Carolco Home Video

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Carolco Home Video was the home media unit of Carolco Pictures. Carolco had previously had their films distributed to home media by Thorn EMI Video (later Thorn EMI/HBO Video). After this company was formed, the releases were handled by International Video Entertainment (later LIVE Entertainment). Beginning in 1993, LIVE discontinued the label, with Carolco releases simply being distributed under the main LIVE Home Video/LIVE Entertainment label. After the original Carolco went defunct in 1995, Le Studio Canal+ purchased the rights to the library and continued to license the films to LIVE's successor Artisan Entertainment. Lionsgate Home Entertainment now holds the license after purchasing Artisan.

Logo (June 21, 1990-September 8, 1993)

Visuals: Same as the 1988 Carolco logo, except "HOME VIDEO" fades in below.

Technique: Same as the 1988 Carolco logo.

Audio: Same as the 1988 Carolco logo.

Availability: Can be seen on the company's releases of the time period, starting with Music Box and ending with the original release of Chaplin.

  • Other titles with this logo include Mountains of the Moon, Total Recall, Narrow Margin, Jacob's Ladder, L.A. Story, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Doors, Universal Soldier and Basic Instinct.
  • This also appeared on certain Seven Arts Pictures films, such as King of New York (which used Live's logos in lieu of Carolco's on the packaging and labels) and Rambling Rose.
  • Despite the label ceasing usage in 1993, this logo appeared on the 1995 VHS reprint of The Doors and the 1998 Artisan VHS release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
  • This logo appeared on the 2000 Canadian Alliance Atlantis VHS of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and also on the 2000 Canadian Alliance Atlantis VHS of Basic Instinct (strangely, with the IVE warning screen at the end of the latter tape).
  • Their print logo was still being used into the Live Entertainment days on releases even after Carolco went defunct, and was only phased out when Live became Artisan (with StudioCanal now being credited for the films' ownership).
  • Oddly, this doesn't appear on The Making of Total Recall.
  • This, along with the "Exclusively Distributed By" variant of the 1990 Live Home Video logo makes a surprise appearance on The Terminator: A Retrospective which can be found on the MGM Blu-ray releases of The Terminator, as well as the trailer for the Terminator 2 Special Edition release, seen on the T2 Ultimate Edition DVD.
  • This also plasters the Carolco logo on the 1995 Terminator Collection release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It is not seen on the 1990 VHS reprint of First Blood, despite having the print on the packaging.
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