Columbia-Tristar/Buena Vista/MGM-UA/Pathé International Video

Background: In 1984, RCA Columbia Home Video, Buena Vista Home Video, MGM-UA Home Video, and Pathé decided to form a home video distributor, so they can distribute their movies internationally.


1st logo
(1984-1988)

Logo: On a starry nighttime sky background, we see a red cube spinning. Then, the red cube opens into 5 seperate parts, revealing the stylized MGM lion head with the 1982 UA logo below it, the text BV in a white square, the arch-shaped Columbia print logo with the RCA logo above it, and the Pathé rooster. Then the logos set themselves next to each other, and the text RCA Columbia-Buena Vista-MGM-UA-Pathé fades in, with INTERNATIONAL VIDEO below it.

FX/SFX: Typical 80's CGI animation.

Cheesy Factor: You can see on the cube it doesn't have anti-aliasing.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare, but you can find very old VHS with this logo.

Scare Factor: Low.

2nd logo
(1988-1991)

Logo: On a black background, we see a wide silver box with 5 black rectangles in it zooming in and flipping. Then, the stylized MGM lion head logo with the lion's face replaced with the 87' UA logo, the Disney castle (with the circular line), the Columbia arch shaped print logo, and the Pathé rooster zooms into their respective place, then RCA Columbia-Buena Vista-MGM-UA-Pathé slides in from the top and settles to the top of the box, and International Video slides in from the bottom, settling to the bottom of the box respectively.

FX/SFX: Late 80's CGI animation resembling the 1988 RCA-Columbia International Video logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1988 RCA-Columbia International Video logo.

Availability: Rare.

Scare Factor: Low to medium.

3rd logo
(1991-1993)

Logo: Same as the 1991 Columbia-Tristar Home Video logo, only there are five small boxes, with the MGM print logo, the Disney castle, the Columbia print logo with the sunburst behind the torch lady, the 1986 Tristar print logo, and the Pathé rooster in it. Instead of Columbia Tristar, it reads Columbia-Tristar-Buena Vista-MGM-UA-Pathé, and instead of Home Video it reads International Video.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1991 Columbia-Tristar Home Video logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the international variation of the 1991 Columbia-Tristar Home Video logo.

Availability: Uncommon.

Scare Factor: Same as the 1991 Columbia-Tristar Home Video logo.

4th logo
(1993-2002)

Logo: On the 1993 Columbia logo cloud background, we see the text "COLUMBIA" "TRISTAR" "MGM" "UA" "BUENA VISTA" "PATHÉ" floating transparently behind the clouds. Then, five glass boxes fade in, with the new Columbia Torch Lady, the new Tristar pegasus, Leo, the Disney castle (in CGI), and the Pathé rooster in them, with Columbia-Tristar-Buena Vista-MGM-UA-Pathé above the boxes, and International Video below the boxes in Bank Gothic MD.

FX/SFX: Nice CGI!

Music/Sounds: The 1993 MGM/UA Home Video fanfare, without the roars.

Availability: Common.

Scare Factor: None, it's a really popular logo in the logo community.

Final Note: In 2002, it dissolved into Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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