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1978-2004Edit

Warning: On a black background, we see a black square on the left with the standard FBI logo in white, and the generic text in a white box on the right with the red word "WARNING" on the top.

Variants:

  • On some tapes, a "shadow" effect on the "WARNING" text has been spotted.
  • On some tapes from 1981-1986, the whole thing was on a white background. It also has the Title 17 version.
  • There is another version in which the FBI seal was slightly larger and the right side of the white box was rounded.
  • There is a smoother version that faded in and out intact, apparently from a character generator, with a bolder "FBI" lettering and cleaner text, on some tapes.
  • Another version appears to be digitally generated, with the "FBI" text not blocky or spaced properly.
  • There is also a version where the whole thing is on a blue background.
  • On early Warner CEDs/laserdiscs such as Risky Business, "WARNING" is in a wider font, and everything is in black, but "FBI", the seal, "WARNING" and the warning text is in white.
  • Shout! Factory and Universal Music DVD releases also used this, except the FBI seal is colored.
  • On BWE Video releases, "FBI" has spaces between the letters.
  • On the extremely rare 1989 VHS of Hell's Bells: The Dangers of Rock 'n' Roll, the word "FBI" is very thin, just like the Hanna-Barbera Home Video and/or Pioneer Entertainment warnings, while the font is different, the bottom text is altered and the "," is at the word "tapes" and the FBI seal is missing.
  • On Strand Releasing releases, the word "WARNING" is very bold, the word "FBI" is in a different font, the text is altered and the FBI seal is colorized.
  • On York Entertainment releases, the word "FBI" and the FBI seal is taken out, the word "WARNING" and the text is altered and it flashes.
  • On Feature Films for Families, the warning text is slightly different. The "WARNING" text is slightly bolder on some releases, while the font is different and the word "WARNING" is very bolder on later releases.
  • On Planet Video and Regal Video releases, the above-mentioned version is poorly filmed. Planet Video version contains shading, while Regal Video releases, it flies over and the FBI box is gradient and has the Magnavox Magnavision background music.
  • On Continental Video and Cinema Group Home Video releases, it has an orangish-schemed version on some releases. Continental Video page flipping to it, white Cinema Group Home Video releases, the effect segues with checkerboard.
  • On a Rock Video Monthly VHS, the warning is placed on a red background. Kid Rhino Home Video releases also use this variant, except the background is blue.
  • On Chronical Videocassettes releases, the warning is very different, with the word "FBI" is very bolder, while the warning text is in Gill Sans font.
  • On 1978-1981 releases, the warning text is sightly different, a different font is used and a rounded right side is near the end.
  • A black-and-white version of both versions exist.
  • On the 1980 WCI Home Video release of "10", the above-mentioned warning screen faded to the Orion Pictures logo.
  • On 1992-1999 MPI Home Video releases, the background is black-blue gradient with all copies of the word "FBI" and the word "WARNING" is in Gill Sans font.
  • On Program Hunters and pre-1992 Prism Entertainment releases, the background is blue, with the word "WARNING" is grey and the graininess is used.
  • On Republic Pictures Home Video releases, the background is coral pink.
  • On Cannon Video releases, the background is blue with the box with the FBI logo and the word "WARNING" is in the top.
  • On Synapse Films releases, the warning is mentioned above with stripes.
  • On Pioneer Entertainment releases, the FBI seal is colorized.
  • On 1983-1984 Walt Disney Home Entertainment releases, the word "WARNING" is black and the background is poppy red.
  • On 1979-1982, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2000 Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment and RCA/Columbia releases, it was taped off on an old TV while the background is red.
  • On Phillips Interactive Media VCD releases, the word "FBI" is red while everything else is in black and white.
  • On 1981-1987 Media Home Entertainment releases, the background is blue with the left side is rounded and everything else is white.
  • On 1983-1991 Embassy/Nelson releases, the background is purple, the word "WARNING!" with the exclomation mark and the extra warning text is in the top.
  • On 1997-2002 DVDs, a still of the warning (obviously a freeze-framed VHS capture) fades in and out.

FX/SFX: None, but this cut right to the WCI/WHV (on 1980-1985 releases) or Embassy Home Entertainment (see below) logo.

Cheesy Factor: Early widescreen DVDs and the widescreen sides of early flipper discs have the warning cheaply stretched. In addition, 2002-2004 DVDs with the warning use obvious VHS rips.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: On all WCI/Warner Home Video releases from 1978-2004. Also seen on some tapes released by Strand/VCI and the Video Collection, as well as certain Orion Home Video, Diamond Entertainment and later Magnum Entertainment releases. The "shadow" version was exclusive to Rhino Home Video releases. The early version can be found on Dirty Harry and All the President's Men as well as other VHS and BETA releases from WCI/Warner Home Video from 1978 to 1981, and 1985-1986 MPI Home Video releases. The version with the white background can be found on Mean Streets, Superman II, The Enforcer and Death Wish II, as well as other VHS and BETA releases from Warner Home Video from 1981-1986, a few Embassy Home Entertainment releases (including the 1983 release of Carbon Copy) and RKO Home Video releases. The white background variation can also be seen on some VHS re-releases such as the 1986 release of The Road Warrior. The rounded right side version was intact on certain Orion Home Video releases and several Warner Reprise Video/Warner Music Vision releases, as well as Shapiro Glickenhaus Home Video releases by Southgate Entertainment. The smoother version that faded in and out was sighted on Hemdale Home Video releases. The digitally generated version was seen on Warner Home Video DVDs. The blue background version can be found on New Horizons/Concorde, Virgin Vision, MCEG/Virgin, J2 Communications, Madacy Entertainment, Cloud Ten Pictures, Blockbuster, MTM Home Video releases, a few Random House Home Video releases, Embassy Home Entertainment releases like Labyrinth, MPI Home Video, UAV Corporation tapes of Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment and other VHS companies' tapes. The Shout! Factory version was used on some SF DVDs such as Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series. This warning is also seen on VideoTec releases, such as the 1992 screener VHS Tugs: Munitions & Pirates. This also made a surprise appearance on the MGM/UA Home Video Laserdisc Sampler from 1990, on the 1982 CBS/FOX Video CED release of Alien, the 1997/1998 Paramount VHS of 'Til There Was You, and on the 2003 GoodTimes Entertainment VHS release of The Judas Priest. The blue background variant made a surprise appearance on some RCA/Columbia Real Ghostbusters tapes and Vietnamese DVDs.

Scare Factor: Like most warnings in this format, low to medium. It looks eyesore for the DVD variant. As for the 1978-1981 version, the font for "FBI" wasn't usual to see either.

1981 Edit

Warning: On a blue background, we see the white word "WARNING". White rental warning text scrolls upward.

FX/SFX: The text scrolling.

Availability: Pretty tough to come across. This was only used for a year on "For-Rental-Only" prints, such as Superman IIThe Enforcer, Excalibur and  Dirty Harry.

Scare Factor: Low.

1981-1982Edit

Warner Home Video (1982) *WITH UNITED ARTISTS THEME!*00:35

Warner Home Video (1982) *WITH UNITED ARTISTS THEME!*

Warning: On a blue background, white warning text scrolls upward: "Any duplication, sale, rental or exhibition or performance in public (for a fee or free) is strictly prohibited and violates the copy right laws of Canada. Failure to comply with these restrictions exposes you to liability by way of fine, damages, confiscation of infringing copies, and in the case of a repeated offense, imprisonment."

FX/SFX: Same as the previous warning.

Music/Sounds: None, though the first half of the "Turning UA" theme can be heard over this warning on the Canadian Warner VHS of Casablanca.

Availability: Seen on early Canadian cassettes from Warner Home Video, including Casablanca.

Scare Factor: None.

1982-presentEdit

Warning: On a blue background, white text scrolls upward. The text is in English and then French.

Variants:

  • On 1997-2002 DVDs such as Deathtrap, The First Deadly Sin, Hopper, The Pelican Brief, Made in America, Ocean's 11 (1960), and Wildcats, it fades in on the word "WARNING" scrolling up and fades out on the last line of the French text.
  • Widescreen versions of both variants exist. The early DVD variant can be seen on early widescreen DVDs and the widescreen sides of double-sided DVDs such as Singles, The Clan of the Cave Bear, and Sommersby, while the regular variant can be seen on the 2004 DVD of A Star is Born (1976).

FX/SFX: Same as the previous warnings.

Cheesy Factor: It looks and feels very old-timely for something used on DVDs. Also, the widescreen variant is cheaply stretched.

Availability: At the end of all DVD releases from Warner Home Video, starting with the 1997 DVD of Twister (the very first DVD release in the United States). Initially, this was on Canadian VHS releases from WHV, including the 1983 release of THX-1138.

Scare Factor: Minimum.

2002-2004 Edit

Warning: Same as the DVD variant of the 1982-2004 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment warning.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen only on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, most likely because of Columbia Pictures having international distribution rights.

Scare Factor: Low.


2004-2005 Edit

Warning: On a blue background, we see the FBI warning logo with "FBI WARNING" right next to it. Below that is the generic text.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. It's been spotted on the home video releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Scare Factor: Minimal. It's tamer than earlier efforts.

2005-2008, 2009Edit

Warning: It's almost the same as the 2004-2013 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Warning Screen, except it's on a black-blue gradient background, the text is in a different font and in one paragraph. 

Variants

  • On Appleseed Ex Machina, the text is aligned to the left. 
  • A widescreen variant exists. 

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on all WHV releases from 2004 to 2008. Among the first releases to use this were Yu-Gi-Oh! The MovieKangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.!, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Also seen on releases by a few other companies (often unrelated), including later releases by Bandai Entertainment, Time Warner-owned New Line Home Entertainment and 2 Entertain. Oddly, this makes surprise appearances on the 2009 Unrated Edition DVD of The Hangover and Saints: Road to XLIV.

Scare Factor: None. Much better than the previous ones.


2008-presentEdit

Warning: On a black background is a blue/black gradient box with rounded edges, which has whitish-blue lines inside it. In the box is the following: on top is the no symbol (a red circle with a diagonal line) which has "SUPPORT ANTI-PIRACY" in very small white letters on the circle. Inside it is "PIRACY" in white. Below that is "5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON", in gold with a line below, and at the bottom, also in gold, is "FINES OF $250,000" with a line above it. Each is sandwiching a big red "WARNING". On the "WARNING" is the text in white.

Variant: A widescreen variant exists.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Appears on pre-2013 releases from Warner Home Video, such as The Hangover (R-Rated Edition only; the Unrated Edition used the previous warning), The Blind Side, and Clash of the Titans (2010). Although it no longer appears on movie releases, it is still used on releases of television shows such as Adventure Time, Growing Pains, and Supernatural

Scare Factor: Low to medium. It's actually a cool-looking screen.

2013-present Edit

Warning: Same as the 2011-present Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment warning.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on all WHV releases from 2013 to present.

Scare Factor: None.

INTERNATIONAL WARNINGS (NON-USA/CANADA)Edit

United KingdomEdit

1980-2004Edit

Warning: On a blue background, white Warning text scrolls up in smaller print.

Variants:

  • On early tapes, the text is shorter and scrolls at a faster rate. Also, a duplication screen appears before it reading:
This video cassette was duplicated by Rank
Phicom Video Duplication on behalf of
Warner Home Video and with their approval.
  • On pre-cert rental tapes, different text is used.
  • On early post-cert releases, another duplication notice appears right before the "standard" warning text reading:
This video cassette was duplicated by
Rank Video Duplication on behalf of
Warner Home Video and with their approval.
  • On late '80s and early '90s rental tapes, a different duplication screen appears after the warning finished. We start out with 3D stars rotating and becames 2D on a dark blue background. The text wipes in each row reads:
THIS VIDEO CASSETTE
HAS BEEN DUPLICATED BY
RANK VIDEO SERVICES
ON BEHALF OF
WARNER HOME VIDEO
WITH THEIR APPROVAL

Finally, the Rank gong man with the words "Part of the Rank Organisation" appears below zooming up and it shines.

  • On 1990 and 1995 tapes, the background is dark bluish-purple.
  • On 1996-1999 tapes, the background is dark blue, the warning text is in a different font, the word "WARNING" is now uppercase, bold, and slightly italicized and the bottom text altered.
  • On post-1999 tapes, the background becomes darker, the warning text is in a Helvetica font and in two paragraphs, a colon is placed next to "WARNING" and the bottom text is altered and placed in the second warning paragraph.
  • On early pre-cert tapes, the warning text never scrolls up and different.

Cheesy Factor: Looks fine, but in the early variants, a few words are needlessly capitalized.

FX/SFX: The text scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None. At the end of the 1989 UK VHS of James Bond 007 Octopussy, it has the film's closing music playing over the warning scroll.

Availability: Seen on British VHS and Beta cassettes. Until 1986, the warning appeared at the start of the tape, such as on Gremlins. Can also be seen on pre-cert titles like Superman II and Risky Buisness. After 1986, it only appeared at the end, such as on Ocean's ElevenJeepers CreepersBless the ChildAnd Your Mother TooThe Powerpuff Girls MovieUnder SiegeThe Miracle MakerThe GiftUnder Suspicion (2000), Risky BusinessPokémon: The First MovieThe Magic Sword: Quest for CamelotThe Iron GiantScooby Doo: The MovieScooby Doo 2: Monsters UnleashedCabin FeverWhale RiderAddams Family ReunionDangerous LiasonsHarry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe DelinquentsThe BodyguardGremlins 2, and Free Willy. One of the last releases to have it at the front is the rental VHS of Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment.

Scare Factor: None.

1999-presentEdit

Warner Home Video Warning DVD (1999)

Warning: On a black background, a white warning text in Arial or Helvetica (with WARNING in red above it), and then the text changes multiple times in different languages (with the Name of the country above it) after a few moments.

Trivia: This warning screen later became a basis for international warning screens of other companies like 20th Century Fox Home Entertainmnet or Buena Vista Home Entertainment (by replacing all instances of the "Warner Home Video" name with their respective names).

FX/SFX: None, but the text changes languages in a split second.

Music/Sounds: None, same as the first UK warning.

Availability: Seen on UK DVDs after the films, such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Laura's Star.

Scare Factor: None, same as the first UK warning.

AustraliaEdit

1980-1986Edit

Warning: We see the Warning screen scrolling up. On a white background, there is the blue underlined word "WARNING" in a large futuristic font. Below it is blue Warning text in a Kabel font.

FX/SFX: The text scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None. 

Availability: Seen on the company's Australian releases of the era.

Scare Factor: None. 

1980-1989 Edit

Warning: On a white background, we see two logos with the black warning text scrolling up, then it segues to Warner Home Video logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous warning.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on United Artists films from Warner Home Video.

Scare Factor: None.

1986-2004Edit

Warning: On a white background, blue Warning text scrolls up in a Courier font and in capitals.

FX/SFX: Same as the previous warnings.

Music/Sounds: None. 

Availability: Appears on Australian VHS and DVD releases by the company, as well as MGM's Australian releases from 1990 to 2000.

Scare Factor: None.

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