Nu Metro Home Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

1st Logo (1987-1995)

Visuals: On a black background with a red/blue gradient sky, a square made from white and blue lines slides in below onscreen before immediately splitting apart. They starting spinning around the screen in many different ways. They form a striped triangle as the background fades to black, with a red translucent pyramid appearing almost off screen and starts to accelerate towards the triangle. It vanishes as a red/yellow/green gradient triangle flips into its place and a large abstract "N" zooms out from above, shining on its silver skin. It stops zooming and tilts slightly to the right, with "NU METRO" appearing and flipping up in a silver Eurostile font. As the logo shines, "PRESENTS" in both Afrikaans and English fade in on each side of the text.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An upbeat synth tune that sounds like something out of MTV or VH1 at the time.

Availability: Check an old South African PAL VHS on eBay for this logo.

2nd Logo (1995-2011)

Visuals: A drop falls down over a rippling pool of silver liquid, which appears to reflect the Nu Metro logo. As the drop goes into the liquid, it makes a splash and opens up a portal with a portal of yellow light, in which leads to a multicolored cave. As we fly through the cave, several asteroids with colored trails fly by the camera and 3 comets colored red, yellow, and green fly away from the camera. When they collide, a explosion occurs and several pieces of the Nu Metro logo emerge as the background fades to a murky blue fog. The "N", now in white with purple sides, and the triangle drop within each other. A white outline then drops down behind the logo and several blue lines shoot out to form the striped triangle while "NU METRO" is formed by a passing light. They're grey at first, but fade to white at the end.

Technique: CGI mixed with 2D animation.

Audio: While a synthesized humming sound is heard, there is a "splash", birds chirping, two more synth tones, a laser zap, high-pitched laser zaps sounding like an alarm, and a series of "clunks".

Availability: Again, only seen on PAL tapes in South Africa. (Might be on Region 2 DVDs there as well), often being followed by the Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo, though the "Sorcerer Mickey" logo would be followed before 1996.

3rd Logo (2011-)

Visuals: On a dark blue spinning space background, a spark of light flashes, forming a drawing orange path and several spheres; both are seen flying around and forming a fancy pattern as the camera pans out. Before the pattern faces the screen, a red star with a white outline is seen turning and then flying to the bottom right. Afterwards, "NuMetro" is revealed by an orange burst, flashing soon after and releasing light into thin air. In the middle of this sequence, the star from earlier flies to the bottom of the "N"'s left leg. After the burst dies down, "home entertainment" wipes in via burst effect. Until the camera zooms into the "e"'s counter, the burst behind the logo is seen sparking a few times.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An orchestral fanfare.

Availability: Current; it can be seen on Region 2 DVDs in South Africa.