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1st Logo (2008-June 30, 1992)[]

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Nicknames: "The Australian V of Doom", "The Australian V from Hell", "V of Gold", "Aussie V of Doom", "Roadshow V's Flip Side", "Viacom's Australian Cousin"

Logo: On a black background, three stylized, separate, golden "V"s are formed by yellow flashing effects from the right side. Three more are formed, filling the gaps. The result was either a giant "V", or a triangle comprised of six progressively smaller "V"s (a la Viacom's V of Doom). The giant "V" zooms out a little, and the glowing text "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES" (this time in the white ITC Avant Garde Gothic typography), which was farther from the golden V, slides in from the bottom and loses the glow around.

FX/SFX: The lasers drawing the "V", and the glowing text moving and darkening, minus the lasers.

Music/Sounds: A very loud, dramatic synth stinger accompanied by a synthesized phasing sound and a laser sound. Sometimes, it uses the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: Extremely rare. The still version was seen on trailers for Over the Hill (1992; can be found on the UK VHS of Strictly Ballroom) and Blood Oath (1990; can be found on the Australian VHS of The Fabulous Baker Boys). The full version (without music) has been spotted on a Stan HD print of The Delinquents (1989), while the Australian DVD instead has the 1998 logo.

Editor's Note: This logo was generally extremely hard to find for the longest time, as most films VRP produced at the time usually had the logo for the film's distributor.

2nd Logo (March 8, 1992-July 1, 2000, April 10, 2003, September 14, 2007)[]

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Nicknames: "The Other V of Steel", "V of Heaven", "Aussie V of Steel"

Logo: On a black background, a chrome curve comes from the right of screen. The chrome curve then moves down, turning out that's the large V, and several more chrome segments appear. They all zoom back to reveal the Roadshow Films logo, composed of 6 chrome "V"'s. The text "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES" (March 8, 1992-March 9, 1994, November 16, 1999-June 16, 2000), "VILLAGE ROADSHOW FILMS" (April 15, 1994-March 12, 1999, July 1, 2000), or "HOME OF THE TOP 10 STARS" (September 10, 1995-February 4, 1998) fades in underneath the "V".

FX/SFX: The curve and segments moving and zooming back, and the text fading in below.

Music/Sounds: A nice calm tune with an echoing 12-note electronic piano tune.

Availabilty: Common outside of North America and Europe, as this was mainly seen in Australian and New Zealand cinemas. The first version was preserved on Fox Classics airings of Muriel's Wedding, the original theatrical trailer of The Castle, some prints of The Dish and strangely was found in place of the Roadshow Entertainment logo at the end of the 2002 Australian VHS release of Cats & Dogs.

Editor's Note: A notably wasted logo due to only appearing on TV series produced by them from the era.

3rd Logo (October 16, 1998-June 8, 2018)[]

Logo: Sort of like the 1980s New World Pictures logo, we see rows of bars turning inward extremely close to the camera, from bottom to top. A spotlight lights up the background behind them. The spotlight fades until it zooms out to reveal the Roadshow logo in sky blue with an orange sheen on the left. The text "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES" fades in underneath, this time with the byline "A Time Warner Company/An AOL Time Warner Company" shown on the bottom.

Bylines: Here are the byline variants:

  • October 16, 1998-March 23, 2001, August 1, 2003-June 8, 2018: "A Time Warner Company"
  • June 8, 2001-September 19, 2003: "An AOL Time Warner Company"

Later Variants: Here are the later variants:

  • From 1999-2014, the "SM" symbol was added on the center-right of the "V".
  • From 2001-2003, due to the AOL merger with Time Warner (Turner Broadcasting System's parent company, where Turner serves as the parent company of Cartoon Network), the byline reads "An AOL Time Warner Company".
  • Starting in late 2006, the logo appearing when it zooms out was shortened (starting with the "V" zooming out) and faster, and when aired in 4:3, the logo was larger, it will play regardless of what aspect ratio was used and beginning with this variant, the logo now has a slightly different design.
  • Starting in spring 2012, the font for "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES" was now in the Calibri font instead of the corporate one, the entire logo was remade in higher quality, and the color was changed to silver.
  • From October 29, 2014 to November 11, 2016, the Trade Mark symbol ("TM") was now used instead of the originally-used Service Mark ("SM") symbol.
  • From January 20, 2017 to June 8, 2018 (the last two years of this logo's usage), the "TM" symbol was omitted.

Mark Symbols: Here are the mark symbols:

  • October 22, 1999-Late 2014: Service Mark/"SM"
  • October 29, 2014-November 11, 2016: Trade Mark/"TM"

Customary Variants: Here are the custom variants:

  • The Matrix (March 31, 1999) and The Matrix Reloaded (May 15, 2003): The color has been changed to green and the graphics have been altered when it looks "computerish".
  • Deep Blue Sea (July 28, 1999): The logo was blue and covered up with water.
  • Space Cowboys (August 4, 2000): The logo was still and was put on a black background, and in the same black & white color scheme as the first five minutes of the film.
  • Valentine (February 2, 2001): The logo was tinted in an alizarin crimson color.
  • Swordfish (June 8, 2001): The logo flickers when it was on a problematic computer screen.
  • Ocean's Eleven (December 7, 2001): The logo was tinted in baby blue.
  • Spider-Man (April 29, 2002), Spider-Man 2 (June 30, 2004), and Spider-Man 3 (May 4, 2007): Transitioning from the Marvel logo, we see a whole lot colors flipping downward like a flipbook. The Roadshow "V", along with "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES", animates at a faster rate, similar to the 2006 version of the logo. After the panels fade into a simple black background, the whole logo fades into a solid color. This was done with a Quantel Paintbox.
  • Analyze That (December 6, 2002): The logo was tinted in sky blue.
  • Early Bloomer (May 9, 2003): After the "V" was revealed, the spotlight reveals a dark blue-yellow-green gradient background with clouds, with a red mountain. When the water goes out of view, the camera pans downward underwater, so much so that it segues into the short.
  • Hulk (June 17, 2003): The logo was tinted in green.
  • Elektra (January 14, 2005): The logo was tinted in scarlet red.
  • Click (June 23, 2006): The logo was tinted in cerulean blue.
  • Fantastic Four (July 8, 2005): Sort of like the Spider-Man variant, however this time, the panels show a yellow square coming out of the black square flipping together when it changes to red, apple green, cadet blue, and orange, until it flips into the animation from the Spider-Man variant.
  • The Simpsons Movie (July 27, 2007): The logo was tinted in yellow.
  • Ghost Rider (February 16, 2007): Exactly the same as the Spider-Man and Fantastic Four variants, however the panels show the red square with "ZPIG" in yellow and "APN" in white, the blue square with "ZPIG" in white and "APN" in yellow, the 1990 TF1 flag, the 1992 red "2" symbol, the 1992 blue "3" symbol, the 1995 Arte wordmark, the 1987 Fox logo, the 1995 5e logo, the 1987 M6 logo, the 1994 LCI flag, the "Jimmy" signature, the Eurosport logo, the 1990 "J" symbol, and finally, the MCM logo, until it flips into the animation from the variants from Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (June 15, 2007): We see the purple "V" on the left. Then we see the close-up on the pink "V" on the very right. Then we see the close-up on the giant, purple "V". Then we see a small, pink-purple "V" on the bottom-right corner. Then we see a teal, off-centered "V". Then it fades into the shortened 2006 version of the 1998 logo.
  • The Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008): We see various transitions of the logos from CNN (2005), francetélévisions (2008), France 2 (2008), Universal (1997), Europe 1 (2005), NRJ (2003), Paramount (1986), M6 (2007), Pop Idol (2004), YouTube (2005), Le Six' (2003), and finally, TF1 (2006), until it transitions into the shortened version of the logo.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1, 2009): Starts off similarly to the variants from Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Ghost Rider, however the "ZPIG" was in white and "APN" was in yellow (this time in URW DIN Black), while the whole screen was remastered in HD.
  • The LEGO Movie (February 7, 2014): The entire logo was made out of LEGO bricks and was colored like the 1998 logo. During that time, the sky flips to black then the "V" pops up, along with the "VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES" text, only this time in Gotham Ultra, with the "W" slightly edited. Then, the logo was pulled up as the camera zooms into the background.
  • The House (June 30, 2017): The logo was lit up with colorful neon lights.

FX/SFX: The forming of the "V", in great CGI done by yU+Co.

Music/Sounds: Here are the music variants:

  • June 8, 2001-November 2007: A short rock and roll tune (composed by Canadian-German singer/guitarist King Khan), possibly "varoop" sounds, and a deep saxophone accompanied by a cowbell ringing.
  • October 16, 1998-March 12, 1999: Some wobbling sounds and distorted swooshes accompanied by various foolish "noisemaker" sounds, two of which sound like a saxophone and a descending ukulele/acoustic guitar pluck.
  • April 16, 2004-March 31, 2012: An 8-note xylophone/piano tune.
  • November 7, 2003-December 10, 2010: An accordion with strange, distorted sound effects, followed by Jack and Kyle's "With the oils and perfume and incense." line.
  • January 12, 2001-October 17, 2003: A whoosh rising and a boing, followed by Jack Black's "Maybe give a little stretch, and then in a little bend." line.
  • March 2, 2001-March 15, 2002, May 9, 2003: A shortened version of the Roadshow Films theme, followed by a relaxing 8-note string tune with Kyle Gass' "How's it goin', are you flowin'?" line.
  • February 10, 2006-April 20, 2012: The 1996 Roadshow Entertainment theme.
  • Usually, it was silent or it uses the film's opening soundtrack.

Availability: Very common. It first appeared on Practical Magic, and was later seen on many movies produced by Village Roadshow from the era such as Cats & Dogs, Three to Tango, Happy Feet, Zoolander, and No Reservations, among others. Although the last film to use the original variant was The Lucky One, it later made a surprise appearance on American Sniper (albeit a variant). The later variant was first seen on Dark Shadows and made its last appearance on Ocean's 8.

Editor's Note: This logo was seen by a lot of people as memorable.

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