Warner Bros. Modified Screens

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Bumper: On a black background, we see the typical modified screen text, reading:

This film has been modified
as follows from its original
version: it has been formatted
to fit your screen.


  • Sometimes, the text is bolded.
  • The font of the text may be changed.
  • Some films include additions to the text, to include references to the editions of the film to run in the time allotted. This may also include editions for content. One example is the 2001 CBS airing of Fallen (1998).
  • A Spanish variant was found on Spanish-subtitled VHS releases of Feardotcom and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None usually, but on Descriptive Video Service VHS's released by Warner Home Video, a narrator says "This film has been formatted to fit your screen" (sometimes preceded by either "A message appears" or simply "A message").

Availability: Seen on Warner Home Video VHS and fullscreen DVD releases, and the fullscreen sides of double-sided DVDs such as The Clan of the Cave Bear and Poltergeist. It can also be seen on Warner Bros. movies on TV channels like FX, AMC or MTV. It also appears on a 1995 MGM/UA VHS of A Christmas Story and a 1997 Columbia TriStar VHS of Hamlet.

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