United States

1988-1990 (A)

Bumper: We see the 1980s MGM/UA logo animating, which zooms out to reveal itself as a picture on a piece of filmstrip on a purple/blue gradient background with several "MGM U"s plastered all over it. The metallic silver filmstrip then moves off of the screen in the upper right corner, with another piece of filmstrip with some yellow text saying when the motion picture is available. That is set on a red gradient background. That filmstrip moves from the bottom left corner to the upper left corner. A third and final piece of filmstrip appears at the bottom left corner and settles in the MGM/UA piece of filmstrips' original place, in the center of the screen. That final piece of filmstrip includes the 1987 MGM logo, which is seen animating as normal. When it is done, it fades to black. The blank/black picture on the piece of filmstrip then zooms in and rotates slowly, taking up the whole screen. The trailer for the motion picture mentioned in the bumper then begins.


  • On some releases, the release date text is on a black background and says either "COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU." or "NOW PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR YOU."
  • On some releases, such as the 1990 VHS of Rocky, the MPAA preview screen may be shown in place of the logo.

FX/SFX: Pretty much all of the animation in this bumper.

Cheesy Factor: What's with the two different spellings of "THEATER" on the black background variants?

Music/Sounds: As we hear the late Don LaFontaine announcing "The following MGM/UA Motion Picture is coming to a theater near you [date of release]", we hear the MGM/UA logo theme, and then Leo's roar.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the "Now Playing" variant, Don says "The following MGM/UA motion picture is now playing at a theater near you."
  • On the "Coming Soon" variant, Don says "The following MGM/UA motion picture is coming soon to a theater near you."

Availability: Rare. Seen on the 1988 video release of Spaceballs as well as other MGM/UA Home Video releases from 1988-1990. The "Now Playing" variation appears on the 1990 VHS of Rocky and the "Coming Soon" variation can be seen on the 1988 VHS of Moonstruck.

Scare Factor: None to medium. The announcer, as well as Leo roaring may frighten some, but for those that are used to seeing it, it's still OK.

1988-1990 (B)

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Bumper: The 1982-1993 MGM/UA Home Video logo animates as normal, however, once it's done, the black background fades to a grey marble background. The logo separates in that the lion, ribbons, and "MGM/UA" shrink and move to the upper-left corner of the screen, while "HOME VIDEO" and the lines shrink and move right slightly. As this happens, a transparent rectangle flies in from the upper-right corner of the screen and settles, after which it shines and purple and light-green lines etch themselves in below the lion, ribbons and "MGM/UA" and the rectangle. The white-orange gradient words "COMING ATTRACTION" wipe in below the lines and "HOME VIDEO" and flash, after which a box containing the preview fades in and zooms in, taking up the entire screen.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Music/Sounds: A few notes of Keith Mansfield's "Destiny" with a male announcer (Don LaFontaine) saying "The following is an MGM/UA Home Video coming attraction."

Availability: Seen on MGM/UA Home Video releases from 1988-1990.

Scare Factor: None to low.

1988-1990 (C)

Bumper: On a blue-tinted background of a 1950's-era urban city, we see a marquee with blue squiggly light streaks moving across it. In the area inside these streaks, the light orange-orange gradient words "SNEAK PREVIEW" slide onto the center area of the marquee and settle. After a few seconds, a black rectangle containing the preview fades in, expanding to fill the screen.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Music/Sounds: A brass fanfare with percussion and timpani beats as Don LaFontaine says "The following is an MGM/UA sneak preview."

Availability: Rare. Can be seen, so far, on the 1989 VHS releases of Poltergeist III and Rain Man.

Scare Factor: None.


Bumper: Similar to 1988 ID B, except "HOME VIDEO" doesn't appear below and the logo eases back, during which one of the clip-ons below appears via fade-in, the color of the clip-on depending on the attraction(s) being advertised. Also, the background remains black during all of this.


  • Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You
  • Now Playing At A Theatre Near You
  • Coming Soon On Videocassette
  • Now Available On Videocassette


  • A still version of this bumper exists.
  • An earlier version exists where "HOME VIDEO" remains intact and when it eases, the words "ALSO AVAILABLE" fade in.

FX/SFX: The logo animating and easing back, the fade-in of the clip on.

Music/Sounds: Just the music of the logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: The variant can be silent or have the music.

Availability: Appears on MGM/UA Home Video releases from 1989-1993. The early version is very rare.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, depending on how you feel about the logo. Also, you may instead be expecting the regular logo, so this could surprise some.


Bumper: We see a still version of the closing variant of the 1993-1998 MGM/UA Home Video logo with one of the below clip-ons in place of "HOME VIDEO".



FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on MGM/UA Home Video and MGM Home Entertainment video releases from 1993-2005.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

International variants

United Kingdom


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Bumper: On a black background, the white-gray gradient words "COMING SOON" zoom out from left and right and settle. After settling, two lines draw themselves above and below them, sandwiching them.

FX/SFX: The words zooming out and settling, the lines drawing.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It's only seen in the UK.

Scare Factor: None.


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Bumper: On a black background, we see the italicized words "COMING SOON" in blue, sandwiched in between two lines.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Appears on the 1996 UK VHS of Get Shorty though allegedly is on other MGM releases from 1994-2000.

Scare Factor: None.