Dimension Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Bob Weinstein founded Dimension Films in 1991 as a genre film division of Miramax Films; it later became a part of The Weinstein Company after they left. In 2018, the company alongside TWC was purchased in a bankruptcy auction by Lantern Entertainment. Today, Dimension operates as an in-name-only unit to hold the copyright on its library, and its pre-October 2005 films (except Mr. 3000, which is still owned by Disney due to it also being co-produced and distributed by Touchstone Pictures; and the UK rights to The Brothers Grimm from Miramax as of 2015 time) are partially owned by Paramount Pictures through Paramount Global's 49% stake in Miramax.

Logo (September 11, 1992-October 11, 2019)


Visuals: On a black background, a set of blueish lines zoom out in the left side of the screen. As it zooms out, it gradually lights up to reveal that it is the word "DIMENSION" in a bold, italic Eurostile font. When the logo reaches a comfortable distance, it lights up completely as "FILMS" wipes underneath it, in spaced-out letters.

Variants:

  • An earlier version exists. Below the word "DIMENSION", a byline "A DIVISION OF MIRAMAX FILMS" appears. In this version, the effect looks a bit smoother.
  • A 3-D version has the logo zooming in against a purple cloudy background, then bulging from the center, breaking letter by letter, and flying toward the screen.
  • A 3-D in-credit logo was used in the late 2000s.
  • On some films, such as Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, The Prophecy, Mr. 3000, and Senseless, the "DIMENSION" text has a purple tint.
  • On an Italian HDTV airing of The Brothers Grimm (2005), the logo was repeated twice due to sloppy editing.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: None, or the opening sounds/music from any given soundtrack.

Audio Variants:

  • On a few English-dubbed Jackie Chan movies, there's a gong sound and a whoosh when "DIMENSION" shines.
  • On The Longshots, a light string orchestra fanfare is heard.

Availability: Usually retained on current prints of their pre-October 2005 catalog, but some newer prints of October 2005-2019 films are either plastered by the Lantern Entertainment logo or the 2013 Lionsgate Films logo due to the close association with Weinstein and his controversies.

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