Miramax Home Entertainment

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Background

Miramax Home Entertainment was the home entertainment division of Miramax Films, formed in early 1992 as Miramax Home Video after years of having their films released by several home video distributors including HBO Video, Media Home Entertainment (through Fox Video) and LIVE Home Video. The same year, Miramax struck a deal with Paramount Home Entertainment to have them release their films on VHS (Paramount still owns the video rights to some of these films). After Disney bought out the company in 1993, Miramax's video releases were distributed briefly by Touchstone Home Video through Buena Vista Home Video. Miramax ended up releasing videos under its own label in the mid-1990s, with Buena Vista distributing. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment distributed Miramax products from 2007-2011 (after the company's founders and CEOs, the Weinstein brothers, left two years earlier). In December 2010, Miramax was sold by Disney to Filmyard Holdings, LLC, a division of Colony Capital. In February 2011, they entered a home video agreement with Lionsgate Home Entertainment and StudioCanal to distribute more than 550 titles from the renowned Miramax film library on DVD, and later that month, they made a deal with Echo Bridge Home Entertainment for domestic DVD distribution of the studio's additional 251 titles. In March 2014 though, Echo Bridge lost the distribution rights to those titles, allowing Lionsgate to obtain complete access to the Miramax catalog. Later in December 2019, ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) bought a 49% stake in Miramax and took over the home media distribution rights the next year from Lionsgate, with Paramount Home Entertainment returning to release all of Miramax's titles on home video since September 22, 2020, Paramount now handles the home video rights to the company's library worldwide.

1st Logo (August 24, 1994-August 30, 2005)

Miramax Home Entertainment "Big M" (1994).jpg

Nicknames: "The M", "Big M", "Flashing M", "Miramax M", "Muffled M"

Logo: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo, although the logo is re-animated in a smoother frame rate, and the text "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "FILMS".

Variant: On the Criterion Collection DVD of Chasing Amy, the logo is stretched into 16:9 widescreen.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo, though reanimated using (presumably) computer graphics.

Music/Sounds: The 1987 Miramax logo theme, but in muffled mono.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some Live Entertainment and Miramax Special Edition DVDs, there is a 5.1 surround version of the theme.
  • On rare occasions it is silent, like on the Criterion Collection DVD of Chasing Amy.

Availability: Rare.

  • It's seen on Miramax VHS and DVD releases of the era, such as Four Rooms, the demo tape of Things to Do in Denver... When You're Dead, Good Will Hunting, and Pulp Fiction. Its first appearance was on Three Colors: Blue and Like Water for Chocolate, both of which were co-branded with Touchstone Home Video; this logo wouldn't appear solo until the next month.
  • Don't expect to see this on most Image Entertainment Laserdisc releases, like The Thief and the Cobbler.
  • One of the last tapes in the U.S. to use this logo was the 1999 VHS of Monument Ave., whereas one of the last DVDs in that region to feature this logo was the 1999 DVD of Everest. In the UK, this logo was used until 2005, as seen on a VHS copy of My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie.
  • It was also found on a promotional VHS release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and strangely, on some copies of The Others too.
  • This also appears on the 2002 Region 4 Australian DVD release of Serendipity (which is strange, as it was released during the next logo's lifespan, it's unknown if this logo or the next logo appeared on the Australian VHS release of Serendipity).
  • While Miramax's first videocassettes, issued through Paramount, have a home video variation of the Miramax print logo, don't expect to see an animated version of it on said releases as they simply use the standard film logo, if that.
  • UK VHS releases didn't start using this logo until the late 90s. Prior to that, Miramax and Dimension titles were distributed by Touchstone Home Video and Hollywood Pictures Home Video.

Legacy: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo.

2nd Logo (1999-January 8, 2008)

Nicknames: "The Buildings", "Lights in the Big City", "Manhattan Skyline", "The City", "Miramax Skyline", "Videotaped Skyline"

Logo: Same as the 1998 movie logo, except it's videotaped and shot at a faster frame rate, and again, the text "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "FILMS".

Variants:

  • There are videotaped and filmed versions. The former appears on some earlier releases, while the latter appears on early Blu-rays and a few DVDs, such as the 2005 Collector's Series Director's Cut's DVDs of Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood and The Yards, among others.
  • On some releases, the logo is shown in 16:9 widescreen.
  • On the DVD of the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?, the 4:3 version of the logo is stretched out to 16:9 rather than being cropped to those dimensions.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1998 logo.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent, as per the 1998 logo.

Music/Sounds Variants: On some DVD releases and the VHS of Clerks: Uncensored (the cartoon adaptation), it uses the previous logo's theme.

Availability: Can be found on Miramax video releases from 1999 to 2008.

  • Strangely, this doesn't appear on the 2005 DVD of My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie, despite the fact that the VHS version of the said film has it. Instead, the Buena Vista Home Entertainment logo is seen. This is also the same case on the UK DVD release of Pokémon 4Ever.
  • The opposite occurs on the 2002 VHS & DVD releases of The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina, where despite Miramax not being mentioned on their labels, it appears on both versions of the film regardless. On the DVD version, this appears right after the 2nd Buena Vista Home Video logo.

Legacy: Starting on February 12, 2008, Miramax DVD and Blu-ray releases just used the standard 1998 logo and later the 2008 logo.

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