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


1978-1981: MCA DiscoVision

Universal Studios Home Entertainment started off as MCA DiscoVision, which was founded in 1978. This was the company's only logo back then. It appears on the 1978 laserdisc print of On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends. At that time, seven Disney titles were released from DiscoVision.

1981-1983: MCA Videocassette/Videodisc

After MCA and Disney broke up in 1981, the company changed its old name to two different company names -- MCA Videocassette and MCA Videodisc. These next two logos prove it all.

1983-1990: MCA Home Video

This logo was introduced when the company changed its name to MCA Home Video. It is mostly found on mid to late 1980s VHS tapes of Universal films, such as the original 1988 VHS of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982).

1990-1998: MCA/Universal Home Video

When Universal City Studios turned 75 years old, the company's name got changed yet again, this time to MCA/Universal Home Video. You can find this logo on VHS tapes and Laserdiscs from the early to mid 1990s, including the 1994 VHS of Jurassic Park (1993) and The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth videos. On DVD, it can be seen at the end of The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy documentary on the 2002 DVD release of Back to the Future Part III released on the Back to the Future trilogy DVD set and the beginning of The Making of Jurassic Park documentary on the 2000 Collector's Edition DVD of Jurassic Park.


Warning screen

The 2001 VHS of Shrek has this warning screen.

1997-2012: Universal Studios Home Video/Entertainment

On December 9, 1996, after MCA became defunct, the company became Universal Studios, Inc.. For that, MCA/Universal Home Video's name was changed to Universal Studios Home Video, which later became Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the name still used today.

The logo is still seen on all DVD releases of installments from Universal Studios until 2012, except of course, on the original DVD/VHS release of The Cat in the Hat. As of that year, the film logo is used as the home video logo for current releases of Universal Pictures films.


Warning screens (North America)

Warning screens (Japanese)

Warning screens (South America and Asia)

Thai versions of Universal's films on DVD have the warning screen in English.

2006-2012: High Definition

For HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases during this era, the logo is modified a little.

Notable releases

Title Format Release date
How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD/VHS November 20, 2001
Dr. Seuss films (1971–1982) DVD October 7, 2003
The Cat in the Hat (2003) DVD/VHS March 16, 2004
Seuss Celebration: 9 Favorite Televised Classics DVD September 27, 2005
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Blu-ray October 13, 2009
Despicable Me DVD/Blu-ray December 14, 2010
The Cat in the Hat (2003) Blu-ray February 7, 2012
Hop DVD/Blu-ray March 20, 2012
The Lorax (2012) DVD/Blu-ray August 7, 2012
Despicable Me 2 DVD/Blu-ray December 10, 2013
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Grinchmas Edition DVD/Blu-ray October 13, 2015
Minions DVD/Blu-ray December 8, 2015
The Secret Life of Pets DVD/Blu-ray December 6, 2016
Sing DVD/Blu-ray March 21, 2017
Despicable Me 3 DVD/Blu-ray December 5, 2017
The Grinch DVD/Blu-ray February 5, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 DVD/Blu-ray August 27, 2019