One of the first home video companies ever founded in 1975 was Paramount Home Media Distribution, which was also a Gulf+Western company like its film and television counterparts. In the beginning, the company was known as Paramount Home Video.
This logo is the hardest to find of all. It primarily appeared on Betamax tapes, as well as on very early VHS releases of Paramount Pictures films.
This logo is not easy to find. It was only used for almost three years, but can be seen on tapes like Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980) and the original VHS release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
Another tough find, but the logo can be found on 1980s VHS tapes of television shows and some non-Paramount films that were owned by Paramount Pictures Corporation. It usually does not appear on films released by Paramount Pictures; after the warning screen, it goes straight to the film, starting with the Paramount Pictures logo.
Because the Gulf+Western company was renamed to Paramount Communications only one year after this logo debuted, it is considered one of the rarest logos ever seen on VHS tapes containing Paramount installments. Many 1989 re-prints of old Paramount films have this logo.
A lot more common than its 1988 counterpart, this logo can most certainly be found on all early to mid 1990s VHS tapes of Paramount films and television shows affiliated with Visual & Audio Communications, or Viacom for short.
If you're a fan of Paramount films and television shows distributed by Viacom on VHS, this logo shouldn't be hard to find at all. It appears on VHS releases of Harriet the Spy (1996), The Rugrats Movie (1998), Rugrats in Paris (2000), and on many other mid to late 1990s and 2000s films. However, the 1998 VHS of Titanic and 2 Boobah tapes like "Comfy Armchair" and "Snowman" don't have it.
In 2002, during Paramount's 90th anniversary, a different-looking Paramount Home Video was used instead of this one.
Warning screens (VHS)
Warning screens (DVD)
Before 2002, no opening logos were used whatsoever on DVDs from Paramount Home Entertainment. When the studio turned 90 years old, this logo began in use on any new DVD releases. In fact, it is still in use today, even though the current Paramount Pictures logo is from December 2011.
Any HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc releases of Paramount movies would often always have this logo.