Columbia Classics

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Columbia Classics is a sub-label of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (formerly "Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment") for classic film releases on DVD by Columbia Pictures. It was also used for VHS tapes and LaserDiscs of archive Columbia releases in the 1980's and 1990's; sub banners included "Columbia Western Classics", "Columbia War Classics", "Columbia Pictures Award Winner" and "Columbia Pictures Heritage Collection". The label was originally quietly discontinued in the early 2000s. However, in 2020, Sony revived the label, and it is currently used for a series of annual box-sets of Columbia and TriStar movies remastered for the 4K Blu-ray format.

Logo (February 8, 2000-December 11, 2001?)

Visuals: The logo begins with the 1942 Columbia Pictures logo. A light starts flashing, and a code with a blue and black swirling effect appears and transforms the 1942 Columbia logo to the 1992 Columbia Pictures print logo and transforms into a DVD disk on a black background. "COLUMBIA CLASSICS" in Eurostile fades in at the top with a shining wipe effect and the DVD Video trademark logo fades in at the bottom of the DVD with a light flash effect from off the letter "D" on the right.

Variant: On Columbia Western Classics releases, such as The Man from Laramie, the 1992 Columbia logo is used instead and flashes to the print logo on a medal, placed against a wooden background. It spins around, and "WESTERN CLASSICS" shoots itself in letter-by-letter.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The sounds of wind blowing, a thunderclap, and computer sounds.

Audio Variant: The Western Classics variant uses wind and gunshots instead.

Availability: Seen on classic movies by Columbia Pictures on DVD such as The Lady from Shanghai.

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