Carolco/Tri-Star International

Background: In 1987, Carolco Pictures and TriStar Pictures decided to form a joint venture company to distribute their movies internationally. This joint venture ended in 1996, when Carolco got defunct.



1st Logo
(1987-1993)

Nicknames: "Carolco-TriStar Combo" "The C meets the Pegasus"

Logo: We see a dark blue marble background. Then, white version of the Carolco C draws in (in a fashion similar to the 1988 logo), while the TriStar print logo of the time draws in, both by a spark. Then "Carolco Tri-Star International" (Tri-Star was changed to TriStar in 1991) fades in below in a white Haettenschweiler font with a drop shadow under it. "presents" fades in below the company name in Arial Rounded MT Bold. The logo shines.

FX/SFX: Typical 80's computer animation.

Music/Sounds: We hear laser sounds when the logos are drawn in, which ends in a cymbal. When the logos shine, a small windchime is heard.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • On some Carolco movies, the Jerry Goldsmith theme plays.
  • On a Romanian print of Terminator 2, we hear a low toned version of the 1984 TriStar Pictures theme. This is because of a bad plaster job.
Availability: Uncommon. May be seen on older prints of TriStar or Carolco movies.

Scare Factor: None to low, people who expect to see the TriStar or Carolco logos and end up with this may be startled.

2nd Logo
(1993-1996)

Logo: We see a daytime cloud background, with two boxes (ala Columbia TriStar). In the left one, there is the Carolco logo on a black BG, and on the right one we see the TriStar pegasus on the usual BG. "Carolco-TriStar International" is below in the same font used on the Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International logo at the time, with Presents below it.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None

Availability: Rare, some newer international prints plaster this with the StudioCanal logo.

Scare Factor: None, it's boring.

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