Paramount and Universal modified screen

Modified Screen: On a black background, we see the words "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit this screen." in a Times New Roman font.

Trivia: This modified screen was also used by DreamWorks Home Entertainment around this time. It exists in a filmed variant and a videotaped variant. The latter has a smooth fade in and fade out. Strangely enough, it also appeared on the 2004 VHS of Spider Man 2, and newer Universal Pictures films when shown as in-flight movies.


  • On the 1994 VHS of Searching for Bobby Fischer, the text is in a bold, sans-serif typeface.
  • On the 2001 French Canadian VHS of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the text is in French-Canadian.

FX/SFX: Just the simple fade in and fade out. On DVD releases, none.

Cheesy Factor: Nothing wrong with this bumper, but it looks very unoriginal.

Music/Sounds: None usually, but on Descriptive Video Service VHS's with this format screen, a DVS narrator reads out the format screen in full. Examples are Rena Baskin on Apollo 13, Pat Lentz on Meet the Parents, Chloe Leaman on Shrek, and Miles Neff on Seabiscuit and Ray.

Availability: On fullscreen Paramount and (MCA/)Universal VHS releases from 1994 until the format's end in 2006. Don't expect this on many DVDs released by either studio though, as they are usually in widescreen. It also appeared on DreamWorks DVD releases. Strangely, it does not appear on DVD releases of Dreamgirls, Norbit, or Blades of Glory, which uses 20th Century Fox's modified screen instead. This also appeared on the 1995 VHS of The Pagemaster.

Scare Factor: None to low for the filmed version, unless you are afraid of film scratches. Absolutely none for the videotaped variant.