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Logo descriptions by James Fabiano, Matt Williams, and Mr.Logo
Logo captures by wisp2007, V of Doom, and Logophile
Editions by V of Doom and Nathan B.

1st Logo

HBO Video (1987)"COMING SOON FROM HBO VIDEO"Distributed by HBO Video"

Logo: On a blue background, we see the HBO logo, and the word "VIDEO", in thin lettering, below. Two lines are seen above and below the logo.

  • Some previews has the screen "COMING SOON FROM" and the logo below on a black background right before the trailer plays.
  • At the end of the ad for Sports Illustrated: Get the Feeling: Power!, the logo is seen on a black background with "DISTRIBUTED BY" above it. It also appears in a purple 3D logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the Thorn EMI Video logo or none.

Availability: This was a "placeholder" logo, used when the "master" logo is not in use, but again, distributed Thames, Hemdale, and Orion as well as HBO products, although Orion would shortly launch its own video label. Examples include Three Amigos (where this has been known to appear on prints made as late as 1999), Hoosiers and Making Mr. Right, and some reissues of Thorn-EMI/HBO/Cannon releases.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo

HBO Video (1988)

Nickname: "The Spheres"

Logo: On a black background, we see tons of red spheres, packed tightly together. As we zoom out, the spheres form into a gold HBO logo, with a blue "VIDEO"(in that same font described above) below. When they move into place, purple bars move to their positions above and below the logo. When the logo is formed, a spotlight appears below the logo.

FX/SFX: The CGI used to compose most of the animation in the logo. It fits well for the late 80s and early 90s.

Cheesy Factor: Rather primitive, but still cool.

Music/Sounds: A warbly, bass-filled synth tune based off the music in the "HBO Movie" intro used at the time.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on video releases of Thames, Tri-Star Pictures, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Kings Road, Hemdale, Miramax, Weintraub Entertainment, and Samuel Goldwyn material, but towards the end of its run, began to concentrate mainly on HBO-produced materials, among them Time-Life titles previously released by Vestron Video. Among the tapes where this appears are Platoon, No Way Out, and reprints of Can't Stop the Music, S.O.S. Titanic, First Blood, The Terminator, Highlander, and Raw Deal, among other new releases and re-releases (some of which may still use the Thorn EMI or other original logo on the packaging and/or labels) of the era.

Scare Factor: Low. The music might startle some, and the primitive animation could be scary, but it's otherwise harmless.

3rd Logo

HBO Home Video

Nickname: "Red Curtain"

Logo: Against a shimmering red curtain, we see the words:


in silver with spotlights shining across it. Then, a teal-colored ball with a white director's slate/clapperboard printed on it comes in from the left side of the screen, flying toward the "O" in "PRESENTATION". The camera pans toward the ball as it bounces on the right side of the "O" and passes through it. It then flies off to the bottom left of the screen, revealing a silver HBO logo. It zooms slowly toward the camera as "HOME
VIDEO" in white fades in below.

HBO Savoy Variant: See HBO Savoy Video.

: The spotlights and ball.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic horn/string fanfare.

Availability: Seen on HBO VHS releases of the period. HBO DVDs used their own logo (see below), although some early HBO DVDs, such as
A Bronx Tale and Circle of Friends, have either this logo or the HBO Savoy Video logo intact.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low.

4th Logo

HBO Home Video (1998)

Nickname: "HBO DVD in Space"

Logo: We see a DVD disc zooming out and releasing many white particles around it. The disc zooms away, and then the word "HBO" zooms in, along with the words "HOME VIDEO", in blue. A few seconds later, "HOME VIDEO" changes to "DVD", in yellow. Later, everything disappears in a flash.

FX/SFX: The zooming of the disc, the words and particles...

Cheesy Factor: ...which are incredibly cheap, and the plastering of the words is ugly.

Music/Sounds: A rather short version of the jingle heard in the 1993 logo.

Availability: Seen on early HBO DVD releases, such as Gia, Three Amigos, Flashpoint, The Hitcher, No Escape, Lightning Jack, Serial Mom, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Grifters, My Left Foot, Last of the Dogmen, The Changeling, Shadowlands
, and Good Guys Wear Black.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low.

5th Logo

HBO Video (2000's)

Logo: Against a white background, we see a distant shot of a man from below walking in. As the camera pans backward, the man appears to pull out a remote and press a button. Then, an array of gray clouds and wavy gray lines shoot out towards the screen, revealing a gray, 2D HBO Video print logo (as seen in the 1st logo). A lens flare shines on the logo, which dies down as the camera pans upward. The logo slowly zooms in.

FX/SFX: The clouds and lines revealing the logo.

Music/Sounds: Walking sounds, a zapping sound when the man presses the remote button, followed shortly by a calm piano/synth fanfare.

Availability: Seen on many DVD releases by HBO.

Scare Factor: Low.

6th Logo
(2010- )
HBO Home Entertainment

: On a black background, a pattern of circles fades in, and turns counter clockwise, and goes to the other side of the pattern of circles. Then we see the HBO logo (the "O" is in the middle of pattern of circles). The logo zooms out, then the pattern of circles disappears turns into a light blue background, and the HBO logo turns blue. the word "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" (two lines are seen above and below "HOME ENTERTAINMENT") also in blue fades in. The logo slowly zooms out.

: Pattern of circles moving, and the backgrounds, words fading in.

Music/Sounds: An ethereal synth tune.

Availability: Common, seen on newer releases.

Scare Factor
: None.

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ryanasaurus0077 For those not in the know about Platoon and Hoosiers 0 Oct 26 2012, 6:34 AM EDT by ryanasaurus0077
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During my home video research, I happened to come across several articles about the two films. According to the articles, litigation held up their home video releases past the 1987 holiday season before HBO and Vestron came to a settlement where it was agreed that HBO would receive a six-month license to distribute both films on home video, after which period the home video rights reverted to Vestron.
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Ahuebner2004 Editing the HBO Video 1988-1993 Logo 0 Mar 20 2010, 10:03 AM EDT by Ahuebner2004
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Actually the red spheres form into a gold HBO logo
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lana05 HBO Cannon 1 Feb 21 2010, 11:26 AM EST by lana05
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HBO Cannon Video is not so good as it used to be on Shannon Smith's tape.
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