21st Century Film Corporation
21st Century Film Corporation (no relation to 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Entertainment, nor Fox's 21st Century Fox, Inc.), was founded in 1971, and it went unnoticed for a few years until Giancarlo Paretti, the man who also purchased Cannon Films in 1989, MGM/UA Communications Co. in 1990, purchased 21st Century Film Corporation. It was eventually handed over to Menahem Golan, co-owner of Cannon Films, after he left Cannon. Golan's goal was to release high quality motion pictures to the American and worldwide film audience, but 21st Century only enjoyed small-scale success releasing low-budget, art-house films like Eraserhead, as well as remakes of Phantom of the Opera and Night of the Living Dead; also, in 1990, 21st Century bought the rights to Spider-Man and Captain America. The latter had only a limited release, and the former had its rights given to Sony. 21st Century had serious financial trouble and went bankrupt in 1996, with Epic Productions incorporating it into its Epsilon library. The 21st Century library is owned primarily by MGM, with some films owned by Paramount Pictures. There are a few exceptions; for example Death Wish V: The Face of Death is owned by Lionsgate (with MGM holding TV rights) and the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead and The Forbidden Dance (released on DVD as The Forbidden Dance is Lambada), are owned by Sony Pictures.
Note: 21st Century never used a logo until the late 1980s.
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Nickname: "Marble 21st Century", "21st Century in Space", "Majestic 21st Century"
Logo: On a marble or space background, the word "21st" shaped in filmstrips, with the "21" on a silver diamond, flies at us, then the word "CENTURY" in silver moves to the "21st". Then they both stop, and the byline "FILM CORPORATION" fades-in quickly. On the marble background, red lines appear behind the logo. The logo shines, then it flies away leaving only the background.
Variant: There's a version of the space background with red fog in the background. It might have been a film processing error. An in credit variant also exists.
FX/SFX: The logo and words flying.
Music/Sounds: An orchestra hit, followed by a 22-note synth theme with drumbeats. Later, a new arrangement was introduced. Sometimes, it is silent or has the film's opening theme.
Availability: Rare. The marble variant is preserved on the 1989 remake of The Phantom of the Opera, Deceit, Bad Jim, and the VHS of Masque of the Red Death (1989), among others. The space variant is found on VHS releases of, among others, Bullseye!, Captain America (as well as the Shout! Factory Blu-Ray), Bloodmatch, and the Trimark DVD of Death Wish V: The Face of Death. Don't expect this to appear on the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, although the end credit variant appears. It is unknown if any prints of Demons 6: De Profundis use either variant of this logo.
Editor's Note: Despite (or maybe because of) the in-your-face animation, this is a favorite of many.