Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

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In 1999, Columbia TriStar Home Video was renamed to Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment; the name was made official in early 2001. In 2004, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment was rebranded as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

1st Logo (3rd logo placeholder) (December 1991-September 9, 1992 [1993 in select international countries])

Logo: On a black background, we see a split rectangle. On the left side, we see the '80s Torch Lady (print version with the sunburst intact behind her), and on the right, the TriStar "Pegasus Over Pyramid" logo (print version too, but without the word "PICTURES" at the bottom). Above, we see the stacked words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in Bank Gothic MD BT font that's a bit stretched up by height, one above the other, and at the bottom, we see "HOME VIDEO" below.


  • Sometimes, the logo doesn't fade in or out.
  • On Australian rental tapes with this logo, it would fade into the "COMING ATTRACTIONS" text seen in the RCA/Columbia/Hoyts logo.
  • On releases from LK-Tel Video, the logo would coast down from the center of the LK-Tel Video logo before sliding down.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On international releases (except for Australian releases), a short guitar/bass note was heard.
  • On tapes from Australia, one tape from Spain, and a Swedish VHS of A League of Their Own, the theme from the RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video logo is heard.
  • At least one foreign tape (badly) loops the RCA/Columbia International music for an extended period, continuing into an anti-piracy warning.

Availability: Very rare. This is a placeholder logo, created for temporary use while the next version was in development, but wasn't ready for use.

  • Among the releases with this logo are original prints of My Girl, Cast the First Stone (at least the screener VHS), The Taking of Beverly Hills, Men at Work (earlier prints have the RCA/Columbia logo), Hook (both the original 1992 release and a 1995 VHS reissue), Troll 2, Misery (1992 prints), The Prince of Tides, Alan & Naomi, The Villain (1979) and Severed Ties.
  • City Slickers has this with the RCA/Columbia print logo on the tape and box, although original prints do have the RCA/Columbia logo on-screen.
  • This was also used on reissues of From Here to Eternity, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (as reissued in 1992 and 1993), Annie (1982), Steel Magnolias, Stripes, The Bear, Look Who's Talking Too, Christine, A Passage to India, The Adventures of Milo and Otis and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • The international version is on VHS releases outside North America, including a Spanish VHS of In the Line of Fire.
  • This appears on many reissues of RCA/Columbia releases; some were in their original RCA/Columbia packaging, including print logos. Others were modified to varying extents. For example, a reissue of A Man for All Seasons, in print as late as 1995, features this logo on-screen, the following print logo on the box and tape, and even features the characteristic red border and text designs of RCA/Columbia releases, perhaps one of the first times a home video label had done such a thing.
  • Late RCA/Columbia releases during early 1992, such as Oscar's Greatest Moments: 1971-1991 and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (released under license from New Line), as well as original prints of Return to the Blue Lagoon, Double Impact, and Bingo, use this logo.
  • One of the last new releases to include this logo was Mississippi Masala. Although Columbia TriStar continued to use this as a print logo until early/mid-1993 on the packaging of titles such as Candyman, the next logo appears on-screen.
  • It also appears on the original VHS release of Relentless 2: Dead On (despite being an SVS/Triumph release).
  • This is also seen on 1994 VHS reissues of The Three Stooges Vol. 1: A Bird in the Head and The Three Stooges Vol. 3: An Ache in Every Stake and the 1996 Columbia TriStar Family Collection release of Bye Bye Birdie, instead of the 3rd logo, due to usage of older tape masters.

2nd Logo (3rd logo placeholder) (August 26, 1992-1995)

Logo: On a white background, we see two boxes outlined with a black border. On the left is one featuring a newly-done Torch Lady, and on the right is a newly-done Pegasus on a Columbia-like cloud background. Above the boxes are the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR", with each word positioned over its respective logo. "HOME VIDEO" is seen below.

Trivia: The Columbia Torch Lady seen on the left was painted by Michael J. Deas and the TriStar Pegasus seen on the right was painted by Alan Reingold.


  • There is a variant with an inverted background. The background is black, the letters and the outlined boxes are both white, and both respective logos are a bit close up.
  • The inverted logo variant appeared on a children's video promo seen on UK VHS releases in 2000. The text is in the Bank Gothic font and both respective logos are brighter. Light rays shine on the logo when it fades in before they disappear after a second.
  • On the Italian VHS of Hook, the logo is boxed in square black lines.

Technique: None, unless one counts the fading.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st logo.

Availability: Very rare.

  • This is a placeholder logo, but this time they've actually designed the new logos. This is one of the first appearances of the new "Sony Logos" for each company, along with Columbia and TriStar's respective television divisions.
  • Titles with this logo include A League of Their Own, Steel Magnolias, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Waterdance, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Mo' Money, The Lawnmower Man, Candyman, City of Joy, Hero, The Snowman, Married... with Children: It's a Bundyful Life, Falling From Grace, Weekend War, a 2000 reprint of Hook, the early John Wayne film Two-Fisted Law, starring Tim McCoy, Shootfighter: Fight to the Death, the 1994 VHS reprint of Return to the Blue Lagoon, the 1994 VHS reissue of Bingo, the 1995 demo VHS of the U.S.-released The Indian in the Cupboard (seen after the next logo), and the 1996 Columbia TriStar Family Collection release of My Girl.
  • The inverted variant is rare and it has been spotted on an Italian VHS of The Addams Family. This has also been seen on some LaserDiscs, including the 1993 Criterion release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Wrecking Crew (1968).
  • Among the first VHS releases to have this logo were The Lawnmower Man, Does This Mean We're Married?, and The Best of John Candy on SCTV.
  • Early videos with this logo would use the print version of the previous logo.

3rd Logo (May 19, 1993-March 27, 2001)

Logo: We see a screen full of clouds forming, tossing about. Then, "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in yellow zooms out from above, and "HOME VIDEO" in the same color shrinks out from below as we see the clouds zoom out, as part of a golden-bordered box on a blue-black gradient background. The box then splits apart to reveal the Torch Lady on the left (in the same style as before), and the Pegasus on the right (again, the same style as before), as the wording takes its position. The text shines for a few seconds after the logo is formed.

Trivia: This logo was used as the basis for the first Columbia TriStar International Television logo, and the first Columbia TriStar Television logo was patterned on it to an extent as well.


  • A still logo was found on early Columbia TriStar Home Video releases on DVD, as well as Mexican videotapes from 1997-99.
  • There is also an abridged version for some New Line Home Video releases.
  • On a home video TV spot for Amos and Andrew, it's placed on a black background alongside the 1991 New Line Home Video logo.
  • On some later tapes, such as Universal Soldier: The Return, the 1999 Collector's Edition VHS of Taxi Driver, The 6th Day, and the first 6 VHS releases of Dragon Tales, the logo fades in.
  • On some (mainly earlier) DVDs, such as The Adventures of Milo and Otis, the logo is darker and there's a visible dot crawl on the right side of the screen.
  • An rare variant exists where there are blue bars featuring small CTHV print logos on the sides of the logo. This version is seen on early DVDs and widescreen edition LaserDiscs.

Trailer Variants: Many times, from 1993-1996, the boxes would then slide away, the CTHV text would fade out, the blue background would fade out to the moving clouds and one of the following phrases would zoom in from the center of the screen:


Afterward, a trailer with one of the following features would be played. Beginning in 1997, the 6th logo's trailer variants were used instead. On Australian tapes, the logos would fade out and one of these:


would slide in from the top and bottom respectively (weirdly, "COMING SOON" was written in the same Bank Gothic font as the logo, but "NOW AVAILABLE" was in a different font).

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A rather dramatic synth theme with beating drums and cues of a piano. The last note of the theme is held out for the rest of the logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the clip-on variants, the music is more orchestrated and a male announcer announces the clip-on.
  • On later prints of the original VHS of As Good as It Gets, the logo is silent.

Availability: Very common, even today.

  • Seen on the majority of VHS, LaserDiscs, and DVD releases from Columbia TriStar Home Video, starting with the May 1993 home video release of A River Runs Through It.
  • The abridged version can be found on most New Line Home Video releases such as National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Time Runner, Surf Ninjas, Three of Hearts, Needful Things, Malice, Man's Best Friend, Who's the Man?, Excessive Force, Chained Heat 2, Relentless 3, Relentless 4: Ashes to Ashes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, and the unrated version of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
  • This also appears on later DVD repressings of titles such as The Deep, The Big Hit, Big Daddy, Spice World, Look Who's Talking, Anaconda, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Jason and the Argonauts, Night of the Living Dead (1990), Oliver!, and Muppets from Space.
  • Also seen on some Canadian tapes released by Astral Video after the Astral logo during the mid-1990s, including Demon Possessed and Conflict of Interest. Surprisingly, on the 1997 VHS of Double Team, as well as the 1998 demo VHS of Spice World and 1999 reprints of Immortal Beloved and Fools Rush In, both this logo and the 1997 logo appeared.
  • This also makes a surprise appearance on the 2002 VHS of Stuart Little (released to coincide with Stuart Little 2), in the place of the 8th logo.
  • The trailer variants can be seen on rental copies of Bad Boys, The Net, Jury Duty, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
  • This never appeared anywhere on the 1994 VHS of Red Rock West; it just goes straight to the 1982-2004 warning screen.
  • Also appears on some prints of tapes from the Columbia TriStar Family Collection (some used the 4th logo), such as Ghostbusters, The Indian in the Cupboard, Willow, The Babysitter's Club and Care Bears Movie 2: A New Generation; a 2003 reprint of the last one retains this logo.
  • This also appears on the Special Edition 2005 VHS of Matilda, likely due to it using a tape master from the original 1996 VHS.
  • Also appears on the 2003 VHS of Annie, as well as a 2006 reprint, also because of the reuse of tape transfers.
  • The last VHS tapes to use this logo (barring reprints) were Charlie's Angels (the 2000 film) and The 6th Day.
  • Also appears on some Canadian VHS releases such as The Wrong Woman and Canadian VHS releases from Motion International and TVA International such as Out of Control (1998), Someone is Watching, Little Men (1998), and Stranger in the House, among possible others.
  • It does not appear on international DVDs of the period, as they'll plaster it with the music version of the 6th logo (with some exceptions, eg. the 2000 Australian DVD releases of Total Recall, Terminator 2, Universal Soldier, Lock Up, and an old French PAL DVD release of Cliffhanger).
  • It makes a surprise appearance at the end of the 2002 UK DVD release of The Very Best of The Muppet Show, due to it using the same master as the original 1999 VHS. The DVD release of Volume 2 removes it.
  • This appeared on international releases from 1993-1998, although it continued usage on UK VHS releases until 2001, some of the last Australian VHS tapes to use this were the 1998 Australian VHS releases of Jerry Maguire and Men in Black.

Legacy: This is a generally popular logo, thanks to its animation and music, its lifespan could also be a contributing factor to its popularity, being the longest used logo from the company.

4th Logo (April 2-June 11, 1996)

Logo: We start out against an antique gold fabric background. Then a square with the footage of the 1993 Columbia Torch Lady in it fades in, and slides to the left, revealing a box with the footage of the 1993 TriStar Pegasus (but the background is changed into a similar cloud background from the Columbia logo, but a bit shorter and darker), which slides to the right. The words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" appear above the boxes and "HOME VIDEO" on the bottom with "a SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT company" below everything else.

Trivia: The cloud variant was used for the second Columbia TriStar Television logo.

Variant: On some releases, the background is replaced with a background of tossing clouds (from the 3rd logo) and the name and byline are navy blue.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A chorus singing "TAKE HOLLYWOOD HOOOOOOOOOME!" with dramatic synth music, or the opening theme of the trailer.

Availability: Very rare. It was used only on some tapes released by the short-lived Columbia TriStar Family Collection, such as Real Genius, Willow, Ghostbusters (only some printings, others use the 3rd logo), The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., and The Adventures of Milo and Otis. The variant was seen on several domestic and international promos of home video releases by CTHV. Other tapes with this logo include Persuasion and Money Train.

5th Logo (1996-1998)

Logo: On a taupe brown background, we see a row of gold print logos of the Torch Lady and Pegasus in boxes at an angle. The Columbia and TriStar boxes (in their similar styles from the 4th logo, but this time, they are still and not animated), then lift out of two of the boxes in the center as the row of boxes tilts to look towards the screen. The 3-D words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" and "HOME VIDEO" in gold, fade in above and below the boxes, respectively with a shining wipe effect.

Trailer Variants: Many times, the boxes would then slide away, the CTHV text would fade out, and one of the following terms, in script, would zoom in from the center of the logo:

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You
  • Coming Soon to Home Video
  • Now Available on Home Video

Afterward, a trailer with one of the following features would be played.


  • There is a shorter version that does not proceed into a trailer bumper.
  • Just like the 3rd logo, a variant with blue bars featuring small CTHV print logos on the sides of the logo exists. This version is seen on early DVDs and widescreen edition LaserDiscs.

Technique: Simple animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as above, but the chorus is less jolly and the music is orchestrated.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some trailers, like both versions of the Family Collection trailer, the exact same music from the last logos is used.
  • On the trailer variants of this logo, a 6-note piano jingle is added at the beginning. Also, as the clip-on zooms in, Tony Clarkin says the text on-screen as a brief string theme is heard.
  • The 2nd version of the Family Collection trailer has a version similar to the one mentioned above, except the piano jingle is shortened to the last 4 notes.

Availability: Rare. It was used for only two years. Sometimes it was alternated with the 1993 blue background logo, so as always, keep your eye out.

  • The best source for this logo would be the company's earliest DVD releases (circa 1997-1998) such as Philadelphia, Little Women (1994), Fly Away Home, Screamers (1995), and A League of Their Own. It also appeared on the VHS releases of Money Train, Bottle Rocket, The Craft, Heavy Metal, Multiplicity, The Cable Guy (only some prints, others just used the 3rd logo), Matilda, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Fan, Fly Away Home, later copies of Bad Boys, The Net, Magic in the Water, High School High, The Mirror Has Two Faces, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Fools Rush In, Beverly Hills Ninja, Buddy, and the 1997 reprint of Who's Harry Crumb?.
  • The shorter version appeared on Jumanji (there was an ad for Sony Maximum Television sets, followed by a trailer bumper immediately after) and Jerry Maguire (only some prints, others used the 3rd logo instead). The widescreen version appears on the 1998 DVD of Immortal Beloved and the letterbox LaserDisc editions of The Indian in the Cupboard, Lost in Yonkers, and The Cable Guy (including the 1997 DVD).
  • This version also appears on the 1997 DVD of A League of Their Own (the same master was used for a 2004 bargain bin reprint and a 2009 double-feature repackaging with Sleepless in Seattle [the DVD label specifies a 2004 copyright, indicating the repress]).
  • No logo appears on the 1997 DVD releases of Jerry Maguire, Last Action Hero, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Awakenings, and First Knight.

6th Logo (July 22, 1997-April 3, 2001)

Logo: On an ethereal blue background, we see filmstrips crisscrossing the screen, with each frame in each filmstrip featuring the C-T box logo. We see a filmstrip in the center of the screen and then pan toward it, seeing the boxes in each frame and the endings of their respective movie animations playing out within them. As the final frame reaches the screen, the background turns white with several blue areas in each corner as the boxes (with the footage of the Torch Lady from the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo on the left and the footage of the Pegasus from the 1993 TriStar Pictures logo on the right) go into position. Then the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" and "HOME VIDEO" fade in above and below the boxes, respectively. The animation inside the boxes begins to stop as the logo ends.

Trivia: This logo was later used for the third Columbia TriStar International Television logo.


  • A squished widescreen variant exists on VCDs.
  • On VHS releases that contain the "Home Entertainment" variant of the 8th logo, "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "HOME VIDEO" on the trailer variants.
  • There is an extremely rare variant with the music in which after the logo forms, the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO" fade out, and the words "COMING SOON" appear on the bottom of the screen.

Trailer Variants: Many times, the boxes would then slide away, the CTHV text would fade out, and one of the following phrases, in a script font, would zoom in from the center of the logo:

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You
  • Now Playing in Theaters/Coming Soon to Home Video (w/ slightly different font)
  • Coming Soon to Home Video
  • Now Available on Home Video
  • Now Available (w/ slightly different font)

Afterward, a trailer with one of the following features would be played.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On international releases, a Madchester breakbeat accompanied by a faint choir and ending with an orchestral hit was used.
  • On The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo, it uses the music from the 5th logo (the screener VHS used the extended jingle over the normal logo by itself, while the retail copy used the shortened version at the beginning of a promo for Annie).

Availability: Common on VHS, but relatively rare on DVD.

  • During the beginning of its existence, it was very easy to spot. However, around 1998, this logo was inexplicably no longer used as their standard logo, with the 1993 logo supplanting it. The trailer variants, however, continued to be used until the 9th logo's introduction in 2001. This logo was used for most international releases during this time, and was used on international DVDs from 1998 until 2000.
  • Tapes with this logo include The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo, Booty Call, the Broadway Tribute Edition VHS release of Annie, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Anaconda, The Fifth Element, Men in Black, My Best Friend's Wedding, Air Force One, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Big Hit, Slappy and the Stinkers, Seven Years in Tibet, Gattaca, Wild Things, early prints of As Good as It Gets, Animorphs: The Invasion Series, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, and Baby Geniuses.
  • It has also been seen on the UK DVD releases of Das Boot, Dick, and Muppets from Space as well as the 2001 DVD of The Muppets Take Manhattan complete with the jingle.
  • It also appeared on a mid-2000s UK DVD of Ghostbusters, a 2003 UK DVD of The Cable Guy, and a 2004 UK DVD of Cruel Intentions, all of which may have been reprints of earlier DVDs. It also appears on the 2014 Australian Region 4 DVD SPHE reprint of Godzilla, and a Mid 2010's Australia Region 4 SPHE DVD reprint of Ghostbusters, most likely due to being reprints of earlier releases from 1998 and 1999 respectively.
  • On the 1997 VHS of Double Team, as well as the 1998 demo VHS of Spice World and 1999 reprints of Immortal Beloved and Fools Rush In, both this logo and the 1993 logo appeared.
  • The "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" trailer variant version is rare and seen on a handful of tapes that are post-2001 printings of CTHV releases, such as Blue Streak, Love Stinks, The Winslow Boy, the Special Edition VHS of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Grey Owl. See the availability section for the next logo for more information.
  • One of the last International DVD releases to use this logo was the 2000 Australian DVD release of About Last Night...
  • The last tape to use this was Circus.
  • This is retained on the mid-2010s Australian DVD reprints of The Swan Princess, Sense and Sensibility, As Good As It Gets, Stepmom, St. Elmo's Fire and Run, Lola, Run with the jingle (on The Swan Princess, the logo plays after you select "Play Movie", which is most likely to happen on other 1998 Region 4 DVD's from CTHV, such as Sense and Sensibility).
  • The rare variant with music, in which coming soon fades in after the CTHV text fades out after the logo is formed can be seen on the 2001 Aussie VHS Release of 28 Days.
  • The logo makes a surprise appearance on the both 2002 UK DVD of Fortress (which has the CTHE print logo) and a 2003 Italian DVD of Escape from Absolom.

7th Logo (November 25, 1997)

Logo: Up against a royal blue background with many faintly visible CTHV print logos on it (just like the 3rd and 5th logos), we see the standard C-T boxes outlined in white with the white text "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" above and "HOME VIDEO" below the logo respectively.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 3rd logo.

Availability: Extremely rare. This was seen on the widescreen side of the first DVD releases of The Net, The Fifth Element, Johnny Mnemonic, and Happy Birthday to Me; all of which released on the same day (it doesn't appear on the international DVD releases of the former three films as they will most likely use the music variant of the previous logo). Shortly after this, Columbia TriStar began using the 3rd logo on their DVDs starting with the late 1997 DVD releases of Fools Rush In, Annie (1982 version), and Look Who's Talking.

8th Logo (1999-2002)

Logo: On a screen filled with clouds, the words "COLUMBIA" spelling itself standard, and "TRISTAR" spelling itself backward letter-by-letter, handsomely done in shining silver text, tumble onto the screen, "COLUMBIA" coming from the upper right and "TRISTAR" coming from the lower left. The clouds clear, revealing a nice backdrop of clouds and two white, glowing boxes. As the light in the boxes die down, the Torch Lady (in her similar style from the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo) zooms in towards us in her left box, and we see the Pegasus (in its similar style from the 1993 TriStar Pictures logo over a backwards flipped Columbia-like cloud background), stretch its wings in its right box, as its wings cross over to the Columbia box. The words "COLUMBIA" and "TRISTAR" later change to gold lettering and position themselves under the boxes, and "DVD" zooms out from the top, at warp speed, landing below the C-T text, causing the phaser effect to appear around it, which suddenly disappears.

Variants: "HOME VIDEO" or "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" may replace the "DVD" text at the end.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Whooshing sounds as the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" move into position. An ethereal humming noise is heard as the boxes are revealed and animate. As the TriStar Pegasus unfolds and stretches its wings, we hear a low whoosh sound. Lastly, a phaser sound plays as the bottom text moves into place, followed by faint chime sounds.

Music/Sounds Variant: There is a 5.1 Dolby Digital version that enhances the phaser sounds. It can be found on the 2000 DVD of Look Who's Talking Too, the 2001 Collector's Edition DVD of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 2001 DVD of Snatch, and the 2002 PAL DVD release of Evolution.

Availability: It's seen on most DVD releases of the time; prior to this, they used the 1993 logo (international DVDs used the 1997 logo with music before this logo debuted).

  • The "HOME VIDEO" version can be found on the VHS releases of Random Hearts, The King of Masks, Crazy in Alabama, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Gen-X Cops, Velocity Trap, Fortress 2: Re-Entry and most notably, Stuart Little.
  • The "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" version can be seen only on the 2000 VHS of Blue Streak, the 2000 VHS of Love Stinks, the 2002 DVD of the Japanese anime Metropolis (possibly some pressings, others use the 2001 CTHE logo with DVD music), the 2000 VHS of The Winslow Boy, the 2000 DVD of Jill the Ripper, the 2001 DVD of Jackie Chan is the Prisoner, the 2000 Special Edition VHS of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and the 2000 VHS of Grey Owl.
  • The "DVD" version can be found on all 2000-2002 DVDs such as Girl Interrupted, Dogma, Fly Away Home (retained on its 2006 SPHE repress), Steel Magnolias, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (The Collector's Edition), the first three Muppet movies, Little Women (1994 version), Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, Stuart Little, Look Who's Talking Too, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, The Karate Kid Part II, Hook, Stand by Me, Joe Dirt, The Patriot, Snatch, the European DVD release of Evolution, and the first UK DVD release of The Karate Kid.
  • This logo makes an appearance on the 2002 Deluxe Edition DVD of Men in Black.
  • One of the last releases to use this was the DVD release of See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
  • This logo does not appear on international VHS releases, as they use the 1997 logo with music while UK VHS releases mainly used the 1993 logo.
  • This was retained on various reprints of a few older DVDs, including the 2003 reprints of Eye of the Beholder, Cruel Intentions 2, and Snatch, the 2005 reprint of The Next Karate Kid, the 2007 reprint of Murder by Death, and the 2014 Australian DVD reprint of Stuart Little.
  • It was also seen on early Bear in the Big Blue House and Dragon Tales DVDs as well.
  • This appears on the DVD of Thomas and the Magic Railroad but not the VHS, on which the 1993 logo was used instead.
  • Also intact on the 2016 Australian DVD repressing of Almost Famous (a repress from the original 2001 Australian DVD) which is strange, as the Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment print logo is featured on the front cover, back cover, spine, and disc (it could mean that this logo was used in tandem with the 1st music variant of the next logo below in international regions). It also appears on the 2009 SPHE Region 4 DVD release of Funny Girl, due the master being recycled from the original 2003 The Barbra Streisand Collection DVD release.
  • This also shows up on the 2003 Australian DVD of Annie (1982 version), and its 2012 repress; like the Almost Famous example, the packaging was not changed to reflect the current identity of the company (though it could also mean that the DVD was going to be released earlier, but pushed back to 2003).
  • Some of the first known region 4 DVDs to contain this logo are Baraka, Girl Interrupted, Sleepless in Seattle: Collector's Edition, Steel Magnolias and Erin Brockovich (the logo is intact on the mid-2010's DVD repressings of the latter three films).
  • Also seen on the 2003 Region 4 My Best Friend's Wedding Collector's Edition DVD release (this might be due to the fact the DVD was supposed to be released in 2001, but its release was delayed to 2003). Also appears on the UK DVD of G.I. Jane.
  • It also appears on the 2012 Region 4 SPHE DVD release of Fly Away Home (alongside the late 1990's Sony Pictures DVD Center logo and Dolby Digital "City" trailer), possibly because the DVD master was originally prepared for an early 2000's release.
  • It also shows up on the 2004 Region 4 CTHE Collector's Edition DVD release of Little Women (1994) and its 2010s DVD repress (this may be due to the fact that the DVD master was prepared in the early 2000s).

1st Logo (April 3, 2001-June 14, 2005 [April 2006 in UK & Ireland])

Logo: Over the usual cloud background, we pan past an extreme close-up of the Torch Lady's legs and feet (covered in the robe, of course.), then dissolve into a pan of the TriStar Pegasus (in the print artwork style except for the body and the legs, which are in the 1993 movie logo style, but in the same color as the Pegasus' face and wings) unfolding its wings. The pan then quickly dissolves into a shot from the center of the Pegasus unfolding its wings, albeit in a close-up way, and then a dissolve to the Torch Lady zooming out from her face. The logo then dissolves to reveal the Torch Lady and Pegasus side-by-side on a cloud background in their print artwork styles, with "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" slightly sliding in with "HOME ENTERTAINMENT", in a smaller font, fading in letter-by-letter and the logo disappears after two light streaks in a straight horizontal fade out completely at the end.


  • This is notable for being the last logo using the "Columbia TriStar" brand after Columbia TriStar Domestic/International Television's rebranding in 2002.
  • On the demo VHS of Kermit's Swamp Years, the logo was followed by a 2nd blue FBI Warning before the Jim Henson Home Entertainment logo. This is most likely due to an editing mistake. However, this was corrected on the release tape print.


  • On some 2002 VHS prints of Stuart Little, there is a promo for Little Secrets that features this logo without "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" below.
  • The VHS version of the logo usually cuts to black at the end on U.S. VHS tapes without trailers (and on demo VHS tapes after the Hi-Fi Stereo logo before the FBI Warning); this also applies to VCDs and DVDs where this variant is used. The cut to black version of the first music variant occasionally pops up before the shortened widescreen trailer version of the logo on 2004-2005 tapes, such as The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss video The Cat's Musical Tales. In the United Kingdom, almost every VHS tapes have the logo fading out at the end, but a few of them have the VHS logo that cuts to black; one example video is Bear in the Big Blue House: The Summer of Love. It also appears on the retail VHS of Soul Assassin (containing previews) which cuts directly to the Winchester Films logo before the film.
  • Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! has the DVD version of this logo with extra black borders on the vertical sides which should have been cropped off.
  • After the trailers on demo VHS videos, a shortened version of the logo is played.
  • The short version of the first music variant is seen on demo tapes after the previews and before the FBI Warnings such as Kermit's Swamp Years.
  • On the first trailer of Kermit's Swamp Years, the logo is identical to the DVD variant except that the saturation matches the VHS variant and with a bobbing effect from the bob de-interlacing filter.
  • On most Columbia TriStar DVDs from 2002-2005, the logo is in warp speed.
  • The print logo has the typical boxes, with "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" above and "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" below; it's all on a white background. This logo appeared on the Comedy TV Preview found on Married... with Children: The Most Outrageous Episodes and was never used on general releases. This can also be found on certain promos of TV series by Sony Pictures Television.
  • On VHS releases from 2004-2005, it has a shortened version of this logo with a trailer bump, but with the DVD music. Seen on Spider-Man 2, 13 Going on 30 (non-reprint copies only), White Chicks, Christmas with the Kranks, The Forgotten, Left Behind: The Movie, and Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Due to a video processing error on the demo VHS of Love and a Bullet after the HiFi Stereo logo, the beginning of the logo up to the horn section is edited out.
  • There is a 2.35:1 scope version of the first music variant seen on the 2001 UK DVD release of Dirty Dancing.
  • On some VCD prints, the 16:9 cropped version of the first music variant is present on the disc.
  • A Brazilian website promo has a variant with a URL.

Trailer Variants: Many times, letters would appear on top of the screen via a "blurring" effect in an orange font. With an announcer (Greg O'Neill), stating the following (on some VHS promos, the bumper text appears over a section of the logo playing in letterbox format, with the words within the top bar):

  • Coming Soon to Theaters
  • Now Playing In Theaters
  • Coming Soon to Home Video
  • Coming Soon to VHS and DVD
  • Coming Soon to DVD
  • Now Available on Home Video
  • Now Available on VHS and DVD
  • Now Available on DVD

Afterward, a trailer with one of the following features would be played. On demo VHS tapes, the letters do not fade in above the trailer version of the logo at the beginning of the tape before the trailers.

International Trailer Variants: On early Australian releases the logo plays normally and in the top right of the screen letters appear spelling "COMING SOON". So far this has been spotted on 2001 Aussie VHS releases of Charlie's Angels, Almost Famous, and Wicked.

Technique: What's mentioned in the description doesn't cover the entire logo. Throughout the animation, the logos are artistically stylized, with mosaic and pixelization effects being used through the logo and a scrolling Matrix-like wall of typography appearing throughout. Also, the designers of the logo, Montgomery/Cobb, retouched the face of the Torch Lady and the wings of the Pegasus to make them look more realistic. The dissolves are done gradually, almost like wipes, and the logo seems to be divided up into five sections during the animation, before coming together as an actual logo at the end.

Music/Sounds: There were two variants:

  • VHS (and early VCDs and DVDs): Composed by Machine Head of Venice, California, a pin drop-like sound is heard, then a wonderful, majestic synthesized fanfare with horns playing throughout the logo.
  • DVD (and later VCDs and VHS): A shorter acoustic guitar tune that rises into a triumphant theme with bells, strings, and a small chorus. The animation plays slightly quicker here.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • On the VHS trailer version of this logo, the pin drop sound is not heard.
  • A 5.1 synthesized version of the first music variant exists. This audio variant can be heard on certain DVDs like the original UK DVD release of Charlie's Angels.
  • On UK and Australian releases of Kermit's Swamp Years, along with the Jim Henson Home Entertainment logo and the film itself, the audio is high-pitched. The logo itself also appears to have been very slightly sped up.
  • On Boa VS. Python, the film's opening theme plays over the logo.
  • At the end of most 2002-2006 UK videotapes without previews with this logo, a split-second of the BBC Radio pips can be heard loudly accompanied by a single beep in the style of the UK VHS phone dial sound alongside the very beginning of the VHS variant's music.

Availability: Common on VHS and DVD releases from the era. Some of them are still in print.

  • The first VHS to have this logo was Circus, but that tape still used the Columbia TriStar Home Video trailer bumpers. The CTHE trailer bumpers were introduced on Finding Forrester. A few of the releases that include this logo are Underworld, Advertising Rules!, Slackers, Hellboy, the first two Spider-Man films, and the first few releases of the complete seasons of The King of Queens, Seinfeld, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and All in the Family, among others. Tapes of this logo without the clip-on at the top include Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Fun to Learn and Jay Jay the Jet Plane: New Friends, New Discoveries, along with some prints of The Animal, Snatch, Not Another Teen Movie, Black Hawk Down, A Knight's Tale, Daddy Day Care, and 50 First Dates.
  • The first music variant is rare on DVDs, but has been spotted on the R1 DVD of the Jeffrey Blitz documentary Spellbound and also seen on the UK DVDs of Charlie's Angels (2000), Cromwell (being one of the DVDs to have the 16:9 version with the pin-drop noise unedited, and is intact on the 2018 HMV slipcover reprint), The Princess Bride, and all three volumes of the UK-exclusive The Very Best of the Muppet Show. Also appeared on the Region 4 DVD of Postcards from the Edge (and is intact on the 2017 Region 4 DVD reprint), Van Damme's The Order (2001), the DVD of The Wombles: Orinoco and the Big Black Umbrella and Other Stories, some The Worst Witch DVDs, the region 4 DVD of Blind Date (and it's Region 4 DVD reprint) the region 4 DVD of China Moon, as well as the German DVD of Dark Blue World (aka Tmavomodry Svet) distributed by Helkon Media.
  • The VHS version of the first music variant can be seen on VHS tapes from the era, with The Wombles: Bungo Up A Tree and Other Stories being one of the tapes to have this variant of the logo.
  • The widescreen variant of the first music variant has been spotted on the R4 DVD double feature of Born Free and Living Free and the United Kingdom DVD releases of Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different and Van Damme's The Order.
  • A scope variant of the first music variant was spotted on the 2001 UK DVD release of Dirty Dancing (1987).
  • An excerpt of the VHS variant can be seen on the promo of Matilda on the DVD release of Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.
  • The first music variant can also be found on early VCDs, such as Snatch and the widescreen variant can be found on some VCDs like the Thai copy of Legends of the Fall. The first music variant doesn't appear on early U.S. DVDs, using the 9th logo instead. In Australia, the 1st music variant logo was used in tandem with the previous logo.
  • The second music variant on VHS can be seen at the end of Jay Jay the Jet Plane VHS releases, Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE!, retail copies of Kermit's Swamp Years, later international VHS releases, such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as a 2005 Demo VHS of Are We There Yet?.
  • This logo was not seen on the 2001 VHS releases (containing trailers) of The Animal and A Knight's Tale; it just goes straight to their widescreen "Coming Soon to Home Video" bumper. Even though it wasn't seen on the Cloud Ten Pictures DVDs from 2004, it appeared on the 2005 reprint of Judgement.
  • The trailer variants make a surprise appearance after the logo below on the VHS releases of Are We There Yet?, Boogeyman, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, and D.E.B.S.. The second variant of this logo appears (with the 2002 Jim Henson Home Entertainment logo) on TV airings of Kermit's Swamp Years.
  • It also appears at the start of the film on the DVD release of Kermit's Swamp Years; as a result, it appears twice on the same DVD. The one at the start of the film for the PAL version is noticeably higher pitched than the one before the menu. The logo was preserved on the German Blu-Ray release of Kermit's Swamp Years.
  • It also appears on later tapes from TVA, including Operation Delta Force 5: Random Fire.
  • This makes an appearance on the 2008 Matilda Deluxe Edition Region 4 DVD (and its mid-2010s reprint), even though the next logo is seen on the back of the cover and disc, this might be due to the fact that the DVD master was prepared and supposed to be released in 2003, but it was aborted.
  • The 2002-2005 DVD variant was intact on the 2018 Australian DVD reprint of America's Sweethearts.
  • The website promo containing the Brazilian URL can be seen in the Brazilian VHS of The 6th Day.
  • This (or the 8th and the 7th logos for that matter) does not appear on Region 2 and 4 DVD releases of Universal Pictures films that they released on DVD; they will either go straight to the movie after the Universal warning screen of the time or use the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment logo of the time.
  • However, VHS releases in UK and Ireland still used this logo until April 2006.
  • Digital prints and TV airings of Soccer Dog: European Cup, Boa VS. Python, Frankenfish and Cruel Intentions 3 retain this at the start.
  • Some of the first DVDs to use the 2002-2005 warp-speed variant were the Australian Region 4 DVD releases of Evolution and The Animal.
  • On UK videotapes, titles with previews as well as the end of titles without previews have the VHS version appear before the warning screen, followed by the 2002 FACT "The Pirates are out to Get You!" PIF, while titles without previews have it afterward.

Legacy It's a popular logo, with many deeming it a worthy successor to the "Split Boxes" and a great finale to the Columbia TriStar name, due to the fanfare, concept and animation.

2nd Logo (2001-2002)

Logo: Same as the 2nd Columbia Tristar Home Video logo, but the background is black and the text is thinner, with "ENTERTAINMENT" replacing "VIDEO"

Variant: On a 2002 promo for DVD releases of TV shows in Sony's library, the background is white and the text is black.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening of the promo. For the 2002 variant, none.

Availability: Extremely rare. Only seen on two promos, which are a 2001 promo for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and a 2002 promo for DVD releases of TV shows in Sony's library.

Legacy: This logo is known to be wasted as it appeared on only two promos. It also lasted about a year, which makes it short-lived. It also pays homage to the 2nd Columbia Tristar Home Video logo.

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