Gaumont Columbia TriStar Home Video

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


In 1992, following suit of other international units formerly carrying the RCA/Columbia name and with Columbia TriStar Home Video, the division was renamed to Gaumont Columbia TriStar Home Video. It was quietly shuttered in the early 2000s, with Columbia TriStar handling its own French operations.

Logo (1993-2002?)

Visuals: On a black background, a white box containing the Columbia Pictures Torch Lady spins in from the top left corner of the screen and settles in the center of the screen before it zooms out to the right as the TriStar Pictures Pegasus does the same animation, but mirrored to the right. At the top, the text "TRISTAR" comes in from the right, while "COLUMBIA" comes from the left below it, both in a silver gradient Bank Gothic font with a white backing, and then the 2 words zoom out to above their corresponding boxes. A blue/white metallic daisy ring then zooms out from off-screen, spinning to the right as it does, and settles to the top just off-center, fading to the Gaumont logo of the period, as "HOME VIDEO" in a red Bank Gothic font with a white gradient and backing, slides down from under the boxes and zooms out. Both "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" and "HOME VIDEO" fade to a flat white and red respectively, and a white square box fades in around it.


  • Starting in 1996, an abridged version of this logo is used: The Columbia Tristar boxes slide in from both sides of the screen and zoom out into position as the box fades in around them. Then, the rest of the logo emerges from all sides of the box and, when fully emerged, shine thick gold-tinted borders.
  • At the end of the VHS TV spot for Universal Soldier, the still version of the logo is zoomed out further than usual.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: Same as the theme for the Gaumont Columbia RCA Video logos. The later variant has the end of the theme.

Availability: Seen on French prints of material from Columbia and TriStar Pictures, with some releases being GO, The Net, Street Fighter (Columbia Tristar held the international distribution rights to the film), Men in Black 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, No Escape (Escape from Absolom), Les Visiteurs, My Best Friend's Wedding, She's Out of Control, and many others. This did not appear on any DVDs.

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