Editions by mr3urious
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Nickname: "GH Shield", "Warner Bros. Rip-Off"
Logo: Set on a shot of a wheat field, we see "GH" in a shielded font similar to the WB shield sitting on what appears to be a wreath. It then fades out to some Chinese text with "GOLDEN HARVEST LTD. PRODUCTION" below. Then it fades out and is replaced by "DYALI SCOPE" with "GH" between "DYALI" and "SCOPE", some Chinese text above it, and "EASTMANCOLOR" underneath.
FX/SFX: Mostly live-action.
Music/Sounds: A slow bombastic fanfare with French horns (Orchestral Opening #2 by Cyril Watters, from the Thomas J. Valentino music library). There is a second fanfare where we start with a drum roll, then 5 changing notes which slows down with 4 notes, then 2 more during "DYALI SCOPE".
Availability: Ultra rare until recently, now bordering on rare. This logo was frequently plastered with either the 1978 Golden Harvest, or Media Asia Group logos. Now with the GH library under Fortune Stars hands, this logo has begun to resurface again on recent prints.
Scare Factor: Low.
Nickname: "GH Shield II", "Warner Bros. Rip-Off II"
Logo: Set on a shot of a wheat field, we see the same "GH" from before, but without the wreath. The text "A GOLDEN HARVEST PRESENTATION" appears under it. Chinese characters appear left and right of the shield. Then the logo fades out, being replaced by the same Dyali Scope/Eastmancolor info from before but with "IN EASTMANCOLOR"
FX/SFX: Mostly live-action.
Music/Sounds: The second fanfare from the first logo.
Availability: Rare, see above.
Scare Factor: Low to medium. The fanfare may surprise some after the drum roll.
Nickname: "White Red-Lined GH", "Wheat Ears"
Logo: On a black background, a white "GH" is drawing. Then a thin red line is drawing in the "GH". Finally, a wheat-ear is drawn at the top right side of the "H". Four yellow Chinese characters appear on both sides of the logo, and "GOLDEN HARVEST PRESENTS", also in yellow, appears under it.
FX/SFX: The "GH" and wheat drawing, the Chinese letters drawing.
Music/Sounds: A suspenseful fanfare followed by xylophone tinkles as the wheat ear is drawn, then ending with a loud trumpet fanfare.
Availability: Extremely rare until recently, now bordering on rare. This logo was frequently plastered with either the 1978 Golden Harvest, or Media Asia Group logos. Now with the GH library under Fortune Stars hands, this logo has begun to resurface again on recent prints. This can be seen (in full) on the trailer for When Taekwondo Strikes (1973), which is on the Shout! Factory Angela Mao Ying DVD collection.
Scare Factor: Low.
Nickname: "The Rectangle G"
Logo: On a black BG, we see 4 orange rectangles appearing each rectangle, forming a "G". Then it zooms out as the "G" changes colors. The "G" finally becomes yellow, and then stops zooming, and "A GOLDEN HARVEST PRESENTATION" flashes in under the "G", along with two red Chinese characters on both sides of the rectangle. The text sparkles.
- There is a version which lacks the Chinese characters, mainly for International releases of their films
- A blue-background version (also lacking the Chinese characters) also exists.
- There is a later version which reads "A GOLDEN HARVEST DISTRIBUTION" in a slightly different font.
FX/SFX: The rectangles forming the "G".
Music/Sounds: It starts out with 4 drumbeats as the rectangles appear, then a synth tune plays, ending with a high synth note as the text appears. Later on, the music was rearranged with different instruments. Sometimes may be silent or may have the opening theme of the movie playing over it.
- On the 1978 re-release of Return of the Dragon, the Golden Harvest logo has a blue background and has the musc from the Bryanston Pictures logo underneath!
- On some recent Fortune Star prints of GH films, the music from the 1994-2000 Media Asia logo would be heard due to poor reverse plastering!
Availability: Common. This is seen on a lot of martial arts and action movies made in Hong Kong, and plasters older ones on occasion. This was subject to plastering with the Media Asia Group logo, but in Fortune Stars hands, has been preserved and restored to some recent prints. The blue background version can be seen on the original CBS/Fox Laserdisc and DVD releases of Return of the Dragon.
Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
- Low with the synth theme. This is a favorite of many.
- Medium to high with the BP theme. That music may cause some scares, but is tamer than the BP logo.
Nickname: "Writing GH on Golden Plate", "Golden Harvest GH"
Logo: On a black background, we see a "G" and an "H" being drawn. As it is done drawing, a gold square/plate appears, shimmering, with 2 Chinese characters next to it, which zooms out. Then "Golden Harvest" appears under the square/plate.
FX/SFX: The animation in the logo.
Music/Sounds: A new orchestrated theme with bits of the 1978 theme, playing in sync with the animation.
Availability: Common. It was also seen on the [www.goldenharvest.com Golden Harvest] website.
Scare Factor: Minimal. __________________________________________________________________
Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Co.
Nickname: "Bronze Harvest", "Wheat Field", "The Ultra-Majestic Rectangle G"
Logo: We zoom out from a steam of wheat in a golden wheat field. From this wheat, a light moves out of it and above the wheat field. The light then descends and flattens the wheat field. When, we zoom out, the unflattened wheat is the 1978 logo. The field then wipes out, living a bronze CGI version of the "Rectangle G" as the logo straightens and white letters in both Cantonese and English reveal the company's name.
FX/SFX: The movement of the light flattening the wheat field, the CGI of the logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo, but with added ambiance sounds from the field.
Availability: Should be on all current films produced and distributed by Orange Sky Golden Harvest.
Scare Factor: None. This is a great CGI throwback to the original logo and the familiar 1978 logo.