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November 1981-1995Edit

Palace Video

Nicknames: "...OR ELSE!", "The Very Strict Warning", "The Warning That Gives People Nightmares", "The '...OR ELSE!' Warning"

Warning: On a black background, we see the warning text (in white):

WARNING
THE COPYRIGHT PROPRIETOR HAS
LICENCED THE FILM
(INCLUDING ITS SOUNDTRACK)
COMPRISED IN THIS VIDEOCASSETTE
FOR HOME USE ONLY.
ALL OTHER RIGHTS ARE RESERVED.
ANY UNAUTHORISED COPYING, EDITING,
EXHIBITION, RENTING, EXCHANGING,
HIRING, LENDING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCES,
DIFFUSION AND/OR BROADCAST OF THIS
VIDEOCASSETTE OR ANY PART THEREOF
IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
...OR ELSE!

Variants:

  • On some tapes, the text is white on a blue background, and the "OR ELSE!" is missing.
  • An even rarer variant has the "ELSE!" in "OR ELSE!" flashing red and blue.

FX/SFX: None, except for the flashing on the flashing variant.

Cheesy Factor: Considering the way "...OR ELSE!" is arranged, the warning is grammatically nonsensical.

Availability: Seen on most UK Palace Video releases with the "Haunted Castle/Neon Castle" logo, such as The Dark Crystal. Later Palace releases (that don't have the Neon Castle) such as High Spirits also have this.

Scare Factor: Anywhere from none to nightmare; it all depends on what you think of the "...OR ELSE!" part of the warning screen. Depending on who you are, you might either find it unintentionally funny, rather ridiculous or quite unnerving (due to the ambiguity left by nothing coming after the "...OR ELSE!" part, as well as the poor arrangement of it). Raised to medium to nightmare for the flashing variant, as well as the fact that the Palace Video logo follows this. None for the blue background variant.

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