DreamWorks Home Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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DreamWorks Home Entertainment was the home media unit of DreamWorks Pictures, formed in 1998. The company's releases were originally distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment (to the point that some referred to the unit as a de facto USHE unit), a deal that would last until 2005. After DreamWorks was purchased by Paramount Pictures in February 2006, the distribution rights went to Paramount Home Entertainment until 2011. The studio became independent from Paramount in 2008 and in 2009, they made a distribution deal with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through their Touchstone Pictures label (although Paramount and Universal Studios continued to release their films through 2011). The company was retired circa 2011 when Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, through Touchstone Home Entertainment, began releasing their films to home media, but only films that Disney/Touchstone released. Currently, Paramount owns the home media rights to DreamWorks' pre-2008 live-action films (along with any 2008 to 2011 films they released), and both DreamWorks Animation and newer DreamWorks films are released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

(December 8, 1998-February 2, 2016)

Logo: The same as the 1997 DreamWorks Pictures logo, only "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" is below the line, and zooms out with the DreamWorks text.


  • VHS trailers featured a still variant with the fishing boy and the moon above the text.
  • On holiday-themed ads for the video release of Shrek, the boy was replaced by the title character wearing a Santa hat.
  • On some Blu-ray releases, the "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" text is animated exactly like the film logo, now fading in, but there is still a line between the two.
  • There is a 4:3 version of the logo
  • A 16:9-stretched version of the 4:3 variant was spotted on the international DVD releases of Shrek.

Technique: Same as the film logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the film logo. However, on the Blu-ray version, the sound of the bobber hitting the water is slightly different.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • A PAL-pitched variant was spotted on the UK DVD of The Cat in the Hat. It would most likely apply to some PAL DVD releases as well.
  • The Shrek home media promo variant plays “I'm a Believer" by EMF in the background throughout the promo along with an announcer saying "Looking for the perfect holiday gift?"

Availability: Common. Appears on DVD and Blu-ray releases of DreamWorks films, as well as LaserDiscs released by them from 1999 to 2000. This logo never appeared on VHS releases, which usually went straight to the film, although several releases had the aforementioned VHS trailer variant. Early DreamWorks DVD's in Australia (and some VHS's as well as VHS's in the UK from 2000 until 2005, later Australian DreamWorks VHS's use the Universal Home Video logo of the time in it's place due to Universal handling distribution of DreamWorks material at the time) feature the normal DreamWorks logo instead of this one (e.g. the 2001 DreamWorks Home Entertainment DVD releases of Mouse Hunt, Chicken Run, Paulie, etc.). The Blu-ray variant can be found on releases such as the 2008 Blu-ray of Transformers. After Disney/Touchstone began distributing DreamWorks Pictures' films, home video releases of films distributed by Paramount Pictures such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Soloist used the Paramount DVD or Paramount High Definition logos instead, with one of the last releases using this logo being the DVD release of Bridge of Spies. The DVD and Blu-ray release of The Light Between Oceans does not use this logo, and rather uses the standard DreamWorks logo as a de-facto home video logo. Due to Steven Spielberg initially preferring to release his films on the DIVX format (a failed competitor to DVD that was only viewable in any form until 2001 due to proprietary DRM that hasn't been cracked as of writing), it is currently unknown whether this logo appeared on the company's DIVX releases. The 4:3 variant can be seen on the Australian Region 4 DVD releases (and later reprints) of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. This logo was spotted on the UK DVD release of Father of the Pride: The Complete Series (it is unknown if the US release uses this logo as well or uses the de-facto DreamWorks Animation logo). You can also see this on international DVD releases of The Cat in the Hat (North American releases was distributed by Universal).

Legacy: The Blu-ray variant adds "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" into the logo in a much better fashion than the standard variant.

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