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Background: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the home entertainment division of 20th Century Fox, formed from Fox's acquisition of Magnetic Video Corporation, which had been distributing Fox titles on video. It was first known as "20th Century-Fox Video". In 1982, Fox entered into a joint venture with CBS to form "CBS/Fox Video", also launching two sub-labels; "Key Video" (later reactivated as "Key DVD" by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), and "Playhouse Video", which both became inactive in 1991. CBS/Fox became "Fox Video" the same year, alternating with the CBS/Fox name until 1998, when Fox Entertainment Group acquired CBS's interest in CBS/Fox and relaunched it under its current name as "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment" in 1995, alternating with the Fox Video name until 1998.
20th Century-Fox Video
1st Logo (February-October 1982)
Nicknames: "Same Searchlights", "Same Fox Structure", "Same Majestic Tower"
Logo: It's basically the 1967 20th Century-Fox logo with no video indicator whatsoever.
Variant: On the 1982 VHS of Sergeant York, as well as the original rental-only version of A Fistful of Dollars, the 1981 20th Century-Fox logo is used instead.
FX/SFX: Same as the 1967/1981 20th Century-Fox logo.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The 1979 20th Century-Fox fanfare, accompanied by a male announcer, different from the Magnetic Video announcer, on non-Fox releases, indicating the studio: On United Artists releases, the voice-over said "The following United Artists feature is brought to you by 20th Century-Fox Video". On ABC, ITC, Avco Embassy, Viacom, and other non-Fox releases (including concert videos, Bruce Lee films, and The Amazing Spider-Man episodes), the voice-over said "The following feature is brought to you by 20th Century-Fox Video". On the double-feature release of The Making of Star Wars/SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back, the voice-over says "The following special presentation is brought to you by 20th Century-Fox Video". On UK tapes with this logo, a British announcer says "20th Century Fox Video presents".
Availability: Ultra rare. It's actually harder to find than most Magnetic titles; however, the regular variant can be seen on The Howling, Scanners, On Golden Pond, Griffon and Phoenix, The Grissom Gang, Capricorn One, The Return of the Pink Panther, and Moses, while the United Artists variant is seen on United Artists releases such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Goldfinger, the first two Rocky films, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, For Your Eyes Only, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Return of a Man Called Horse, and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Most releases are in over-sized drawer-like boxes, colloquially known as the "Fox Box" due to its association with the company. Strangely, most (if not all) Fox releases, such as Quest for Fire and 1982 reissues of Silver Streak, The Omen, and The Turning Point do not have this logo, instead skipping straight to the standard 20th Century-Fox logo of the era or a custom variation there of created for the film. This was also seen rarely on re-prints of post-1981 Magnetic titles, such as The Boys from Brazil and Carrie. The very first releases in this incarnation, such as the Video Rental Library release of Dr. No, use the Magnetic logo instead. Later releases, such as Revenge of the Pink Panther (despite showing the print logo on the box and labels), use the first CBS/Fox Video logo.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (Australian Variant) (1982)
Nickname: "Print Searchlights"
Logo: One by one, four white squares zoom in by flipping. These show the print 20th Century Fox logo in blue with the word "VIDEO" underneath. After the fourth square finishes moving into place, the logos are moved downwards by a cube effect and are replaced by a full screen version of the 20th Century Fox Video logo.
Variant: A still version also exists.
FX/SFX: The four squares flipping and then the final cube effect.
Cheesy Factor: This logo reeks of Scanimate effects, and the cube effect doesn't even look like one, but at least they decided to make a logo, unlike the American version.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The original 1954 CinemaScope extension of the TCF fanfare. Sometimes during the second half of the fanfare, a male voice-over says: "The following feature is brought to you by 20th Century-Fox Video".
Availability: Ultra rare. This logo was only used in Australia. Some examples include a Betamax copy of High Anxiety and VHS copies of Norma Rae and Omen III: The Final Conflict. It was also spotted on a VHS copy of The Domino Principle, which was originally released by ITC Entertainment. One tape that had the still version was Star Wars. These videos are easy to spot, with a big blue or orange label on the top of the front and back of the video case.
Scare Factor: Low. The fanfare might catch you off guard. _______________________________________________________________
1st Logo (November 1982-July 1983)
Nickname: "Stacking Lines"
Logo: Over a white background, we see before us a dual set of violet lines stacking upward and downward. Then, six long objects pop in at the top and bottom of the segmented lines, revealing the words:
then each letter of the word "VIDEO" pops in one by one below "FOX".
Variants: A still logo was found on the original release of Sophie's Choice. A special animated version was used on PAL releases. Two segmented white curved squares and one segmented red square zoom in and out from the screen. The words "CBS-FOX", letter by letter, zoom in to the left side of the screen as another segmented white parallelogram zooms in. As it curves, it fills the screen, and the segments of the CBS/Fox logo zoom out from the top and bottom of the screen, while the word "VIDEO" zooms out from the bottom. There is also an alternate variant for educational releases. On a blue-red gradient background, a light blue star flashes, and the text "A CBS/FOX VIDEO LEARNING EXPERIENCE" fades in. The words stay for several seconds, and then zoom away inward. While this happens, sets of white lines stack upon each other and form the CBS/Fox logo. A white flash below this forms the word "VIDEO". This variant has been nicknamed "Inexperienced". There is a black and white variant. This is seen on the 1982 VHS of The Diary of Anne Frank and the 1983 VHS of Modern Times. There is an Australian variant where the logo appears in the corner and Australian television and radio announcer Pete Smith (most famous for his announcing of the Australian version of Sale of the Century) introduces the film.
FX/SFX: The lines stacking up and down.
Cheesy Factor: This logo is too simple and plain for a company as big as Fox. Also, on the Learning Experience variant, one of the segments disappears while the logo is forming and suddenly reappears when the logo is complete.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variants: On PAL releases, a high-pitched variant of the original 1954 CinemaScope extension of the TCF fanfare was used. On the "Learning Experience" variant, a female voice-over says: "This has been a CBS/Fox Video Learning Experience". Pete Smith says in his variant, "Hello there, congratulations on your choice of a great CBS/Fox film. Before settling back, here are scenes from two films available from the vast CBS/Fox Video catalog".
Availability: Extremely rare. It's been seen on the original VHS releases of Cabaret, Still of the Night,The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and the M*A*S*H series finale. First seen on Rocky III, Barbarosa, and reissues of The Boys in the Band, The Billion Dollar Hobo, and Cruising, among others. The "Learning Experience" variant can be found on videos that begin with The CBS/Fox Guide, which have been out of print for some time now, such as The CBS/Fox Guide to Home Videography and The CBS/Fox Guide to Complete Dog Care among others. The PAL variant was seen on PAL releases from the era, one example is a Betamax tape of Chariots of Fire. It also appears on reissues of Modern Times and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that are packaged in Magnetic Video boxes (and sometimes even have Magnetic labels). The Pete Smith variant was presumably seen on select Australian releases from this era by the company. One of the last releases to use this logo was a 1983 reissue of Rude Boy.
Scare Factor: None to low.
2nd Logo (July 1983-November 13, 1984)
Nickname: "The Cutting Lines", "The Grids", "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"
Logo: On a blue background, two grids are moving from the top and bottom of the screen converging in the center of the screen. "CBS" comes from the top at an angle, with "FOX" coming from the bottom at an angle. The background has an orange flash, in which "CBS" and "FOX" are cut in a segmented line font as it moves toward the flash, and "CBS" and "FOX" right themselves in the center of the screen. The letters of the word "VIDEO" fly in from the bottom center of the screen one at a time. Then the trademark symbol fades in on the right/bottom corner of the logo.
Variants: There is a still version found at the end of some UK promos. There is a black and white variant. This can be seen on the 1983 VHS of The Pride of the Yankees.
FX/SFX: The converging of the two grids and the logo, the Scanimate orange flash (a la the WGBH logo), and the flying of the "VIDEO" letters.
Music/Sounds: A triumphant 25-note horn march fanfare, sampled from the Bruton Music library track "National Trust" composed by Keith Mansfield.
Music/Sounds Trivia: When Bruton reissued the track on CD, they removed the prologue section from which the CBS/Fox music came. Perhaps it was because it became so associated with the CBS/Fox logo?
Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variant: Some Australia PAL releases carry this logo with a voice-over reminding the viewer to rewind the videocassette when it is finished playing.
Availability: Rare. Most videos that may have used this logo were issued in the same oversized boxes that were used by 20th Century-Fox Video. Videos that feature this logo include the 1983 release of Star Wars, Romancing the Stone, Eating Raoul, Romantic Comedy, Yentl, Porky's II: The Next Day, War Games, Scrooge, Heart Like a Wheel, Table for Five, Dot and the Bunny, Alphabet City, Oh! Heavenly Dog, The Black Stallion Returns, and Max Dugan Returns. It also appears on reissues of Inside Moves and All About Eve, in a similar fashion to what was described in the first logo. One of the last releases to use this logo was the 1984 VHS/Betamax/Laserdisc release of The Empire Strikes Back.
Scare Factor: Low. The music may get to you and/or startle you the first time you hear it, but otherwise harmless.
3rd Logo (December 1984-2000)
Nicknames: "Stairways", "Bleachers", "CBS/Fox Bleachers", "The Triumphant CGI Moving Blue Lines on Dark Granite"
Logo: In a blue, boxed area, we see a mirrored, twin stair-like texture that shines a lot. The "stairs" rotate counter-clockwise and turn out to be the following text in blue with a segmented line between the two words on a black marble background:
then the word "VIDEO" shines in below "FOX", and the whole logo shines with pride.
Trivia: This logo is referenced in a scene in the music video for the song "DVNO" by Justice. Said scene references both this logo and the Universal Pictures logo at the same time. This logo was made by Compugraph on a Bosch FGS-4000 CGI machine.
Variants: There are a few variations of this logo: A variation was seen in black and white. This was shown on re-releases of 1940s, 1950s and 1960s films. On widescreen releases, the logo would zoom out to a screen with two rectangles, one on the left and one on the right, on an almond-staged orange/purple background, and the two rectangles on the sides would expand, and "SPECIAL WIDESCREEN EDITION" is below the screen on the stage. There may be either the words "STEREO", "STEREO SURROUND", the Dolby Surround logo, the Ultra-Stereo logo or the Chace Surround Stereo logo appearing in the bottom left corner. On late 1989-early 1990 prints, from just before CBS/Fox started printing their tapes at Rank Video Services America, during the FBI Warning screen, which appears on the beginning of such tapes at that time, a still version of this logo appears a couple of times, staying on the screen for about five seconds before cutting back to the warning. This has been spotted on prints of Cujo (the 1985-reprint), Hello Kitty Cinderella (the 1986-reprint), Than Lan Oscars (TV series, the 1986-reprint), Quest for Camelot (the 1998 re-print), License to Kill, Iron Eagle (the 1989 re-print), Die Hard, Magic Memories on Ice, The Mighty Quinn, The January Man, Buying Time, The Abyss, Commando (the 1989 re-print), and In Like Flint from the time period. Memories of Me has an almost still logo where the logo shines. On the 1984 VHS of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, there is a still version where the logo does not shine at all. The entire logo fades in, stays on-screen for a couple of seconds, and then fades out.
FX/SFX: "CBS-FOX" rotating, "VIDEO" fading. This is pretty advanced stuff for the 1980s, and it still holds up moderately well today.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 2nd logo, but sounding slightly more powerful than before.
Music/Sounds/Voice-overs Variants: On the widescreen variant, a big "WHOOSH" sound is heard at the beginning (if listening under stereo, the whoosh pans from right to left), then another whoosh when the side rectangles expand, then a Boom! at the end (also if listening under stereo, the Boom! pans from the left side to the right). On the 1990 VHS of The Sound of Music, this logo is silent. At the end of some PAL tapes (at least in Australia), there was a variant in which a British-accented male voice-over says "Please rewind this cassette before returning it to your video library" at the end. Another variant used Chelsea Brown saying "Could you please rewind your cassette before returning it to your video library?". The completely still variant seen on the 1984 VHS of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has no music at all.
Availability: Very common. This should be easy to find on VHS tapes available in second-hand shops, charity shops and on Amazon and eBay. Can also be seen on early-to-mid 1991 Media Home Entertainment releases and BBC Video releases. The widescreen version can be found on the first prints of the widescreen editions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (preceded on both tapes by the widescreen version of the 1991 Fox Video logo) and all the DVDs from Bruce Lee's "Master Collection" box set, except Bruce Lee: The Legend. The Dolby Surround variant can be found on the original VHS releases of Cujo, Than Lan Oscars, Die Hard, The Abyss, The War of the Roses, Vital Signs, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Young Guns II, Die Hard 2, Pacific Heights, Marked for Death, Predator 2, and Edward Scissorhands, while the Chace Surround Stereo variant is extremely rare and can be found on the original VHS release of State Fair and a 1990 VHS of Planet of the Apes. The last releases to use this were FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue, Our Friend Martin and Walking with Dinosaurs. It has also been spotted on the 1991 re-release of The King and I. The "STEREO" text version can be seen on the 1995 Hong Kong laserdisc of Return of the Jedi (plastering the 1981 20th Century Fox logo). This is retained on the 1994 UK VHS releases of the Star Wars trilogy, but not the 1992 or 1995 US VHS trilogies, despite showing the logo on the covers and labels of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. However, their laserdisc counterparts actually use this logo.The Ultra Stereo version is rare and can be found on the VHS releases of Satisfaction, Mindgames, Survival Quest, and Frankenstein Unbound. A rare post-1991 solo appearance happens on the 1992 VHS of Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child, where it's not even accompanied by the BBC Video logo. Strangely, this does not appear on the 1998 VHS of Rusty: The Great Rescue, despite the print logo appearing on the packaging and tape label. Also seen on Media Home Entertainment releases from the early part of 1991 such as The Applegates and Sonny Boy, among others. Strangely, it appears on a Canadian Malofilm Video release of Ambition, while the U.S. Media/Fox VHS used the first Fox Video logo instead. it can be seen on the 1998 PolyGram Video's Issue of the Warner Home Video reprint of The 1998 film Release of Quest for Camelot. Can be seen on the CD release of Hello Kitty Cinderella.
Scare Factor: Low. This is one of the most memorable logos ever made, especially thanks to the epic music. Raised to medium for the widescreen variant because of the whooshes and the thunderclap.
4th Logo (Argentina Version) (1980s)
Logo: On a black space background with a moon on the lower-left of the screen and a planet below that (a widescreen shot of the opening in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope after the title crawl, stretched to fit a 4:3 screen), two hands are clasped together. They move away from the top and bottom respectively, revealing a super-imposed CBS FOX VIDEO logo with an explosion inside it. Then clips from various movies (such as Star Wars) play inside the logo. Then, after a few seconds, "GATIVIDEO S.A." (in its company font) appears below, then that itself disappears after a few moments.
FX/SFX: The hands (live action), and the clips playing inside the logo.
Music/Sounds: A disco theme.
Availability: Seen on VHS tapes in Argentina distributed by Gativideo.
Scare Factor: None.
5th Logo (1998)
Logo: On a black background, we see a white version of the CBS/Fox Video logo.
Availability: Ultra rare. Its only known appearance is on an Australian VHS release of FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.
Scare Factor: None. _______________________________________________________________
CBS/Fox Video All Time Greats
Logo: Opening: The CBS/Fox Video logo in silver is inside of a black box with a white outline zooms up and has three black lines (each one getting larger further down) come up with it. "ALL TIME GREATS" then zooms and it has a larger line with an upside down triangle on it. This all happens against a blue background. Closing: The same as the opening version, only "YOURS TO KEEP FOREVER" appears under it.
FX/SFX: The box, lines and text sliding up.
Cheesy Factor: If you look closely in the closing version, the final "R" is offline whit the text.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The CBS/Fox Video theme from the previous logos. On the closing version, a male British announcer says, "All Time Greats from CBS/Fox Video, favorite films to keep and enjoy, forever".
Availability: Rare. Can be seen on promos for films released under this label on other releases under this label.
Scare Factor: None.
1st Logo (July 11, 1991-May 5, 1993, 1991-1995 (Australia))
Nicknames: "The CGI Shining Searchlights", "Gold Tower", "Fox Structure", "Golden Fox Structure"
Logo: A still shot of the famous 20th Century Fox structure, from a slightly different angle, gold color against a simple blue background. The wording on the structure now says "FOX VIDEO", with an extra gap where "FOX" would be in the movie logo. The logo "shimmers" as bars of light move through a la the Touchstone logo.
Variants: There is a letterboxed "Scope" version on widescreen releases. The logo was the same, but was matted (or cropped) to widescreen. A black and white variant exists. This can be seen on some black and white films released on home video, such as the 1991 VHS releases of the original Miracle on 34th Street and Sink the Bismarck! The B&W version in widescreen letterbox can also be seen on the Laserdisc version of the latter film. On some Media Home Entertainment releases, such as Scanners 2: The New Order, the words "DISTRIBUTED BY" appear above the logo. In this case, no announcer spiel was used. For the 1993 UK rental VHS of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the animation was slowed down, to fit the full extended TCF fanfare mentioned below. A special version was seen on UK Widescreen VHS releases. The logo plays as normal, then it zooms out towards the middle of the screen and turns 3-D and it expands with movie scenes appears behind the background (all resembling the letterbox format). The word "WIDESCREEN" (arched upwards and downwards with blue shadow effects underneath) pan past the screen vertically, then turns horizontal and rests in front of the Fox Video logo). It becomes A Subsidiary of FPT Communications From October 20, 1986-October 20, 1993 Than Key Video Just Like 20th Century Fox.
FX/SFX: The "shimmer".
Cheesy Factor: In most Fox logos, the gaping holes between the letters are usually filled up with a different color to give a clear indication of what the letter is. However, the way these are made make it look like that they are floating. Also, the shining on the TCF fanfare variant is clearly looped poorly. In addition, one of the searchlight bases is obviously clipping through the circular platform. Ironically, the widescreen version looks a lot better than the normal version due to how it crops out the clipping, the fact that it's practically a still logo helping matters. The same can't be said for the widescreen version of the next logo...
Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variants: The 1979 TCF fanfare can be heard on PAL and French SÉCAM releases, as well as a few NTSC releases, such as the widescreen Laserdisc of Die Hard and a rental copy of Point Break. The UK rental VHS of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York uses the extended TCF fanfare. The Widescreen version has an abridged version of the extended TCF theme that starts when the logo zooms out and an energetic whoosh sound when the logo expands. On some tapes, only the drums from the opening of the fanfare are heard. On Media Home Entertainment releases, the announcer for the Media and Fox Video logos says "Distributed by Fox Video". There was a closing variant seen on some Australian PAL tapes (Mainly rental tapes) which had the same voice-over from the CBS/Fox PAL closing variant, sometimes with the 1979 TCF fanfare preceding it.
Availability: Rare. It's seen on all Fox videos from that period. The best way to find this is to look for a Fox Video print logo that is a simple 2D drawing with no color. Again, this will be easy to find in second-hand video shops, charity shops and on eBay. This logo first appeared on the 1991 original print of Robin Hood (1991 20th Century Fox film) and can be seen on movies such as Sleeping with the Enemy, Home Alone, Class Action, Only the Lonely, Point Break, Hot Shots!, For the Boys, White Men Can't Jump, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, My Cousin Vinny, Alien 3, The Last of the Mohicans, The Simpsons Christmas Special and the 1992 Star Wars trilogy box set (pan and scan), as well as the UK VHS of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. A letterboxed version in a scope aspect ratio appears on the special letterbox collector's edition of the Star Wars trilogy. It can also be found on BBC Video tapes from 1991-1993, but those aren't as easy to find. It also appeared, surprisingly enough indeed, on the 1998 UK VHS of Edward Scissorhands (which is probably a reprint from 1991, according to the previews on it). In Australia, this logo was used until 1995, such example of this being used on a post-1993 tape is the 1994 Australian VHS of Mrs. Doubtfire. It also appeared on a 2001 VHS of Demetrius and the Gladiators (most likely a reprint itself). Also seen on tapes from Media Home Entertainment released from mid-to-late 1991 until 1993, such as Paris Trout, Nails, and Prospero's Books. Among the last tapes to use this were Love Potion #9 and the 1993 Studio Classics VHS of A Letter to Three Wives. The Widescreen version is seen on the UK Special Edition VHS of The Abyss (which also uses the next logo). It strangely appeared on a early '90s VHS reprint of My Bodyguard (with CBS/Fox packaging and label). Can be seen on The 1993 Savoy Pictures Release of the 1992 Film Warrior Cats: Fire and Ice: The Movie. Can be seen on The 1991 Manson International Release of Night of the Kickfighters.
Scare Factor: None for the regular version. Low for the Widescreen version as it can be jarring to see the Fox Video logo play as normal and end up with this.
2nd Logo (May 26, 1993-November 21, 1995)
Nicknames: "Rotating Tower", "The Ugly Tower", "Fox Structure II"
Logo: On a purple background, we see a Fox structure, from an extreme upper-left angle. We move down and pan around the structure (and a light shines through it as we do that), saying "FOX VIDEO" like in the 1st logo, before settling into the familiar angle we usually see Fox logos from.
Variants: There is a black and white variant. This can be found on the 1993 VHS of Young Frankenstein. A shortened version exists where the logo fades in as the lights shine and the logo moves to its final angle. This was seen on the 1995 20th Century Fox Selections releases of Young Guns II and Dutch.
FX/SFX: The computer animation, which is a variation of the movie's animation.
Cheesy Factor: Although the colors are varied, they don't contrast very well and therefore make it an eyesore. The letters also don't quite match the TCF logo (which the previous logos had in their favor). The widescreen version also looks severely cropped.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variants: Occasionally, the 1979 TCF fanfare was used, mainly on PAL releases including the UK rental VHS releases of Used People,Jack the Bear,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, and The Vanishing. On the 1995 Hong Kong laserdisc of Star Wars: Episode VI -Return of the Jedi, a deep synth score is heard. On Media Home Entertainment releases, the announcer for the Media and Fox Video logos says "Distributed by Fox Video".
Availability: First appeared on Used People, Toys, and Hoffa, with the same 2D print logo. This can be seen on all 1993-1995 Fox Video releases such as My Neighbor Totoro, Doctor Dolittle, Frozen Assets, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Once Upon a Forest, The Sandlot, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Speed, Baby's Day Out, The Pagemaster, Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, The Scout, Nell, all 1995 20th Century Fox Selections VHS releases such as Big, Pacific Heights, Shining Through and Only the Lonely, and some BBC Video releases from that era, including Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers and Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out. Was also seen on tapes released by Media Home Entertainment from 1993, including Scam, shortly before Media Home Entertainment went out of business.This also appears on the Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Collection Laserdisc box set from 1993. The last tapes to use this were the John Hughes remake of Miracle on 34th Street and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Strangely, this logo doesn't appear on the 1995 Star Wars trilogy VHS box set, despite showing the 1994 full color print logo on the cover. However, the 1995 Laserdisc of Star Wars: A New Hope actually uses this, while the 1995 Laserdiscs of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi use the 1984 CBS/Fox Video logo instead.
Scare Factor: Low. The ugliness of the logo combined with the close-up and fanfare may put some off, but it's a harmless logo. It is also considered one of the ugliest logos ever.
3rd Logo (1994-1995)
Nicknames: "Print Searchlights", "Fox Structure III", "Print Fox Structure"
Logo: It's basically the full color Fox Video print logo of the time, which is the 20th Century Fox logo from 1953 with "FOX VIDEO" replacing the text. It begins by taking up the whole screen, but zooms out until it is in a box in the center of the screen.
Variant: On the Rodgers & Hammerstein Golden Anniversary Collection trailer, the words "from Fox Video" are seen below the logo.
FX/SFX: The zooming out of the logo.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end theme of the trailer, combined with a female voice saying "From Fox Video". On the Rodgers & Hammerstein Golden Anniversary Collection trailer, it's silent.
Availability: Rare. It's seen on the trailer for the Shirley Temple Collection VHS box set that can be found on the VHS releases of Mrs. Doubtfire, The Little Princess, The Blue Bird, and the John Hughes remake of Miracle on 34th Street. Was also seen at the end of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Golden Anniversary Collection trailer, which can be found on the 1994 VHS releases of State Fair (1945) and The Sound of Music.
Scare Factor: None.
4th Logo (December 19, 1995-March 1998)
Nicknames: "Fox Structure IV"
Logo: Against the Los Angeles skyline at around sunset, we see a spotlight and then pan across the "FOX VIDEO" structure, now redone so that it looks a lot better and all of it is set in Futura Extra Bold (so it still doesn't quite match the TCF logo). We zoom out until we reach the comfortable Fox logo distance.
Variants: The logo fades in just as the "F" in "FOX" is being passed on a trailer for a release of The Sound of Music. This can be found on the original 1996 VHS release of Dunston Checks In. A slightly longer version appears on the original 1995 VHS release of Die Hard with a Vengence.
FX/SFX: The computer animation, which is now a variation of the Fox Searchlight Pictures animation. Very good animation, and a LARGE improvement over its predecessors.
Music/Sounds: Usually none.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the original 1996 VHS release of Dunston Checks In, there is a home video trailer for The Sound of Music, which has this logo appear at the beginning with a lead-in to "My Favorite Things" being heard.
Availability: Fairly common. This logo always came after the logo below. Seen on releases of the era such as Die Hard with a Vengeance (VHS only; the Laserdisc uses the 1993 logo), Broken Arrow, Independence Day, Jingle All the Way, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask, the 1996 VHS of The Sound of Music, and the 1997 Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition box set (the VHS versions only; the Laserdisc version only uses the 1995 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo). Seen on all 20th Century Fox Selections titles released between 1995 and 1997 such as Raising Arizona, The Super, Big Trouble in Little China, The Abyss, Hoffa, Short Circuit, The Omen (1976 version), The Good Son, Young Frankenstein, Bill Cosby Himself, Enemy Mine, History of the World: Part I, Porky's, Commando, The Fly (1986 remake) and Better Off Dead. This was also used on most Premiere Series releases from 1996 and 1997 such as Mrs. Doubtfire, My Cousin Vinny, That Thing You Do!, Sleeping with the Enemy and Predator. Strangely, this doesn't appear on The Best of The Simpsons VHS box set from 1997 (despite the logo appearing on the packaging of the individual tapes and the box itself) or the 1996 Premiere Series releases of A Walk in the Clouds, Nine Months, and The Truth About Cats and Dogs (though all three use the 1991 full color print logo on their spines). The Laserdisc of Volcano (which didn't show the Fox Video logo on the cover) featured both this logo and the 1995-2008 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo. Look for a screencap of this logo used on the packaging of most 1997 releases (all 1995-1996 releases use the 1991 full color print logo). One of the last releases to use this were very early prints of Anastasia.
Scare Factor: None to minimal. It's a harmless logo, not ugly at all this time. _______________________________________________________________
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Domestic (North American) Variants
1st Logo (August 29, 1995-October 2008)
Nicknames: Box Structure
Logo: We see the end of the 1994-2010 Fox logo, with neither the News Corporation byline nor the registered trademark symbol. We then zoom out, to reveal that it is in a box. The box is in a larger box colored cadet blue, and next to the Fox logo box are the words "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment", spanning across three lines.
Variants: On some releases, the logo faded in from black rather than cutting in from black. On the original/unaltered version of the logo, the logo cutsto black at the end of the animation after the searchlights in the 1994-2010 Fox logo face up towards the sky. This was the first version to be in use on the logo's debut. On 1996 VHS tapes that have the Widescreen Series video promos, the logo fades in and then fades out later right after the animation freezes at the final frame. A shorter version exists. So far, this has been spotted on the 2005 DVD of Pet Alien: Atomic Tommy. There is a 16:9 "matted" widescreen version seen on the DVDs of Quest for Fire, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Airheads, Thunder and Lightning,the Anchor Bay DVD of Kenny & Co. (before the 20th Century Fox logo) and the widescreen side of the 2001 DVD release of Thumbelina. On the 1995 retail VHS of Bushwhacked, the logo cuts to the green MPAA rating screen for the Down Periscope trailer. Trailer Variant: On some tapes with the Premiere Series promo containing this, the logo is shortened and the text on the right from the logo is replaced with "PREMIERE SERIES".
FX/SFX: A simple, smooth zoom-out.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the tapes with Widescreen Series video promos, the announcer, Don LaFontaine, says "Presenting the Widescreen Series from Fox Video" halfway through the animation.
Availability: Common on VHS, DVD, and Laserdisc releases from the period. Appears on releases such as the John Hughes remake of Miracle on 34th Street, Independence Day, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, The Crucible, King Kong Lives, Tai-Pan, Pelle the Conqueror, Maximum Overdrive, Crimes of the Heart, Titan A.E., Silent Trigger, Raw Deal, Jingle All the Way and Goosebumps videos. Only available in the USA and Canada and still very easy to find in those areas, but outside the USA this logo can be seen on video releases of Casper TV movies of the era and seen on The Simpsons and Futurama DVDs from the era. The last titles to have this logo were American Dad! Volume 3 and the 2008 DVD release of Babes in Toyland (1934). Was also spotted on a print of Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave. Also seen on the Best of the Simpsons VHS tapes, which are now out of print. The version where the logo cuts out to black appears on VHS and Laserdiscs of the 1995 Star Wars Trilogy. This variant can also be seen on some home video releases by the company such as The Towering Inferno (without previews), the 1995 VHS of Snoopy Come Home, Bye Bye Love, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, The Last Winter, Nutcracker on Ice, the 1995 Laserdisc releases of Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Aliens, the 1995 Canadian VHS print of Bachelor Party, the John Hughes remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and the 1995 VHS of A Christmas Carol. The version that fades in at the beginning and cuts out at the end of the logo is on the original 1996 VHS of Nine Months. It is unknown for DVDs to have this version as the more common version where the logo fades out to black at the end is used on DVDs. The version where the logo faded in from black can be seen on the VHS releases of 1998's Dr. Dolittle, Rusty: The Great Rescue (a.k.a. Rusty: A Dog's Tale), and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Appears at the end of Casper Meets Wendy on Disney Channel. While it does appear at the end of the last few Thomas and Friends DVDs that they released, it doesn't appear at the beginning of any of them. This was also on the 2002 DVD release of My Neighbor Totoro and all the Strawberry Shortcake 2003 series releases. Can be seen on the 2002 DVD Fullscreen v.1.3 release of Rock-A-Doodle and Quest for Camelot and the 2003 DVD Fullscreen v.1.3 release of Predator and the 2003 DVD release of Than Lan Oscars and the 2004 DVD release of Out of Control. Can be seen on the 2004 DVD & VHS release of Inferno (1998) by Viacom Pictures. It has Hearst Pictures.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (2004-2009)
Nicknames: Box Structure II"
Logo: Same as the previous logo, except the box is now grey with a gold border, the words "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment" are set in ITC Garamond, and the Fox logo has the News Corporation byline. Basically an enhanced version of the first logo.
Variants: At first, there is a 16:9 widescreen version, seen on widescreen edition DVDs. Later on, a full-screen version was made and can be seen on DVD releases of TV shows and full-screen films. On the Blu-ray Discs of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Chain Reaction and Alien vs. Predator, the logo is still except for the Fox logo, which is now the corporate version with the rear searchlights re-animated to match the standard version of the 1994 logo, but also reverses at a certain point, a la the 1981 Fox logo's long version.
FX/SFX: The zoom-out and the fade-in of the News Corporation byline. None for the Ice Age: The Meltdown variant except for the searchlights and the clouds.
Cheesy Factor: The zoom-out's frame rate is jarringly rougher than before because it is in the same frame rate as the Fox logo itself, which is the filmed variant. On the Ice Age: The Meltdown variant, Not only do the searchlights reverse their animation at a certain point, the entire sky, not just the clouds, but also the stars pan to the right! Also on the 2004 VHS of Garden State, it is in anamorphic widescreen instead of being letterboxed or in proper 4:3.
Availability: Common. It first appeared on D-Theater D-VHS releases of TCF films, including Alien; The only known VHS release to have this logo is the 2004 VHS of Garden State. It has also appeared on PSP UMD TCF releases. It can also be seen on every TCF release on DVD from late 2006 to 2009, such as Ice Age: The Meltdown (widescreen edition only; the full screen edition used the previous logo), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, X-Men: The Last Stand, Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Simpsons Movie, Horton Hears a Who, Alvin and the Chipmunks, What Happens in Vegas, and 2006-2009 MGM Home Entertainment releases such as Valkyrie and Quantum of Solace, among other releases. It also appeared on the DVD release of FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue, the extended cut DVD of Commando, and the "Family Fun Edition" DVDs of Home Alone, The Pebble and The Penguin,and Jingle All the Way. Some of the last releases to have this logo were The Rocker and Marley & Me. Strangely, this logo appears on the French R2 DVD of Thumbelina, plastering the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo. This also appears on the Blu-ray of Speed. Can be seen on The Overture Films Release of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. It has Hearst Pictures.
Scare Factor: Minimal; the choppiness might get to you.
3rd Logo (2009-2010)
Logo: It's the same as the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray Disc logo, but the ending animation is cut.
FX/SFX: Same as the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray Disc logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray Disc logo.
Availability: Short-lived, yet common. It can be seen on every TCF release on DVD until November 2010. Notable releases that have this are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Whip It, Aliens in the Attic, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Crazy Heart, Avatar, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and post-2009 MGM Home Entertainment releases, among others. It also appears on the 2010 repackaged DVD copies of FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Thumbelina. Along with the Blu-ray variant of this logo, it made a surprise re-appearance on the 2015 re-release of The Sound of Music.
Scare Factor: Same as the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray Disc logo. It's much better than the previous logo.
4th Logo (November 2010- )
Logo: Same as the current 20th Century Fox logo except that, at the end, the structure pans back farther than usual to reveal the stacked words "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" on the right of the Fox structure with "HOME" set in Neutraface No. 2. Once the logo is fully revealed, the News Corporation byline fades in at the bottom of the screen (on pre-2013 releases). The registered trademark sign fades in as well.
Trivia: This logo is a throwback to the That's Hollywood! logo; a series from 20th Century Fox Television.
Variants: Newer releases, starting with The Croods, have this logo cut-short to the middle. A 4:3 variant exists, but is used only for full screen DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, such as the DVD and Blu-ray releases of seasons 16 and 17 of The Simpsons and the 2012 DVD of Mr. Scoutmaster. It is also cropped to 2.35.1 as a letterbox widescreen logo. There is a widescreen version of the open matte logo expanded to 16:9 with the Hor+ screen scaling method. Starting with the releases of Turbo and Enough Said on November 12, 2013 and January 28, 2014, the News Corporation byline is excluded and the logo is bylineless for the first time since the 1995 logo, due to the aforementioned split on June 28, 2013.
FX/SFX: Same as the current 20th Century Fox logo.
Music/Sounds: The 1997 Fox fanfare arrangement. A short version is used on newer releases.
Music/Sounds Variants:DVD releases of The Simpsons Seasons 16 and 17 use the audio of Ralph Wiggum 'singing along' to the second half of the fanfare from The Simpsons Movie, whilst season 18 uses the standard 1997 fanfare, with Fat Tony saying 'Fuggedaboutit...' on the last note.
Availability: Seen on 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and MGM releases from November 2010 onward, such as Avatar (collector's edition), The A-Team, Machete, Vampires Suck, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, X-Men: First Class, Rio, Margaret, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic, Hitchcock, Prometheus, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Stoker, The Croods, Turbo, The Counselor, Free Birds, The East, and Don Jon, among others. The last releases to use this logo with the News Corporation byline were The Internship and The Way Way Back, both released on October 22, 2013. It has Hearst Pictures.
Scare Factor: None, but you might be surprised if you didn't expect the structure to reveal the text on its side. The shortened version might surprise those expecting the normal logo.
1st Logo (1995-2002)
Nicknames: Box Structure III
Logo: Here are the versions used on VHS/LD and DVD: VHS/LD: We see the 1994 Fox logo animate as normal until, about 13 seconds in, it zooms out, revealing the logo inside an inner box, itself contained inside an outer box on a blue-violet background with blurry searchlights, and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" zooms out from the bottom of the screen, stopping at the bottom of the inside of the outer box underneath the inner box containing the Fox logo (without the News Corporation byline). DVDs cut to the Fox logo being revealed inside the box.
FX/SFX: The usual CGI used in the Fox logo, coupled with the zoom out of the text below.
Music/Sounds: The 1994 Fox fanfare arrangement (VHS and LD only); silent on the DVDs.
Availability: With the exception of a few Canadian releases such as the 2000 VHS of Thunder and Lightning, you won't find it anywhere in North America. However, it's easy to find if you are in another country such as the UK. Strangely, this logo does not appear on the 1998 UK rental VHS of Edward Scissorhands, which features the Fox Video logo. The DVD version can be seen on early UK DVD releases including the original Miracle on 34th Street. Also seen on the 1995 Hong Kong Laserdisc of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It also made a surprise appearance on the 2012 release of The Simpsons Season 1 Region 4 DVD set (due to being a reprint of the 2001 release).
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (1999-2010)
Logo: The standard 20th Century Fox logo which animates in a faster rate, but there are many circular streaks of orange and blue placed over it, which animate on and off the screen. When the logo is done, blue and purple gradient bars on top and bottom wipe in and the logo's sky background dissolves into a different cloud background, and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" (in the same fonts as before) appears via folding effect below the logo, and then fades out via blur effect after a few seconds leaving just the logo, which then fades out.
Variant: On an international home video trailer for Ice Age, the logo is in blue on a sky background with snow around it and a crack on it.
FX/SFX: The usual Fox tower animation coupled with the CGI "streaks".
Music/Sounds: Early releases and VHS tapes had the standard tone 1994 Fox fanfare arrangement (which is strange for PAL releases), while later releases had the high tone 1997 fanfare arrangement (which is normal for PAL releases).
Availability: Again, only used outside North America, except on a few Canadian releases. Examples include the UK release of Ice Age and reprints of Simpsons tapes. Also appears on the Japanese Laserdisc of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (with the 1994 fanfare). This logo can be accessed on the R1 DVD of Marmaduke by going onto the disc's "Video-TS" folder and finding the VTS file that has the third logo (which appears before it on the video stream). The standard tone 1994 Fox fanfare arrangement music variant strangely appears on the 2004 Region 4 DVD release of Family Guy: Season Two.
Scare Factor: None. It's pretty much the same as the movie logo.
3rd Logo (2009-2010)
Logo: Same as the 2nd logo, but, when the 1994 logo is formed, the words "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" in metallic gold zoom out below the logo (without the News Corporation byline), and the streaks of orange and blue all disappear at the end.
FX/SFX: Same as the 2nd logo. Little effort is put into this logo aside from the 1994 Fox logo itself.
Music/Sounds: The 1997 fanfare arrangement.
Availability: Once again, only used outside North America. Like before, this was also used on a few Canadian releases like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Scare Factor: None.
Final Note: Current international releases use the 4th domestic logo. _______________________________________________________________
Fox DVD Video
Nickname: "Metallic Fox Structure" Fox Storm
Logo: Opening: A metallic structure that says "FOX DVD VIDEO" (with "FOX" on top of "DVD" and "VIDEO" in an oval) zooms in. A light then highlights the logo and moves from right to left (also getting the background). The structure is gradually turning and zooms toward the screen, with the viewer going through the "O" in "FOX" , revealing a trailer or promo. Closing: The same logo as before, only the background is moving around and is blue.
FX/SFX: The zooming in and out and turning of the structure.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: On the opening version, there is a quick beat with a male announcer asking, "Are you ready for Fox DVD Video?". The closing version has a static noise. Both versions have a "whoosh" noise when the logo moves.
Availability: Rare. This was actually meant for a promo on VHS and early Fox DVD releases from the era talking about DVD and its features. Can be seen on most if not all 2000-2002 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD releases such as Predator, Than Lan Oscars, Quest for Camelot, Out of Control, X-Men, Silent Trigger, Fight Club, Nine Months, Where the Heart Is, Titan A.E., Airheads, the "Five Star Collection" releases of Speed and Independence Day, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Edward Scissorhands and the Die Hard: Ultimate Collection box set. Don't expect to see this on the 2001 DVD releases of The Simpsons: The Complete First Season or Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Scare Factor: None. It's a nice logo. _______________________________________________________________
20th Century Fox Blu-ray Disc
Logo: We see the 20th Century Fox logo zooming in slowly, with the words HOME ENTERTAINMENT in gold at the bottom, shining. Then a blue streak changes the text to the "Blu-ray Disc" logo, leaving behind a "swoosh" shape as it does this.
FX/SFX: The zooming in, the shining, and the words changing.
Music/Sounds: A calm, majestic fanfare resembling the title screen music for the Wii version of Netflix, followed by a slight laser sound for the blue flash.
Availability: Common. It can be seen on every TCF release on Blu-ray disc until November 2010. It appeared on releases such as Die Hard, Fight Club, Ice Age, Australia, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. It can be also seen on MGM Home Entertainment releases on Blu-ray Disc, including Valkyrie, and Hot Tub Time Machine, among others. Along with the original version of this logo, it made a surprise re-appearance on the 2013 re-releases of the Die Hard films, the 2015 re-release of The Sound of Music, and the re-release of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as in the 2015 5-film collection set.
Scare Factor: None. It's a nice logo.
Here is a logo history video of the company (including some variations of the logos):