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Lifelounge guide to movie intro logos

03 JUL 2012 | Posted By: NickJ

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Lifelounge guide to movie intro logos

20th Century Fox
 
Cannon Group
 
Columbia Pictures
 
New Regency
 
Orion
 
Screen Gems
 
Touchstone
 
Tristar
 
United Artists
 
Universal
I know we faff on a bit about how much more awesome movies and cinema were back in the '80s and '90s , but goddammit it's true. Remember how exciting it was when you'd clumsily slide a tape into your VHS machine, sit back, fix the tracking and get set for some pre-movie goodness including the oh-so special Idents? I know, what the hell is an Ident right? Trust me, when I tell you, it'll all fall into place and your spine will be engulfed with the silky warmth of nostalgia.

Film Idents are the little 15-60 second clip shown before the actual movie. You know, the winged horse galloping towards the screen, the toga-adorned goddess holding the torch, the star spangled snow-capped mountain or the churning machine gears that preceded the main event and often set the mood with some creepy synth sweeps or joyous trumpets. Idents are still very much a part of today's TV and motion pictures, with the studios/production companies that are still in business either completely revamping their Ident or just updating them with a modern and digital friendly shine, but, in my mind, their heyday is in the past. With pirating rife and VHS an antiquity, the Ident's relevance and power has been reduced to that of Betamax. 

So, in honour of the mighty Ident of times past, we've selected our favorite 20 Idents going back as far as the '70s all the way up to the late '90s in our guide to the best movie intro logos. Revel in the nostalgia and don't worry about the lines across the screen coz there's no tracking control needed here.  

1. Worldvision Home Video Inc


2. Screen Gems


3. Disney
 

4. United Artist


 5. Viacom  
 
 
6. Touchstone
 
 7. Lionsgate


 8. Columbia


 9. Paramount
 

10. 20th Century Fox

 11. MGM
 

 12. Miramax
 
 
13. Universal


 14. Dimension
 
15. New Line
 

 16. Morgan Creek
 

17. Regency 


18. Cannon Group
 

19. Orion


20. Carolco
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Respect freeak
Adjusting the tracking. Man, that takes me back.
freeak  -  about a year ago
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Respect NickJ
Yeah dude, those were the days...even the smell of a video store was different back then.
NickJ  -  about a year ago

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