Cinergi Pictures Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Cinergi was a production company formed by Andrew G. Vajna in 1989, after he left Carolco Pictures. It closed around 1997/98, mainly due to a string of commercially and critically unsuccessful movies.

Most of Cinergi's library assets were acquired by The Walt Disney Company through Buena Vista, which distributed almost all of Cinergi's productions domestically (most under the Hollywood Pictures label, though two of their films were under the Touchstone Pictures label) except for Die Hard With a Vengeance, which 20th Century Fox owned the rights to until 2019 when it was acquired by Disney after its merger with Fox (though they had already acquired select international distribution rights for that film). The other assets were to be merged into CPEI Acquisition, Inc., a joint venture between Vajna and the Valdina Corporation, while Vajna himself went on to form C2 Pictures.

While Disney handled distribution of the company's movies in North America and select regions, Cinergi handled their own distribution of their titles elsewhere through subsidiary Cinergi Productions N.V. Inc., with Summit Entertainment handling international sales.

In 2003, Cinergi would make a revival when Vajna bought video game company Games Unlimited and renamed it Cinergi Interactive. The company would operate until 2007.

Logo (December 25, 1993-February 20, 1998)


Visuals: On a blue/black background, a transparent "C"-like figure appears and rotates as it zooms-out. The beginning has the company name reflected on the "C". When it's finished, the word "CINERGI" emerges from the background with sparkles and appears in blue below the logo. The logo continues to zoom out from us, then stands still.

Trivia: The logo was created by Rod Dyer Design.

Variants:

  • On Tombstone, the "CINERGI" name fades in slowly.
  • Nixon has a shortened version, starting at the zoom-out.
  • On Judge Dredd, the logo is tinted in dark blue.
  • On the Scud video games, a still gold version of the logo is used on a black background.
  • On Evita, the logo is in black & white.
  • There is a closing credits logo with the 3-D "C" with "DISTRIBUTED BY" above and below "CINERGI PRODUCTIONS N.V. INC.".

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A 12-note horn stinger followed by an uplifting orchestral finish, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. On films such as Evita, Renaissance Man, Nixon, and Deep Rising, it would be silent or have the films' respective opening themes.

Audio Trivia: The fanfare was reportedly conducted by Bruce Broughton, as stated on the expanded score release of the Tombstone soundtrack as "Logo". Jerry Goldsmith provided the music for the logo but had a scheduling conflict on Tombstone and recommended Broughton to score the film.

Audio Variant: There's a low-pitched version.

Availability: Appears on most of the company's movies.