Columbia TriStar Family Collection

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Columbia TriStar Family Collection was a product line launched by Columbia TriStar Home Video in 1995 to release children’s/family movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment on VHS. The line’s first title was The Indian In The Cupboard which was released in December 1995. The tapes were packaged in gold clamshell cases, but were changed to traditional white clamshells in 1997. The Family Collection was discontinued in 1999.

1st Logo (December 1995-May 1996)


  • Opening: On a black background, there is a gold rectangular/squared shaped box. In the top center, there are the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in the Apple Garamond font and in the bottom center, there are the words "Family Collection" in the Shelly Script font. On the left box is the Columbia torch lady and on the right is the TriStar Pegasus.
  • Closing: Same as the opening, but with the logo fully zoomed in.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: Chuck Riley saying "Columbia TriStar Home Video presents, the movies of the Family Collection!" with the fanfare “Legends” by Spirit Of America Ensemble playing.


  • This can be found on the first trailer for the Family Collection, which can be found on most 1995-96 Family Collection releases, including Real Genius, Willow, Ghostbusters, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. and The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
  • This can also be found on the 1996 demo VHS of Jumanji, which used the next trailer on the retail VHS.

2nd Logo (May 14, 1996-1998)


  • Opening: The sequence starts with a still of the 1996 Columbia TriStar Home Video logo which then cuts to a wiping transition revealing the Family Collection logo zooming in.
  • Closing: The sequence starts with the antique gold fabric background used in the 4th CTHV logo. Then all the titles from the Family Collection sliding down from right to left. Once the final title slides in, the Family Collection logo slides down from the right. As this happens, the background transitions to the background used in the 5th CTHV logo.

Variant: On a TV commercial for the Family Collection VHS release of The Baby-Sitter’s Club, the Family Collection logo slides down and zooms in from the top center.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: Same as the first logo.

Availability: This can be found on all later trailers and TV commercials for the Family Collection, some of which can be found on the 1996 VHS releases of Jumanji, Matilda, Fly Away Home and Race The Sun, as well as the 1997 VHS releases of Buddy and Annie.

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