United Film Distribution Company

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

Started by Salah M. Hassanein in the 1970s. Later merged with Artists Entertainment Group and became Taurus Entertainment Company in 1987.

1st Logo (1973-1984)

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Logo: On a black background, we see "A UNITED FILM DISTRIBUTION RELEASE" in red text.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Dawn of the Dead, Q: The Winged Serpent, Mother's Day, Knightriders, and Class of 1984, among others.


2nd Logo (November 18, 1983-October 30, 1987)

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Nickname: "The UFDC"

Logo: On a black background, we see a group of four 3-dimensional letters zooming in, then the letter streaks zoom out, and the words "UNITED FILM DISTRIBUTION COMPANY" appear below.

FX/SFX: The zooming, the design of the letters.

Music/Sounds: A thrilling electronic theme ("Videospots 4" by Harry Forbes, from the Parry Music Library), which was also used by Vestron Video for certain tapes in Australia.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Sleepaway Camp, Day of the Dead, Terminal Entry, and the trailer for Retribution, among others. For Day of the Dead, this wasn't seen on the Scream Factory Blu-Ray release, though it is retained on one of the trailers included on said Blu-Ray. This may have been seen on U.S. theatrical prints of the 1987 beach comedy Terminal Exposure, but none of various home releases have it intact.

Editor's Note: The UFDC logo looks okay but the music sounds somewhat strange.