20th Century Home Entertainment
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Fox Entertainment Group acquired CBS's interest in CBS/Fox and renamed it to "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment" on March 16, 1995, alternating with the Fox Video name until 1998. The studio was the last major holdout to release its product on DVD, releasing its first seven discs in November of that year, one month after Paramount Home Entertainment released its first DVDs.
After The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Fox in 2019, the name would be retired on-screen in 2020 with the rename to 20th Century Studios, and future home media releases would use a shortened version of the movie logo starting with the video release of The Call of the Wild, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment name is still used for copyright holding purposes.
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1st Logo (August 29, 1995-October 20, 2009)
Logo: We see the end of the 1994-2010 Fox logo, with neither the News Corporation byline nor the registered trademark symbol. We then zoom out to reveal that it is in a box, which is in a larger box colored cadet blue, and next to the Fox logo box are the words "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment" in Latin 725 font, spanning across three lines.
Later Variant: This logo was enhanced in 2003; the box is now grey with a gold border, the company name is set in ITC Garamond, and the Fox logo is the filmed version, and has the News Corporation byline and registered trademark symbol. Used in tandem with the previous variant.
Trivia: The version of the Fox logo used in the 1995 version is an unedited render of the logo from Flip Your Lid Animation, before it was transferred to film.
- On some releases, the 1995 logo faded in from black rather than cutting in from black.
- The first releases with the 1995 version had the logo cut to black at the end of the animation.
- There exists a black and white variant of the 1995 version. This can be found on the 2001 Fox War Classics VHS release of The Desert Rats.
- A 16:9 version of the 1995 logo was spotted on the widescreen DVD release of Thumbelina.
- On 1996 VHS tapes that have the Widescreen Series video promo, the logo fades in and then fades out later right after the animation freezes at the final frame. The variant that fades out after the logo pauses was spotted on the 1995 LaserDisc of Nell.
- In Icebreaker, the logo starts with a very slow fade-in, and it's still before animating; then, after fully animating, it freezes before fading out. The logo is also darker and slower. The way this logo fades and freezes is rather similar to the version found on the Widescreen Series promo on some 1996 Fox tapes. There's also a still bitmap of the end of the normal logo, found in the game's files in the menus directory.
- A shorter version exists where the 1995 logo begins halfway through the animation. This has been spotted on the 2005 DVD of Pet Alien: Atomic Tommy as well as VHS releases of Strawberry Shortcake.
- On the 1995 retail VHS of Bushwhacked, the logo cuts to the green MPAA rating screen for the Down Periscope trailer.
- On some tapes with the Premiere Series promo, the 1995 logo is shortened and the text on the right from the logo is replaced with "PREMIERE SERIES" in the Enge Etienne font.
- At first, there was a 16:9 widescreen version of the 2003 variant, seen on widescreen edition DVDs. Later on, a full-screen version was made and can be seen on DVD releases of TV shows and full-screen films.
- On the Blu-ray discs of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Chain Reaction, and Alien vs. Predator, the 2003 logo is still except for the Fox logo, which is now the corporate version with the rear searchlights re-animated to match the standard version of the 1994 logo, but also reverses at a certain point, a la the 1981 Fox logo's long version. Also, the entire sky (including the clouds and the stars) pans to the right.
- On some releases such as Garfield's Pet Force, the 2005 enhanced version of the Fox logo is used.
Technique: CGI. The box animates at the same framerate as the Fox logo itself in the 2003 version.
- On the tapes with the Widescreen Series promo, announcer Don LaFontaine says "Presenting the Widescreen Series from Fox Video" halfway through the animation.
- On the DVS VHS of Cheaper by the Dozen, the announcer says "Now, an animated logo appears in three-dimensional gold letters "20th Century Fox Home Entertainment". Spotlights on either side of the logo point skyward and wave back and forth".
Availability: Common on VHS, DVD, and LaserDisc releases from the period.
- Original version (1995-2008):
- Appears on TCFHE releases from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s, as well as the earliest MGM Home Entertainment releases by the company from early-mid 2006.
- Outside the USA and Canada, this logo can be seen on video releases and television broadcasts of Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper Meets Wendy. It made a surprise appearance on the UK VHS release of Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask after the 1995 international version of the TCFHE logo and before the 1995 Fox Video logo. Also appears before the rare CBS/Fox Video logo on the UK VHS release of FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue and the PAL DVD of Bartok the Magnificent (at the start of the film, the 2nd international TCFHE logo is seen before the menu).
- While this began to be phased out starting in late 2004 on DVDs in favor of the 2003 variant, this version was more common until mid-2006; especially on full-screen releases which did not have a version of the next logo made until later (one such example being Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith). The last titles to have this logo were American Dad! Volume 3 and the 2008 DVD release of Babes in Toyland (1934), which were the last Fox and MGM releases to feature the logo, respectively.
- The version without the fade-out appears on VHS and LaserDiscs of the 1995 Star Wars Trilogy. This variant can also be seen on some home video releases by the company. Although the variant was rarely used after its debut year, it appeared on the 1999 VHS reprint of The Towering Inferno (the DVD used the fade-out). It is unknown which DVDs used this version as most used the standard version with the fade-out.
- The version where the logo faded in from black can be seen on the VHS releases of 1998's Dr. Dolittle, Rusty: The Great Rescue (aka Rusty: A Dog's Tale), and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, while this version without the fade out appeared on the original VHS release of Nine Months.
- Appears at the end of Casper Meets Wendy on Disney Channel and ABC Family (now Freeform), as well as most international TV broadcasts of the film.
- While it does appear at the end of the last few HIT Entertainment DVDs that they released, it doesn't appear at the beginning of any of them, unlike with Lionsgate and Universal.
- It makes surprise appearances at the start of Starz's print of A Troll in Central Park, and the 2011 DVD of Robots (itself a reprint of the 2005 DVD), as the Blu-ray has the correct 2011 logo.
- It also appears on Icebreaker for PC instead of the Fox Interactive logo.
- Although this logo ended its regular use in 2008, it continued to be used on fullscreen releases up to 2009, including the fifth and sixth seasons of Reba, American Dad! Volume 4, volume seven of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, and the twelfth season of The Simpsons. In the case of Reba season 5, the disc has a 2008 copyright.
- Weirdly, this can be seen at the start of FXM's print of Tales of Manhattan (with the 1995 Fox Video logo following) and HDNet Movies' print of Bartok the Magnificent.
- It also makes a surprise appearance at the start of Thumbelina on its British and Australian DVD releases (and later early 2010s reprint of the latter), possibly due to plastering the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo (Warner Bros. Family Entertainment originally distributed Thumbelina from 1994 to sometime in the early 2000s).
- Enhanced version (2003-2009):
- It first appeared on mid-to-late D-Theater D-VHS releases of TCF films.
- The only known VHS release to have this logo is the 2004 VHS of Garden State, all the others (including Garfield: The Movie and Robots) use the previous logo instead.
- It has also appeared on PSP UMD TCF releases.
- It can also be seen on many TCF releases on DVD from late 2006 to mid-2009.
- It also appeared on 2006-2009 MGM Home Entertainment releases.
- Some of the last releases to have this logo were The Rocker and Marley & Me.
- Strangely, this logo appears on the French R2 DVD of Thumbelina, plastering the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo.
- This also appears on some the earliest Blu-ray releases from the company with the variant, while Speed uses the normal version; though other releases from that time may use the TCFHE Blu-ray logo.
- It also appears at the end of the last HIT Entertainment DVDs released by Fox, such as the Pingu DVD release On Thin Ice.
- Does not appear on Shout! Factory releases of Fox content, despite having the logo on the cover.
2nd Logo (November 14, 2006-November 2010)
Logo: We see the 20th Century Fox logo zooming in slowly, with the words "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" shining at the bottom. The background is slightly different, while the right searchlight is a little bigger.
- On Blu-ray releases, a blue streak changes the "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" text to the Blu-ray Disc wordmark, briefly leaving behind a "swoosh" shape as it does this.
- A fullscreen variant of the DVD version exists.
Technique: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: A calm, majestic fanfare, with a quiet whoosh sound effect is heard when the text shines.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the Blu-ray variant, a slight laser sound is heard for the blue flash.
Music/Sounds Trivia: The title screen of the Wii version of Netflix (released in 2010) uses a theme that sounds very similar to this logo's theme.
- Blu-ray variant (2006-2010)
- This version can be seen on every TCFHE release on Blu-ray disc until November 2010, and appears on Latin American/European/Australian/Asian releases as well. It can also be seen on MGM Home Entertainment releases on Blu-ray Disc, including Valkyrie, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Igor, among others.
- It also made a surprise appearance on the 2011 US Blu-rays to Robots, Garfield The Movie and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties due to all being originally released to foreign markets in 2010. The earliest known Blu-ray releases of all three films was in Hong Kong on March 18, 2010.
- DVD (2009-2010)
- Even though this version was short-lived, it's still common. It can be seen on every TCFHE release on DVD until November 2010, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Family Guy: Partial Terms of Endearment, seasons 13 and 20 of The Simpsons, and the first seasons of Glee, Modern Family, and The Cleveland Show, among other releases.
- It also appears on 2009-2010 MGM Home Entertainment DVD releases, and 2010 repackaged DVD copies of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Thumbelina, and Once Upon a Forest.
- This was used in tandem with the previous logo until October 20, 2009 and next logo during its first two months.
3rd Logo (September 2010-April 14, 2020)
Logo: Same as the final 20th Century Fox logo, except in the end, the camera pans back farther than usual to reveal the stacked words "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" on the right of the Fox structure with "HOME" set in Neutraface No. 2, an extra searchlight can be seen on the left of the structure (actually the same searchlight shown briefly in front of the structure), and more palm trees were added. Once the logo is fully revealed, the News Corporation byline fades in at the bottom of the screen (on pre-2013 releases). The registered trademark sign fades in as well.
Trivia: This logo is a tribute to the logo for That's Hollywood!, a 20th Century Fox Television series.
- Starting with the original release of The Croods on 1 October 2013, the logo is cut-short to the middle. This also appears on a few pre-2013 Blu-ray releases starting from late 2012.
- A 4:3 variant exists, but is used only for full-screen DVDs and Blu-rays. It is also cropped to 2.35:1 as a widescreen letterbox logo. There is a widescreen version of the open matte logo expanded to 16:9 with the Hor+ screen scaling method.
- Starting with the original DVD and Blu-ray release of Turbo on 12 November 2013, just like the movie logo, the News Corporation byline is excluded and the logo is bylineless, due to the aforementioned split on June 28, 2013.
- On 4K UHD Blu-ray releases, just like the 2016 variant of the 2009 20th Century Fox logo, this logo was enhanced with what that logo had.
- Sometimes, the registered trademark sign is absent on the aforementioned variant.
- The 2011 Star Wars Blu-ray releases have the logo just shy of 16:9, in 1.77:1.
Technique: Same as the final 20th Century Fox logo, animated by Blue Sky Studios.
Music/Sounds: The 1997 Fox fanfare arrangement composed by David Newman. A short version is used on post-2013 releases.
- DVD releases of The Simpsons Seasons 16 and 17 use the audio of Ralph Wiggum (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) singing along to the second half of the fanfare from The Simpsons Movie, while season 18 uses the standard 1997 fanfare, with Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna) saying 'Fuggedaboutit...' on the last note.
- On the 2011 Blu-ray releases of All Dogs Go to Heaven and When Harry Met Sally, the fanfare is out-of-sync with the logo.
- On international DVD releases (British and Australian ones), both fanfares are higher toned.
Availability: Very common, given its longevity. This was used in tandem with the previous logo in its first two months.
- Seen on all 20th Century Fox and most MGM releases from September 2010 up until 14 April 2020.
- Other than TCF and MGM releases, this was also seen on Relativity Media releases starting with The Warrior's Way and ending with Masterminds, all DreamWorks Animation films TCF distributed from The Croods to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (plastered by the 2013 UPHE logo on post-2018 prints, although some prints post-2018 may retain it), and Annapurna Pictures releases starting with Detroit and ending with Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
- The last release to use the full version of this logo is currently unknown, but this make a strange appearance on seasons 16-18 of The Simpsons (albeit using the fullscreen bylineless version).
- The last releases to use this logo with the News Corporation byline were The Internship and The Way Way Back, both released on DVD and Blu-ray on 22 October 2013.
- The last release to use this logo cut-short to the middle was Underwater, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 14 April 2020, as TCFHE was folded into Walt Disney Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment shortly after.
- Though this logo officially retired after Underwater, it made an unexpected surprise appearance on Modern Family: The Eleventh and Final Season, released on DVD on 9 June 2020.
- This never appears on 2016-2019 UK DVDs/Blu-rays released by Entertainment One (some American eOne DVDs at the time have the TCFHE logo at the beginning) or 2010-2020 UK DVDs/Blu-rays from Pathé, as they just use their respective logos and warnings instead. This also applies to any MGM releases from any other distributors, which use their respective logos instead of this due to having absolutely no TCFHE logo at all on the discs or labels. This also does not appear on reissues of older MGM DVD releases from around 2001-2006, as they use the MGM DVD logo on its own.
Shortly after the release of Underwater on April 14, 2020, Disney folded the standalone operations of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment into Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (under Buena Vista Home Entertainment). Beginning with the releases of The Call of the Wild on May 12, 2020, and Downhill on May 19, 2020, all DVDs and Blu-rays now use the shortened 20th Century Studios logo (with the same short music used in the 2010 logo) or the full Searchlight Pictures logo (with the full 1997 fanfare) for their future home media releases of 20th Century material respectively, followed or (for the aforementioned movies) preceded by a language menu.
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