Background: Rastar (pronounced "Raystar") was a film production company founded by Ray Stark 1966 as "Rastar Pictures". His first production was the 1968 release, Funny Girl and all of his releases were released by Columbia Pictures until 1979. In 1974, Columbia acquired Rastar Pictures. Stark also founded "Rastar Films", the reincarnated Rastar Pictures, which eventually would get acquired by Columbia in 1980. Stark's final film was the 2000 TV movie, Alley Cats Strike! that was co-produced by Walt Disney Television and was aired on Disney Channel. Rastar was closed in 2001 and was folded into Columbia Pictures. Most of the Rastar releases are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment except for The Hunter and Harriet the Spy are owned by Paramount Pictures, Smokey and the Bandit II, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Secret of My Success, Biloxi Blues, and Somewhere in Time are owned by Universal Studios, The Goodbye Girl and White Hunter Black Heart are owned by Warner Bros. Pictures, and Barbarians at the Gate is owned by HBO.
(November 3, 1970-June 22, 1983)
Logo: On the end-title from any movie, we see the text "From Rastar".
FX/SFX: The scrolling of the end credits.
Music/Sounds: The closing music of the film or music from any given soundtrack.
Availability: Seen on the end credits of Casey's Shadow, Hot Stuff, California Suite, Annie, and Blue Thunder: The Movie among others.
Scare Factor: None.
(May 13, 1983-October 8, 1999)
Nicknames: "RASTAR", "The Star"
Logo: We have a bold text that says "RASTAR" with the shape of a star on the second letter "A" that makes it a cote-out.
- On The Secret of My Success and Harriet the Spy, the text "From" isn't seen above.
- On Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, the logo appears superimposed in-credit.
FX/SFX: Same as the last logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as above.
Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Peggy Sue Got Married, Harriet the Spy, Revenge, and To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday among other releases. The superimposed variant variant can be seen on Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip when aired on the Encore networks, followed by the SPTI logo.
Scare Factor: None.