United Artists Releasing

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


United Artists Releasing was a film distribution joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Annapurna Pictures. Originally named Mirror Releasing, LLC when it was formed on December 2017, the new name would be adopted on February 5, 2019, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United Artists studio.

The label distributes movies from the two companies, alongside products from fellow MGM subsidiaries Orion Pictures, Orion Classics (since February 2019 for both) and American International Pictures (since its relaunch in October 2020) in the United States. It also acts as a distribution label in countries where MGM has existing distribution arrangements outside of their international deal with Universal Pictures such as SF Studios in the Nordics, Eagle Pictures in Italy, Gulf Film in the Middle East, Forum Film in Israel & Central Europe and NOS Audiovisuais in Portugal. Most MGM titles when Universal doesn't distribute them internationally (mostly labels like American International Pictures and Orion Pictures & Classics) would go to these partners in those regions as well as independent distributors such as Imagem Filmes in Brazil and Mexico among others.

On March 4, 2023, it was announced that UAR was folded into MGM by its parent, Amazon Studios. With the closure of the UAR label, all films starting with Creed III were distributed solely by MGM, with Warner Bros. Pictures handling international distribution for the rest of MGM's library, and starting with the Telluride Film Festival premiere of Saltburn on August 30, 2023, and the Amazon Prime Video exclusive film Sitting in Bars with Cake, released the following month on on September 8, 2023, all films produced by MGM and Amazon Studios were released by the Amazon MGM Studios Distribution label (the logo was missing from marketing materials/posters of MGM's 2023 releases, most notably with the aforementioned Creed III).

Logo (April 12, 2019-October 11, 2023)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a white "U" with an "A" made of segmented lines behind it; overall, it looks rather similar to the 2000 logo of the original UA. "UNITED ARTISTS" is below, with "RELEASING" in a spaced-out font beneath it.

Variant: On On the Count of Three, the logo is inverted.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: This was first seen at the end of Missing Link, and also appears at the end of The Addams Family (2019), Child's Play (2019), Gretel & Hansel, Valley Girl (2020), Wrath of Man, Respect, The Addams Family 2, domestic prints of No Time to Die, House of Gucci, and Licorice Pizza.

  • This might have also been seen on theatrical prints of The Hustle, Booksmart, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, but home media releases show no evidence.
  • It made a surprise appearance on On a Wing and a Prayer, even though the film was released after the shutdown. This is because the film was completed before the label's retirement. Similarly, A Good Person also carried this logo. It was last seen on Dark Harvest.
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