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1st Warning (1981-1987)

Warning: Same as the 1981-1987 Media Home Entertainment warning.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Very rare. This was on the earliest Rhino tapes.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium.

2nd Warning (1987-1995)

Warning: Same as the early variant of 1977-2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment warning.

Trivia: This warning is shown in the Video Pirates segment of the 1987 Universal anthology comedyAmazon Women on the Moon. In the segment, a group of pirates who like to illegally bootleg VHS tapes (the leader is played by William Marshall) find a treasure trove of VHS tapes and laserdiscs. One of them puts one into a VCR, and it displays this warning. He then sarcastically says "Ooooh, I'm so scared!", and he and his crew break into laughter.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Very rare. This was on the earliest Rhino tapes.

Scare Factor: None.

3rd Warning (1993, 1995-1999)

Warning: Same as the black background variant of 1978-2004 Warner Home Video warning.

Variant: On some tapes, a "shadow" effect on the "WARNING" text has been spotted.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on South Park tapes from 1998-1999 and other releases and early DVDs of the time

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium.

4th Warning (1998-2009)

Warning: On a striped pink/brown gradient background, we see the yellow words "A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM THE...", and below them, the large letters "FBI" zoom out one by one. Then the official FBI seal and a photo of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover fade in at the lower right corner and white typewriter-style warning text is written via a typewriter effect below the FBI letters. A yellow doodle of a beard, glasses and hair is scribbled on J. Edgar Hoover's face.

FX/SFX: Almost everything.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic fanfare. Three whooshes were heard when the letters zoom out.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Rhino Home Video DVD and VHS releases from the period. It can also be found on later GoodTimes Entertainment releases with the second logo.

Scare Factor: Low. The dramatics may get to some, but most might find it rather funny.


5th Warning (1998-2009)

Warning: It's almost the same as the 1977-2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Warning Screen, except the background is blue and the FBI seal has a glow.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on some Rhino DVD releases.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

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