Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


1979-1982: Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment

1979 Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Logo On DVD.jpg

Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment was the home video label of Columbia Pictures, established in 1979 to distribute Columbia films on Beta and VHS videocassette formats. One of the most popular films to commonly use this logo was Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).

The music is the same as the 1976 Columbia Pictures logo.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan = Columbia was originally going to release this film on VHS in November 1979 as one of their launch titles but got cancelled due to the huge success of Midnight Express.

In 1982, Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment merged with RCA to form RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. Lost and Found was released on VHS in 1982 (the same year as Taxi Driver, Union City, Neighbors, Wrong is Right, On the Waterfront and It Happened One Night), but as an RCA/Columbia title, making it the first title under that distributor name.

1982-1991: RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video and RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video

North America


In 1982, RCA Corporation created a joint venture with Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment, changing the company's name to RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video. This was their first logo, appearing on the original VHS releases of the very first Tristar Pictures films. By 1986, the logo gradually became less common to find.

The logo is silent.


A bit easier to find than its 1982 counterpart, this was RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video's last logo. However, it mostly appears on films released by Tristar Pictures; until 1989, VHS tapes with Columbia Pictures films went straight to the film logo.

Yet again, the logo is silent.


This logo was only seen in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, mostly on 1980s VHS tapes of Columbia and Tristar Pictures films.

Like its domestic (U.S.) counterpart, the logo is silent.

1991-2001: Columbia TriStar Home Video


After RCA's joint venture with Columbia ended on August 23, 1991, all further VHS releases since then were released under the brand name "Columbia TriStar Home Video".

Their first logo shown below is quite rare, seeing as though it mostly only appears on VHS releases of films released by Columbia and TriStar Pictures in 1991. One example is the 1992 VHS of Hook.

Even yet again, there is no music for this logo.


This logo is also quite rare, as it usually only appears on films released by Columbia or TriStar Pictures in 1992 and re-prints of older films from September 1992 to April 1993. Later prints of Hook on VHS contain this logo.

This was the last logo from the company to have no music whatsoever.


First seen in May 1993, Columbia Tristar Home Video's third logo is much more common to find than the first two logos. The logo was frequently in use until 1996 in North America on VHS tapes, Laserdiscs (and on early DVDs), then it was re-used starting in 1998, after the 1997 logo was no longer in use as the standard logo for VHS and DVD releases of films and television shows from Columbia TriStar Home Video.

The logo also appears on VHS and Laserdisc prints of early films with the 1993 Columbia and TriStar Pictures logos, and on DVDs under the Columbia Classics series.


This was the standard logo for all Columbia/Tristar Pictures releases on VHS from May 1996 to July 1997. It was seen on films such as Matilda, Fly Away Home, and Jumanji.

Very early DVD releases of such films also had this logo.


From mid-1997 to 1998, this became the standard logo for all VHS releases from Columbia Tristar Home Video. After that, they re-used the 1993 logo. Usually, the logo has no music.


This logo was only seen on most early DVD prints of Columbia Tristar films. It can be found on DVD prints of Stuart Little (1999) and Hook (1991).


Warning screens

2001-2006: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

Early in 2001, the company's name had slightly changed to Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. This was the only logo to have the company's name from back then. It can be seen on DVD releases of Metropolis, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Hook (Superbit Collection edition), and Matilda: Special Edition. On VHS and early DVD releases, the logo is slowed down. The VHS variant on DVD can be found on the international region 2 and 4 DVDs of Charlie's AngelsS.W.A.T. (2004 re-print), the Region 1 DVD of Jeffery Blitz's documentary "Spellbound", The Order (UK release), Dirty Dancing (which is in scope ratio), China Moon, Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different (2004 re-print), the German DVD of Dark Blue World and the Australian DVD of Born Free + Living Free. It can also be found on the UK DVD of Stuart Little 2. The logo stopped getting used in 2005 although VHS releases in the UK & Ireland continued using it until April 2006.

2005-Present: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

After the current name of the company was adopted in late 2004, this current logo began in use on March 24, 2005, the same day when the PlayStation Portable was released. The first DVD with this logo was Are We There Yet?, released on May 24, 2005. The logo can be found on all Blu-ray Disc releases of Columbia and Tristar Pictures films.


Warning screen (Japanese)

Warning screens (East and Southeast Asia)

Warning screens (Central and South America)

Notable releases

Title Format Release date
Ghostbusters VHS October 31, 1985
Ghostbusters II VHS November 23, 1989
Hook VHS July 24, 1992
Matilda VHS December 17, 1996
Matilda DVD June 2, 1997
Ghostbusters DVD June 29, 1999
Ghostbusters II DVD June 29, 1999
Hook DVD March 21, 2000
Hook (Superbit) DVD September 9, 2003
Matilda: Special Edition DVD June 7, 2005
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 DVD August 2, 2005
Open Season DVD/Blu-ray January 30, 2007
Surf's Up DVD/Blu-ray October 9, 2007
Open Season 2 DVD/Blu-ray January 27, 2009
Ghostbusters Blu-ray June 16, 2009
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD/Blu-ray January 5, 2010
Open Season 3 DVD/Blu-ray January 25, 2011
Hook Blu-ray November 1, 2011
The Smurfs DVD/Blu-ray December 2, 2011
The Pirates! Band of Misfits DVD/Blu-ray August 28, 2012
Arthur Christmas DVD/Blu-ray November 6, 2012
Hotel Transylvania DVD/Blu-ray January 29, 2013
Matilda: Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray December 3, 2013
The Smurfs 2 DVD/Blu-ray December 3, 2013
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 DVD/Blu-ray January 28, 2014
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Blu-ray September 16, 2014
Annie DVD/Blu-ray March 17, 2015
Hotel Transylvania 2 DVD/Blu-ray January 12, 2016
Open Season: Scared Silly DVD/Blu-ray March 8, 2016
The Angry Birds Movie DVD/Blu-ray August 16, 2016
Surf's Up 2: WaveMania DVD January 17, 2017
Smurfs: The Lost Village DVD/Blu-ray July 11, 2017
The Emoji Movie DVD/Blu-ray October 24, 2017
The Star DVD/Blu-ray February 20, 2018
Peter Rabbit DVD/Blu-ray May 1, 2018
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation DVD/Blu-ray October 9, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse DVD/Blu-ray March 19, 2019
The Angry Birds Movie 2 DVD/Blu-ray November 12, 2019