Rank Home Video (UK)

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Logo descriptions and captures by Eric S., Wisp2007, and Thisisanswer
Video Captures by LogicSmash, DudeThatLogo and CannonFilms (unofficial fan-base)

1st Logo
Nickname: "Gongman VHS"

Logo: On a green background, the gong wipes in with a circular motion, followed by a angled rounded rectangle drawing in while making a bit of a shine mark on the gong. After this, the gongman is drawn, all while the entire thing zooms in. When it finished drawing, the rectangle flattens out and the logo fades out, while 3 pairs of white lines draw in, with a trio of 3 and a single line below it. "RANK", in a segmented rounded font slides in from the left while "VIDEO" slides in from the right doing the same thing. "LIBRARY" just fades in on the bottom. The white lines then disappear, leaving the segemented text taking up the entire screen.The logo and text are in black.

FX/SFX: The logo drawing in, the lines forming and the text sliding.

Music/Sounds: A "whoosh" that starts out quiet, but gets louder over time, and the familiar "gong" sound from the Rank logo plays when the gongman is drawn. In some cases, the logo is silent.

Availability: Extremely rare. Can be seen on the earliest releases from Rank on VHS and Laserdisc. The silent version appeared on The Wild Geese.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo
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Nicknames: "Rank Thunder", “Man Hitting Gong”, "Gongman VHS II"

: On a black background, the word "RANK" in multiple colors, comes in from the top of the screen a la the Telepictures "Rollercoaster" logo. "VIDEO" does the same thing as they rest in the middle of the screen, now in a thick white outline. "RANK" then flashes and fills itself with a sky blue color, and "VIDEO" does the same thing. After a bit, the logo flips downward out of view, and the Rank Organization logo flips in, sans the rectangle and some altered shading on the gong, in the same color as the text. The logo flips out a bit later.

FX/SFX: What appears to be 2D computer animation, though the flipping of the logo and words seems to be a model.

Music/Sounds: Something like synthesized howling wind, which resembles a thunderstorm, fading into an ominous synth fanfare.

Availability: Uncommon. Rank released films from Cannon, Orion and Disney in the UK for a certain period. Appears on The Terminator, Over The Top, and Return to Oz, as well as the UK pre-cert release of X-ray and a pal laserdisc of Starflight: The Plane that Couldn't Land (aka Starflight One: Perigo no Espaco).

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo

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: "Gongman VHS III

Logo: On a black background, we zoom out from the back of the gongman, colored black with blue highlights all over him. As the camera zooms out and rotates around to reveal the gong, he swings the mallet and hits the gong, producing a large flash that engulfs the entire screen. When the flash dies down, it reveals the alternate Rank logo, now in black and emerald green, shining along the edges and slowly zooming out. After it finishes shining, "Rank Home Video" is wiped in by lights. The logo continues to zoom out before fading, shining once more as it does.

FX/SFX: An intricate combination of rotoscoping, traditional animation, and '80s CGI.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized fanfare with a gong sound when the man hits the gong.

Availability: Rare. Appeared on Rank releases of Cannon Films from 1988-1991.

Editor's Note: None.