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THX is an American-based company headquartered in San Rafael, California. THX stands for Tomlinson Holman Experiment. Its name comes from the 1971 George Lucas film THX 1138. The company's purpose is to create "high fidelity" audio for surround sound theaters and other uses. In 2016, the company was acquired by Singaporean consumer technology company Razer Inc. THX was formerly a subsidiary of Creative Technology Limited (2002-2016), and originally Lucasfilm (1983-2002).

THX's services were often used in The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios and Buena Vista Releasing feature-length films, typically for home video use. When it came to Pixar feature-length films, it was typically for theatrical and home video use.

In 1996, the company debuted a robot mascot named Tex.

History of logos

  • 1983: Wings
  • 1984: Broadway
  • 1988: Cimarron
  • 1993: Grand
  • 1996: Tex
  • 1997: Tex 2: Moo Can
  • 1999: Broadway 2000
  • 2000: Terminator 2
  • 2001: Cavalcade
  • 2003: Shrek
  • 2003: Bounty
  • 2005: Soul Calibur 3
  • 2005: The Science of Sensation
  • 2006: Ziegfeld
  • 2006: Tex 3: Action
  • 2007: Amazing Life
  • 2008: Horton
  • 2010: Broadway 3D
  • 2012: Musical Wisps
  • 2015: Eclipse
  • 2015: Sphere
  • 2019: Genesis
  • 2020: Tex VS The Robot

Audio

Home media releases Digitally Mastered (Mastered and Duplicated) by THX for optimal video and audio performance

US/Canada

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Broadway (2001 Platinum Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • Pinocchio (1940) Broadway (1999 60th Anniversary Edition VHS & Limited Issue DVD releases)
  • Fantasia (1940) Broadway (2000 60th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • Bambi (1942) Broadway (1997 55th Anniversary Edition VHS & LaserDisc releases/2005 Platinum Edition DVD release)
  • Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Broadway (1997 50th Anniversary Edition VHS & LaserDisc releases)
  • Melody Time (1948) Broadway (1998 50th Anniversary Edition VHS)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951) Broadway (2004 Masterpiece Edition DVD release)
  • Peter Pan (1953) Broadway (1998 45th Anniversary Edition VHS & LaserDisc releases)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Broadway (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955) Broadway (1998 VHS & LaserDisc releases)
  • Oklahoma! (1955) Broadway (1994 LaserDisc release/1999 VHS & DVD releases)
  • The King and I (1956) Broadway (1996 40th Anniversary Edition & 1998 LaserDisc releases/1999 Widescreen VHS & DVD releases)
  • Old Yeller (1957) Broadway (1997 40th Anniversary Edition VHS & LaserDisc releases/2002 Vault Disney DVD release)
  • South Pacific (1958) Broadway (1994 LaserDisc release/1999 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959) Broadway (1997 VHS & LaserDisc releases/2003 Special Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • Pollyanna (1960) Broadway (2002 Vault Disney DVD release)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Broadway (2002 Vault Disney DVD release)
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) Broadway (1999 VHS & Limited Issue DVD releases)
  • The Parent Trap (1961) Broadway (2002 Vault Disney DVD release)
  • The Longest Day (1962) Broadway (2001 Fox War Classics DVD release)
  • Cleopatra (1963) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Mary Poppins (1964) Broadway (1997 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1999 VHS release/2004 40th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • The Sound of Music (1965) Broadway (1994 30th Anniversary Edition LaserDisc release/1996 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1998 Widescreen VHS release/2000 VHS release/2000 & 2002 Five Star DVD releases)
  • The Jungle Book (1967) Broadway (1997 30th Anniversary Edition VHS & LaserDisc releases)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) Broadway (1998 VHS release/1999 LaserDisc release/2000 DVD release)
  • The Love Bug (1969) Broadway (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
  • M*A*S*H (1970) Broadway (2001 & 2004 DVD releases)
  • Patton (1970)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
    • Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/2000 DVD release)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 LaserDisc release/2000 DVD release)
  • Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 LaserDisc release/2000 DVD release)
  • The French Connection (1971) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 LaserDisc release/2000 DVD release)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    • Broadway (1997 Widescreen VHS release)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 LaserDisc release/2000 DVD release)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1997 Widescreen VHS release/1999 DVD release)
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) Broadway (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) Broadway (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    • Broadway (1995 20th Anniversary Edition LaserDisc release/1998 Widescreen VHS release/2000 25th Anniversary Edition VHS & DVD releases)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Broadway (2002 25th Anniversary Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
    • Broadway (1993 LaserDisc release/1995 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1997 & 2000 VHS releases)
    • Cimarron (1997 Special Edition LaserDisc release)
    • Cavalcade (2004 DVD Widescreen & Full Screen releases)
    • Broadway HD (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Return from Witch Mountain (1978) Broadway (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
  • Alien (1979)
    • Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 & 2004 DVD releases)
    • Cavalcade (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2010 Blu-Ray release)
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Broadway (1993 LaserDisc release/1995 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1997 & 2000 VHS releases)
    • Cimarron (1997 Special Edition LaserDisc release)
    • Cavalcade (2004 DVD Widescreen & Full Frame releases)
    • Broadway HD (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Tron (1982) Broadway (1995 Exclusive Archive Collection LaserDisc release/2002 20th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • Star Wars: Return of Jedi (1983)
    • Broadway (1993 LaserDisc release/1995 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1997 & 2000 VHS releases)
    • Cimarron (1997 Special Edition LaserDisc release)
    • Cavalcade (2004 DVD Widescreen & Full Frame releases)
    • Broadway HD (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Aliens (1986)
    • Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1998 Widescreen VHS release/1999 & 2004 DVD releases)
    • Cavalcade (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2010 Blu-Ray release)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Broadway (2003 15th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • Die Hard (1988) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1996 & 2001 VHS releases/1997 Widescreen VHS release/1999 & 2001 DVD releases)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • The Abyss (1989)
    • Broadway (1993 Special Edition LaserDisc release/1996 Widescreen VHS release/2000 DVD release)
    • Cimarron (1996 Extended Edition LaserDisc release)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) Broadway (1998 VHS & LaserDisc releases)
  • The War of the Roses (1989) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Pretty Woman (1990) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1996 & 2001 VHS releases/1997 Widescreen VHS release/1999 & 2001 DVD releases)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) Broadway (2000 DVD release)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991) Broadway (2002 Platinum Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • Alien 3 (1992)
    • Broadway (1999 VHS & DVD releases)
    • Cavalcade (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2010 Blu-Ray release)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    • Broadway (1996 Widescreen VHS release/1999 DVD release)
    • Cimarron (1998 LaserDisc release)
  • Aladdin (1992) Broadway (1994 CAV LaserDisc release/2004 Platinum Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • The Three Musketeers (1993) Broadway (1994 LaserDisc release)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Broadway (1994 & 1995 Collector's Edition LaserDisc releases)
  • The Crow (1994) Broadway (1994, 1997 & 1998 LaserDisc releases)
  • Speed (1994)
    • Broadway (1994 LaserDisc release/1996 Widescreen VHS release)
    • Cimarron (1996 LaserDisc release)
    • Grand (2002 Five Star DVD release)
  • The Lion King (1994) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc releases/2003 Platinum Edition VHS & DVD releases)
  • True Lies (1994) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release/1996 Widescreen VHS release/1999 DVD release)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) Broadway (1995, 1996 & 1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • The Santa Clause (1994) Broadway (2002 Widescreen Special Edition DVD release)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release)
  • Nell (1994) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release)
  • While You Were Sleeping (1995) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release)
  • Crimson Tide (1995) Broadway (1995 & 1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) Broadway (1996 VHS & LaserDisc releases/1997 Widescreen VHS release/1999 DVD release/2001 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Pocahontas (1995) Broadway (1996 & 1997 LaserDisc releases/2005 10th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • Judge Dredd (1995) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release)
  • Nine Months (1995) Broadway (1995 LaserDisc release)
  • Strange Days (1995) Broadway (1996 LaserDisc release/1997 Widescreen VHS release/1999 DVD release)
  • The Crossing Guard (1995) Broadway (1996 laserdisc release)
  • Toy Story (1995)
    • Broadway (1996 & 1997 LaserDisc releases/2000 VHS release)
    • Tex (1996 Deluxe CAV LaserDisc release/2000 & 2001 DVD releases)
    • Tex 2: Moo Can (2005 10th Anniversary Edition DVD release)
  • Broken Arrow (1996) Broadway (1996 LaserDisc release/1997 Widescreen VHS release)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • The Rock (1996) Broadway (1996, 1997 & 1998 LaserDisc releases)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • Independence Day (1996)
    • Broadway (1996 VHS release/1997 Widescreen Edition VHS releases/2000 & 2002 Five Star DVD releases)
    • Cimarron (1997 & 1998 Special Edition LaserDisc releases)
  • Phenomenon (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • Courage Under Fire (1996)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
    • Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/2000 DVD release)
  • That Thing You Do! (1996) Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
    • Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release/2002 Special Edition DVD release)
  • Ransom (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • The English Patient (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • The Crucible (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release/1998 Widescreen VHS release)
  • Evita (1996) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc releases)
  • Volcano (1997)
    • Cimarron (1997 LaserDisc release)
    • Broadway (1998 Widescreen VHS release)
  • Con Air (1997) Broadway (1997 LaserDisc release)
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) Tex 2: Moo Can (2002 DVD release)
  • Hercules (1997) Broadway (1999 Limited Issue DVD release/2000 Gold Classic Collection Edition DVD release)
  • Anastasia (1997)
    • Broadway (1998 Widescreen Edition VHS release)
    • Cimarron (1999 LaserDisc release)
  • Alien Resurrection (1997)
    • Broadway (1998 VHS & LaserDisc release/1999 DVD release)
    • Cavalcade (2003 Special Edition DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2010 Blu-Ray release)
  • Mulan (1998) Broadway (1999 Limited Issue DVD release/2004 Special Edition DVD release)
  • The X-Files (1998) Broadway (1998 Full Frame & Widescreen VHS releases/1998 & 2000 DVD releases)
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) Broadway (1999 Limited Issue DVD release/2004 Special Edition DVD release)
  • A Bug's Life (1998)
    • Broadway (1999 & 2000 VHS releases)
    • Tex (2003 DVD release)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998) Broadway (2002 DVD release)
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Broadway (2000 VHS release)
    • Cavalcade (2001 DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Tarzan (1999) Broadway (2000 VHS & DVD releases)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Fight Club (1999) Broadway (2000 & 2002 DVD releases)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
    • Broadway (2000 VHS & DVD releases)
    • Tex 2: Moo Can (2000 Ultimate Toy Box DVD release)
    • Tex (2005 Special Edition DVD release)
  • Fantasia 2000 (2000) Broadway (2000 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Dinosaur (2000) Broadway (2001 VHS & DVD releases/2002 VHS release)
  • Big Momma's House (2000) Broadway (2000 & 2002 DVD releases)
  • Titan A.E. (2000) Broadway (2000 VHS & DVD releases)
  • X-Men (2000)
    • Broadway (2000 VHS & DVD releases)
    • Cavalcade (2003 1.5 DVD release)
  • Remember the Titans (2000) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Bedazzled (2000) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Unbreakable (2000) Broadway (2002 DVD release)
  • 102 Dalmatians (2000) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Broadway (2001 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Cast Away (2000) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Pearl Harbor (2001) Broadway (2001 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001) Broadway (2001 DVD release)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Broadway (2002 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) Broadway (2001 VHS & DVD releases)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001) Broadway (2001 VHS & DVD releases/2004 Special Edition DVD release)
  • Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) Broadway (2002 DVD release)
  • From Hell (2001) Cavalcade (2002 DVD release)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) Tex 2: Moo Can (2002 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Return to Never Land (2002) Broadway (2002 DVD release)
  • Ice Age (2002) Broadway (2002 & 2005 DVD releases)
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Broadway (2002 VHS release)
    • Cavalcade (2002 DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Bad Company (2002) Broadway (2002 DVD release)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002) Broadway (2002 VHS & DVD releases)
  • The Country Bears (2002) Broadway (2002 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Signs (2002) Broadway (2003 DVD release)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (2002) Broadway (2003 DVD release)
  • Treasure Planet (2002) Broadway (2003 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) Broadway (2003 DVD release)
  • Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • Holes (2003) Broadway (2003 DVD release)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
    • Broadway (2003 VHS release)
    • Tex 2: Moo Can (Disc 1)/Tex Ex (Disc 2) (2003 DVD release)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Broadway (2003 DVD release)
  • Freaky Friday (2003) Broadway (2003 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Brother Bear (2003) Broadway (2004 VHS & DVD releases)
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • The Young Black Stallion (2003) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • Miracle (2004) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • The Lion King 1½ (2004) Broadway (2004 VHS & DVD releases)
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • Home on the Range (2004) Broadway (2004 DVD release)
  • The Incredibles (2004) Cavalcade (2005 DVD release)
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • The Science of Sensation (2005 DVD release)
    • Amazing Life (2011 Blu-Ray release)
  • Cars (2006) Tex (2006 DVD release)
  • Avatar (2009) Amazing Life (2010 Blu-Ray & DVD releases)

UK

Australia

France

Trivia

  • The logo has been known to frighten younger viewers mainly with its audio trademark, the Deep Note.
  • In the Bill Nye the Science Guy episode "Sound", the logo was parodied as "SOUND: THE AUDIENCE IS LISTENING". Also, an orchestra can be heard tuning up.
  • An episode of The Simpsons parodied the logo in "Burns' Heir". As the Deep Note plays the audience is rumbled, Hans Moleman's glasses and a man's teeth shatter, and the exit sign and some heads blow up. The logo displays itself followed by applause. Afterward, Grampa Simpson shouts "Turn it off! Turn it off!"
  • The 2003 DVD of Finding Nemo contains two separate THX logos. The first disc includes Tex 2: Moo Can and the second disc includes the extended version of Tex.
  • A Pixar version of THX Optimizer appears on Pixar DVDs & Blu-rays after 2007 (seen here)

Gallery

Logos

Optimode (2000)

Optimizer (2001)

Optimizer (2006)

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