1988-1993 Edit

Nicknames: Early CT Boxes, CT Boxes, Turning CT Boxes

Logo: On a nighttime sky background, we see two red boxes fading-in and turning that features the 80s print logos of Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures with "COLUMBIA PICTURES" in between the Torch Lady and on the Tri-Star box, it doesn't have the word "PICTURES" under the triangle. As the boxes faces the center, the print logos appears in solid white. The sky background later turns into a solid black background with the words "Columbia Tri-Star Films International" in white lettering (in the Souvenir font used by Columbia in the 1980s-early '90s) fading in below in between the transition effect.

FX/SFX: The boxes turning.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Probably extinct. Was seen on other companies productions Columbia Tri-Star distributed (mainly Orion Pictures productions) such as Robocop 3, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and The Silence of the Lambs.

Editor's Note: None.

1993-2001 Edit

Nickname: CT Boxes 2

Logo: We see the name "(DISTRIBUTED BY) COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILMS [country]" fading in first, then we see a Columbia-like cloud background (which looks like the background from the 1993 TriStar Pictures logo, but has a mirror effect), with the 1992 print logos of Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures fading in. The logo and text would fade-out like the 1992 CPT logo.


  • A later variant features the cloud background from the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo. The background zooms-out and we later see the 1992 print logos of Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures fading-in with the text "DISTRIBUTED BY COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILM DISTRIBUTORS INTERNATIONAL, INC." below the boxes.
  • An in-credit version exists with the print Torch Lady and Pegasus box logos with company name and SPE byline.
  • Another in-credit version has the print Torch and Pegasus box logos with text "DISTRIBUTED BY COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILM DISTRIBUTORS INTERNATIONAL" and a copyright stamp under the text on the left side of the print logos.
  • On the international trailer and TV spots of Escape from Albosom, the logo is brighter than usual.

FX/SFX: The fade in and fade-out, the zoom out.

Music/Sounds: Silent, or the music from any given soundtrack. On the DVD of Escape from Albosom (aka No Escape in the US and UK), the Savoy Pictures theme plays at the end of the logo.

Availability: Ultra rare. Was seen on export theatrical prints of films and various foreign productions produced or released by Columbia Pictures or TriStar Pictures, but most now either use U.S. domestic prints, or have removed or plastered this over. The in-credit logo can be found on Guerra de Canudos. On the Australian DVD and Blu-Ray of Escape from Albosom, the logo has the widescreen version with its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (which is different to the Region 4 DVD with 1.78:1, which has the Savoy Pictures logo). Also seen on some foreign prints of Street Fighter.

Editor's Note: None.

1999-2003 Edit

Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International 1999 logo

Logo: On a blue background, we see the text "Distributed by", with "COLUMBIA TRISTAR FILM DISTRIBUTORS INTERNATIONAL" below it in the Bank Gothic MD BT font.

Variant: On an American HBO airing of Spider-Man, the background has a purple gradient to it.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Can be seen on the DVD of Bats, international prints of Fortress 2: Re-Entry, Spider-Man (also reportedly on HBO in 2007), the international trailer for American Psycho, and Seeing Double.

Editor's Note: None.

2001-2005 Edit

Columbiatristar 01

Nickname: The Silver Light

Logo: On a black background, there is a silver light that gets a little bright, then the text "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in Bank Gothic MD BT fading-in and zooming-out. The silver light later forms a silver line forming "FILM DISTRIBUTORS INTERNATIONAL" in smaller lettering below the line. The logo shines while the entire text zooms in slowly as the light dims inside the line.


  • On The Punisher, the logo's text turns red and segues to the 2002 Marvel logo. At the end of credits, the logo is seen with the text "RELEASED BY" above it and the byline "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" on the bottom, though it doesn't have a silver line.
  • On Suspect Zero, the logo is in warp speed.

FX/SFX: The light forming, and the name effects.

Music/Sounds: None, or the film's opening theme.

Availability: Very rare in Europe, but extremely rare in the U.S. Seen on international theatrical prints of films produced or distributed by Columbia/TriStar/Sony. Like the previous logos, most prints either use U.S. domestic versions, have this removed, or plastered this over. Seen on foreign prints of The Punisher and the SPHE International DVD of Suspect Zero. Around 2005, this was phased out and replaced with the SPR International logo after the demise of the Columbia TriStar label.

Editor's Note: None.

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