MTV Home Video

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Logo descriptions by PAV123 and thehugetvfan
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Background: MTV Home Video is the home entertainment arm of MTV. The company's output was originally distributed by Sony Music Video and would soon be transferred to Paramount Home Video after MTV's parent Viacom acquired Paramount in 1994. Despite this, aside from Nickelodeon releases (which Paramount started distributing in 1996), Sony continued distributing MTV releases on VHS until 2000.

1st Logo
MTV Home Video (1994)

Logo: We see two men dressed pulling chains away from each other, causing a box to materialize and stretch in until it forms a square shape, we then cut to a wide shot of the two men and the box, revealing that the chains are actually connected to ends of the box, then they continue pulling, causing the box to split and form the familiar MTV "Big M" logo. When it's completely formed, the stylized "TV" letters fade in on the right side of the "M" at the same time as "HOME VIDEO", which is seen below in Arial.

FX/SFX: Stop motion animation, the appearance of the words and letters.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of dragging are heard when the men are pulling the box and a loud, echoing thud when the logo is completely formed.

Availability: Rare. Seen on early Beavis and Butt-head videos such as "Work Sucks!" and "The Final Judgment", as well as The Best of Liquid Television and The Grind workout tapes.

2nd Logo

MTV home video 1997
Nickname: "The James Bond Circles"

Logo: On a black background, we see a large white circle flash on and off. Then, we see a smaller circle move in from the left of the screen leaving behind different colored copies as it moves, a la the James Bond gun barrel sequence. Another circle does the same from the right side of the screen. Once the latter reaches the middle, yet another circle appears much closer up on the screen. A red triangle pointing towards the right with a rounded lower section moves out of the circle which slightly widens in the process and stops when it is in full view. Then, a finger appears and it pushes the triangle causing it to turn green with the MTV logo appearing in the circle in black which proceeds to pulsate (like a speaker) until the screen (along with the MTV logo) becomes white while the circle/triangle become black. The black words "home" and "video" in a bold, italicized sans-serif typeface slide in from the left and right sides of the screen respectively. The end product fades out and the words "Stick it in. press play." in an odd computerized font fade in and back out again.

FX/SFX: The circles changing colors while moving, the triangle sliding in, the finger pressing the triangle, the pulsing, and the background changing. It definitely suits the time period.

Music/Sounds: A James Bond-esque piece of music that tenses throughout the logo and ends in a 9-note electric guitar theme. As "Stick it in. press play" fades in, the sound of a VHS tape being put into a VCR can be heard.

Availability: Seen on later Sony releases of MTV shows before Viacom took over distribution rights.

3rd Logo
(1998- )
mtv home video 2000s
Nicknames: "M(atrix)TV", "Futuristic MTV", "Computerized MTV"

Logo: On a black background, several green rings zoom in and move about, alongside a triangle and an oval. As the oval spins, numbers change on it, going from 5 to 1 like a film countdown. Once it reaches 1, the circle rotates one more time and reveals the pre-2010 MTV logo on it. The rings disappear as the triangle moves to its normal position near the circle, and the bold, italicized sans-serif words "home video" flip below the logo. The entire logo shakes a bit before a green flash occurs, causing the logo to sit still as lights move over it. The screen is overtaken by green static and then cuts to black.

  • On VHS releases, the logo changes colors throughout, beginning in purple, blue and yellow before ending in its normal green color. The ending static animation also differs from the DVD version, which features a solid green color throughout. In 2003, VHS releases began using the DVD variant.
  • In 2010, the MTV logo on the circle was changed to its current revision, which cuts off the bottom part.

FX/SFX: The movement of the objects, and the static.

Music/Sounds: A heavy drum-and-bass theme is heard throughout, alongside a computerized female voiceover (supplied by the "Kathy" voice in the text-to-speech program on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X) counting down from 5 to 1, a robotic voice (supplied by the "Trinoids" novelty voice in the same text-to-speech program, albeit transposed 3 semitones higher) quickly saying "MTV HOME VIDEO!", and a robotic male voiceover (supplied by the "Fred" voice in the same text-to-speech program) saying "Stick it in. Press play", and finally a loud bit of static.

Availability: Seen on videos and DVDs of MTV shows such as Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Daria: Best Friends, Jackass, MTV Yoga, and Æon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection. Some DVDs, like Daria: The Complete Animated Series, skip this logo altogether. This first appeared on some Sony-distributed releases in 1998 including Beavis and Butt-head: Hard Cash.