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Background: Palace Films started out as a VHS distributor that released videos from a wide range of genres which were handled (until recently) sent up as a join venture between Roadshow, Blake Films and private investor Antony Veccola. In 1985 Veccola bought out the other company's stock and it ventured out into the film distribution business and opened a small number of art-house cinemas around Australia's main cities and became an independent company. Its VHS releases were still handled by Roadshow until the late '90s.

1st Logo
(1983-1986)
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Palace Films 1983 Logo
Palace Explosive Video 1983 Logo
Palace Vibrant Video 1983 Logo
Palace Family Video 1983 Logo
Palace Home Video 1983 Logo
Palace Academy Video 1983 Logo
Palace X Video 1983 Logo

Logo: Against a starfield with trailing stars zooming in, the word "P A L A C E" in between two lines fades in, followed by "FILMS" in a large purple arch-shaped font with a light blue "shadow" behind it. The top of the S shines with a 5-pointed star.

Variants: Several variants are given by each home video label:

  • Palace Home Video: The same logo, but "VIDEO" (slanted, with two "swooshes" around it) added, while instead of "FILMS", "HOME VIDEO" comes up from a wavy effect. while "PALACE" and "VIDEO" slides from the top to bottom.
  • Palace Explosive (for horror, action, and exploitation films): "PALACE" and "VIDEO" appear in their usual places, and "EXPLOSIVE", in red, zooms in between. After a few moments, the letters in "EXPLOSIVE" fly away.
  • Palace Vibrant (for sexual, but not pornographic films): The logos appear in their usual places, and two halves of "VIBRANT", in orange, come up from the bottom corners of the screen in between the logos.
  • Palace Family (for family films): Against a black BG, we see the logos in their usual places, but with "family", in a childish font, in between. Each letter gets filled in with the following colors: red, yellow, green, orange, fuchsia, and dark blue.
  • Palace Academy (for arthouse and foreign-language films): The usual logos come in from the top and bottom of the screen, while at the same time, two halves of "ACADEMY", in a pale gray color, come in from the left and right sides of the screen.
  • Palace X (for pornographic films, which were also occasionally released on the regular label): "VIDEO" fades in its usual place, while "PALACE·X" in a blue font zooms in from the screen with a cheap trailing effect.

FX/SFX: The text fading in, and the shining.

Music/Sounds: An upbeat horn fanfare with kettledrums, followed by an announcer saying "Palace Films".

Music/Sounds Variants: See below. All of them end with a male announcer saying the label's name.

  • Palace Home Video: A synthpop tune similar to Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene, Part IV".
  • Palace Explosive: A dark one-note theme (the same one used on the first Saturn Productions logo), with a laser zap and "jet engine" sounds as the letters fly away.
  • Palace Vibrant: A mellow soft rock tune.
  • Palace Family: A playful circus-like tune. The announcer is female in this variation.
  • Palace Academy: A faint warbling synth bass with an eerie sound of howling wind plays.
  • Palace X: A synth theme with drumbeats.

Availability: Seen on Australian PAL tapes from the period. The X variant is only known to be seen on fifteen or so titles, such as the original uncut VHS releases of Pink Flamingos, Caligula, and Fantasyland. They are identifiable by a stone banner on the top reading "PALACE X VIDEO".

2nd Logo
(1986-1995)
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Palace Entertainment Corporation Logo 1986
Palace Entertainment Corporation Presents Logo 1986 Early
Palace Entertainment Corporation Presents Logo 1986

Logo: We see a silver filmstrip zooming out at an angle. Little cubes drop onto the edges of the strip, forming sprocket holes. We then cut to a closer view of the opposite side of the filmstrip that shows the cubes flying off, then we cut to the strip zooming toward us to the left, now with "PALACE" on it in rainbow colors. It then turns upward to face us, then "Entertainment" in yellow script moves up to the bottom right. "CORPORATION" in small white underlined text fades in below "Entertainment", and "Entertainment" and "PALACE" shine.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "Presents" appear below in a thick orange-colored font.
  • An earlier version exists where the "Presents" text flips in from the left in white and all-caps, and then turn later to orange.

FX/SFX: The filmstrip, the space BG, the text, and the shining.

Music/Sounds: It starts off with a dramatic synth tune with a piano, which quickly changes into an uplifting fanfare.

Availability: Should be easier to find, seeing as it's more recent. Seen on Palace's VHS tapes from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo
(1995-1999)
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Palace Films 1995 Logo

Logo: We see a red background moving like sand in a windstorm. We also see a silhouette of a centurion slowly standing up. The flag fades out to reveal a stormy sky and the centurion in a pose where he is seen blowing a long horn. The word "PALACE" in a grey, stone font fades below.

FX/SFX: The red background flying like sand, the action of the centurion and the stormy sky.

Music/Sounds: A low synth note followed by some whooshes and then a synth choir followed by a 5-note horn tune.

Availability: Rare. Only used for a short time before they broke away from Roadshow. All releases from then use the logo below.

4th Logo
(1999-2010)
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Palace Films 1999 Logo

Logo: We see the same red background as before again being blown about by a windstorm. The silhouette from the last logo appears again and moves in the same way. When the background changes, however, it is of a view just about the clouds with the centurion as before in his pose and the words "PALACE FILMS" appearing in the same font as before.

FX/SFX: Same as the last logo, however there is a shining light from behind and we move forward through the clouds a little bit.

Music/Sounds: A string and electronic stinger followed a 7-note trumpet sounder.

Availability: Palace releases are few and far between, but you can find this on the Australian film Ten Canoes and other local releases. Also seen on many Australian releases of foreign films.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo
(2010-present)
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Palace Films 2010 Logo Black and White
Palace Films 2010 Logo Color

Logo: On a black background, we see the white print logo of Palace Films fading in and out.

Variant: Sometimes, the logo was in full color.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on more recent Palace Films releases from Australia.

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