National Geographic Video

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
mr3urious and 19Joshua


National Geographic Video is the home video division of National Geographic.

1st Logo (March 26, 1986-1999)


Logo: On a black background, parts of the yellow rectangle in National Geographic's logo zooms out at an angle, followed by the words "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO" arranged vertically. They stop at the top of the inner part of the rectangle.

Technique: The rectangle and words zooming out.

Music/Sounds: An abridged version of the familiar National Geographic theme composed by Elmer Bernstein. Light whooshes are somewhat audible.

Availability: Uncommon. National Geographic videos were distributed by Vestron Video, Columbia TriStar Home Video and Warner Home Video during this period; multiple examples are National Geographic Video: Iceland River Challenge and For All Mankind. International releases this may or may not have this logo. Australian videos distributed through Time Life do not have this logo.

2nd Logo (1993-1999)


Logo: Same as the National Geographic Television logo, except "VIDEO" appears below the line instead.

Technique: See National Geographic Television.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st logo, though it's also reorchestrated on other releases. At the beginning an announcer may say "...and now our feature presentation." At the end it may be silent.

Availability: Uncommon; seen on some VHS and DVD distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Video or Warner Home Video, such as Tigers of the Snow. Can be seen on the VHS of Really Wild Animals.

3rd Logo (1999-2006)


Logo: On a black background, we see the National Geographic logo, the camera moves back until the logo faces it. The logo shines. We see the text saying "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC".

Variant: On the feature presentation version, the "FEATURE PRESENTATION" text appears under the National Geographic text.

Technique: The camera moving, the shining.

Music/Sounds: Abridged version of the National Geographic theme.

Availability: Rare, seen on the VHS of Hindenburg's Fiery Secret.

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