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Background: PolyGram Pictures, the movie division of PolyGram Records, was formed in 1979
by Jon Peters and Peter Guber (who would later head The Guber-Peters Company (later sold to Sony Corporation in 1989) and Guber to head Mandalay Entertainment in 1995) . However, it was closed down in 1983 and reactivated in 1986 as "PolyGram Filmed Entertainment". The reorganized film unit was based in England and became a European competitor to Hollywood. In 1998, PolyGram was acquired by Seagram & Sons and operated until 1999 when it was shut down and folded into Universal Studios. In 1999, Seagram & Sons sold most of the pre-1996 library to MGM that was incorporated into the Orion library. Today, most of the pre-1996 PolyGram film library is owned by MGM, while Universal owns the rights to some pre-1996 films (Backbeat, Before the Rain, Hate (La Haine), The Jacksons: An American Dream, Cold Blooded, Deadly Blessing, Missing, and An American Werewolf in London only; the latter two which Universal released theatrically) and the rest of PolyGram's films until its disestablishment.


1st Logo
(1980-1981)

Nicknames: "Rainbow PolyGram", "PolyRainbow"

Logo: On a background of red, orange, and yellow stripes, we see the words "POLYGRAM" in a "Prisma" like font near the middle of the screen.PolyGram Pictures (1983)

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: The colors used are very '70s.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Very rare. Appears on Snake Eyes, Morning Report, and the VHS of The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper.

Scary Factor: Minimal.




2nd Logo
(1981-1983)
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Nicknames
: "The Red Stars", "Rollercoaster", "PolyCoaster" "A Fountain of Red Stars"

Logo: On a black background, we see red stars going up, which then go down describing a curve (a la the Telepictures "Rollercoaster" logo), revealing the text:

PolyGram Pictures

The stars then are in a line under the name.

Variant: An early variant features the stars and name wiping, without any animation at all.


FX/SFX: The stars forming the name. Pure Scanimate effects.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Appears on An American Werewolf in London and King of the Mountain. This was recently spotted on the Shout! Factory DVD and Blu-Ray of Deadly Blessing after the 1976 United Artists logo.

Scare Factor: Low.




3rd Logo
(1992-1997)

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Nicknames
: "The Drawing Red Line", "PolyLine"

Logo: On a black background, "PolyGram" appears. Then "FILMED ENTERTAINMENT" appears under the name. A red line is drawn between "PolyGram" and "FILMED ENTERTAINMENT", which causes a red flash after it stops drawing, then it shines once.

Variant: An earlier version exists. The background is white, the words are already faded in, and the line is
light blue.

FX/SFX: The "drawing red line" effect.

Cheesy Factor: Quite boring. The earlier version also was obviously inverted to change the color scheme.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening theme of the film.


Availability: Uncommon. Found on most 1993-1997 PolyGram films, most notably Posse, Romeo is Bleeding, Jason's Lyric, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dead Man Walking, Kalifornia (PolyGram and MGM DVDs only; the original VHS and newer prints have this removed), A Gnome Named Gnorm (VHS only, plastered by the 2005-2013 Lionsgate logo on current prints), Fargo, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (not the original VHS, however), and Bean among others. Also seen on UK trailers for PolyGram films, some which can be found on VHS releases in the United States by PolyGram Video. Appears on the UK VHS release of The Usual Suspects. Don't expect it to appear on Shallow Grave, the Burton and Schumacher Batman movies, and The Matchmaker. On newer prints of post-1996, and a couple of pre-1996 films, this is plastered with the then-current Universal logo. Strangely, this is seen on current prints of The Borrowers when seen on Disney XD, Discovery Family, and Netflix. The inverted variant can be seen on The Jacksons: An American Dream on TV One, VH1, and VH1 Classics, although it's plastered by a shortened 1997 Universal logo on BET and Centric broadcasts and on DVD.

Scare Factor: Minimal.



4th Logo
(1997-1999, February 18, 2000)

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Nicknames:
"PolyGram Winged Man", "Icarus"

Logo: On a ominous-looking darkened, cloudy sky-scape, we see a winged man (known as Icarus) take flight from a steep cliff surface. As he begins his flight, he freezes still. As Icarus stops, light streaks pass over him. The phrase "POLYGRAM FILMED ENTERTAINMENT" (or "FILMS"), in a stylized font and centered under the winged man, zooms into place (also with the same streaking FX). Both the Icarus and company name appear to be living crystal.

Trivia: This logo was designed by Michael J. Deas, the same individual who painted and designed the 1992 Columbia Pictures and 1993 Merv Griffin Enterprises logos. The winged man is named Icarus, the man from the Greek fable who constructed a set of wings and tried to fly to the sun.

Variants:
  • An earlier version of the logo exists, where it was just the Icarus and the word "POLYGRAM" in a stylistic font. Then either "FILMS" or "FILMED ENTERTAINMENT" in a smaller font fades in.
  • Some direct-to-video releases, such as Cats, refer to the company as "POLYGRAM VISUAL PROGRAMMING".

FX/SFX: The winged man moving, the letters appearing. It's mostly good animation for 1997.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Very rare. This has been plastered with the then-current Universal Studios logo on Special Edition DVDs, Blu-Rays, and most TV airings shortly after Universal's acquisition of PolyGram. Can be found on PolyGram VHS/DVD releases of films such as The Big Lebowski, Elizabeth, Clay Pigeons, The Borrowers, The Last Days of Disco, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, among others. The earlier version with "FILMS" can be seen on The Game, Barney's Great Adventure and a teaser trailer for The Borrowers. The "FILMED ENTERTAINMENT" variant of the first version can be seen on the UK trailer for The Game and the theatrical trailer for The Borrowers, the latter which can be found on some VHS prints of Bean. When Universal reissued PolyGram/USA Home Entertainment DVDs from 2002-2004, they pulled a Columbia TriStar and Artisan by re-releasing the PolyGram manufactured discs in their original packaging, but editing out almost all references to said company on the cases. Also found on a 2008 Showtime airing of The Hi-Lo Country, as well as a Hulu print of Your Friends & Neighbors (along with its DVD and VHS releases). The "FILMS" variant was strangely seen on a TMC On Demand print of What Dreams May Come. This originally appeared on U.S theatrical prints of Pitch Black, before the Interscope Communications logo (which was at the time part of Polygram). However, all DVD/VHS releases and the Blu-ray have the 1997 Universal logo (while the Interscope Communications logo is left intact). The "VISUAL PROGRAMMING" variant can be seen on the VHS and DVD releases of Cats.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The dark skyline and winged man might very well unsettle some viewers, as well as the freeze-frame and CGI effects animation used throughout. This remains among the best CGI logos of recent years, regardless of its dark look.


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ryanasaurus0077 PolyGram on Blu-ray? 5 Sunday, 12:12 AM EST by indycar
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Now, we already know of Deadly Blessing preserving the original logo on the Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, but what about other PolyGram films? I'm especially interested in the films released in its last years. (And yes, I'm perfectly aware that I should not look on Universal's Blu-ray of Pitch Black.)
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ShawnKingston Pitch Black 7 Friday, 3:06 PM EST by Logophile
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In the description it says that the 4th logo appeared on theatrical prints of that film (I really don't think so since the movie was released in a year after PolyGram went under, USA Films distributed the movie theatrically under license from Universal Studios), and the DVD it was plastered by the USA Films logo. However I doubting that cause on the original VHS releases however, I saw no USA Films logo, and I'm thinking the original DVD is the same thing (both the VHS/DVD were released by Universal). Here is the proof

http://youtu.be/cSWg2KzrKXE?t=13m (near the tail end of the video)
http://youtu.be/Ya97PC_l3C8?t=7m38s (watch for a few seconds after the Universal logo)
http://youtu.be/iC0AuVV7wOk?t=8m33s (same as above)

Can someone please visually prove that the USA Films logo appears on the original DVD release and was there really a PolyGram logo on the theatrical print, did you see the movie while it was in theaters, and if so, what logos did you see? Thank you.
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ryanasaurus0077 Batman movies 0 Nov 7 2010, 11:45 AM EST by ryanasaurus0077
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Technically they're Guber-Peters productions, but (correct me if I'm wrong, I viewed all of them to the end) I think I saw a credit for PolyGram on the Burton and Schumacher Batman films in the end credits (and if I remember correctly only the Tim Burton ones were credited to Guber-Peters).
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