Background: Universal Videotapes organised in August 21, 1976 releasing Betamax tapes along extremely early VHS tapes until 1980 when it became MCA Videocassette, Inc. (now Universal Pictures Home Entertainment).

1st Logo

(August 21, 1976-1977)

Logo: Same as the 1963 movie logo, except "A MCA COMPANY" is replaced with "VIDEOTAPES".

FX/SFX: Same as the 1963 movie logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Very rare.

Scare Factor: Low, but it's quite a different story with the next logo.

2nd Logo


Nickname: "Stylised Globe Trail"

Logo: We see a stylised globe on a dark purple background moving around, leaving a residue trail of lavender and blue stylised globes. The globe then turns light blue as it settles in the middle of the screen. After that, the text "UNIVERSAL" appears on the middle, followed by "VIDEOTAPES" below.

Variant: A variant where the globe flies away exists.

FX/SFX: The globe and the text appearing. The globe flying away on the variant.

Music/Sounds: A awful Moog synthesiser fanfare, ending with a 4-note drum tune.

Availability: Rare, appeared on extremely early Universal videotapes, however a few of them have gone out of print since then. The variant with the globe flying away is extinct.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The Moog synthesiser and the slightly dark concept might frighten a few. The globe flying away on the variant may even startle some.