Vestron Pictures was a motion picture arm of Vestron Video, set up in January 1986. Today, the Vestron library is owned by Lionsgate via their acquisition of Artisan Entertainment. Perhaps their best known and successful release is Dirty Dancing, released in 1987.
(May 1986-1992, April 27, 2021- )
Nickname: "The Red Circle-V"
Logo: On a black background, a small red sphere zooms into view. Zooming towards the red sphere are several silver lines, forming a silver "V/Triangle" on the sphere. The sphere settles near the top of the screen and flattens into a circle. Zooming in below it are the words "VESTRON PICTURES" in a futuristic font resembling that used on the title of the '80s Transformers cartoon.
- On Young Guns (1991 VHS), the logo is sped-up slightly to plaster the 20th Century Fox logo.
- At the end of some films, the logo exists as a 2D print logo.
- Some movies have a purple tinted version of this logo.
- There exists a 2.35:1 scope version stretched from 4:3; it appears on some prints of Earth Girls Are Easy.
- There is an enhanced/re-animated version of this logo that can be seen on the 2021 Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Dirty Dancing. According to Blu-ray.com, the producers didn't have access to the original film print and were given a later one with the Lionsgate logo to work with; the re-animated logo was created and used instead to make it closer to the original theatrical release.
FX/SFX: The sphere zooming in, the lines, and the zoom in of the letters. All in all, this logo has exceptional animation and looks very professional and modern-looking, even today.
Music/Sounds: A synthesizer chord followed by a few notes of piano and then a French horn-type sounder with a rising "ooooh" choir. On some films such as Dirty Dancing, it's silent or has the film's opening theme over it.
Music/Sounds Variants: On some films like Cat Chaser, the VHS release of Over Her Dead Body (AKA: Enid is Sleeping), Backtrack (AKA: Catchfire), Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, and the 1991 Live/Vestron VHS of Ian Woosnam's Power Game, it uses the same jingle as the Vestron Television logo.
- Uncommon. It can be seen on the original home video or laserdisc releases of films from this company. On some DVD releases from Artisan Entertainment and Lions Gate, either logos from the aforementioned companies plaster it.
- The original 1997 Live Entertainment DVD, the 2007 Lionsgate 20th Anniversary DVD and (surprisingly) the 2021 Lionsgate 4K Blu-Ray of Dirty Dancing have this logo, but the 2001 Artisan Special Edition release plasters it with the Vestron Video logo, while the 2007 & 2012 Blu-ray double feature (and the Limited Keepsake DVD edition) plaster it with the 2006 Lionsgate logo; Bravo's earlier print of the film, however, preserves it after the Live Entertainment logo.
- The 1998 Artisan Special Edition DVD of Earth Girls Are Easy edits this out and goes directly to the movie.
- Other Lionsgate/Artisan releases with this logo are Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, The Unholy, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, and Waxwork, which were released on a Lionsgate 8 Horror Movie DVD set in March 2012, as well as Cat Chaser and Twister (1989).
- Strangely, this appears at the end of a Live/Vestron VHS of Ian Woosnam's Power Game.
- The 1991 U.S. Vestron Video release (and late '90s reprint from LIVE Entertainment, sourcing this master) of Young Guns have this instead of the Fox logo, using an international print.
- It's also preserved on Parents, which was released on a Lionsgate 6 Horror Movie DVD set also in March 2012.
- On Blu-Ray, this is seen on the new Vestron Video releases of Lair of the White Worm, Parents, and Waxwork, among possible others.
- It is also said to have appeared on an Australian theatrical print of Red Scorpion, plastering the Shapiro Glickenhaus logo. It also appears on the Live Home Video screener tape of Code Name: Chaos (A.K.A.: Spies Inc.), though it's plastered by the Live Home Video logo on the regular VHS.
Editor's Note: A great logo that's a favorite of many and has utterly timeless CGI.