond franchises alongside the release of the only NC-17-rated film released nationally: Showgirls. Kirk Kerkorian later repurchased MGM in 1996, with John Calley resigning.

In 1999, MGM folded the existing United Artists company into their own operations (with copyrights for The Pink Panther and Rocky transitioning to MGM, although James Bond kept with a United Artists copyright for legacy purposes) and rebranded their G2 Films (a renamed portion of the former Samuel Goldwyn Company) division as United Artists International, with the United Artists brand now being used as an art-house theater label.

On April 8, 2005, Sony Corporation, Comcast, and four of its private partners bought MGM and United Artists for $4.8 billion. In November 2006, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner were made the new owners of this revamped United Artists. However on August 14, 2008, Wagner left the studio, but still remained a stockholder in United Artists. In 2011, it became completely owned by MGM again when the studio purchased the stock formerly owned by Cruise and Wagner. As a result, UA was absorbed, but still exists as an in-name-only unit of MGM.

In September 2014, MGM acquired a stake in Mark Burnett's companies One Three Media and Lightworkers Media, merging them into United Artists Media Group; however, next year, after MGM purchased the stakes in these companies, UAMG was folded into MGM Television.

In 2018, MGM revived the brand again as United Artists Digital Studio, and the United Artists name would finally return to the big screen in 2019 as United Artists Releasing, a re-branding of MGM and Annapurna Pictures' existing distribution joint-venture Mirror Releasing, and allowing movies from fellow-MGM subsidiaries Orion Pictures, Orion Classics and American International Pictures (Since October 2020) to be distributed.



1st Logo (May 17, 1930-October 23, 1967)

Logo: We see the words "UNITED ARTISTS" inside a three-layer hexagon shape.

Variants:

  • On films produced by London Productions, this logo would appear as an in-credit version, with the words "Distributed by" above it.
  • There were several color variants, including a sepia-toned variant from the mid 1940s-1950, three different black and white variants from 1930-1967, and a color variant from 1950-1967.
  • A 20th anniversary variant was seen on Of Mice and Men, as well as on Laurel & Hardy's A Chump at Oxford (filmed and completed in 1939, released in 1940). This is also nicknamed "The Hal Roach Studios Variant".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent for most of the time; however, sometimes it uses the opening of the film.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Despite being around for a good 37 years, this logo was extremely difficult to find due to scarce use on certain films, as well as rampant plastering by the means of MGM and later UA variants. Now with MGM sub-licensing its films to video labels who are doing new scans and remasters, they usually leave the original studio card indents intact on their film scans unlike MGM themselves. In recent years, this logo has started to become far more common than it was over the last few decades. Internationally it first debuted in Sweden in Stockholmsutställningen 1930. In the United States, this logo is believed to be first seen on The Bat Whispers.
  • As most releases only used a text notice, a few films have originally used this logo but were removed or updated with newer ones (or a MGM logo), thus making it an extremely hard find. However, it does appear on the Hopalong Cassidy film False Colors, whenever CoziTV decides to rerun it.
  • It's unknown if this logo appeared on Mclintock! as most VHS copies have no logo while DVD copies of the non-restored version also have no logo and the restored version's DVD uses the 2002 Paramount Pictures logo.
  • Noticeably, out of all the pre-1967 James Bond films, the only one where this appeared was Goldfinger (not fully confirmed). Among the other films that originally featured this logo were The Magnificent Seven, West Side Story (at least on general release prints), One, Two, Three, and The Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night and Help!.
  • This logo was also seen on international prints of some pre-1948 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts that they owned, while plastering the Warner Bros. opening of the era. It has been preserved on Call Me Bwana, Stranger on Horseback, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Thunderbirds Are Go!, Tomorrow, the World!, Three Sundays to Live, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Happy Thieves, The Fabulous Dorseys, The Horse's Mouth, and How I Won the War (an early Transamerica-era film that was intended to be released six months earlier than it actually was; possibly the last film to feature the hexagon, before Transamerica took over). It also appears on the Scream Factory Blu-ray of Doctor Blood's Coffin, the Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-ray of 10 Seconds to Hell, and the Twilight Time Blu-ray and Vudu prints of Inserts (made in 1976, but it was rated X, so Transamerica didn't want its name nor insignia on the film, and since it was a period piece set in the '30s UA simply decided to use this logo as a stylistic choice in lieu of an in-credit notice), TCM airings of Tomorrow, the World! and Return from the Ashes, and ThisTV airings of Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.
  • This was also seen on international prints of The Man with the Golden Arm, in which it makes a surprise reappearance on an Australian TV airing and on the German Blu-ray. The MGM/UA VHS of Marty also preserves this, and it's been suggested that this even appeared on its original VHS and Betamax release, from CBS/Fox Video.
  • On Topkapi, the logo was small and in-credit at the bottom-right corner of the end credits, with the words "Released by" above it. The in-credit variant can also be seen on all the British-made films from London Productions that were distributed by UA, though it does not appear on the 1942 Jungle Book film.
  • The 20th anniversary variant appears on some prints of Of Mice and Men (as seen in the above photo), and A Chump at Oxford, both Hal Roach Studios-produced films.
  • On the 1990 MGM/UA Home Video Laserdisc of A Bridge Too Far, this logo plasters over the Transamerica byline variant that is on the film itself.
  • It does not show up in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Miracle Worker, The Barefoot Contessa, The Killing, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Tom Jones, The Pink Panther, or How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
  • Very rarely, a videocassette or laser videodisc of these will preserve this logo's absence.
  • This logo also recently appeared at the start of a January 3, 2023 Film4 airing of The Hound of the Baskervilles after the 2001 variant of the 1986 MGM logo as well.

2nd Logo (October 30, 1942-July 17, 1943)

Logo: We see the words "UNITED ARTISTS" appearing in front of a design of a bald eagle. Above this "A" is seen, and below it "Release" is seen. The latter two phrases are in cursive.

Variants:

  • On some films, the text reads as "Released through" and lacks the eagle. Instead, a single spotlight is seen, emerging from the bottom right corner.
  • A color version of this logo exists.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The film's opening theme.

Availability: Ultra rare.

  • Only two films are known to contain this logo: I Married a Witch and The Crystal Ball.
  • This logo is preserved on the 2013 Criterion Collection Blu-ray release and TCM airings of the former.
  • It should be noted that both films were produced by Paramount Pictures and were sold to United Artists for distribution.
  • The logo may also appear on other films that Paramount produced and sold to United Artists.
  • The variant can be seen on Victory Through Air Power.

Legacy: This was one of UA's first attempts to use a consistent logo in the United States.

3rd Logo (June 13, 1967-August 3, 1968)

Logo: We see the words "UNITED ARTISTS" appearing inside a circular field. The words "A Transamerica CORPORATION" (or "A Transamerica COMPANY") are seen in small letters underneath. The "U" and the "A" are somewhat taller than the rest of the company name, and they overlap each other. The word "FROM" appears above the UA circle, in teeny, tiny letters. The logo is contained inside a yellow circle, focused off-center from the screen, but centered around the logo, which is inside a blue rectangle with rounded corners, encased inside an off-center purple box, surrounded by offset dark red bars.

Variants: There were a few color scheme variations used for this logo besides the normal version:

  • A variant of the standard version with the blue rectangle resembling a TV tube, an uneven alignment of the yellow and black circles, and a smaller purple section with rounded corners.
  • BG/white circle/black lettering/Transamerica logo byline.
  • Print UA-Transamerica Circle (seen on most trailers and B&W films).
  • Black circle on a red background, "UNITED ARTISTS" in white.
  • Similar to the standard variant, except the blue rectangle looks more like a rectangle with rounded edges and the circles are more evenly aligned.
  • Depending on the film, the placement of the logo would vary slightly.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent, or the opening theme or audio of the film.

Music/Sounds Variants: On American prints of the Italian James Bond spoof Operation Kid Brother (Original Italian title: O.K. Connery), this logo plastered the original Titanus logo that started the picture, but maintained said logo's fanfare.UA likely extended the animation of their logo at the time to match the length of the Titanus fanfare.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Until recently, this was bordering on near extinction due to chronic plastering and its short life span. It was allegedly first seen on You Only Live Twice (which used the blue TV tube variant on both sides of the pond). Was also said to be seen on a Retroplex airing of the former.
  • Among the other films that originally featured this logo were Billion Dollar Brain, Operation Kid Brother (American prints), Death Rides a Horse (American prints), The Party, Kill a Dragon, Danger Route, Live for Life, and Hang 'Em High.
  • The trailer variant is seen on the Clambake! trailer, but on the main feature (Region 2 and 4 DVDs only), it has an odd United Artists/Ledy-Gardner-Laven productions in-credit logo.
  • The original U.S. theatrical run of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly did not originally have this logo, as confirmed by the original 1967 continuity script which described the first reel as going straight to the title sequence from the leader (the absence thereof is preserved on the 1990 MGM/UA VHS and laser videodisc release). It does appear on the 2017 Kino Blu-ray release of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (after the 2012 MGM logo) as well as on the 2021 Blu-Ray and 4k UHD. It can also be seen on Kino's Blu-Ray releases of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More.
  • The continuity script for In the Heat of the Night also confirms that the logo didn't originally appear on that film or its camera negative. However, it was attached to most 35mm US prints.
  • The blue rectangle variant is only known to have appeared on the aforementioned Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases of the Dollars Trilogy.
  • The black background variant can be seen on some trailers of films, notably the trailer of The Party (1968).

4th Logo (June 19, 1968-May 5, 1976)

Logo: It starts with two sets of blue lines going into place one by one on a black background. One line turns to the left, another turns to the right, and so on. There are six lines altogether, revealing the logo of Transamerica Corporation, United Artists' former owner. The stylized blue "T" design zooms out to the right side to make room for the company name "United Artists". A small byline pops in afterward, reading "Entertainment from Transamerica Corporation", which appears under the UA name.

Trivia:

  • This was the result of a branding strategy of the Transamerica Corporation, unifying all their owned companies under the main company's logo. This included, among others: Transamerica Distribution Services, Transamerica Airlines, Liberty Records, Blue Note Records, and of course, United Artists and subsidiary United Artists Television.
  • This logo was animated at DePatie-Freleng, whose animated shorts (The Pink Panther, The Inspector, etc.) were released by UA.

Variants:

  • There has been a version with the "T" zooming out to the bottom left corner. So far, this has been seen on The Killer Elite, Bugs Bunny Superstar, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Breakheart Pass, Brannigan, Rollerball, and Return of the Pink Panther, among other films from between 1975 and 1976.
  • A prototype variant exists where the "T" forms at a faster rate, the byline is already present, and everything zooms out farther before jarringly cutting back to the normal spot. This is only known to have appeared on The Thomas Crown Affair.
  • On some trailers, the "T" is white.
  • On some films, such as most James Bond films of this period (with the confirmed exceptions of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and a 1971 reissue print of Dr. No), the logo would cut to black instead of fading out.
  • There is also a B&W variant seen on late 1960s reissues of older black and white United Artists films. This was also seen on Woody Allen's Sleeper.
  • On a few films, such as Midnight Cowboy, the logo faded into a white background to accompany the opening credits.
  • On reissue trailers for some films a still version of this logo is used, only it says "Re-released thru" above the logo.
  • On some Scope films, such as The Secret of Santa Vittoria, The Organization, The World of Hans Christian Andersen, Fellini Satyricon, The Long Goodbye, Visit to a Chief's Son, and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, the logo is zoomed out further than usual. Other Scope films, including The Bridge at Remagen, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Fiddler on the Roof, simply used the standard variant cropped heavily, and on Scope films that use the 1975 variant, the logo zooms out similar to the Scope variant of the 1984 Tri-Star Pictures logo.
  • On some full screen prints, including the RCA VideoDisc release of Fiddler on the Roof, the logo is squeezed to fit the 4:3 aspect ratio. On the cancelled VHD print of the film, the logo is cropped/zoomed in so that the "United Artists" text appears to be in the center of the screen, resulting in the "T" being cut off at the right side.

Technique: 2D animation by DePatie-Freleng.

Music/Sounds: An ascending musical scale of 6 groovy bass guitar notes accompanying each of the 6 blue lines, followed by a sharp drum roll, and concluded by a fanfare of horns and drums composed by Doug Goodwin, a staff composer at DePatie-Freleng also known for writing the theme song for The Pink Panther Show.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Fiddler on the Roof, it used a timpani drum piece. This variant can be only seen on original prints as well as the RCA VideoDisc release.
  • Most releases had it silent or with the opening theme/audio of the film.
  • On the current print of The Adventures of Gerard, it uses the last half of the 1982 fanfare, due to a sloppy reverse plaster, but it actually fits this logo quite nicely.
  • On the Arrow Video Blu-ray release of Pulp (1972), the standard 1968 version is accompanied with the 1994 fanfare from the 12th logo. This oddity was due to a sloppy reverse plaster job that likely resulted from Arrow reusing the audio source from MGM's previous SD master (being the MGM DVDs had the 1994 logo) with the new 2k scan featuring this logo intact (as well as the vintage BBFC card).
  • On the 2021 Kino Lorber Blu-Ray release of Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (second pressing only, which uses Arrow's 2017 4k remaster), this logo uses the 2000 music from the 13th and 14th logos due to a sloppy reverse plaster (Arrow's 2017 UK Blu-Ray is silent as it should be). Oddly enough, the first pressing of the 2021 Kino Lorber Blu-Ray uses the older MGM HD master with the 2001 MGM URL variant and the 14th UA logo.

Availability: Uncommon, bordering on rare.

  • Until recently, this logo was very hard to find due to rampant plastering by the means of MGM and later UA variants. This is presumably done because Transamerica Corporation still exists as a company (and was still using the "T-Flower" logo in the 1980s). Nowadays, MGM licenses its films to various video labels that perform new scans and remasters and are more likely to leave studio logos intact on the film than MGM themselves. So thus, this logo has started to become much more common than it was during the last 10 years.
  • The logo was allegedly first seen on The Thomas Crown Affair. The original variant's last regular appearance was on the Dogfather cartoon Medicur, released in 1976; its last appearance on a feature film was That's the Way of the World. The 1975 variant first appeared on Brannigan and was last seen on Breakheart Pass.
  • However, this logo (mainly the first variation) can currently be seen on the DVDs and TCM's prints of Cotton Comes to Harlem (original MGM DVD release only), Alice's Restaurant, Cops and Robbers, Sam Whiskey, Jennifer on My Mind, The Honkers, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Region 2 DVDs only), and Jeremy, all after either the 2001 MGM logo or 1994 logos.
  • It was also prolific on Magnetic Video releases of United Artists films from the early 1980's, such as the pre-Transamerica films The Barefoot Contessa, West Side Story, and Tom Jones, the American print of Last Tango in Paris (plastering the textual notice at the start), and the extremely rare release of Let It Be.
  • The version with the fanfare mainly appears on original prints of Pink Panther shorts and various DePatie-Freleng Enterprises cartoons of the time, co-produced with Mirisch/UA.
  • It has recently resurfaced on the 1st episodes of Sheriff Hoot Kloot and Blue Racer, as well as all episodes of The Dogfather on the Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-ray releases. It also makes a surprise appearance on the Magnetic Video Corporation Laserdisc release of Carrie (oddly enough, plastering the 6th logo).
  • Also made appearances on the 1998 VHS release of Mr. Majestyk (after the 1994 logo), an Australian airing of The Last Escape (after the 1987 logo), and the Digiview DVD of The World of Hans Christian Andersen.
  • The Fiddler on the Roof variant appeared on early television broadcasts, and on the 1981 RCA CED (Magnetic Video Corporation's version was released later that same year, and by that time, Transamerica no longer owned United Artists; early copies thereof may retain this variant, though).
  • The second version is much harder to find, but is kept intact on the 1993 Republic Pictures Home Video VHS of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and on the MGM DVD and ThisTV airings of The Killer Elite. It can also be currently found on the Fun City Editions Blu-Ray of Smile, the Scorpion Releasing 2021 Blu-Rays of The Killer Elite (1975), Shark's Treasure, and Rollerball (1975), as well as 2020 German Capelight 4K UHD and remastered Blu-Ray of the latter.
  • On James Bond films of this period, it originally appeared on On Her Majesty's Secret Service (appears on a 16mm print), Diamonds Are Forever (appears on the RCA CED version), Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun. The black & white version has been spotted on the 1989 VHS and current prints of Sleeper and surprisingly, current releases of Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. It is currently unknown if any other full screen versions of Woody Allen titles on DVDs retain their original United Artists titles.
  • This logo is also preserved on some trailers on DVDs, Blu-rays, and trailers on the iTunes store. The reissue variant can be seen on the 2000 MGM DVD release of Thunderball on a reissue trailer for a double feature of said film and You Only Live Twice. It is unknown if this logo originally appeared on original American prints of 1973 to 1975 MGM films.
  • This logo may have appeared on some United Artists films on VHS and Betamax releases from VidAmerica in the United States, or from Intervision Video in the United Kingdom (some notable releases from both the companies include Coming Home, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), The Fountainhead, The Great Escape, Hair, Lenny, Some Like it Hot, and White Heat).
  • On reissued UA trailers, the MGM/UA Distribution Co. print logo would often plaster the still UA logo.
  • It also makes Blu-ray reappearances on the MGM release of Sleeper, the Kino Lorber releases of Cops and Robbers and Busting, the Arrow Video releases of Pulp and Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (including the second pressing of the 2021 Kino Lorber Blu-Ray release), the Criterion Collection Blu-ray of Midnight Cowboy, the Scream Factory release of What's the Matter With Helen?, and the UK BFI Blu-ray of Women in Love (the Criterion Collection release of the latter, oddly enough, has the current UA logo in its place after the 2012 MGM logo).
  • It may appear on Cartrivision tapes of UA and AAP features, including The Jazz Singer.
  • This logo was also seen on the US theatrical version of That’s the Way of the World (A Bryanston Pictures production they later got distribution rights back to). Some releases, like the U.S.A. Home Video/International Video Entertainment release, keep this logo, while others remove it or have the Bryanston Pictures logo in its place.

Legacy: This logo is a favorite among many due to its unique animation and fanfare. It's also one of the earliest examples of brand unification, as Transamerica used the same font and logo throughout all of its divisions.

5th Logo (April 23, 1976-August 14, 1981)

Logo: We see the text "United Artists" in a similar Impact font on a black background. A few seconds later, the blue "T" design fades in on the left side of the company name. Like the previous logo, the "T" is made up of 6 blue lines, with three stacked on top of each other on both sides. At the same time, a blue text that says "A Transamerica Company" appears underneath the United Artists name.

Variants:

  • On trailers for some films (mostly when distributing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films), the "T" and Transamerica Corporation byline are in white and the words "Released thru" are seen above the logo. On trailers for the films from about 1977 to 1981, the 1966 MGM logo is seen above the standard logo (with "Released thru" above it). "An MGM Presentation" is seen next to the MGM logo.
  • A similar variant appears on some films such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a full screen print of Moonraker, and the Lorimar-produced Being There, Cruising, Carny, and The Big Red One. The "T" and the text are bigger and the Transamerica byline is smaller. It was known as a print logo, and was seen on movie posters.
  • The print variant also appears on black and white films, including Manhattan, Stardust Memories (both Woody Allen films), Raging Bull, and Eye of the Needle (which was mostly in color), only the full animation is used, and unlike the trailers, "Released thru" doesn't appear at all.
  • On trailers for films, the logo is still and the Transamerica byline is in white. However, the original theatrical trailer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has the still version of the regular version, though the film itself has the variant from a full screen version print of Moonraker.
  • On Moonraker, the logo is still.
  • Depending on the film, the placement and colors of the logo vary ever so slightly.
  • On European releases, such as the Italian release of Cannibal Holocaust, it would say "United Artists Europa Inc.", in the 5th logo's font. This can be seen on the Shameless UK DVD & Blu-ray release. This logo is not on American releases, as the Grindhouse DVD plasters it with the Grindhouse Releasing logo, and even if the cancelled Mogul Video release were to turn up it might not have had any logo. This logo was also seen on Primo Amore.

Technique: Traditional animation.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the film's opening cue/theme.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On a recent TCM print of Return of the Pink Panther and a Russian print of Audrey Rose, it uses the 1994 music due to sloppy reverse plastering.
  • On late 1970s reissue prints of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (plastering over the previous logo), this logo has the sound of race cars (leading into the opening scene of the film) playing over this logo.

Availability: Rare.

  • Until recently, this logo was very hard to find outside of old TV airings and select prints, due to rampant plastering by the means of MGM and later UA variants. Nowadays, MGM sub-licenses its films to video labels that perform new scans and remasters and leave studio logos intact on the film unlike MGM themselves. Therefore, this logo and its later variant have been making more reappearances than in the past few years. Most United Artists films of the time have had this logo edited over with newer logos or recent MGM logos, but it occasionally appears on older prints.
  • The original version is believed to have first appeared on Stay Hungry, becoming UA's regular logo beginning with The Missouri Breaks, and last appeared on Head Over Heels (the original version of Chilly Scenes of Winter, which would be reissued in 1982 under the United Artists Classics banner), while the variant with the smaller byline first appeared on the 1978 rerelease of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, taking over as the regular logo beginning with The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, and last appeared on Deadly Blessing.
  • It has been preserved on the 1990 MGM/UA Home Video VHS releases of The Black Stallion and Thunderbird 6, the 1980 MGM/CBS Home Video releases of the United Artists-distributed Lorimar Motion Pictures films Being There (same for the Criterion Collection Blu-ray), Cruising (same for the CBS/Fox Video and Warner Home Video re-releases of the latter), and Carny. In the case of Carny, it was removed.
  • It was also on the 1997 Warner Home Video VHS and DVD release of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (this is not on the Thorn EMI Video and Republic Pictures Home Video VHS releases and Warner Home Video's later Blu-ray and DVD releases). It makes an appearance on the trailer for The Last Wave on The Criterion Collection DVD release.
  • This also makes a surprise reappearance on the 2010 Warner Home Video DVD and Blu-ray releases of Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings (1978), though it is absent on all older releases. It is also intact on the MGM MOD DVD-R and Kino Lorber Blu-rays of Valentino, Burnt Offerings, and the Scream Factory Blu-ray of the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which uses a new 2K transfer (the 2007 MGM DVD & Blu-ray and Arrow Video UK Blu-ray have the 2001 MGM lion and UA logos in its place).
  • It was presented intact on a June 15, 1995 Movie Channel (UK) airing of Roadie; however the 1989 Wood Knapp Video VHS of the film has a black screen in its place, and the 2003 DVD and a non-US broadcast of the film plaster it with the 14th logo while keeping the opening sound effects and music intact.
  • The U.S. print of the ITC Entertainment Group-produced The Big Sleep also had this logo. Early television airings of Apocalypse Now should preserve this logo, although the 1990s Paramount Home Video Laserdisc uses the 1990 Paramount Pictures logo, and neither the early videocassette releases nor the DVD releases contain a logo at all.
  • A shortened version appears on the original home video release of Manhattan, cutting any frame where Transamerica references are visible.
  • It is preserved on trailers on the iTunes movie store.
  • It also appears on the original Magnetic Video Corporation release of The Jazz Singer, followed by the 1923 Warner Bros. Pictures logo. The black and white variant is preserved on the RCA CED and Magnetic Video Corporation VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc releases of Raging Bull, as well as the Blu-ray release and Netflix viewings of Stardust Memories (oddly after the 2001 MGM logo and 2001 UA "Swoosh").
  • Also seen on the Magnetic releases of The Black Stallion, Annie Hall, and La Cage Aux Folles. Also seen on the international prints of Piranha, which is preserved on the Region 2 DVD after the 1995 logo. It also appeared on pre-1981 prints of Rocky II, including HBO broadcasts (the best place to look for that, and previous versions of the Transamerica logos in general, would be through commercial-free cable TV broadcasts, and old network TV broadcasts from before 1981).
  • It is also seen intact on the Region 2 and Region 4 DVDs of Rocky II, the Warner Archive Instant print of Americathon, and the Shout! Factory DVD and Blu-ray of Deadly Blessing (a film Universal Studios owns because they control some of the pre-1996 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment library, in addition to being the very last film released in the Transamerica era), and Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. King Cobra).
  • This logo makes a very strange appearance on the US Scorpion Releasing Blu-Ray of Terror Train (1980), whereas other prints have the 1953 20th Century Fox logo.
  • On James Bond films of this period, it originally appeared on The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, and For Your Eyes Only.
  • This logo was on the trailers for the 1976 to 1981 MGM films That's Entertainment Part II, Logan's Run, Fame, and He Knows Where You Sleep (on the latter two films this logo appears under the 1966 MGM logo). However, it does not appear on the actual release prints of MGM films from the era.
  • This logo may have been seen on U.S. VidAmerica and U.K. Intervision Video VHS and Betamax releases of United Artists films.
  • It also appeared on reissue prints of Return of the Pink Panther (reissued alongside The Pink Panther Strikes Again and then Revenge of the Pink Panther), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (reissued in the late summer of 1978), and Some Like It Hot (reissued in the spring of 1980). This logo was also recently seen on Grit network's airings of The Big Red One, though it is absent on all other releases.
  • It appeared on a late '80s Cinemax airing of The End and an Italian Sky Cinema broadcast of The Missouri Breaks.
  • It is also intact on international prints of Buffalo Bill and the Indians (or, Sitting Bull's History Lesson), as StudioCanal owns overseas distribution rights as part of the catalog of producer Dino de Laurentiis.

6th Logo (August 4-December 17, 1976)

Logo: The text "UNITED ARTISTS" starts appearing on a black screen in five segments, outlined by a blue blue light. After "UNITED ARTISTS" is completely revealed, the Transamerica "T" and the byline "A Transamerica Company" (which is sometimes tinted gold) fade in below as "UNITED ARTISTS" turns copper. Then, various spots on the word "UNITED ARTISTS" sparkle for a few seconds.

Variants:

  • There is a variant without the Transamerica byline.
  • A short version seen on trailers starts with the logo already revealed and the sparkles on the "UNITED ARTISTS" text.

Technique: Possibly live-action.

Music/Sounds: Silent or the film's opening theme. On the 2001 Special Edition DVD release of Rocky, however, it uses the 1994 music, due to a reverse plastering error (the previous 1998 DVD had the 1994 logo).

Availability: Very rare, due to this logo being short-lived.

  • The bylineless version can be found on the original 1976 film Carrie (which has no logical reason to be plastered).
  • The rendition with the Transamerica byline is much harder to find due to plastering, and was seen on films such as Rocky and The Return of a Man Called Horse (the earliest film known to have this logo). It is however, preserved on the 2001 DVD and the Blu-ray releases of Carrie and Rocky (with the 1994 music tacked on, due to sloppy editing), but then replaced with the current logo on the 2006 DVD release of the latter. However, the 1990 VHS of Rocky has this logo plastered with the 1987 logo and the MGM/UA Communications logo, while the 1996 VHS and 1998 DVDs of Rocky have it plastered with the 1994 logo, along with the 2014 Blu-ray. It was kept on the RCA CED release of Rocky, which was released months before Transamerica no longer owned UA.
  • Also seen on current TV airings of Champion of Death (AKA Karate Bullfighter), after the 2008 MGM logo. This logo was last seen on Bound for Glory, in which the R2 DVDs and ThisTV airings (following the 10th logo) retain it, while the R1 releases have it plastered with the 1987 logo.
  • Can also be seen in some trailers of films of the time period like Carrie and even The Pink Panther Strikes Again (the film would use the previous logo).

7th Logo (8th logo placeholder) (September 18, 1981-December 1982)

Logo: Just the on-screen text of the 6th logo without the Transamerica "T" logo and byline.

Trivia: This was later used during the time of MGM/UA Entertainment Co.'s formation after MGM merged with United Artists.

Variants:

  • A "videotaped" (completely still without film effects) version exists when plastering older logos. It's also several seconds longer.
  • A variant has the font the same as in the 5th logo.
  • On European releases, it would say "United Artists Europa Inc."

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent.

Availability: Very rare, due to it being a placeholder logo.

  • Was seen on the original American prints of Last Tango in Paris (however, the original Magnetic Video Corporation VHS and Betamax releases use the contemporary "Transamerica T"), Rancho Deluxe, 92 in the Shade, Undercovers Hero, Trackdown, Drum, and other sleaze films Transamerica wanted nothing to do with.
  • Was seen on later Magnetic Video Corporation and most 20th Century-Fox Video VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc prints of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Rocky, Dr. No, Goldfinger, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, For Your Eyes Only, White Lightning, Now, Voyager, The Return of a Man Called Horse, and Rollerball, among others. It also appeared on the odd reprint from CBS/Fox Video and Key Video, such as For Your Eyes Only and The Missouri Breaks.
  • Currently appears on the 2002 MGM DVD and the Criterion DVD & BD releases of The French Lieutenant's Woman; however, streaming prints and overseas Blu-rays have the 2001 logo in its place.
  • Can also be currently found on Vigilante Force, Safari 3000, Born to Win, Rancho Deluxe, Drum, and The House Where Evil Dwells.
  • Appears on some public domain DVDs of The Magic Sword.
  • It first appeared on True Confessions and made its last appearance on The House Where Evil Dwells.

8th Logo (May 28, 1982-October 8, 1987)

Logo: On a black screen, a whitish line slowly fades in. The line then rotates clockwise at an extremely slow pace and reveals itself to be a silvery blue stylized "UA". The logo is in the shape of a "U" with a bigger left side, and a diagonal line protruding from the shorter right side to form the "A." When the symbol finishes turning around, the words "United Artists" appear under it in the same font that was used during the "Transamerica" era.

Variants:

  • There is a rare variant which has the logo in white and zooms out from the left.
  • There was also a variant with larger "United Artists" text underneath the logo. This was mainly seen on reissue prints and films shot in 2.35:1 such as Trail of The Pink Panther and Death Rides a Horse. It was also seen (after the 2012 MGM logo and Overture) on an Amazon Prime viewing of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, which was of the director's second 1981 edit running 149 minutes.
  • A black & white version was used on old UA & pre-1948 WB films in the said colors.
  • A still version appears on the CBS/Fox release of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • A rare variant is seen on Columbian VHS releases from Kyron Home Video. The logo is in black & white and zooms in from the left.

Technique: Live-action footage. This logo was created and designed by Sandy Dvore (who also created the 1971 Lorimar "LP" logo). The "UA" was a wood model sprayed with chrome-like paint and suspended with a black rod covered in a velvet cloth to avoid reflection. The background was simply a black piece of paper. The model was then rotated on a small stage.

Music/Sounds: A descending "whoosh" is heard when the line fades in, followed by a slow, somewhat somber five-note piano tune when the line begins rotating. A longer "whoosh" is also heard throughout this section. When the "UA" is revealed and the "United Artists" texts appears, a short, swelling progression of violins is heard, immediately leading to an uplifting, dramatic 5-note orchestral conclusion. This was composed by Joe Harnell.

Music/Sounds Trivia: An alternate take exists. It's a re-arranged version of the theme with an emotional piano theme and a more dramatic finish. It made its only appearance on disc two of The Film Music of Joe Harnell CD. You may listen to it here.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A higher-pitched version was heard on the 1987 American MGM/UA release of Yellow Submarine.
  • There is a variation without the long "whoosh" and "ping", leaving only the music. This was spotted on a 1988 Disney Channel airing of Fiddler on the Roof.
  • On a few films, such as Attack on the Iron Coast and The Thomas Crown Affair, it is silent.
  • On rare occasions, such as on Jinxed and older releases (including the 2001 DVD, Blu-ray and Hulu prints) of They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!, the logo is accompanied by the films' respective opening themes (in the case of the latter, the logo is silent in the beginning, but when the "UA" is revealed, the film's opening cue plays; this plasters the original 1968 logo).
  • A lower-pitched version is found on AMC prints of Rocky III.
  • The still version uses only the second half of the fanfare.

Availability: Scarce.

  • Was prolific on video releases and cable during the 1980s. This logo was used to update its catalog and provide a visual branding presence in the process, especially considering that most pre-Transamerica UA films did not have a logo at the beginning.
  • This plasters older logos on the CBS/FOX releases of The Spy Who Loved Me, The Black Stallion, Rocky, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the Playhouse Video release of Apache, the 1983 MGM/UA Home Video release of The Last Waltz, the 1983 Warner Home Video rental-only VHS and Betamax release of A Fistful of Dollars (it also appears on the 1985 CBS/Fox Video laserdisc), the RCA SelectaVision CED release of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Amazon Prime Video's print of Heaven's Gate (the shorter theatrical cut).
  • It has also been seen on some VHS releases of older Warner Bros. films, preceding the aforementioned company's old logo.
  • Most 1980s UA releases were released with the MGM/UA lion logo (which still survives on some current prints). However, it can still be found on some '90s MGM/UA Home Video releases such as the early 1990s MGM/UA release of The Secret of NIMH (in addition to the 2007 DVD release and the Blu-ray), along with the 1991 VHS of West Side Story.
  • Also seen on UK prints of The Plague Dogs (the shorter U.S. version was distributed by Embassy Pictures and had their logo in place), and is also intact on Optimum Releasing's DVD release and Shout! Factory's Blu-Ray of the movie.
  • Strangely appears on an VHS trailer for Teachers (on a 1986 Australian tape of American Flyers).
  • Also, it plasters the 1st UA logo on a CBS/FOX release of Witness for the Prosecution, in which this logo is shown in B&W.
  • Also currently seen on Rocky III, preceded by the 2001 MGM lion (the 2001 and 2004 DVDs, as well as the Fox Blu-ray releases, also preserve it) and The Wilby Conspiracy, preceded by the 2008 MGM lion. It can also seen on TCM airings of The Horse Soldiers.
  • This is also seen on the 2004 MGM DVD and 2010 Blu-ray of The Thomas Crown Affair, as well as on the 2018 Kino Lorber 4K remastered Blu-ray. Can also be seen on '80s prints of older 007 films, mainly on VHS and Laserdisc (it also appeared on the 1983 double feature of Moonraker and From Russia with Love, reissued for one week to promote Octopussy and compete with Never Say Never Again).
  • The variant appeared on a video from Kyron Home Video in Colombia. (NOTE: In terms of packaging, this logo only appeared on British, European, Latin, African, Australian, Asian, and Japanese 1980's video releases of UA films from Warner Home Video. CBS/Fox video releases simply had the MGM/UA logo on the packaging. This was perhaps due to branding rights that were different overseas, especially since this logo only actually appeared on film on occasion).
  • It was also seen on the original MGM/UA VHS and Laserdisc of Rock and Rule; however, the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the movie edit out the logo.
  • This can also be seen at the start of The Outer Limits on videocassette.
  • It is preceded by the early 2001 MGM logo on current prints of The Secret of NIMH and Rocky III (which was also seen on the 2020 re-release).

Legacy: This is a very popular logo, thanks to the effective model work, its uplifting fanfare, and its prevalence on VHS releases in the golden age of the format.

9th Logo (11th logo placeholder) (June 3, 1983-January 31, 1986)

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Logo: It's basically another on-screen text saying "UNITED ARTISTS PRESENTS" in the same futuristic white font on a black background.

Trivia: After MGM acquired United Artists, most new UA films were released with this on-screen text following the MGM "Lion" logo of the era with the "MGM/UA Entertainment Co." caption above. However, the 1985 films A View to a Kill and To Live and Die in L.A. don't have this text.

Variants:

  • On Romantic Comedy, the text reads "A United Artists/Taft Entertainment Picture".
  • Some films such as Red Dawn (1984) and The Aviator (1985) have the text presented in the same font as the main titles. The former film does not have the text on a black screen.
  • Yentl has the text reading "A UNITED ARTISTS PRESENTATION".
  • On Oxford Blues, the text reads "METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PRESENTS" in a same futuristic font of "UNITED ARTISTS PRESENTS".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None, or the opening theme of the movie.

Availability:

  • Was seen on United Artists films of the time period, as it is technically an in-credit logo and later prints still use this text. Films with this logo include Octopussy, Rocky IV, Curse of the Pink Panther, WarGames (1983), and some public domain prints of 1971's Born to Win, among others.
  • Oddly, this in-credit text was used to plaster the 1968 logo on Support Your Local Sheriff! instead of the previous logo, and is intact on its most recent releases.
  • This also appeared on the original VHS release and the 2001 DVD of Youngblood, but recent prints replace this with the next logo, or in the case of Encore's print, remove it entirely (while retaining the MGM Lion logo of the era).

10th Logo (11th logo prototype) (June 30, 1987)

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Logo: On a black background, we see a blue "UA", similar-looking to the previous logo but more uniformed in structure and with three cross-indentations on the "A". Once it reaches a comfortable distance, the "UA" stops zooming, and "United Artists" in a white thin sans-serif font fades in below it.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Music/Sounds Variant: On current prints of The Living Daylights, the next logo's fanfare is used, possibly due to botched reverse plastering.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on initial UK theatrical prints of the James Bond movie The Living Daylights. When the movie was released in US and most international countries later, it was replaced with the next logo. It is, however, intact on all modern releases of the film.

11th Logo (July 31, 1987-August 27, 1993)

Logo: Over a black background, we see a giant pattern of blue crystallized "UAs", in the same design from the previous logo. The pattern smoothly merges together to form one medium-sized "UA" as it zooms out. A streak of light glides by to slash the "A", leaving spikes on the "A". Then "United Artists", in ITC Avant Garde Gothic, fades in underneath and the logo shines.

Variants:

  • In its early years, the MGM/UA Communications logo preceded this logo. In its later years, the logo would be by itself, starting from the point where the UA logo has already merged from the giant pattern, and the byline "An MGM/UA Communications Company" appears underneath. This later variant is seen on Licence to Kill, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Rocky V, among others.
  • A black & white version was used on reissues of UA films in the said colors.
  • On the 1988 Rhythm & Hues showreel, the logo animates at a smoother rate, and starts as a brief still image before continuing its normal animation.
  • There is a still version (which in turn plasters an still version of the 5th logo) which appears at the end of current prints of Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas.
  • A variant of the 1989 version has the logo zoomed further back than usual.
  • Some reissues in the early to mid '90s had the 1989 version without the byline.

Technique: CGI by Rhythm & Hues.

Music/Sounds: A low bass sound, followed by a jet engine-like "swoosh" and a single chord timed with the logo shining. Other times, it's silent or even the opening soundtrack to the film.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On an early DVD print of Rocky, it uses the last half of the 1982 fanfare due to a plastering error.
  • A lower-pitched variant exists.
  • On a TCM UK airing of a unknown movie, the 1995 MGM lion roar was heard due to sloppy plastering.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • Despite being subject to plastering with the 1994 and 2001 logos, it is still found easily on UA-released films of the period, such as Baby Boom, Rain Man, and Rocky V to name a few.
  • This logo first appeared on the US release of The Living Daylights, released on July 31, 1987, and made its final appearance on Son of the Pink Panther, released on August 27, 1993.
  • It can also be found on the 1997 DVD of The Black Stallion, the MGM MOD DVD-R of Tomorrow Is Forever, the 2001 DVD of All Dogs Go to Heaven, License to Kill, and Child's Play, TCM airings of Malta Story and Valdez Is Coming, ThisTV airings of The World of Henry Orient, Call Me Bwana, The Barefoot Contessa, Bound for Glory (with the 6th logo following it), Ten Seconds of Hell, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Trail of the Pink Panther, True Love, The Aviator, and Heaven's Gate (the shorter general release cut) and Comet airings of The Man from Planet X and Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete. This logo also appears on 2005 DVD of Fatal Beauty (1987 MGM film). It can be seen on the 2005 Australian Special Edition DVD release of Rain Main.
  • This logo was often paired off with the popular MGM/UA Communications logo (which is sometimes cut off like on current prints of The Living Daylights and a 1993 MGM/UA Home Video print of Rocky), and both logos are thus regarded as favorites. However, the short variant seems slightly easier to find than the normal variant.
  • The Scope variant is extinct and only appears on older letterboxed video releases of The Living Daylights and used to plaster older logos on certain older DVD releases.
  • The low tone version was spotted on the Blu-ray release of Rain Man, on the French audio track, with the MGM/UA logo.

12th Logo (October 26, 1994-March 24, 2000)

Logo: It starts with a couple dozen bright stars showering over. The backdrop is a dark-colored marble wall, which appears a few seconds later. The glittering stars glide over the screen causing the words, "UNITED ARTISTS" with "U" and "A" bigger than the rest of the letters, wiping in from the left. After this progression, two stars criss-cross each other's paths and fade away left and right underneath to reveal, in smaller text, the words "PICTURES INC.", in spaced-out letters. As the logo completes, one big star goes against the "U" and flashes. Then it shines, a la the Columbia Torch Lady's torch shining.

Trivia: This logo was used during and after United Artists' 75th anniversary.

Variants:

  • Starting with the release of It's My Party on March 22, 1996, the words "PICTURES INC." were replaced with the byline "AN MGM COMPANY", again in spaced-out letters.
  • On 4:3 full screen prints of films, the logo is shown in open matte, revealing more of the dark-colored marble wall.
  • A black and white version can be seen on B&W UA films (though some, such as Some Like it Hot, feature the color version).
  • A shorter version exists on most trailers as well a few TV spots. It begins with the "UNITED ARTISTS" text and the words either "PICTURES INC." or "AN MGM COMPANY" are already formed while it shines.
  • A still version of this logo exists on most TV spots as well as some trailers. The "UNITED ARTISTS" text and the words either "PICTURES INC." or "AN MGM COMPANY" are already formed, like the shorter version.
  • There is a print closing version where the words "UNITED ARTISTS" are stacked and the shine is intact.

Technique: CGI animation. None for the still version.

Music/Sounds: Some tingling sounds followed by an orchestral tune with a dramatic, trip hop-esque backbeat, ending with a rhythmic twinkling sound, sometimes extended. Composed by Starr Parodi and Jeff Eden Fair.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some films such as The Birdcage and Man in the Iron Mask (1998), it has the opening theme instead.
  • On the Starz and ThisTV prints of Leaving Las Vegas, it uses the 2000 music.
  • On the TCM print of More Money for Django, it uses the last half of the 1982 fanfare.
  • The trailer's opening theme is heard for the shorter and still versions.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • Not as common as it once was when it was the chief means of plastering during most of the 1990s and some of the 2000s. In fact, it's believed to be how this logo first appeared, with the print logo appearing as early as the 1994 LaserDisc release of Midnight Cowboy and the logo itself debuting on the 1994 LaserDisc release of The Black Stallion.
  • This also plastered the MGM/UA Communications variant of the 10th logo on the original MGM DVD releases (as well as on select mid-1990s VHS reissues) of Child's Play and Rain Man. Also seen on the 007 films GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies and even appeared on trailers for The World Is Not Enough and The Thomas Crown Affair (though both films used the MGM 75th anniversary logo). It is also preserved on older MGM tapes and DVDs (an example being the Australian DVD release of 12 Angry Men).
  • On Blu-ray, this appears on the Scream Factory release of The Rage: Carrie 2, MGM's releases of The Birdcage, Rob Roy, the 2014 remastered release of Rocky (even appearing on the 2020 theatrical re-release), and Ronin (as well as on the 2017 Arrow Video remastered Blu-ray).
  • Strangely, this logo appears on late '90s VHS releases of MGM produced titles such as Death Warrant, Thelma and Louise, Delirious, Shattered (1991), and other early '90s MGM-Pathè films. Made surprise appearances on ThisTV broadcasts of Separate Tables and Buffalo Bill and the Indians (the latter of which plasters over a Transamerica logo).
  • This is also seen on the original 1998/99 DVD releases of The Secret of NIMH, plastering the 1982 "Turning UA" logo; and on the 1999 VHS/DVD release of Yellow Submarine.
  • Also appears on some early trailers for The World Is Not Enough and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), though it's unknown if it appeared on any actual prints of those films.
  • The 1996 Laserdisc of The Great Train Robbery plasters the 5th logo that was originally on the movie with this one.
  • This strangely appears at the beginning of Epix's print of Son Rise: A Miracle of Love, which was a Filmways production.

Legacy: This is seen as one of UA's "black sheep" logos due to the lack of the "UA" design; some don't like this logo for this reason and for its plastering, but this logo still has its fans thanks to its CGI and musical score.

13th Logo (14th logo placeholder) (September 15, 2000-April 20, 2001)

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Logo: On a black screen, white streaks appear, streaking to form a new UA logo that looks similar to the 1982 and 1987 logos, except the logo is a little narrower and there are no streaks. The words "UNITED ARTISTS" come from both sides of the lower part of the screen and converge. The words "AN MGM COMPANY" soon fade in afterwards, where we later see a shining wipe effect on the UA logo.

Trivia: This on-screen rendition was ultimately a placeholder for the reintroduction and revitalization of the "UA Swoosh", which the revised print logo was already using during this time.

Variant: There is a variant where the logo is zooming out from 1.78:1 to 2.35:1 scope. This was because the film was in scope but the MGM lion preceding was in "flat" aspect.

Technique: CGI done by R. Paul Seymour.

Music/Sounds: A short synth instrumental bed consisting of a drum beat, a synth harmony, and sounds of synth wind, with a short 4-note synth piano stinger at the end.

Music/Sounds Variant: On some films, it is silent or has the film's opening music playing over it.

Availability: Rare, due to this logo being a placeholder.

  • It was seen on United Artists' limited output of this time before it became an in-name only subsidiary of MGM.
  • The only known theatrical releases to feature this logo are Crime and Punishment in Suburbia and The Claim.
  • This logo is also seen on DVD releases of The Black Stallion Returns, Juggernaut, as well as the Twilight Time Blu-Rays of The Dogs of War, and Play Dirty.
  • This logo is usually preceded by the current MGM lion on older United Artists releases.

14th Logo (July 20, 2001-November 21, 2012)

Logo: Essentially the same as the previous logo, except this one includes a metallic version of the "UA Swoosh" logo from 1987. Instead of the cross-indentations of the "A" being swooshed in this time around, they are "sliced" in by a light effect from left to right, one by one. There is also a URL for "www.unitedartists.com" underneath the company byline.

Variants:

  • From 2007-2010 and 2012, Sony and several other companies each took a stake in MGM. As a result, the logo was rendered bylineless from that point forward, even when MGM took back UA. There is also no URL as well.
  • At the end of Fame (2009) and Red Dawn (2012), a still version is used.
  • On Hot Tub Time Machine, the logo is darker and the light effect of the "United Artists" text is more enhanced. There is a lighter version of this logo, seen on the 2008 Blu-ray & DVD of The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • On newer prints of Heaven's Gate on Starz Encore Westerns, the logo has a slightly enhanced look. The streaks are brighter, the logo is formed a little faster. The words "UNITED" and "ARTISTS" show their streaks a little more before they converge, the "UA" logo shines a little more, and the logo fades out a little faster instead of slowly.

Technique: Same as the previous logo, with further enhanced CGI effects. Done by R. Paul Seymour.

Music/Sounds: Same as above. On some films such as Valkyrie and Hot Tub Time Machine, it's silent or has the movie's opening theme playing over it.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • An unused theme exists for this logo, having extra build-up, a faster main part, and a different, deeper piano orchestration at the end. This was seen on R. Paul Seymour's website.
  • In an unusual variation that is likely an editing foul-up, the 2002 UK film 24 Hour Party People accompanies this logo with the theme music of Pathé, which had European distribution rights to the movie. This actually suits the logo well.
  • TCM's print of The Magic Sword has the second half of the 1982 logo fanfare playing over it. Quite possibly an editing error as well.
  • On some films, such as Fiddler on the Roof, Bananas, local airings of Leaving Las Vegas and the HD print of GoldenEye (1995), the 1994 fanfare is heard due to a plaster error. This also actually suits this logo well, compared to the Pathé one.
  • On a Amazon Prime France print of Rocky II, the theme is low pitched.

Availability: Common.

  • It's seen on most films released by UA in their final years, including Jeepers Creepers, Ghost World, and Hot Tub Time Machine (the last MGM release with this logo).
  • This logo has now become the standard for plastering the Transamerica and later logos on notable films such as the James Bond and Rocky franchises.
  • It also appears on PBS's print of The Last Waltz.
  • On the 2020 re-releases of the Rocky movies, this appears (after the 2001 MGM logo) on Rocky II.
  • This logo hasn't been used since the release of 2012's Red Dawn (and even then, only as a legacy credit as the film had been sold to FilmDistrict due to MGM's financial situation at that time), as United Artists now operates in-name-only.
  • This logo also appears preceded by the current MGM lion on new prints of older United Artists releases.

Legacy: It is seen as a refinement of the previous logo, thanks in large part to the use of the 1987 design.

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