3-G Home Video

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
Bryanston4ever, Thisisanswer and Logophile

Captures by
indycar and Logophile

Editions by
jupiterboy, GoAnimateFan199Pro, RSX-798 and PM pinter

Video captures courtesy of
Charles Loftus, VHSOpenings2003 Productions and Mayfield Entertainment


3-G Home Video, legally registered and sometimes promoted as 3-G Productions, was a distributor of various public domain media on VHS originally founded in the early 1980s in Montebello, California, likely by Greg Winters. Little is known about the company due to scarce promotion in media. On July 31, 1991, the company was sued by Titan Sports, the former owner of what is now WWE, due to misleading promotion of a videotape of Hulk Hogan matches; the case was soon settled. In the mid-1990s, 3-G moved their offices to Canoga Park, California. It is presumed that the company shut down around 1999, as by that time, no new releases were promoted by the company.

3-G Productions

(1981?-mid 1980's)

Logo: On a black background, we see a blue "3" in a stylized font on the left of the screen, next to it is a blue line and 3 blue "G" stack one by one. Below is the text "PRESENTS" in purple. Then the "3" turns red while the line and the "G"s turn purple. Then the "3" also turns to purple then, and then a purple thick rectangular outline appears surrounding the "PRESENTS" text. Then the rectangle gets filled in with blue with the "PRESENTS" text casting a shadow over it.

Technique: Very limited animation.

Music/Sounds: None. Some music from the program following might play, which is due to attempted plastering.

Availability: So far, it has only been spotted on an '80s Bugs Bunny VHS tape.

3-G Home Video

1st Logo (1983?-1989?)

Logo: On a blue background, there is the white text "3-G" in a basic font, which is lined like the CBS/Fox Video logos and at the top, has two diagonal pointing ends. Below it is "HOME VIDEO" in the same font as the above text and below that is a triangle-like object, making the logo look like a triangle.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the release.

Availability: This appears on the company's Learn to Video series, one example is Learn to Spell.

2nd Logo (1988-1990)

Logo: On a black background, we see the dark bold text "3-G". Below is the text "HOME VIDEO". A bright white line is seen below the text and also below the line is "PRESENTS".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Cheering crowds can be heard while hearing lines from a wrestling commentator. This may vary in each of their wrestling series tapes. On the Family Christmas Favorites tapes, it is silent.

Availability: Seen on World's Greatest Wrestling series tapes which can all be found on YouTube. It was also seen on both volumes 1 and 2 of Family Christmas Favorites.

3rd Logo (1989?-1993?)

Logo: On a black background, a triangular shape flashes down from the upper right portion of the screen, leaving a blue trail behind. When it settles in the center of the screen, the trail fades away, leaving the same logo as the 1st one but in black with blue outlines and a straighter font. This is then followed by a screen with the text "PRESENTS" on it.

Variant: On a repackaged VHS release of Popeye cartoons from 1992 and a Bugs Bunny VHS from the same year, the logo is on a purple gradient background, the presents notice is removed and the triangle shape is brighter.

Technique: Analog computer animation effects.

Music/Sounds: A whooshing sound, which is a white noise swooping up and down.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the blue background version of the logo, it's silent.

Availability: Extremely rare. Many of their releases are out-of-print and hard to find. Only appeared on some VHS releases of Popeye, Looney Tunes (Porky Pig and Tweety Bird cartoons), Woody Woodpecker, and (possibly) Gulliver's Travels. It also appeared on a VHS release of Little Lulu.

Legacy: Due to a YouTube upload that elevated the "woosh" sound effect to a high volume, this logo gained a notorious reputation as one of the loudest logos ever. This upload also rendered the text to be nearly illegible. A better quality print revealed that the logo is much quieter (and legible) than the initial upload suggested, thus rehabilitating the logo's dubious legacy.

4th Logo (1993?-1995)

Logo: On a black starry space background, 3-D pieces of the 3-G logo fly in from the screen (with the sides (side faces) metallic blue and caps (front and back faces) a speckled gold color) and form together with the cut triangle coming in from the bottom. After this, "HOME VIDEO" rises from the triangle. The logo revolves once and slowly eases towards the screen after which "PRESENTS" flashes itself in as the space background zooms back revealing it to be inside a blue bordered square.

Technique: Early '90s computer animation that looks more advanced when compared to other independent home video logos at the time.

Music/Sounds: A synth new-age space theme, with occasional gong sounds. At the end, there are four ascending tubular sounds, finally leading into a two-note finish.

Availability: Extremely rare. Appears on volume 3 of Babysitter Cartoon Bonanza on VHS and on other tapes.

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