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Paramount Home Media Distribution (formerly "Paramount Home Entertainment", "Paramount Home Video", and "Paramount Video") is Paramount Pictures' home media division and was formed in 1979 (some sources claim late 1975). The company owns the home media rights to films owned by Paramount and shows and films from sister companies MTV Networks (under individual labels such as MTV Home Video and other subsidiaries) and BET. The company also licenses the right to release material from the Public Broadcasting Service (through PBS Distribution), CBS Corporation (such as CBS Television Studios/CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks material and released through CBS Home Entertainment, although CBS Films material is released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment) and several independent studios. They formerly released DreamWorks Animation material through DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment until 2014, when the latter acquired distribution rights to their library and transferred the rights to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. On September 27, 2011, Paramount Home Entertainment was renamed Paramount Home Media Distribution after merging with Paramount Digital and Television. Starting in 2012, the company licensed the home media rights to most of the Paramount Pictures (with some exceptions) library to Warner Home Video and the Republic Pictures library and select Paramount films (although, like the Warner Home Video deal, Paramount still controls some films) to Olive Films. Paramount continues to release licensed material and material from sister companies.

Paramount Home Video

1st Logo
(1978, 1979, February-June 1980)

Paramount Home Video (1976)

Nicknames: "Still M
ountain", "Boring Mountain", "Blue Mountain"

Logo: On a navy blue background, we see "Paramount" in the famous script, and "HOME VIDEO" below that in a wide Microgramma Bold font in between two lines, one above and one below. To the right of that, we see the 1968 Paramount print logo to the right, complete with the Gulf+Western byline.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This logo appeared primarily on Betamax releases, meaning this is very difficult to find. This should appear on a few VHS releases from 1980 including the first two Godfather films, the first VHS releases of Grease and Goin' South and the original releases of Play It Again, Sam, The Bad News Bears (1976 version) and Catch-22. Because the format was in its infancy at the time, releases were in lower quantities and are harder to find. Among the last releases to use this logo were five volumes of Star Trek episodes as part of the "Television Classics" series on VHS and Betamax in early 1980. Those releases are out of print, having been replaced in 1985 by Paramount's single episodes releases, and are hard to find. This surprisingly appears on a late 1983 pressing of The Odd Couple (usually, releases printed around that time started with the "Acid Trip" warning screen, followed by the Paramount Pictures logo).

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo
(1979, July 1980-1982, 1984)
Paramount Home Video (1979)

Nicknames: "Mountain Silhouette", "Black Mountain", "Rising Mountain", "Cheesy Mountain", "In the Shadow of Paramount"

Logo: On a blue background, we zoom out on a silhouette of a mountain. After we zoom out to a comfortable distance, a bright flash occurs behind the mountain, and white "stars" (they look like circles or lens flares) appear, as well as "Paramount" (in a school bus yellow script, but closer to the pre-1975 logos). A saffron-colored trapezoidal trail zooms out from the base, and "HOME VIDEO" (set in the same font as the previous logo) zooms out soon after, tacked onto the saffron-colored trail. As that happens, the blue background gets extremely dark (looking like federal blue). The end result looks like the pre-1967 print logo.

Trivia: The second half of the logo was once used as the 1977 Paramount Television Service logo. "PARAMOUNT TELEVISION SERVICE" was featured at the bottom, which explains the chyron for "HOME VIDEO". The original version of the logo was produced by the design firm of Sullivan & Marks in 1978.

Variant: On some releases, after the logo is finished, the stars roll and fly away.

: The flash and the effects are pure Scanimate effects.

Cheesy Factor: The stars look like white-glowing circles and "
HOME VIDEO" is chryoned over "PARAMOUNT TELEVISION SERVICE". You can also see a jump cut to where the Paramount Television Service logo would normally start. This logo decided to base itself off of a logo already cheesy in itself (which explains the aforementioned stars and script font, they were originally from the Paramount Television Service logo). Also, considering the odd "Paramount" script, the logo looks like a scanimated Paramount logo with "HOME VIDEO" at the bottom.

Music/Sounds: A pounding backbeat as the mountain zooms out, then a synth chord mixed with a brief explosion sound and synthesized sizzling.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!), Death Wish, Escape from Alcatraz, Breaking Glass, Friday the 13th, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Barberella VHS and Betamax releases of the time frame, which are not that easy to find, especially since the logo was usually taken off of post-1981 prints. Also seen on certain Hi-Fi re-releases of Paramount's early releases (such as Downhill Racer and Death Wish) from 1984 and the original Hi-Fi VHS release of True Grit (1969 version). Don't expect this
logo on Laserdisc releases, as it was replaced with the 1981 Laservision logo. It is unknown where the variant can be found.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The music is very eerie and the chord and flash might not sit well with some people, as well as the silhouette mountain.

3rd Logo
Paramount Video (1982)Paramount Video (B&W): 1982Paramount Video (1982 - Freeze Frame)

Nicknames: "Growing Mountain", "Cheesy Growing Mountain"

Logo: On a black background, we see the abstract mountain logo, with "Paramount" in black script in the light blue circle like the other Paramount logos, and the "A Gulf + Western Company" byline at the bottom in light blue. It begins to zoom up on us, as the stars (which are followed by light trail-streaks) and byline zoom past, and both the mountain and circle grow bigger until we are literally right on top of the peak of the mountain, with "Paramount" centering in, filling the middle of the screen. When the peak hits the bottom and "Paramount" fits the center, "Paramount" begins to shine, then there is a VERY bright flash, and it dies down to reveal the Paramount script logo (in blue) and a small "VIDEO" (shining a bit) between two blue lines.

Trivia: On the early 1990s re-release of Strong Kids, Safe Kids, the next logo preceded this one.

  • A black and white variant exists.
  • At the end of an April 1998 Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) airing of The Devonsville Terror, the animation plays as normal until all there is is "Paramount" and the mountain, when the logo freezes in place and the rest of the music is heard. It's unknown if this was used on any home media releases of the film, or any others.

FX/SFX: The growing mountain and the flash are pure Scanimate effects.

: A building set of synthesized strings, ending in a new-age synthesizer tune composed by Richard J. Krizman. On the 1983 RCA CED videodisc release of An Evening with Robin Williams, this follows the 1981 RCA SelectaVision logo, but is silent.

Availability: Gradually becoming rare. Most Paramount films used the logo used on the film, while television series (such as Star Trek, with the exception of the 1984 Television Classics Laserdisc release of the two-part episode "The Menagerie", which uses no logo) and licensed material (such as Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! and
The Adventures of the American Rabbit) have this logo. It was also on the 1982 VHS release of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and a 1990 reprint of it retained the logo. It is also on the 1992 release of A Dog of Flanders (along with the warning that preceded it), also likely a reprint itself. The black and white version can be found on a VHS release of The Untouchables pilot "Scarface Mob" and Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back. It was also (as mentioned above) on the early 1990s re-release of Strong Kids, Safe Kids, after the next logo. Other releases that have this include Teen Wolf and Call to Glory. Paramount Video would produce 1984 to 1986 episodes of Brothers, a sitcom which aired on Showtime from 1984 to 1989. This would appear on 1984 to 1986 episodes, while 1987 to 1989 episodes would be produced by Paramount Television. On many releases in 1987, the 75th Anniversary logo was used as a home video logo, On releases in 1988, the Paramount logo with the Gulf+Western byline was used as a home video logo, or no logo at all.

Scare Factor: Low. The flash and zooming mountain may be unexpected and unnerving for some people, but the music is very quiet and nice.

4th Logo
Paramount Home  Entertainment (1988)Paramount Home Entertainment (1990)Paramount Home Entertainment (1992)Paramount Home Entertainment (1995)
Paramount Feature Presentation" BumperParamount Coming Attractions" Bumper

Nicknames: "Feature Presentation", "Abstract Mountain"

Logo: On a background filled with blue/indigo squares, we see a blue square with the Paramount mountain logo in gold. It shines, then moves and zooms away as the squares behind it move off, revealing the stacked words "FEATURE PRESENTATION" in gold on a heliotrope gradient background. After a few moments, it zooms towards us. It cuts to a warning screen, which has a pattern of Paramount mountains in the background.

Bylines: This used whatever byline Paramount was using at the time:
  • 1987-1989: "A Gulf+Western Company" (Would begin common use in 1989)
  • 1989-1995: "A Paramount Communications Company" (The "Feature Presentation" versions have a different font for the Paramount Communications byline: sans serif)
  • 1995-2006: "A VIACOM COMPANY" (in the same font as the 1990 Viacom logo)

  • There was a special bumper used for trailers from 1989 to 1998 or 1999, with the words "COMING ATTRACTIONS" over the heliotrope gradient background, which cuts off after the zoom in.
  • On the 1988 VHS release of Sunset Boulevard and the 1987 Laserdisc release of The Courageous Dr. Christain, the logo and warning screen is in black and white.

FX/SFX: The CGI squares moving away and the animation on the Paramount square.

Cheesy Factor: The CGI animation looks somewhat primitive, but held up pretty well throughout its lifespan. If you look closely as "FEATURE PRESENTATION" zooms in, it becomes pixelated.

: An abridged version of the Paramount on Parade fanfare and a male announcer (Brian Cummings) saying "And now, we're pleased to bring you our feature presentation".

Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variants:
  • A variation exists where the announcer says "Paramount is pleased to bring you our feature presentation". This was used with all three byline variants, and can be found on Laserdisc releases, as well as VHS releases which have no previews before the film (such as the 1989 releases of the first four Star Trek films, the 1998 release of A Separate Peace, the 2000 release of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, the 2001 release Nick Jr.'s Imagine That!, any promotional copies of movies released by Paramount (with the exception ofHarriet the Spy, The Ghost and the Darkness, The General's Daughter, A Night at the Roxbury, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Teletubbies: Naughty Noo Noo! and Boohbah: Hot Dog)Nickelodeon Super Toons,and the 1998 widescreen VHS release of Forrest Gump, while the fullscreen version has the standard voice-over). On rare occasions, this variation did appear right after previews, examples including: the 1996 VHS of Ferris Bueller's Day Off,and a series of four videocassettes sold as part of a 1993 McDonald's promotion, including Ghost (these releases have the Rank Home Video print logo on one of the spines on the slipcovers for those films and a face label on the tapes with a special red, yellow, black and white color scheme).
  • On the "COMING ATTRACTIONS" variant, the announcer says "Here are some exciting coming attractions from Paramount".

Availability: Very common. It appears on most Paramount video releases. The "COMING ATTRACTIONS" version was only used until the late 1990s. The Gulf+Western variation is the least common, but can be found on releases such as the first four Star Trek films, Coming to America, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Major League, Pet Sematary, Puppet Master, The Experts and Cousins, among others. The Paramount Communications variation is easier to find, and is on the 1990 VHS release of Grease, the 1991 Laserdisc release of Ghost, the 1998 widescreen VHS release of Forrest Gump, both Wayne's World films, Coneheads and the 1993 release of Charlotte's Web. The Viacom variant is extremely common and appears on nearly every Paramount VHS release from 1995 onwards. On the 1998 VHS release of Titanic, this logo is not shown at all, it just goes straight to the warning screen, while on the 1997 releases of The Godfather trilogy, the logo cuts to a black screen before the second 1983THX logo, as the warnings are placed at the beginning, separate from the logo. The normal version strangely appears on the original VHS release of Major League and the 1991 VHS release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, despite those releases having no previews. This makes a surprise appearance on the United Kingdom VHS releases that have any special features at the end of the tape, such as the United Kingdom VHS releases of The Italian Job and Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Scare Factor: None to low. The zooming in of the "FEATURE PRESENTATION" text with the jarring cut to the warning can startle some first-time viewers, as well as the fanfare.

5th Logo
(December 1993)
Late 1993 Paramount Home Video

Nickname: "Lined Mountain"

Logo: On a black background with blue filmstrips, "Paramount" is seen being written in a
gold color in its trademark font. As this is occurring, the background is opening up in segments to reveal the 1987 version of the 1986 Paramount logo, without a byline and the stars in a light gold color.

FX/SFX: The background opening up, Paramount being written and the Paramount Pictures logo being revealed. All of this is very nice CGI.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: A male announcer says, "Paramount Pictures, bringing you the best in holiday entertainment, and the best of the new year." All of this is said against a bombastic fanfare, an excerpt from The Untouchables soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone.

Availability: Very rare. This logo was seen on VHS releases by the company from the era around the Christmas season of 1993 that were available in McDonald's restaurants. The releases included Ghost, Wayne's World,
The Addams Family and Charlotte's Web (1973 version).

Scare Factor: None to medium. It depends on what you think of the transition effect and the announcer.

6th Logo
Paramount Home Entertainment (2002)Paramount 90th Anniversary Home Entertainment Feature Presentation (2002)

Nicknames: "Feature Presentation II", "CGI Mountain", "Ultra Majestic Mountain", "Ultra Majestic Perumount"

Logo: An enhanced version of the previous "Feature Presentation" logo. A full color version of the 2002 Paramount logo appears in a square that overlaps a background of four purple squares. A line of light passes over it, and then the logo flies off and the squares peel off, pretty much like before. They reveal "FEATURE PRESENTATION" in a gold-yellow font flying into place, each word from a different end. The words now float against a dark cloud background, eventually zooming out towards the screen in a trail of gold light. The warning post appears as always, but with a dark blue background in place of the usual logo wallpaper.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous logo, except for the moving cloud background.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variant: There is an very rare variant with the announcer saying, "Paramount is pleased to bring you our feature presentation." The only known releases with this variant were Damaged Care, Bleacher Bums, My Horrible Year!, Bobbie's Girl, the demo VHS of SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash and The Day Regan Was Shot.

Availability: Rare, as this logo was only used for a year. Seen on certain 2002 Paramount Home Video VHS releases from the time frame, such as SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories, The Sum of All Fears, Lucky Break, some prints of Vanilla Sky, MTV Yoga, Crossroads, Dora the Explorer: Move to the Music, The Day Regan Was Shot, Damaged Care, Bleacher Bums, My Horrible Year!, the demo VHS of SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash, Jackass Volume 1, 2 and 3 and Rugrats Christmas. Some 2002 releases, such as Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween, 9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition, Rugrats Halloween and the Special Edition VHS release of Rat Race, have this logo's print version on the spine but do not have this logo on the tape. Strangely, Changing Lanes does have this logo, but it cuts to the 1995 warning screen instead of the 2002 one (this is probably due to the fact that some prints use the previous Feature Presentation logo instead of this one).

Scare Factor: Low, complements the 2002 film counterpart very nicely.

Paramount DVD

(January 7, 2003- )
Paramount DVD (2002)Paramount DVD (Menu Option)

Nicknames: "CGI Disc Mountain II", "Dark Mountain of Steel II", "Dark Perumount II"

Logo: It starts off with the 2002 Paramount
logo animation with the stars flying through the clouds, the zoom out of the "Paramount" script, and the stars coming in and circling around the mountain. When we are at a comfortable distance, a DVD disc flies in from the bottom, glides and settles behind the summit and the Paramount script. Then, a bright flash underneath the peak brings forth "DVD" with a line below it, and the Viacom Company byline (in the same font as the 1990 Viacom logo) below the line. The background fades to black, and a white laser scans the disc in a downward motion, turning the entire DVD Paramountain silver. The finished product almost resembles the Paramount DVD print logo.

Trivia: This logo appears on the original Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD releases of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, alongside the Marvel logo. This is because The Walt Disney Company (owner of the films' production company Marvel Studios) and Viacom came to an agreement for the films' distribution to transferred from Paramount Pictures to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, but Paramount still had two films left in their six-movie contract with Marvel. So Paramount's logo would appear on the films and promotional material.

Variant: At the end of the logo, a menu would appear with two selections which are "PREVIEWS" and "MAIN MENU", both of which would take you to exactly what it said on the tin when selected. When either one was selected, the Paramount logo fades out, with the selections disappearing a few seconds afterward. This was seen on some early DVD releases with this logo, and was abandoned after the 2004 release of All Grown Up: Lucky 13.

FX/SFX: The DVD disc gliding on the Paramount Pictures logo animation

Cheesy Factor: The animation of the DVD flying is somewhat rough and basic. Also, while both the film animation still looks great today and the disc flying is pretty good, the logo design itself is very dated because it continues to be used after Paramount debuted a new logo in 2011, as well as the fact that the "Wigga Wigga" Viacom byline is still being used, even after the movie logo switched to the new Viacom byline in 2010.

Music/Sounds: Some whooshing sounds, culminating in a synthesized explosion effect with a thunderclap. As the white laser scans down, a humming sound can be heard.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the post-menu-selection variation, a soft "bong" is heard as the logo fades out, followed by a whirling sound when the selections disappear.

Availability: Common. It's seen on many post-2003 DVD releases released by the company, starting with the 2003 DVD release of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (even though the print logo on the cover has "90th Anniversary" tacked on to it). This logo was seen on DVD releases of Paramount Television-owned series from 2003 to 2006 (when the rights went to CBS Home Entertainment after Viacom and CBS Corporation became separate companies), such as the 2004 releases of season 1 of Happy Days, and season 1 of The Andy Griffith Show and the 2005 release of season 2 of the latter. After 2004 on Nickelodeon TV shows on DVD, this logo doesn't show up. Some DVD releases have "90th Anniversary" added on to this logo's print version, they just contain the normal logo. An example of this are the 2002 DVD releases of SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories, Flashdance, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Black Sheep, Vanilla Sky, and Trading Places. This logo is still being used, as seen on the 2015 releases of Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Project Almanac, Boyhood and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, even though Paramount Pictures debuted a new logo in 2011.

Scare Factor: Minimal to high. The DVD flying in and the sudden flash and thunderclap and change to black may be surprising, especially if you are used to the film counterpart and see this. But the scare factor is lower for those that are used to seeing it. The sound effects on the menu variant may catch some first time viewers off-guard.


Paramount High Definition

(2006- )
Paramount High Definition (2006)

Nicknames: "Digital Mountain", "From SD to HD", "Digital Perumount"

Logo: We first see the effect of a television getting switched on, zooming out from one of the stars and transitioning to the middle of the 2002 Paramount logo. Then, two white lines move across the picture vertically from the center, sharpening the picture and forming the silver text:


which zooms out into place. The Viacom byline from the previous three logos fades in below and the HD text shines.

Trivia: This logo appears on the original Disney Blu-ray releases of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, (see the Trivia section for the previous logo).

FX/SFX: The television static, the zooming away from the star and the revelation of the text.

Cheesy Factor: Like the previous logo, although the animation holds up very well (and in this case, maybe even better than the normal DVD logo), the design itself is dated due to this being used even with Paramount's post-2011 logo.

Music/Sounds: Some television static sound effects and a few loud whooshes and shining sounds.

Availability: Common. It's currently seen on Paramount's Blu-ray releases. It was also seen on Paramount HD-DVD releases (hence the term "High Definition" than just "Blu-ray" or "HD-DVD") from 2006 to 2008. Starting sometime in 2007, Paramount's high definition releases were being exclusive to HD-DVD. When Toshiba announced they would discontinue HD-DVD, Paramount Home Entertainment , like all other home media companies, became Blu-ray only. Their first film on Blu-ray since HD-DVD's discontinuation was The Spiderwick Chronicles. This logo can be found on releases with the print version of this logo on the box art. It was also found on the 2008 Blu-ray release of Last Holiday, in which the print logo was absent on the box art, meaning this logo is still in use, but no longer has print counterpart.

Scare Factor: Low. The sudden appearance of the lines, combined with the loud sound effect used when they appear, could catch you off-guard.

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