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Harbor Video/McDonalds

(1998-2003)

McDonalds Warning Screen (A)McDonalds Warning Screen (B)

Warning: On a black background, the word "WARNING" appears in white with a red line underneath. The following text appears below

Unauthorized duplication
is a violation of Federal
copyright laws.

Then, it would fade to a new screen. On a black background, the words "FBI WARNING" appear in red above, with white text below.

SFX: The fade from one screen to the next.

Availability: Seen on various releases by Harbor Video and some by Hallmark Home Entertainment. Also seen on The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald videos released from 1998-2001. However, the 2003 VHS of the last Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald ("Have Time, Will Travel") is the rarest of all tapes. Can be seen on KingWorld Direct videos released from 1996.

Scare Factor: Minimum.






Celebrity Home Entertainment/(Celebrity's) Just for Kids Home Entertainment


(1985-1995)
Celebrity Home Entertainment Warning

Warning: On a black background, we see the red words "FBI WARNING" (with WARNING blinking on and off) with white shadow. On the bottom, we see the white warning text.

SFX: The blinking of "WARNING".

Availability: Rare; can be seen on several tapes by Celebrity Home Entertainment.

Scare Factor: Low; the blinking of "WARNING" may get to you.







Karl-Lorimar Home Video

(1985-1993)
Lorimar Warning ScreenLorimar Warning (1985)Karl-Lorimar or Lorimar Home Video warningLorimar Warning (No FBI)

Warning: On a black background, we see a red box-shaped border with the words "FBI WARNING" in a thick red font with white outline. The following white warning text is seen below:
ANY COMMERCIAL USE OR DUPLICATION
OF THIS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL
WITHOUT PRIOR LICENSING IS
FORBIDDEN BY FEDERAL LAW:
VIOLATORS WILL BE
PROSECUTED
(c) (year) (KARL) LORIMAR HOME VIDEO, INC.
All rights reserved

Variants:
  • Some releases don't have the Lorimar copyright info. The red border is also smaller.
  • Some releases black out the Lorimar copyright info. This was mainly seen on Forum Home Video releases
  • Some releases omit the "FBI" letters.
  • The phrase "All rights reserved" may not be visible.

SFX: None.

Availability: Very rare.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low.





VidAmerica

(1985-1992)

VidAmerica Warning

Warning: On a lilac-colored background, we see the white words "COPYRIGHT NOTICE" in italics with a long yellow line below. Below is the white warning text.

SFX: None.

Availability: Seen on releases by VidAmerica from 1985 to 1992.

Scare Factor: Minimal.







Labatt Brewing Corp.

(1987)

Blades of Summer warning screen


Warning: On a violet background, we see "WARNING:" text in red and the warning text below in white.

SFX: None.

Availability: Seen on the 1987 release of Labatt's Blades of Summer hockey highlights.

Scare Factor: Minimal.






Lyrick Studios

(1993-2003)

Lyrick Studios WarningLyrick Studios INTERPOL (A)Lyrick Studios INTERPOL (B)


Warning: On a purple stone background, we see a large transparent white FBI seal in the center. The yellow text superimposed over it reads:

FBI WARNING
Federal law provides severe civil and criminal
penalties for the unauthorized reproduction,
distribution, exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures
and videotapes. (Title 17, United States Code,
Sections 501 and 506)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigates
allegations of criminal copyright infringement. (Title
17, United States Code, Section 506)


Moments later, it will fade out and go to the INTERPOL warning, which reads:
INTERPOL WARNING

International agreements and national laws protect
copyrighted motion pictures, videotapes and sound
recording. Unauthorized reproduction, exhibition or
distribution of copyrighted motion pictures can result
in severe criminal and civil penalties under the laws
of your country.

After a few seconds, the text will fade to this:

INTERPOL WARNING

The International Criminal Police
Organization -
INTERPOL - has expressed its concern about
motion picture and sound recording policy to
all of its member national police forces.
(Resolution adopted at INTERPOL General
Assembly, Stockholm, Sweden, September 8, 1977)

FX/SFX: None except for the fading of the INTERPOL text.

Availability: Seen on Lyrick Studios releases on VHS, as well as early HiT Entertainment releases.

Scare Factor: None.





HiT Entertainment

(2003-)

HiT Entertainment WarningHiT Entertainment INTERPOL (A)HiT Entertainment INTERPOL (B)

Warning: On a blue background, we see a white bar with the blue words "FBI WARNING" at the left. On the right, we see the white warning text. It would then cut into an INTERPOL warning, in which a blue word "INTERPOL" was in place of "FBI WARNING" and there was white INTERPOL text. Moments later, the INTERPOL text changes.

FX/SFX: None.

Availability: Seen on VHS and DVD releases from HiT Entertainment.

Scare Factor: None.






(1979-1991)
Sony Video warning

Warning: On a black background, a red horizontal line appears near the top. On top of the line, the word "WARNING" in a large font types itself in. Then on the bottom of the line, small white warning text types itself in. Everything is in capitals.
FX/SFX: The words being typed in.
Music/Sounds: None.
Availability: Seen on Sony Video Software and SVS/Triumph releases.
Scare Factor: Low.





ABC Video Enterprises

(1987-1995)

Warning: On a black background, we see the yellow word "WARNING" and white warning text below it in the Courier font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare; can be available on ABC Video Enterprises releases of the era.

Scare Factor: Minimal.





Prism Entertainment
1st Warning
(1984-1992)


Western-World warning

Warning: On a sky blue background, we see a black rectangle with the standard FBI logo in white. On the right is a white box with "WARNING" in a gray font and the black warning text below.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: The entire logo is badly grainy.

Availability: Seen on Prism Entertainment releases up until 1992. Also spotted on a New World VHS of Fraternity Vacation and a Western-World VHS of Kicks.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium. The cheap graininess of the logo may also unnerve some.


2nd Warning
(1992-1996)

ABC Video Enterprises Warning

Warning: On a grey marbel background, we see "WARNING" in red, with white text below.

FX/SFX: None.

Availability: Seen on Prism Entertainment releases up until 1996.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium. The cheap graininess of the logo may also unnerve some.




Sony Music Entertainment/Sony Wonder

1st Warning
(1991-2007)
Warning: On a blue background, we see the words "FBI WARNING:" with a red underline, and underneath them is the generic warning text.
FX/SFX: None.
Cheesy Factor: None, this is a still FBI Warning.
Music/Sounds: None.
Availability: Seen on all Sony Wonder releases, mostly videos released under Sony's music distribution arms, including all Sony Wonder releases. It also shows up on some Sony Music Entertainment/SMV Enterprises VHS releases (such as MTV's products).
Scare Factor: Low to medium.





(1987-2005)

Warning: We see the white warning text scrolling up on a black background and stopping at the center of the screen.

FX/SFX: The scrolling of the text.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on BMG Video releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal.





WarnerVision Entertainment

(1993-)

WarnerVision Warning


Warning: On a black/red gradient background, we see the words "LEGAL WARNING" in white. Below them is the white warning text.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on certain releases from WarnerVision, KidVision, and A-Vision. Also seen on Atlantic/Kushner-Locke video releases.

Scare Factor: None.






Rhino Home Video

1st Warning
(1998-)


Rhino Home Video Warning
Warning: On a striped pink/brown gradient background, we see the yellow words "A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM THE...", and below them, the large letters "FBI" zoom out one by one. Then the official FBI seal and a photo of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover fade in at the lower right corner and white typewriter-style warning text was written via a typewriter effect below the FBI letters. A yellow doodle of a beard, glasses and hair was being sketched over J. Edgar Hoover's face.

FX/SFX: Almost everything.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic fanfare. Three whooshes were heard when the letters zoom out.

Availability: Rare, but your best bet is to look for MST3K DVDs by Rhino.

Scare Factor: Low; the dramatics may get to some.


2nd Warning
(1998-)

Warning: On a blue background, we see the large words "FBI WARNING" in white (although "FBI" is much larger) with the FBI seal sitting next to them. We see small warning text below in white.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on some Rhino DVD releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal.





EVERLAND Entertainment
(1997-1999)

EVERLAND Entertainment FBI Warning 1997-1999

Warning: On a Periwinkle background, we see the word "WARNING" and warning text below in white.

FX/SFX: None.

Availability: Seen on some VHS releases of VeggieTales by EVERLAND Entertainment.

Scare Factor: None.





Cannon Video

(1987-1994)



Cannon Video Warning

Warning: On a dark blue background, we see a horizontal black rectangle. On the left of the rectangle , we see the standard FBI logo in white, and on the right of it is the white warning text. Above the rectangle is the word "WARNING" in red. There is also a white border surrounding the rectangle.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on VHS releases from Cannon Video.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium. Seeing the FBI logo and warning text inside one entire square is pretty unsettling.





Thames Video


Early Thames WarningThames Video Warning

Warning: On a black background, we see the word "WARNING" and warning text below in white, surrounded by a white border.The font is similar to CG Omega.

Variant: The earlier variant had no border and the text in Arial font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Thames Video releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal.





Virgin Video


Virgin Video Warning (1985)

Warning: On a blue background, we see the following white text:

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The copyright proprietors
have licensed the material contained in this video-
cassette for private and domestic use only and any
other use or reproduction in whole or in part
including the making of copies of the material or
causing it to be transmitted to subscribers to a
diffusion service or selling, letting or hire or other-
wise dealing with it in whole or in part is strictly
prohibited.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Virgin Video releases.

Scare Factor: None.






Parade Video



Parade Warnin\g

Warning: On a black/blue gradient background, we see the words "FBI WARNING" in red, and white warning text below. Everything is italicized and the "FBI WARNING" words flash.

FX/SFX: The "FBI WARNING" text flashing.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Parade Video releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal.





Random House Home Video

(1986-1995)

Random House Home Video Warning

Warning: On a black background, we see the following text in white:
Duplication in whole or in part of
this video cassette is prohibited.

Below is the white warning text:
WARNING: Federal law provides
severe civil and criminal penalties
for the unauthorized reproduction,
distribution or exhibition
of copyrighted works.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on pre-1995 Random House Home Video releases.

Scare Factor: None.






NFL Films Video Library

(1987)

Warning: On a violet/orange gradient background, we see white warning text in capitals. Below it is the copyright text "(c) 1987 NFL FILMS Inc." in the same font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on NFL Films video releases distributed by Heron Communications.

Scare Factor: None.



Embassy Home Entertainment

1st Warning
(1982-1983)

Warning: On a black background, we see the words "COPYRIGHT NOTICE" and warning text in yellow.

Variant: There is a variant with dark orange text.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Very rare; seen on early Embassy releases at the time, including An Eye for An Eye, Summer Lovers, The Soldier, and Zapped; also seen on VidAmerica releases, such as James Dean: The First American Teenager.

Scare Factor
: None.




New World Video

1st Warning
(1985)
Western-World warning
Warning: On a sky blue background, we see a black rectangle with the standard FBI logo in white. On the right is a white box with "WARNING" in a gray font and the black warning text below.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: The entire logo is badly grainy.

Availability: Seen on a VHS of Fraternity Vacation.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium. The cheap graininess of the logo may also unnerve some.


2nd Warning
(1985-1989)
New World Video Warning (1985-1989)
Warning: On a black background are the words "FBI WARNING:" and warning text below in white.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on New World Video and Learning Corporation of America releases.

Scare Factor: None.





King of Video/Paragon Video Productions

(1980-1985)

Warning: On a black background, we see the purple words "FBI WARNING" with white shadow. On the bottom, we see white warning text.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: Everything is very cheap looking, plus the purple/white "FBI WARNING" seems to be duplicated.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Paragon Video Productions and King of Video releases.

Scare Factor: Low.



Misteria Zvuka (Russia)

(2000's-)
Misteria Zvuka Blu-ray Warning
Warning: On a computerized blue background, we see the word "WARNING!" in Russian and the white warning text below it. There are two small logos of the distributor and the Blu-ray disc in the corners. This warning screen doesn't change to other logo - there are no any more.

FX/SFX: The background shines.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on local Blu-rays in Russia only.

Scare Factor: None. This is the best Russian warning after the simple black-BG ones.




(1980s)

Warning: There exists two columns. On the top column which is white, we see a black "FBI" and a red blinking "WARNING", both in a western-style font. On the bottom column which is gray, we see white warning text.

FX/SFX: The blinking of "WARNING".

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Camp Video releases.

Scare Factor: Low.




(1980s)

Warning: On a teal background, there is a black rectangle with "FBI" in an Impact font and a bigger FBI seal, which is totally different from most other warning screens in this format. On the right is a white square with "WARNING" and black text.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: The design is totally off.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Continental Video and VCL releases.

Scare Factor: Low to medium; the design of the FBI logo can catch you off guard.



New Star Video

(1980s)
New Star Warning (A)New Star Warning (B)

Warning: Same as the early Media/Transworld warning screens, the only difference being that the background is dark red.

FX/SFX: None.

Cheesy Factor: The dark red makes it look quite cheap.

Availability: Seen on New Star Video/Entertainment releases of the time.

Scare Factor: None.