Pyramid (Russia)

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Background: Pyramid Home Video started out as a low-bugdet division of another video company, Videoservice. In the late '90s, it became independent and survived until the late 2000's.

1st Logo
(Late '90s)

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Logo: On a black background with purple clouds, a spinning glass pyramid with "A" attached to each side, zooms in. Then "PYR" and "MID" slides in from left and right sides, respectively, to spell "PYRAMID", the pyramid stops spinning and shines from the tip to the base, and "home video" fades and shines. The finished product looks like:
home video

FX/SFX: Early CGI effects.

Music/Sounds: A synth pad sounder accompanied by the ding sound when the pyramid appears, some guitar notes when "PYR" and "MID" slides in followed the bass-drum beat when it's finished, a swoosh when it shines, ending the sounder with 6-note ditty played on the woodwind.

Availability: Extremely rare and only saved on early VHS releases in Russia.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo

Pyramid DVD (2004)<embed allowfullscreen="true" height="207" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="252" wmode="transparent"/>
Nickname: "Ancient Egypt"

Logo: We start moving through the ancient Egyptian corridor, then move right and see pyramids through the opening. The camera flies out of the building, forward to the setting sun, then turns around, showing the pyramid we have just escaped. The pyramid expands its top and opens with a bunch of orange light, while a pod ejects from the formed hole. There is a DVD Video logo on the pod, which flashes and turns into the greenish PYRAMID logo, with a spinning glassy pyramid instead of A. The DVD Video logo is reflected inside the pyramid.

FX/SFX: Everything made using decent 3D effects.

Music/Sounds: Egyptian-styled music, accompanied by sound effects of the mechanism and the swoosh when the DVD logo flashes.

Availability: Not uncommon in Russia. Can still be seen on a lot of older DVD releases.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo
(2005-Late 2000's)

Pyramid DVD (2009)Nickname: "Moving Pyramid"

Logo: A yellow pyramid emerges from flowing red surface, rises up and makes background turning black. Then golden letters fade in, making the word "PYRAMID". Then it fades out.

FX/SFX: Everything in CGI.

Music/Sounds: Weird music, reminding the sound of deep horn. Later variants use two more soundtracks with crystal bells and dings.

Availability: Uncommon.

Editor's Note: None.