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Background

This company is the American certificate mark arm of Laserdisc, and it appears on a majority of Laserdiscs that were released from approximately 1981 after the end of MCA DiscoVision to the late 2006. American Laserdisc production ended in 2007, while disc production in Japan continued until approximately 2008. Stand-alone players ceased production around that time as well, but combination LD/DVD players were produced until late 2012, when Pioneer discontinued the final combo player models.

This logo was used mostly on U.S. titles pressed by Pioneer and, in some cases, DiscoVision Associates (a spinoff of MCA DiscoVision).

Logo(1981-2007): Up against a black background, we see strange purple lines (which is an extremely vertically-stretched "LaserVision" in purple) at the bottom of the screen that slide a bit. Then the LaserDisc certificate logo appears from a distance, and it turns a little bit left towards the center with a trail. Then "LaserVision" appears with a similar trail and moves under the LaserDisc certification mark. Then in the top corner, a set of strange purple lights with "lens flares" appears.

Variants

  • When starting the end of other sides, the words "Side 2", "Side 3", etc. appears after the animation.
  • End of side bumpers on most discs simply consisted of a still image of the logo.
  • A still blue and white version exists on the earliest discs.
  • On some discs, like Charlotte's Web (1973) or Alien (1979), there is an animated version. The outermost part of the logo fades in along with the word "Laser". The innermost part of the logo fades in along with the word "Vision". Again, on a side that is not Side 1, the side number fades in.
  • On the end of a promotional video (made by Phillips), the LaserVision logo (colored all blue) zooms in with a whoosh sound effect, on a black background. There is text on the bottom that says "Now Ask For a Demonstration Here".

Music/Sounds

While a low warbling synth plays, we hear a couple of whooshes, followed by a ding when the lights appear. The blue and white version sometimes has the opening music from LaserDisc: What It Is, the first half of a demonstration disc with Patrick O'Neal.

Scare Factor

Medium to high. The in-your-face animation, dark color scheme, cheesy effects and somewhat ominous music can get to some.

Video

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Philips LaserVision (LaserDisc) Opening Logo

Phillips LaserVision


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LaserVision logo (upscaled to HD)

1978-2012 (Japan), 1981-2007 (USA)

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