Eran Video Group, Inc.

Background: Eran Video Group is a video distribution and made-for-video movie studio company founded in 1970. They began distributing Catrivision cassettes in 1972 and got into hiatus in 1973 when Catrivision tape production stopped, until the Betamax was released in 1975. The company later developed and distributed films/TV shows in Betamax, VHS, Laserdisc, VCD (under the label Eran CDV, which was only available in Asia), DVD and Blu-Ray. The company owns various video companies since 1977, when they bought Muti Home Video (later named Multi).

1st Logo
(1972-1973, 1975-1983)


Logo: Against a black BG, we see the words "ERAN" in between two pairs of lines, leaning slightly to the right. The text "ERAN VIDEO GROUP, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED." is shown below in a blocky computerized font.

FX: Completely still.

Cheesy Factor: There's no effort on this logo, but this was from the 70's, so you need to praise them a bit for this.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This one is extremely rare; you might want to check some Catrivision, Betamax and VHSs releases of movies (especially horror and B-movies) to find this logo.

Scare Factor: None.




2nd Logo
(1983-1985)


Logo: Same as the 1st logo, but in color and animated. We see the 2 pairs of lines drawing (now in green and blue colors), and then the "ERAN" text flies and puts itself on it's normal position. Then the words "ERAN VIDEO GROUP, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" fades in below in the same font.

FX/SFX: An animated version of the 1st logo.

Music/Sounds: A synth bassline that repeats until the end of the logo, with a whoosh when "ERAN" flies.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen at the end of VHSs movies released/distributed by Multi Home Video, Memory Lane Inc., and Bull Entertainment, such has Listening or All Tied Up! II.

Scare Factor: Minimal. "ERAN" flying may surprise a few.



3rd Logo
(1985-1992)

Logo: We see an Earth globe from a satellite view at the bottom of the screen scrolling in our direction against a black sky. The logos from Tie-Up Video, Multi Home Video, Memory Lane Inc., Bull Entertainment, Egale Video, and Crossroads Video zoom in while flipping, then stop and fade after a few seconds. Then two pairs of green and blue squares go flying out in the distance, curving around to the right and back to the center in a green-blue-green-blue pattern with a large gap in between. The Eran Video Group logo with black and white stripes is wiped in, and a curved filmstrip forms behind it and shines, and "A ERAN VIDEO GROUP PRESENTATION" appears below. The sky also slowly turns blue.

Variants:
  • We see just see the filmstrip shining on a few tapes.
  • Some releases have "HOME VIDEO" below and "A ERAN VIDEO GROUP COMPANY" in smaller text on a black bar.
  • On Laserdiscs, the 2nd variant is seen, but "LASERDISC" replaces "HOME VIDEO".

FX/SFX: The spinning globe, the filmstrip shining.

Music/Sounds: A 10-note synth horn fanfare with two extra notes at the end.

Availability: Rare. Seen at the end of Tie-Up Video, Multi Home Video, Memory Lane Inc., Bull Entertainment, Egale Video, and Crossroads Video Betamax, VHS and Laserdisc releases.

Scare Factor: Low, due to the loud horn fanfare. But, that same fanfare is very cool.



4th Logo
(1992-2000)

Nickname: "The Flying Logos"

Logo: In space, we see several weird shapes flying towards us. As the third shape flies towards us, we follow the shape and then we see a night sky background, and the shapes face to us and stop to reveal that they're the Furry Mountains Entertainment, Furry Marber Video,
Tie-Up Video, Multi Home Video, Memory Lane Inc., Bull Entertainment, Egale Video, and Crossroads Video logos. The wind later turns the logos to dust, and the dust forms the new Eran logo (the word Eran in a red square). More dust appears and forms the words "ERAN HOME VIDEO" or "ERAN VIDEO GROUP INC.", also red.

Variants:

  • Following the extinction of Tie-Up (late 1992) and Multi Home Video (1993), the logos from those companies were removed in 1993.
  • On Laserdiscs, the dust forms "ERAN LASERDISC" instead.
  • During the company's transition from Laserdisc to DVD (during 1996-1999), the dust forms the DVD logo instead of the "ERAN HOME VIDEO" text. This variant is seen on their first DVD releases which were released during said time.
FX/SFX: Good CGI.

Music/Sounds: Zooming sounds when the shapes fly along with a descending bell sound, followed by a lush pad when the logos are revealed. Swooshes are heard when dust appears, then a high-pitched synth note is heard.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on at the end of Eran-released home video releases.

Scare Factor: Low because the darkness can scare some people.



5th Logo
(2000)


Nicknames: "Eran 2000", "Home Cinema, Now Possible"

Logo: On a space background,
a rocket flies towards a superimposed asteroid. The asteroid passes over a moon, and on the moon there is an astronaut holding a giant flag with the Furry Mountains and Furry Marber Video logos. The rocket returns to earth, and a futuristic type of TV with pictures of the Memory Lane logo and pictures of the Bull Entertainment, Egale Video, Crossroads Video and K-Tec Video logos suddenly come out of the spaceship. The text on the television (in a font similar to Helvetica) reads "Made In America". When there are no more images on the rocket's TV, twelve videocassettes (or DVD's) appear with a transparent marbled cassette/satellite in orbit. The rocket goes straight to the satellite and a white cassette/DVD, and passes a background star that says "Eran 2000" (the Eran logo is the same as before, but it now has gold stripes and shadowed lettering). The text (in the same font as the previous text): "Home Cinema, Now Possible." appears. The logo shines a little.

Variant: There is a variation with "2000" covering source space. This logo was introduced in June or July 2000.

FX/SFX: Great CGI. On a side note, the rocket hitting the earth looks kind of like a missile.


Music/Sounds: A heavy metal theme with sounds that go with the logo.


Availability
: Rare. Seen on Eran VHS's and DVD's during 2000, which now are a bit hard to find.

Scare Factor: None.




6th Logo
(2001-2007)

Logo: On a weird light background, we see a metallic shape showing the Furry Mountains Entertainment, Furry Marber Video, Tired Video, BBRA Video, Memory Lane Inc., Bull Entertainment, Egale Video, and Crossroads Video logos. Then we see the full shape, which twists to form an arc. The Eran logo from before wipes in. The background turns black and the things shine slowly.

Variants:

  • Later DVDs have the website "eranvid.com" appear below.
  • Earlier Blu-ray releases have the Blu-ray logo appear below the Eran logo.

FX/SFX: All CGI animation. Simple but great.

Music/Sounds:
A synth pad that turns into a 11-note piano tune.

Availability: Seen on at the start and end of Eran-released home video releases. At the beginning, the logos appear after the Eran logo.

Scare Factor: Minimal.


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