Lorimar Film Entertainment

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Logo descriptions by James Fabiano, Sean Beard, and Matt A.
Editions by V of Doom and thehugetvfan
Video captures courtesy of Eric S.


Background

Lorimar Productions began to produce movies in 1971, starting with the independent film The Sporting Club. Later on, the company acquired the Allied Artists Pictures library in 1980 when said company went under, but it didn't have its own movie arm until April 21, 1986 when Lorimar-Telepictures was formed by the merging of Lorimar with Telepictures, forming "Lorimar Motion Pictures." In January 1987, Lorimar Motion Pictures was renamed Lorimar Film Entertainment. On January 11, 1989, Lorimar was acquired by Warner Communications and its film unit was absorbed into Warner Bros. Today, most of the Lorimar movie releases, with some exceptions, are currently held by Warner Bros. Entertainment.


1st Logo (March 20, 1981-1986)

Nicknames: "The Orange/Red Line", "Script"

Logo: It's only the same as the 1978 TV logo, except the logo is slowed down and the text is orange-ish red, with "PRESENTS" below.

Variants:

  • Sometimes the LORIMAR text is red.
  • Sometimes, it's bylineless.
  • On black and white movies, the logo is in black and white.

FX/SFX: Same as the TV version.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent.

Availability: Pretty rare. Warner Bros. has a poor habit of plastering their logo over this one, while Universal leaves it intact most of the time. It can be still be seen on Escape to Victory and Tank after the 1963 Universal logo. The first VHS, and recent DVD/Blu-ray of The Last Starfighter retain it after the Universal logo, but was plastered with the WB shield on old full-screen TV airings, and the 1997 Universal logo on the 1999 DVD release.

Editor's Note: Not as impactful as the TV logo, due to its similarity and its lack of the general theme.

2nd Logo (1986-September 9, 1988)

Nicknames: "Lorimar Sunburst", "L-T Sunburst"

Logo: We start with a yellow flash with a white sunburst in the middle. As the flash fades, the word "LORIMAR" (not in the normal connected font), with "MOTION PICTURES" underneath, slowly zoom in. All the words are red with white and blue outlines. Under the "MOTION PICTURES" text is an upside down red triangle shape with white lines to give the logo a 3-D look. At the point of the triangle is a half circle shaped space, and as the logo forms, the sunburst becomes a little yellow flash of light that moves downward and enters the opening at the logo's bottom. Under the entire logo is the byline "A DIVISION OF LORIMAR-TELEPICTURES".

Variant: The first Lorimar movies using this logo had no white and blue outlines, making the logo almost entirely red.

FX/SFX: The moving logo and the light joining it.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or usually the film's opening audio.

Availability: Quite rare considering the logo's short lifespan in addition to the rampant plastering habits of Warner Bros. However, this is retained on the Warner Archive DVD-R of Orphans, the Warner Archive Blu-ray of Running On Empty, and the Columbia TriStar/Sony Entertainment DVDs and 88 Films UK Blu-Ray of Two Moon Junction (RCA/Columbia released the film on VHS/Laserdisc, since Lorimar only had theatrical distribution rights). This was originally seen on films such as The Boy Who Could Fly, The Morning After, Big Shots, The Fourth Protocol, and Made in Heaven. Return of the Living Dead Part II also had this logo, but with Warner's plastering habits, it got plastered on the 2004 DVD release (it is presumed, though, that the recent Scream Factory Blu-Ray release restores it since it will also feature a new 4K restoration). Also found on the Lorimar Home Video releases of Action Jackson, including the late '90s Warner Home Video VHS and a Bounce TV airing in January 2016.

Editor's Note: Could be too bright for some at the beginning, but it's a decent logo. At least they tried something different.

3rd Logo (September 9, 1988-August 24, 1990)

Logo: Technically more of an in-credit text. After 1988, Warner Bros. distributed Lorimar films and placed their 1984 logo in front of the prints. After the WB shield appears, either on a black background or in front of the main titles, we see the text "LORIMAR FILM ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS" in the style of the credits font.

Variant: On Dangerous Liaisons (1988), the text reads "A LORIMAR FILM ENTERTAINMENT PICTURE".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually, the main title music plays over it.

Availability: Considering this is an in-credit logo, it won't be hard to find compared to the first and second logos. Examples include Running on Empty (with the 2nd logo preceding it), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Second SightPenn and Teller Get Killed, and The Witches. The latter film later omitted the Lorimar text and replaced it with "Warner Bros. presents"; both versions are available.

Editor's Note: None.

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