MGM Home Entertainment

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Background

MGM Home Entertainment was founded in 1973 originally known as MGM Home Video by releasing its film and television libraries on video.

In 1979, MGM joined forces with CBS Video Enterprises, the home video division of the CBS Television Network, and established "MGM/CBS Home Video", which released its first VHS batch (consisting of 16 MGM titles and 8 CBS Video titles) in October 1980.

MGM/CBS Home Video was later renamed to MGM/UA Home Video in 1982 after CBS ended its venture with MGM since MGM acquired United Artists a year earlier.

In 1986, after MGM's pre-1986 library (including most of the pre-1950 Warner Bros. Pictures library, a fraction of some UA material, and most US rights to the RKO Radio Pictures library (although RKO retains the copyrights to their films)) was acquired by Ted Turner and forming Turner Entertainment Co., MGM/UA Home Video signed a deal with Turner to continue distributing the pre-1986 MGM and the pre-1948 Warner Bros. libraries for video release.

In 1990, after MGM was purchased by Pathé, MGM/UA signed a deal with Warner Home Video to have them distribute its titles exclusively on video. In 1995, this division was renamed to MGM/UA Home Entertainment (logo is still the same name, though) and also launched MGM/UA Family Entertainment. On March 24, 1997, MGM/UA began releasing its titles on DVD (with A Streetcar Named Desire and The Wizard of Oz on launch day), and managed to release over 30 titles from the Turner catalog on DVD (due to their video distribution deal) until it was transferred to Warner Home Video in 1999 (after MGM ended their distribution deal with Warner Bros.) and folded Orion Pictures with all its owned-library into this company. Around 1997, the UA name was dropped, renaming it as MGM Home Entertainment. Outside North America, MGM sold their international home video operations to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Following MGM's acquisition by the Sony-led consortium in 2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment began distributing the MGM library on home video until May 31, 2006, when MGM shifted most of its home entertainment output to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for worldwide release (although Sony and Fox traded off releases throughout the rest of the year as part of a transitional period). TCFHE's worldwide distribution deal distributing the MGM library was expected to expire in September 2011, but it was later extended to end until sometime in 2016, and again on June 27, 2016, when MGM extended its deal with TCFHE until June 2020.

As of late 2022 in the United States, MGM releases are distributed on home media by Studio Distribution Services, with United Artists Releasing titles initially through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (from Operation Finale to On the Count of Three and the eventual 26th James Bond film) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for all catalog releases and United Artists Releasing titles since Three Thousand Years of Longing, finally unifying all of the MGM catalog titles (along with the legacy UA catalog) under the same roof for the first time in over two decades.

MGM/CBS Home Video

1st Logo (October 1980-April 6, 1981)


Logo: On a black background, the words "MGM" and "CBS" in white and in Helvetica font fly in from the top and bottom of the screen, with green lines on the top and bottom of each letter respectively. We fade to another set of green lines sort of shaped like a room, which zoom back to bring another copy of the words, and then "AN" and "HOME VIDEO PRESENTATION" zoom into their respective places. A forward slash appears in-between "MGM" and "CBS" on the last note of the music.

Technique: Basic computer effects.

Music/Sounds: An uninspired synth tune which sounds like the opening of a news program.

Availability: Quite rare.

  • Seen on the initial batch of twenty-four VHS and Betamax tapes, including The Wizard of Oz, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ben-Hur, An American in Paris, Network, Jailhouse Rock, Coma, The Street Fighter, and the Bolshoi Ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Giselle.
  • Also seen on the very first CED releases from CBS, as well as a few other VHS releases, including Being There, Fame, Carny, Cruising, Great Figures in History: John F. Kennedy, Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, Benji, The Formula and My Fair Lady.

2nd Logo (June 1981-June 1982, November 1981-August 1982 (UK))

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Logo: We see a metallic forward slash mark on a dark background dropping down. Afterward, "MGM" and "CBS", in the same font as before, zoom out toward the slash at the same time, "CBS" from the right and "MGM" from the left. After that, we see "HOME VIDEO" zooming out. The "MGM/CBS" text then shines.

Variant: On rental-only tapes, this fades to the next logo.

Technique: Computer effects.

Music/Sounds: A short, orchestrated, majestic trumpet fanfare.

Availability: Also pretty rare.

  • Seen on most MGM/CBS releases after the first batch of twenty-four Betamax and VHS tapes and on UK pre-cert releases from the company. Notable titles to include this logo include Return of the Street Fighter, Westworld, and Clash of the Titans, as well as titles such as Gigi, The Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Cruising, and Victory.
  • However, early MGM/UA releases with the MGM/CBS Polaroid seal or tape labels would still use the MGM/UA Home Video logo, and some later MGM/CBS releases, such as select copies of Viva Las Vegas as well as copies of Kismet and The Prisoner of Zenda, go straight to the MGM logo used by the film.
  • Some Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment releases such as The Billion Dollar Hobo would feature this logo at the end (this practice would continue when the Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment library shifted to CBS/Fox Video, although on the original VHS/Betamax release of Guys and Dolls, this logo was shown at the beginning before the first SGHE logo).
  • Surprisingly, this was retained on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn even after Warner took over distribution of the Turner library.

3rd Logo (February-July 1982)

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Logo: On a black background, we see a red line forming a cloud-like outline. After the line has finished forming, yellow text in a royal font surrounding the outline "First Run" flashes in. The text "HOME VIDEO THEATER" in red fades in afterwards.

Technique: Computer effects.

Music/Sounds: A whooshing sound as the outline is drawn. Closing variants have an announcer herald previews for upcoming titles.

Availability: Extinct. Seen on the six rental-only offerings from MGM/CBS's First Run Home Video Theatre label: Tarzan the Ape Man (1981 version), S.O.B., Rich and Famous, ...All the Marbles, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, and Pennies from Heaven.

Closing Variants

See CBS Home Entertainment for description.

MGM/UA Home Video

1st Logo (July 1982-July 21, 1993 [1999 in Indonesia])


Logo: On a black background, we see a bluish metallic "MGM/UA" moving ("MGM" going from top-right to left, "UA" going from bottom-left to right). Then a "/" appears between them as we see a static picture of Leo inside the circled filmstrip with the drama mask zooming out on top of the text. Yellow lights appear and wipe in the remainder of the filmstrips on the left and right sides of Leo while "MGM/UA" shines. After that, "HOME VIDEO" in Microgramma font zooms out under the completed logo, and two white lines flash in above and below "HOME VIDEO".

Variants:

  • There is a black and white variant for classic MGM and UA movies in B&W.
  • Some tapes have a slightly different lion/ribbon design.
  • In Sweden, MGM tapes were often distributed through Esselte Video. The byline "From ESSELTE VIDEO" in white appears below. In between "From" and "ESSELTE" is a circle with an "X" inside and eight little "points" around it. The logo is also poorly cropped, as the entire space below the byline either shows the color bars or blank black space.
  • On some videos from Australia and New Zealand, the logo animates as normal up until "HOME VIDEO" flashes. Then, Leo's static picture becomes Leo roaring, and then the beginning of a promotional reel tunnels in.
  • On tapes from the early 1990s, this was used for preview bumpers (and usually at the end of films). The logo plays like normal, but instead of "HOME VIDEO" appearing, the logo eases back upward, and either "Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You", "Now Playing at a Theatre Near You", "Coming Soon on Videocassette", or "Now Available on Videocassette" appears below. There's an earlier version of this variant (spotted as early as 1989), where "HOME VIDEO" remains intact while the logo eases upward, and "ALSO AVAILABLE" appears below.
  • This was also used for Coming Attraction screens from around 1988-1990. In this variant, the logo plays as normal. When it finishes, the background turns into a gray marble color. Then the ribbons and "MGM/UA" shrink and move to the upper right. "HOME VIDEO" moves slightly to the right and a transparent square flies in behind "HOME VIDEO". The square shines as a purple squiggly line etches itself in below "MGM/UA" and a lime green squiggly line etches itself below the square. "COMING ATTRACTION" wipes itself below "HOME VIDEO" and flashes, and as this happens, the preview begins above "HOME VIDEO", and when the words flash, the screen zooms into the preview.
  • On home video TV spots for Desperate Hours and Death Warrant, the lines above and below "HOME VIDEO" are thicker.
  • On an UK promo for musical films that were released to home media in 1986, the logo appears 9 times (3 logos on three rows), and clips from the films flip over the logos to end one clip and start another.
  • On a 1983 promo seen at the end of some tapes in late 1983/early 1984, the tail end is shown after clips from such works as Poltergeist, Clash of the Titans, Coma, Village of the Damned, Midnight Cowboy, Diner, Shaft, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Diva, Network, Westworld, Fame, The Compleat Beatles, My Favorite Year, A Gumby Adventure, Tom and Jerry Cartoon Festival, Viva Las Vegas, Travels with My Aunt, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The Goodbye Girl, Singin' in the Rain, Pennies from Heaven, Victor/Victoria, An American in Paris, Easter Parade, That's Entertainment! Part II, and The Wizard of Oz, among other titles in the MGM/UA library.
  • Another variant exists where a “/“ is in the middle of the screen, zooming out and brightly shining. “MGM” and “UA” slide out from behind the “/“, and zoom with it into its usual position. A red trail of a silhouette of the MGM logo zooms out, revealing the MGM logo. “HOME VIDEO” zooms out to the usual spot, but doesn’t flash.
  • On UK VHS releases in the 1980s, a still variant features the logo with the words "MORE GREAT TITLES" and "Available now from your local dealer" in red, appearing above and below the logo, respectively.

Technique: Computer effects.

Music/Sounds: Same as the second CBS Video logo: in other words, an extension of the second MGM/CBS logo music, but with a different ending.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The late 1980s-early 1990s Coming Attraction screen starts off with twelve drumbeats played four at a time, then goes into a moving majestic orchestrated theme with Don LaFontaine announcing "The following is an MGM/UA Home Video coming attraction." The tune is called "Destiny" and is composed by Keith Mansfield.
  • On the MGM/UA Home Video Laserdisc Sampler from 1990, the logo is shown at the end with Leo's 1960 roar (aside from the closing theme).
  • The Australian promo logo (with Leo actually roaring) has a different roar track.
  • The TV spots for Desperate Hours and Death Warrant have the sound of Leo roaring, despite being a still picture, possibly because they replaced it from the original TV spots during each movie's theatrical run.
  • On certain UK rental tapes from the 1980s, after the logo finishes, an announcer says "The following new films, which will soon be available from your local stockist, are brought to you by MGM/UA Home Video, one of the leaders in home entertainment."
  • There does exist a silent variant of this logo. It was spotted on a French Canadian video release of All Dogs Go to Heaven.
  • The 1983 promo variant features "Help!" by the Beatles from The Compleat Beatles, "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow from The First Barry Manilow Special, "Ebben? Ne andrò lontano" by Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez from Diva, "Fame" by Irene Cara from Fame, "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King from Carole King: One to One, "Shake It Up" by The Cars from The Last American Virgin, and "Le Jazz Hot" by Julie Andrews from Victor/Victoria.

Availability: Pretty common.

  • Found on many VHS and Laserdisc videos from MGM and UA, and the logo lasted for a pretty good eleven years, with the last release to use this being Rich in Love. Also seen on early Hemdale Home Video releases.
  • Makes a surprise appearance on the 1995 Australian VHS of Getting Even with Dad, a 1999 VHS of Annie Hall, and at the end of the documentary Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which can be found on the 2001 MGM flipper disc release of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  • This appears on a 1985 Betamax release of Forbidden Planet, but in an MGM/CBS case and with MGM/CBS labels.
  • Also seen on the Laserdisc and VHS releases of The Golden Age of Looney Tunes.
  • This logo was kept on reprints even past 1993, including 1995 printings of Pink Floyd: The Wall and Diamonds Are Forever, due to those printings still using tape masters from 1993 and 1992, respectively.
  • In a few Asian countries (including Indonesia), VCDs kept using this logo (instead of having the 4th logo) until 1999. Example of this are the 1997 VCD of GoldenEye and the 1999 VCD of Get Shorty (both 1995 films). Other VCD releases probably used the regular 1986 MGM logo as de-facto home entertainment logo.
  • Also showed up on a 1999 reprint of Cotton Comes to Harlem, as MGM used the original 1992 tape master for the release.
  • The variant with the red trail is said to be seen on a 1987 VHS of an unknown movie before a trailer.

Legacy: One of the most iconic video logos of the 1980s.

2nd Logo (1983-1986)

Logo: Same as before, except the text does not move, "HOME VIDEO" is metallic like the MGM/UA text and is a bit smaller with the 1984 MGM logo (minus the Diamond Jubilee text) above the text. Leo roars once.

Variant: On a VHS commercial for Gone with the Wind which aired around 1984-85, it has the "DIAMOND JUBILEE" text (keeping consistent with MGM's 60th anniversary in 1984).

Technique: Live-action footage.

Music/Sounds: Leo's 1982 roar.

Availability: Extremely rare. This logo appeared at the beginning of a promotional trailer for MGM/UA's video release Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and a 1986 promo for classic MGM musicals on home video.

3rd Logo (October 24, 1989-August 23, 2005 [2006 on Thailand VCDs])


Logo: Just the MGM/UA Home Video logo with a copyright stamp on the bottom. against a space background. In the background, there is a pattern of the "MGM/UA HOME VIDEO" text slanted at an angle, which scrolls from right to left while changing in many different colors. The following changing colors are: gray, red, teal blue, magenta, blue, and green.

Trivia:

  • This logo was inspired by the hologram stickers that were used on most VHS releases from MGM before this logo came out.
  • No copyright dates of 1991, 1994, and 2005 were made, these years' tapes just used the prior year's copyright date.

Variants:

  • 1989-1992 releases show the copyright stamp in a slightly different font, arranged to the left.
  • Some late 1990s-2000 releases had a screen freeze of this logo.
  • The beginning of the U.S. VHS of Tea With Mussolini has the logo almost entirely freeze-framed and only starts moving three seconds before it cuts to black.
  • The size of the logo and the color changing arrangements varies.
  • On some releases, there's an extended version (with the ending part in place either at the beginning or end of the tapes) where we see the colors: rose pink, golden yellow, violet, and dark blue in place.

Technique: Simple computer animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Common.

  • It can be seen on most MGM/UA VHS releases at both beginning and end of their tapes such as All Dogs Go to Heaven and all the 007 VHS releases of the era, even after the the company's renaming as MGM Home Entertainment. Not all releases may have the opening or closing variants, however. Starting in 2003, it was only used at the end of tapes.
  • One of the first tapes to use this logo was the original VHS release of Leviathan, and some of the last tapes to use this logo were the 2005 VHS releases of Be Cool, Hotel Rwanda, and Beauty Shop; the last of which was their final independent release. All MGM films released on VHS after that were distributed by other parties (mainly Sony).
  • On the 1992 VHS of Fiddler on the Roof, this logo used a 1992 copyright at the beginning of the tape, but a 1990 copyright at the end of the tape. Fiddler on the Roof was released on the format originally in 1990; when they reprinted it in 1992, they changed the copyright info at the beginning, but they forgot to change the copyright info at the end.
  • VCD releases in Thailand also used this logo until 2006, using the 2000 copyright perhaps due to an editing mistake.

4th Logo (August 4, 1993-February 4, 1998 [2002 in the UK])

Videos

Logo:

  • Opening: On a black background, a golden 3D CGI filmstrip swerves in the screen, and the camera pans down, around, and then upwards on it in a rollercoaster-style fashion. While panning upwards, the 1928 MGM logo with Jackie the Lion slowly fades onto the frames of the filmstrip, as Jackie roars once. Blue rays suddenly appear around the filmstrip, and it then suddenly pans down, revealing the then-current MGM logo, redone in a lusher, CGI style (including the drama mask with the reef surrounding it) with Leo the Lion in it. The blue light rays are all around the logo's ribboning, and the "Metro Goldwyn Mayer" and "TRADE MARK" texts are still intact around it all, as well as the "(R)" symbol (this time, in gold gradient coloring). The logo turns and zooms out as the light rays dim out. As the logo makes its way to its normal position, and when Leo roars the second time, the logo flashes, causing Leo and the drama mask to turn gold, the texts around him and the reef to dissolve into dust, then one specular highlight on the right side of the filmstrip turns dark, and at last, the trademark symbol surfaces on the right. The dark blue letters of "MGM/UA" then rotate letter-by-letter underneath Leo, followed by a dark blue line, and then "HOME VIDEO" in Century Gothic. The entire logo then shines.
  • Closing: The completed logo, with Leo in it, the drama mask already in gold, and without the text, as well as the reef, flies in from the left side of the screen with the light rays all around it. After making its way onto the screen, the words "MGM/UA HOME VIDEO", line and all, animate in the same style as the opening variant. Leo roars throughout the variant and does not turn gold.

Trivia:

  • The whole logo, with the ribboning, text and the reef at its zooming point was screenshotted, then photoshopped to blackout almost every spot of the usual MGM properties for the MGM/UA text to fade in, along with the gold Leo image added a layer beneath the ribbon logo.
  • On the 1999 VHS release of National Velvet, this logo comes after the MGM Home Entertainment logo at the beginning of the tape. Likely a result of MGM forgetting to erase the logo when making new masters.
  • On the 1996 VHS release of Rocky, both the opening and closing variations of this appear at the beginning of the tape. The opening variation appears before the previews, while the closing variation appears after the previews.
  • The closing variant didn't appear on the UK VHS of Tank Girl as it is instead gone straight to black after the closing credits. It is most likely that other MGM/UA UK VHS releases might be affected by this.

Variants:

  • There are two digitalized variations of each logo variant, including the theatrical trailer. The DVD quality variant for the opening logo is found on DVDs containing MGM/UA related menus (examples include the video configuration menu, un-supported language notice, disc read error, and an audio track selection menu), while the others are still in dot crawl quality, in which they're immediately played on media players on PC. It also has a minor graphical glitch on the top left, when panning through the filmstrip with motion Jackie images, which then disappears after the usual MGM properties dissolve leaving a blemish on the bottom left. DVDs without these menus, like Get Shorty, Poltergeist, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1998 printing), Red Dawn, and Hang Em' High have them sourced from a video master, presumably from a laserdisc source. Minor changes with the opening logo have it cropped off from the original logo rendering, and the logo is fuzzy.
  • At the end of The Pebble and the Penguin, the logo cuts to black near the end before it fades out.
  • On MGM Greats releases, after the sparkle effects fade out, the words "MGM GREATS" wipe in (instead of the normal "MGM/UA HOME VIDEO" text) without the spotlight gradient effect. It has been spotted on a 2001 UK VHS of The Great Escape. The logo also fades out slower than usual at the end.
  • On an infomercial for James Bond films which was broadcast on KLGT-TV 23 in 1995, the specular highlights for "MGM/UA" were lit up, and "Presents" fades in instead of the home video text that is normally in place. Also, the logo doesn't shine.
  • An edited version of the logo appears on TeleCine bumpers from ealr 2000's.

Trailer Variants: There is a bumper that precedes trailers with a still of the end logo, replacing "HOME VIDEO" with one of these below:

  • COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
  • NOW PLAYING AT A THEATER NEAR YOU
  • NOW AVAILABLE ON VIDEOCASSETTE
  • COMING SOON ON VIDEOCASSETTE
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: An orchestral fanfare composed by David Engel based off the opening theme of The Wizard of Oz, which starts dramatically and then ends in a majestic fashion. During the fanfare, we hear Tanner's roar, and then Leo's 1985 roar. The closing variant has a shortened version of the opening fanfare's ending.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the retail VHS release of The Pebble and the Penguin, the fanfare has weird stereo mixing due to a video processing error.
  • A different version, with completely different music and different roars, is seen on Mexican Spanish tapes until 2000-2001.

Availability: Common.

  • It debuted with the August 1993 home video release of Untamed Heart, and can be found on VHS and Laserdisc releases of this era, such as The Pebble and the Penguin, Get Shorty, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, and the 1996 release of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
  • Earlier DVD releases also have this logo such as Red Dawn (which has the MGM Home Entertainment logo on the cover), The Wizard of Oz, Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky IV, The Black Stallion, Leaving Las Vegas, Rob Roy, GoldenEye, A Christmas Story and Poltergeist.
  • Even though this logo officially ended in 1998 with the DVD releases of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Moonraker, Hoodlum, and the aforementioned Leaving Las Vegas and Red Dawn, the trailer bumpers were still used into the MGM Home Entertainment days, and the logo itself made a surprise appearance on the 1999 VHS releases of When Harry Met Sally..., National Velvet, The Cutting Edge, and Moonstruck.
  • Also seen on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes on Laserdisc.
  • The closing variant makes a surprise appearance at the end of a behind-the-scenes featurette on the 2000 DVD of Spaceballs (this was likely sourced from a 1996 Special Edition Laserdisc release).
  • This logo was used on many UK MGM VHS releases from Warner Home Video and 20th Century Fox until at least 2002, on titles such as Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Child's Play.
  • The opening variant was also made available on the author's Vimeo profile.

MGM Home Entertainment

(January 27, 1998-2005 [1998- in Asia])

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Logo: Just the standard MGM logo of the time with Leo the Lion roaring. Underneath the logo are the words "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" in Trajan Pro which are separated by two lines.

Closing Variant: At the end of the animated feature Tom Sawyer, a still image of the MGM logo scrolls up and the text "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" is shown below the logo in a white Roman text. Strangely, the lion is not in its correct still image.

Technique: Live-action footage.

Music/Sounds: The 1995 lion roar.

Availability: Common. Found primarily on VHS releases, VCDs and later Laserdiscs.

  • Such examples include the Special Edition Laserdisc of The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as on the 2000 VHS of Never Say Never Again (despite no MGM logo appearing on the packaging) and the 1998 VHS of Bad Influence. One of the first releases to use this logo was the 1998 VHS of 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (the demo VHS used the 1990 Orion Home Video logo).
  • This makes a strange appearance on the TV spots for Platoon on its 2001 MGM DVD. Doesn't appear on the 1998 THX remastered Laserdisc of Singin' in the Rain, despite showing the print logo on the cover.
  • This logo officially retired in the United States in 2005, with some of the last uses of this logo, like the 3rd logo, being the 2005 VHS releases of Be Cool, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Hotel Rwanda, and Beauty Shop.
  • Strangely enough, VCDs released in Asia still use this logo, and it makes a surprise appearance on the Fox PAL DVD release of For a Few Dollars More.

MGM DVD

1st Logo (1998-2006)

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Logo: On a black background, a red oval rotates onto the screen. A small red circle with the MGM logo in it fades in, and we hear Leo roaring loudly in it. The letters of "MGM DVD" zoom out onto the oval one-by-one. The oval and circle disappear in a flash of light, and the remaining texts move closer to each other.

Trivia: On international DVD releases, this logo has been duplicated into two titles depending on which release (e.g. on the UK DVD of Tank Girl, Title 1 (the logo itself) was used to precede the language selection screen while Title 4 (the duplicate) was used to proceed the copyright screen at the end of the disc.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh and a different but very loud roar sound effect. 6 cello notes are heard as the letters come in, as well as an orchestral hit at the end, and synth chimes.

Availability: Common.

  • Seen on all 1998-2003 MGM DVDs such as The Great Escape, Bad Influence, Overboard, UHF, Mannequin, Fluke, The Care Bears Movie, Legally Blonde, Heartbreakers, Barbershop, Spaceballs, The Pride of the Yankees, Igby Goes Down, Original Sin, Antitrust, Autumn in New York, Truly Madly Deeply, Company Business, Prancer, The Adventures of Priscilla, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Mr. Mom, Fluke, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, King Solomon's Mines, Khartoum, The Terminator, The Secret of NIMH, SpaceCamp, all three All Dogs Go to Heaven films, the James Bond Special Edition films from Dr. No up until The World is Not Enough, the first two Bill & Ted films, the original releases of Hannibal and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas, the Special Edition of Carrie, the original 2003 North American DVD releases of the DIC Movie Toons, and the Rocky 25th Anniversary DVD box set.
  • This logo makes a surprise appearance on the 2005 DVD of The Last Waltz and the 2004 DVD of Lightning, the White Stallion. It also makes a surprise appearance on the 2007 Australian Deluxe Edition DVD release of Four Weddings and a Funeral, possibly because the DVD master had been prepared in 2004, but not released until 2007 for unknown reasons.
  • Despite being retired in North America in 2003 and replaced with the next logo, this logo continued to be used on Fox-distributed DVD releases internationally until late 2006 (e.g. the 2005 Australian Region 4 Special Edition/Gold Edition DVD release of Rain Man).
  • Some earlier international DVD prints from Warner Home Video (e.g. the 1999 release of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) don't use this logo, instead just using the standard 1986 logo for de-facto purposes.
  • This does not appear on the Australian DVD release of The Secret of NIMH, even though the print logo is shown on the cover, instead, the standard 1986 logo is used (as with earlier Australian MGM DVD releases up until sometime in 2001, when this logo most likely began to appear internationally), it's also strangely absent from the Australian DVD release of 12 Angry Men, despite the print logo being shown on the cover, instead, the 1986 logo is used as the de-facto logo.

2nd Logo (2003-2019)


Logo: On a black background, a flash of light emerges from the screen and circles showing clips from MGM-owned movies (in order: Pierce Brosnan from GoldenEye, the titular characters of Thelma & Louise, Raymond and Charlie Babbitt from Rain Man, Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, Steve McQueen's motorcycle jump from The Great Escape, Marilyn Monroe from Some Like It Hot, Willem Dafoe's death scene from Platoon, Frances McDormand from Fargo, Reese Witherspoon from Legally Blonde and Rocky's victory pose after running up the steps in Rocky) fly toward us. As the last circle flies towards us, two golden rings appear in the center rotating and collapse into the MGM DVD logo (in gray), surrounded by a red aura and a gold outline. Leo roars once in it, and after that, the logo quickly zooms into the screen before cutting to black.

Technique: CGI animation, with live-action film clips and Leo footage.

Music/Sounds: A commanding orchestral fanfare ending with a triumphant finish, which is a snippet of the stock musical piece "Ultimate Glory" by Anthony DiLorenzo. The appearance of the MGM logo is marked with a loud explosion sound, and the 1995 roar is heard when Leo is seen.

Availability: Very common.

  • Seen on a lot of DVDs of MGM-owned output released from this period, such as Good Boy!, the Ultimate Editions of the first 19 James Bond films as well as both editions of Die Another Day, The Pink Panther (1963), The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, The Indian Fighter, Intermission, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Touching the Void, Blizzard, Wicker Park, Without a Clue, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Jeepers Creepers 2, Code 46, Be Cool, Hotel Rwanda, The Yes Men, Bulletproof Monk, Out of Time, A Guy Thing, Uptown Girls, Species III, Wedding Daze, De-Lovely, Wicker Park, Zachariah, The Last American Virgin, It Runs in the Family, Little Monsters, Clownhouse, New York, New York, Death to the Supermodels, The Baxter, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Hard Promises, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Soul Plane, National Lampoon's Dorm Daze, Bright Lights, Big City, Quantum of Solace, Valkyrie, Material Girls, The Sure Thing, Flyboys, Hoosiers, Igor, The Emperor's New Clothes, Skyfall, Hot Tub Time Machine, Home of the Brave, The Brother from Another Planet, My Summer Story, both Agent Cody Banks films, Walking Tall, The Pink Panther 2, Spectre, RoboCop 2, Beauty Shop, X-15, Sleepover, The Outer Limits: Aliens Among Us Collection, both seasons of Dead Like Me, Submarine X-1, Saved!, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, A Small Circle of Friends, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Prodigy, the remakes of The Amityville Horror, RoboCop, Child's Play, and Carrie, the Special Edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, as well as the Collector's Editions of Spaceballs, Get Shorty, and Red Dawn (1984) and the 2004 Rocky Anthology box set.
  • This logo was not used outside North America until late 2006. It is almost preceded by the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment logo from the time period in these regions.
  • It doesn't appear on the Hi-5 volumes that MGM distributed or any other family MGM DVDs at the time, as they use the MGM Kids logo.
  • It also doesn't appear on MGM releases distributed by Universal on DVD & Blu-ray, such as The Addams Family (2019), its sequel and No Time to Die.
  • As MGM became more of a film financer in 2011, this logo began to be used less frequently, with only DVD releases of films MGM co-produced but held the home video rights to, films from Orion Pictures released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, or TV shows utilizing this logo.
  • This does not appear on the DVD release of the 2018 remake of Death Wish.
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