Paramount Tapes

Background: Paramount Tapes was founded on July 1, 1975. They would release Betamax tapes along with a few very, very early VHS titles until November 1979, when it became Paramount Home Video, now known as Paramount Home Media Distribution.

1st Logo
(July 1-October 1975)

Nicknames: "Short-Lived Mountain", "Still Mountain", "Boring Mountain", "Majestic Mountain", "Perumount"

Logo: A still version of the finished product of the 1968 movie logo, except "Tapes" is seen below "Paramount".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Ultra rare.

Scare Factor: None. This one's boring, but harmless.

2nd Logo
(October 1975-November 1979)

Nickname: "Purple Mountain"

Logo: On a black background, the 1968 Paramount print logo, without the text and byline and colored purple, moves across the screen, leaving behind a residue trail of dark blue 1968 Paramount print logos all without the text or byline. The purple print logo settles itself in the center of the screen, occupying almost all of the top half of it. The words "Paramount" in the famous script, and "TAPES" below that, appear on the bottom half of the screen in white. Then, within the print logo, another "Paramount" and the Gulf+Western byline fade in within their usual positions.

Trivia: Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that the residue trail has a total of seven mountains, including the initial mountain.

FX/SFX: The print logos and the fading-in of the text.

Music/Sounds: An awful Moog synthesizer rendition of the Paramount on Parade fanfare.

Availability: Extremely rare. Can be seen on Betamax and very, very early VHS releases of the period, which are all long out of print.

Scare Factor: Minimal. The dark vibe of the logo may get to some, and the fanfare doesn't help.

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