Paramount Home Entertainment (Home Video Bumpers)

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North America

United States and Canada

1st Bumper (1986)

Visuals: Over an abstract background is the text "STAY TUNED FOR SCENES FROM "DECENT EXPOSURES" VOLUME TWO OF PARAMOUNT COMEDY THEATRE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THIS PROGRAM."

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Appears on Paramount Comedy Theatre, Vol. 1: Well Developed.

2nd Bumper (1987)

Visuals: Over a black/blue gradient background is the text "STAY TUNED FOR HOME VIDEO PREVIEWS FROM PARAMOUNT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THIS PROGRAM".

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on the 1987 VHS releases of Jay Leno: The American Dream, Heartburn and The Best of Spike Jones: Volume One.

3rd Bumper (March 9, 1988-February 28, 1991)

Visuals: On a blue-black gradient background, the title of a specific Paramount movie is shown and underneath it in capital letters the text "Coming in *Month* to video stores everywhere from Paramount" or "Coming this *Month* to video stores everywhere" is seen in a white lowercase Helvetica Bold font. Sometimes the text is in a regular Helvetica font. It often had no voiceover until late 1990.

Variants: Depending on the variant:

  • On the earliest releases with the bumper, no movie title was used. This version appears on the 1988 VHS releases of Eddie Murphy: Raw, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Beverly Hills Cop II.
  • Other early VHS releases have the movie text in lowercase.
  • On the 1989 VHS release of "Crocodile" Dundee II, the gradient is blue-white.
  • On the 1990 VHS releases of Fat Man and Little Boy and Harlem Nights, the "available" in "Now available at video stores everywhere" is capitalized.
  • On the 1990 VHS releases of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Harlem Nights, the background is solid blue.
  • On the 1990 VHS release of Shirley Valentine, the gradient runs in the other direction. In addition, following a trailer for Fat Man and Little Boy, the first letter of "this" in the "Coming this May..." bumper has been capitalized.
  • On the 1991 VHS release of Chinatown, a special version is used following a trailer for The Two Jakes, with the movie title centered. Text at the top reads "The sequel to Chinatown" and text at the bottom says "Coming soon on videocassette."
  • On the 1991 VHS release of Another 48 Hrs., the "Coming this February to video stores everywhere" bumper is used, but with the first letters of each word in "video stores everywhere" capitalized. This follows a trailer for Days of Thunder.
  • On the 1990-91 VHS releases of A Show of Force and Days of Thunder, the movie text is in quotation marks. This follows trailers for Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (A Show of Force), The Two Jakes, and Ghost (Days of Thunder).
  • On the Great Movies, Great Price promo, the gradient runs diagonally and the bumper text is in all caps.
  • Sometimes the bumper would fade in from black once the trailer finishes, and other times it would cut in from the last frame of the trailer. On the 1988 VHS release of Beverly Hills Cop II, the bumper would fade in from the last frame of the trailer.

Bumpers: Legend: [n] - no voiceover, [v] - voiceover used

  • Coming this summer to a theatre near you from Paramount Pictures [n] (This and the next bumper can be found on the 1988 VHS of Beverly Hills Cop II.)
  • Coming on videocassette soon from Paramount Home Video [n]
  • Coming Soon On Videocassette From Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the original 1989 VHS of Coming to America.)
  • Coming this February to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Coming this March to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Coming in March to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS of The Presidio.)
  • Coming in April to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS of "Crocodile" Dundee II.)
  • Coming April 26th to video stores everywhere [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1990 VHS of Shirley Valentine.)
  • Coming this May to video stores everywhere
  • Coming in May to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS releases of The Experts, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and The Accused.)
  • Coming in June to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS releases of The Accused and Distant Thunder.)
  • Coming this July to video stores everywhere [v] (This bumper can be found on the 1990 VHS release of We're No Angels.)
  • Coming this August to video stores everywhere [v] (The only voiceover made for this screen was version #2. This bumper can be found on the 1990 VHS releases of We're No Angels and Internal Affairs.)
  • Coming this September to video stores everywhere [v] (The only voiceover made for this screen was version #2. This bumper can be found on the 1990 VHS release of Flashback.)
  • Coming in October to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS/Betamax release of The Naked Gun.)
  • Coming this October to video stores everywhere from Paramount Home Video [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1988 VHS release of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.)
  • Coming in October To Video Stores Everywhere [n] (This and the short "Coming in November" bumper can be found on the 1989 VHS release of Cousins.)
  • Coming in November to video stores everywhere from Paramount [n] (This bumper can be found on the first printing of the 1989 VHS release of Major League.)
  • Coming in November To Video Stores Everywhere [n]
  • Now Available at video stores everywhere from Paramount Home Video [n]
  • Now Available at video stores everywhere (Two versions exist: One where the announcer doesn't say the text, and another where he uses Version #2. The latter can be seen on the 1990 VHS release of Internal Affairs, following a trailer for We're No Angels.)
  • Now available on videocassette [v]
  • AVAILABLE WHEREVER VIDEOCASSETTES ARE SOLD [n] (This can be found on VHS reissues containing the Great Movies, Great Price promo, like The Hunt for Red October)

Technique: Fading effects.

Audio: None, except for Brian Cummings saying the lowercase lettered text on some of the later bumpers from 1990-91 (he does not say the movie title).

Audio Variant: Sometimes, the end of the music from any given trailer would play underneath the bumper.

Availability: It can be found on Paramount videocassettes from the era after each individual trailer, such as Beverly Hills Cop II (the first release to have it), Tucker: The Man and His Dream, "Crocodile" Dundee II, The Presidio, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Coming to America, The Naked Gun, The Experts, Cousins, Major League, The Accused, Distant Thunder, Scrooged, Shirley Valentine, Black Rain, Harlem Nights, Internal Affairs, Fat Man and Little Boy, Days of Thunder, and The Hunt for Red October.

4th Bumper (May 17, 1989-December 27, 2008)



Visuals: On a background filled with blue/indigo squares, a flat, blue frame with the Paramount abstract mountain logo in silver appears. The stars shine from left to right, before the Paramount frame flies off as the blue/indigo squares move, opening up like a door. The words "COMING ATTRACTIONS" or "FEATURE PRESENTATION" in gold are revealed on a heliotrope gradient background. They zoom in slowly to the center of the screen. They then shine, and after a few moments, quickly begin zooming in again, cutting the bumper to black (for Coming Attractions) or the warning screen (for Feature Presentation).

Bylines: This used whatever byline Paramount was using at the time:

  • May-November 1989: "A Gulf+Western Company"
  • November 1989-June 1995: "A Paramount Communications Company" (in a sans serif font)
  • June 1995-December 2008: "A VIACOM COMPANY" (in its 1990 corporate font)

Variants:

  • On most 1989-91 VHS tapes, such as The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Fat Man and Little Boy, Aftershock, Shirley Valentine, Let It Ride, He Said, She Said, and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the Coming Attractions bumper instead cuts to the MPAA rating screen. (The 1990 VHS of Out of Sight, Out of Mind, co-distributed with Prism Entertainment, is the earliest known release to feature a black screen between the bumper and rating screen.)
  • A sub-variant of the 1995 variant has the Feature Presentation bumper cut to black after "FEATURE PRESENTATION" zooms in at the camera. This was spotted only on the 1997 VHS releases of The Godfather trilogy, the 2003 Filipino VCD of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, UK tapes that have special features after the film, and an Australian dealer copy of Jackass: The Movie.
  • On tapes with the Gulf+Western variant of the FP bumper, the zoom-in of "FEATURE PRESENTATION" is extended a bit to show a gold screen, which cuts to the warning screen 1-2 seconds later.
  • On Gulf+Western-era releases of the first four Star Trek motion pictures, the beginning logo frame fades in slower and is still for a few seconds before the audio and animation start as usual. As with the above mentioned variant, the zoom-in of "FEATURE PRESENTATION" is extended a bit to show a gold screen, which cuts to the warning screen 1-2 seconds later. This can also be seen in black and white on Sunset Boulevard.
  • On the 1989 VHS release of Will Penny, the FP bumper cuts to black after the gold screen from "FEATURE PRESENTATION", as the warning screen is placed at the beginning of the tape.
  • Sometimes, on early tapes, the gold screen from the "FEATURE PRESENTATION" text cuts to a black screen. Then, the warning screen pops up. This appears on The Best of Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live, Coming To America, The Experts, True Grit (1969), Let's Dance and the 1989 VHS releases of Grease and The Ten Commandments (1956).
  • A black and white variant of the Feature Presentation bumper exists. This can be found on VHS reprints of Sunset Boulevard, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Desperate Hours, and The Delicate Delinquent, and a Laserdisc reprint of The Courageous Dr. Christain.
  • On the 1992 screener VHS of Hired to Kill, the FP bumper cuts in.
  • On the 1991-95 screener tapes of The Two Jakes, The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult and Clear and Present Danger, a timecode is shown in different positions.
  • On tapes with the Paramount Communications byline, it was in a serif font on the "Coming Attractions" version, while the "Feature Presentation" version uses a sans-serif font.
  • On most 2002 VHS tapes, to celebrate Paramount's 90th anniversary, the "Feature Presentation" bumper is enhanced. This time, we have a full color version of the Paramount "90th Anniversary" Ultra Majestic Mountain logo placed on a box over four purple squares, but as the squares move, the words "FEATURE PRESENTATION" in a gold-yellow bold Onyx font are instead revealed while flying into place, each word from a different end, and the words now float against a moving dark cloud background, eventually zooming in towards the screen in a trail of gold light, cutting to the warning screen, which consists of a solid navy blue background this time.
  • The first VHS printing of Changing Lanes uses the 2002 version of the Feature Presentation bumper, but it instead cuts to the 1995-2006 warning screen due to a tape manufacturing error.

Technique: Both versions are animated with CGI, while the 90th anniversary variant's stormy background is live-action footage.

Audio: The 1988 Paramount on Parade fanfare, with a rearranged intro as well (the 1986 rendition of the 1976 fanfare had the synthesized chimes fade out when the music began). When the text is revealed, Bill McAllister(?) is heard saying:

  • Coming Attractions: "Here are some exciting coming attractions from Paramount."
  • Feature Presentation (Variant A): "And now, we're pleased to bring you...our feature presentation." This was usually used on videocassettes that had previews before the film, though it appears on videotapes and videodiscs without previews as well, including Timeline, Extreme Ops, later prints of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, the 1991 releases of the first five Star Trek motion pictures (in addition to the 1989 release of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) and Footloose, the 1994 VHS of Top Gun, Just for You, A Soldier's Sweetheart, Midnight in St. Petersburg, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Prince and Me, promotional copies of Teletubbies: Naughty Noo-Noo!, Boohbah: Hot Dog, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Whitewash: The Clarence Bradley Story and Jay-Z: Fade to Black, a Spanish-subtitled print of 'Til There Was You, alternating prints of Patriot Games, The Butcher's Wife, Necessary Roughness, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, Prehysteria, Major League, Narc, Cousins, Boomerang, Scrooged, The Addams Family, Kid Cop, We Were Soldiers, The Core, Sliver, The Fighting Temptations, Mean Girls, The School of Rock, The Perfect Score, and Paycheck, and most Paramount Communications-era Philips CD-I disc releases of Paramount films.
  • Feature Presentation (Variant B): "Paramount is pleased to bring you our feature presentation." This was used with all three byline variants, and can be found on Laserdiscs and Viacom-era Philips CD-Is (as well as the Paramount Communications-era releases of The Addams Family, Black Rain, and Apocalypse Now), as well as videocassettes without any opening previews. This variation did appear on tapes with previews, examples including: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Wayne's World, Pet Shop, Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns, the 1996 VHS of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, screener tapes of The Silver Stallion: King of the Wild Brumbies, It's All True, Jimmy Hollywood, The Browning Version (1994), I.Q., Pontiac Moon, Parallel Lives, Dead Man on Campus, Midnight Man, Bad Apple, Apres Vous, Asylum, Ask the Dust, Year of the Dog, and Next, two out of four videocassettes sold as part of a 1993 McDonald's promotion, specifically Ghost and The Addams Family (these releases have the Rank Home Video print logo on one of the spines on the slipcovers for those films and a face label on the tapes with a special red, yellow, black and white color scheme; Charlotte's Web and Wayne's World use the "And now, we're..." variant), and the Directors' Series editions of Fatal Attraction and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This was also used on the 90th Anniversary FP bumper on the 2002 VHS releases of Damaged Care, Bleacher Bums, The Day Reagan Was Shot, My Horrible Year!, Bobbie's Girl, the Columbia House copy of The Sum of All Fears, and demo tapes from this era such as those of Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash, SpongeBob SquarePants: Deep Sea Sillies, Rugrats: Mysteries, and Hey Arnold!: The Movie.

Audio Variants:

  • On the VHS of The Desperate Hours and the Laserdisc of The Best of Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live (both from 1989), as well as some screener tapes, the ending of the fanfare is cut off.
  • On the 1991 screener VHS of Subspecies, the FP bumper is silent.
  • On the 1992 screener VHS of Hired to Kill, due to the FP bumper cutting in, the theme starts a split-second in.
  • Starting in 1993, the fanfare comes in slightly later than usual. This happens on later tapes with the Paramount Communications byline variant, as well as on all tapes with the Viacom byline variant.

Availability: It appears on the majority of Paramount's home video releases.

  • Coming Attractions: This was only used until 1996.
    • The Gulf+Western variant can be found on the 1989 VHS releases of Coming to America (on which it made its debut following a Pepsi commercial), The Experts, Major League, and The Naked Gun.
    • The Paramount Communications version appears on 1989-95 VHS tapes such as Wayne's World, The Addams Family, It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, The Kid Who Loved Christmas, Patriot Games, Jennifer 8, Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer, the first two Prehysteria! films, Beverly Hills Cop III, Ladybugs, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape?.
    • The Viacom version is seen on 1995-96 VHS tapes (mainly Paramount Communications reprints) such as Prehysteria! 3, Magic Island, Rugrats: Tommy Troubles, Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?, Eye for an Eye, Tommy Boy, Braveheart, Congo, Star Trek: Generations, Drop Zone, Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Phantom (on which it made its final appearance).
    • On the 1996 VHS release of Mission: Impossible, this bumper is replaced with the regular Paramount Pictures logo, which animates at warp speed while Nick Tate says "Coming to theaters this holiday season from Paramount Pictures."
    • Although this bumper officially ended in 1996 with the VHS release of The Phantom, it was retained on reprints of older releases that include it, ending with a 2006 reprint of The Mayflower Voyagers.
    • While it usually appeared as the first thing on the tape, it appears as the second thing on the aforementioned Coming to America and two 1994 Peanuts videos released in conjunction with Travelodge, It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown and You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown.
    • Though most tapes with this bumper use the "And now, we're..." variant of the Feature Presentation bumper, this would occasionally appear on the same tape as the "Paramount is..." variant thereof. Two tapes where this happens are the original 1992 VHS release of Wayne's World and the 1993 VHS release of Delicatessen.
  • Feature Presentation: It appears on most Paramount Home Video/Entertainment VHS and Laserdisc releases.
    • The Gulf+Western variant is the toughest find of the three, as it was only used for six months before being replaced by the Paramount Communications variant. It premiered on Coming to America, and can be found on the earliest releases with this bumper, such as the first four Star Trek motion pictures, the 1989 VHS release of Grease, Major League, The Naked Gun: From the Flies of the Police Squad!, Pet Sematary, Puppet Master, The Experts, Cousins, Popeye, True Grit (1969), Arrowhead, Let's Dance, War & Peace, The Naked Prey, Will Penny, The Best of Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live, Sunset Boulevard, and The Desperate Hours.
    • The Paramount Communications variant can be found on 1989-95 VHS releases such as both Wayne's World films, Coneheads, one-third of the Paramount Peanuts VHS releases, the 1990 VHS release of Grease, Ghost, Forrest Gump, the 1993 reissue of Charlotte's Web, Cool World, the first two Prehysteria! films, and both Paramount Addams Family movies.
    • The Viacom variant appears on most Paramount VHS tapes from 1995 to 2006 as well as some Paramount Communications reprints. This version was first used on the retail release of Drop Zone (the screener version used the Paramount Communications byline). A 2000 printing of This is America, Charlie Brown: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk retains the original Paramount Communications variant of the Coming Attractions bumper, while this bumper appears in its Viacom version.
    • On the 1998 VHS of Titanic, cassette #1 starts right at the warning screen, likely because there wasn't much room on the tape. It also wasn't seen on the 1989 demo VHS of Scrooged, the 1990 demo VHS of Hawks (which cuts right to the start of the movie after a retailer promo for it and Black Rain), the 1991 VHS releases of the Indiana Jones trilogy (both 1989 and 1999 release still had this intact), the 1989 VHS of The Shootist (both 1996 and 1998 releases still had this intact), a 1990 reprint of Breakfast at Tiffany's (the 1992 VHS release still had this intact), the 1991 Laserdisc of Apocalypse Now, the 1989 Laserdisc of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, some Star Trek: The Animated Series tapes, alternate copies of The Truman Show and Sliding Doors, some Boohbah tapes such as Snowman and Comfy Armchair, CHC prints of Payback, and most French Canadian releases after Malofilm ceased French Canadian distribution of Paramount titles (however, some French Canadian releases actually do have this).
    • The bumper appears twice on double feature demo tapes from Paramount, preceding both features on the cassette. It is also seen twice (with the Paramount logo coming in-between) on the 1998 demo VHS of Midnight Man, in both the "And now, we're..." and "Paramount is..." voiceover variants.
    • The last Paramount film to have this bumper, and the final commercial tape to feature the "Paramount is..." voiceover, is Yours, Mine & Ours. The last commercial VHS tape to use this was Go Diego Go!: Diego Saves Christmas!, which is also the final Paramount VHS ever released, though it continued to appear on screener tapes of material released beyond that point, such as An Inconvenient Truth, The Wonder Pets: Save the Wonder Pets!, Next, Stardust, Year of the Dog, How She Move, and Ghost Town.
  • Feature Presentation 90th Anniversary:
    • It first appeared on the second VHS print of Vanilla Sky, and can also be seen on some other 2002 tapes, such as SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories, Rugrats: Christmas, later prints of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Orange County and Crossroads, Jackass: Volumes 1, 2, and 3, MTV Yoga, Dora the Explorer: Move to the Music, Lucky Break, The Sum of All Fears, My Horrible Year!, Damaged Care, K-19: The Widowmaker, The Day Reagan Was Shot, The Emperor's New Clothes, the 2002 reissues of Rules of Engagement and Charlotte's Web (1973), the demo tapes of Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bash, SpongeBob SquarePants: Deep Sea Sillies, Rugrats: Mysteries and Hey Arnold!: The Movie, Blue's Clues: It's Joe Time!, Little Bill: Merry Christmas Little Bill, Dora the Explorer: Christmas, and Bobbie's Girl. The last tape to contain it is Bleacher Bums. It was also on the early '00s re-release of Snoopy Come Home.
    • Some tapes from the year, such as the original prints of Vanilla Sky, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Orange County and Crossroads, the demo tapes of SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories and The Sum of All Fears, Clockstoppers, 9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative Edition, SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween, Rugrats: Halloween, later prints and the demo tape of Changing Lanes, the retail editions of Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat and Hey Arnold!: The Movie, Serving Sara, Blue's Clues: Meet Joe!, the 2002 Special Edition of Rat Race, Rugrats: Easter, Little Bill: I Love Animals, and We Were Soldiers, have the 90th Anniversary print logo on the packaging and tape label, but instead use the original FP bumper on the actual tape.

Legacy: This is seen as one of the most famous bumpers in home video history.

5th Bumper (March 28, 1991-December 1, 1998)

Visuals: On the background of the later 1989 (or 1995) variant of Paramount's warning screen is the title of a specific Paramount movie in capital letters, in a big silver font. Below that is any of the following bumpers in a slightly smaller white font, with only the first letter of the bumper and the month capitalized.

Trivia:

  • On the 1992 VHS release of The Butcher's Wife, the "Coming this June to video stores everywhere" bumper appears twice, bookending MC Hammer's music video for "Addams Groove," which was used to promote The Addams Family.
  • On the 1992 VHS release of Juice, both voiceover variants were used with the "Coming this August to video stores everywhere." bumper; the low-voice version follows an ad for Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You, and the jolly-voice version follows the trailer for Wayne's World.
  • On the 1993 VHS releases of Mandroid and There Goes the Neighborhood, the "Coming this August to video stores everywhere" bumper appears after a trailer for Remote, which was originally slated to be released that month but delayed to September.
  • On the 1994 VHS release of Shrunken Heads, the trailer for Oblivion is shown twice (once during the opening previews, and again between the end of the movie and the Full Moon Entertainment "Videozone" behind-the-scenes feature), with the "Coming this December to video stores everywhere." bumper only appearing the first time.
  • Two 1995 VHS releases use this bumper after a trailer for Star Trek Generations, but with the title arranged differently. On Drop Zone, the title is on one line, while on From Here to Infinity: The Ultimate Voyage, the title is on two lines.
  • On VHS tapes of Sightings, the "Now available on videocassette" clip on appears in two different ways. The first time it appears, after a trailer for The Sightings Video Collection, it has a period at the end. On its second appearance, after a trailer for From Here to Infinity: The Ultimate Voyage, there is no period.

Bumpers: Legend: [n] - no voiceover, [v] - two voiceovers used

  • Coming this summer to a theater near you. [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1992 VHS of Body Parts.)
  • Coming this January to video stores everywhere [v] (A third voiceover was found on the 1998 VHS of Sliding Doors, in which he says it in a jolly-pitched voice like on Version #2, but the tone and speed are different.)
  • Rent it this January at video stores everywhere (The announcer actually says "Coming this January to video stores everywhere".)
  • Coming this March to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Coming this April to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Rent it this April at video stores everywhere (The announcer actually says "Coming this April to video stores everywhere".)
  • Coming this May to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Coming this June to video stores everywhere [v] (The only voiceover made for this screen was version #2, which can be heard on the 1992 releases of The Butcher's Wife and Necessary Roughness, and the 1997 VHS release of Star Trek: First Contact.)
  • Coming this July to video stores everywhere [v] (A jolly-pitched voiceover was found on the 1992 VHS release of Killer Image.)
  • Coming this August to video stores everywhere [v]
  • coming in August to video stores everywhere. (This bumper can be found on a handful of 1991 VHS releases, with three different voiceovers. On The End of Innocence, Version #1 is used. On Almost an Angel and Subspecies, Version #2 is used. A third voiceover is used on He Said, She Said, Flight of the Intruder, True Colors, and The Pit and the Pendulum, where the announcer says the text in a deeper voice than usual.)
  • Available this August wherever videocassettes are sold. [n]
  • Coming this September to video stores everywhere [v] (A third voiceover was found on the 1995 VHS releases of Nobody's Fool and Circumstances Unknown.)
  • coming in September to video stores everywhere. (This bumper can be found on the 1991 VHS of The Perfect Weapon.)
  • Available this September wherever videocassettes are sold. [n] (This bumper can be found on the original 1995 VHS release of The Brady Bunch Movie.)
  • Coming this October to video stores everywhere [v] (A third voiceover was found on the 1995 VHS release of Circumstances Unknown.)
  • Coming this November to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Rent it this November at video stores everywhere (The announcer actually says "Coming this November to video stores everywhere".)
  • Coming this December to video stores everywhere [v]
  • Coming soon to video stores everywhere. [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1992 VHS releases of Hear My Song, Bad Channels, and Subspecies II.)
  • Now available [n] (This bumper can be found on the 1993 VHS release of Cool World after a promo for the SNES Cool World video game by Ocean.)
  • Now available on videocassette [v] (A third voiceover was found on the 1992-97 VHS releases of Hunting, Ladybugs, K2: The Ultimate High, Hostage, The Spider and the Fly, and Private Parts, in which the announcer says the text in a deep voice.)
  • now available on video cassette. (This can be seen on the 1991 VHS release of The End of Innocence)
  • now available on videocassette. (A version of the above bumper that has "videocassette" as one word. This version can be seen on the 1991-92 VHS releases of Talent for the Game, Regarding Henry, and Hunting.)
  • Rent it now on videocassette (The announcer actually says "Now available on videocassette".)
  • Now available wherever videocassettes are sold [n] (This bumper can be found at the end of a promo for Indecent Proposal, The Firm and Sliver on the 1994 VHS release of Beverly Hills Cop III.)
  • Now available wherever videos are sold or rented. [n] (This bumper can be found after a promo for Wayne's World on the 1992 VHS release of Boomerang, and after a promo for Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You on the 1992-93 VHS releases of Patriot Games, Hostage, and Cool World.)
  • Now available wherever videocassettes are sold or rented. [n] (This bumper can be found after a promo for Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS, and You on the 1993 VHS release of Bebe's Kids.)

Variants:

  • From 1991-95, the bumper would have a period at the end.
  • On 1991 VHS tapes, the bumper would read "coming in *Month* to video stores everywhere." or "now available on video cassette."
  • On the 1991 VHS release of The Pit and the Pendulum, following a trailer for Subspecies, "This picture has not yet been rated." appears in an even smaller font at the bottom of the "coming in August..." bumper.
  • On the 1991 VHS releases of Funny About Love and Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael (some of the first releases to use this screen), the text is in a different font.
  • Several rental variants exist:
    • On the Paramount Family Favorites issue of the 1998 VHS release of The Beautician and the Beast (earlier copies contain different previews, and only use the "Now available on videocassette" bumper), after a trailer for A Smile Like Yours, the bumper reads "Rent it now on videocassette."
    • Another variant has the text "Rent it this *Month* at video stores everywhere." The only known months used with it are January, April, and November. The "Rent it this January..." bumper is the most common, as it can be seen on certain 1997-1998 VHS releases following the trailer for Good Burger, though some releases (such as the Rugrats tapes Diapered Duo and Dr. Tommy Pickles) instead have the "Coming this February to video stores everywhere" text. On Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Star Trek: First Contact, it also appears after the trailer for Event Horizon.
  • A few "Now available..." variants exist, with the text reading either "Now available wherever videos are sold or rented", "Now available wherever videocassettes are sold", or just "Now available". No voiceover is used on any of these.
  • 1991-95 VHS tapes have the Paramount Communications bylines in the background.
  • 1995-98 VHS tapes have the Viacom "Wigga-Wigga" bylines in the background.
  • On a few 1998 tapes, following a trailer for Grease, the movie text reads "GREASE's 20th Anniversary", with "Celebrate" above it. Two different bumpers are used with this:
    • Grease 2: on videocassette June 23.
    • 'Til There Was You and Roman Holiday: Now available on videocassette.
  • On the original 1997-98 VHS releases of Night Falls on Manhattan, The Ghost and the Darkness, and The Odd Couple II, the bumpers are presented in the Helvetica font.
    • On The Odd Couple II, the font is especially compressed and the ID stays on-screen longer.
  • On 1991-92 VHS tapes, each bumper does not contain a drop shadow.
  • On 1993-98 VHS tapes, each bumper contains a drop shadow.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: Same as the 3rd bumper, except Brian Cummings says the lowercase lettered text more consistently than before. A few different voiceovers were used for some of the screens; for the sake of convenience, these are listed as Version #1, where he says it in a low voice, and Version #2, where he says it in a jollier voice.

Audio Variants:

  • On some 1991 VHS releases, the end of the music from any given trailer would play underneath the bumper.
  • On the 1991 VHS release of Subspecies, after a trailer for Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth, Cummings' voiceover starts at the last second of the trailer.
  • Several variants have Cummings saying the wrong text.

Availability: It can be found on most Paramount videocassettes from the era after each individual trailer, such as Funny About Love (the first tape to have it), The Butcher's Wife, Ladybugs, Patriot Games, Wayne's World, Whispers in the Dark, Clear and Present Danger, Blue Chips, Nick of Time, The Brady Bunch Movie, Eye for an Eye, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, The Evening Star, Switchback, The Odd Couple II, and Sliding Doors (the last tape to have it).

6th Bumper (June 27, 1991-October 26, 1994)

Visuals: On the background of the early 1990's Paramount warning screen, which we see after the Paramount Feature Presentation bumper, there is a message asking viewers to stay tuned after the movie for a specific feature.

Variants:

  • On the 1991 VHS of The Pit and the Pendulum, the text reads:
Stay tuned for
VIDEOZONE
following our
feature presentation
  • A variant promoting Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You exists with the big movie text usually seen on post-trailer IDs above the stay tuned text (here reading "Stay tuned for a special message after/following our feature presentation.").
  • On the 1993 VHS of Silver, the text reads:
Stay tuned after our feature
presentation for the hit video
"Can't Help Falling In Love"
by UB40
    • An end-of-tape version appears after the music video for "(Can't Help) Falling in Love With You", where the text reads:
"Can't Help Falling In Love"
by UB40
Available on the SLIVER soundtrack
album and on the UB40 album
PROMISES AND LIES.

Then, the bottom part fades to:

On CD and cassette from Virgin
Records, at your favorite
record store.
  • On the 1994 VHS of Searching for Bobby Fischer (as well as a 1996 reprint of that tape), the text reads:
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOLLOWING
OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
FOR A SPECIAL MESSAGE
FROM THE U.S. CHESS FOUNDATION
  • On the 1994 VHS release of Riding High, the text reads:
Stay tuned following the feature
presentation for the original
theatrical release trailer for
RIDING HIGH.
    • A sub-variant exists on the 1994 VHS release of Broadway Bill, where the text reads:
Stay tuned following the feature
presentation for the
theatrical release trailer for
BROADWAY BILL.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: The Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You variant can be seen on both the 1992 VHS of Patriot Games and the 1993 VHS of Cool World, while the other variants can be seen on the titles mentioned above.

7th Bumper (June 6, 1994)

Visuals: On a pink curtain backdrop, movie star Shannon Tweed appears seated in a chair talking about the Cold Sweat Night on the Town Sweepstakes. As she talks, the camera zooms in on her until stopping with only her head and some of her body visible.

Trivia: The sweepstakes Tweed was referring to offered a shot at a fully chauffeured limousine ride with her, followed by dinner and a visit to a "popular nightspot," as she called it (all of this was for the sweepstakes' four grand prize winners). After the movie, Tweed reappeared in the same spot and talked about the sweepstakes.

Technique: Live-action footage.

Audio: Tweed saying "Hi, I'm Shannon Tweed. You're about to see me in Cold Sweat, an electrifying, sexy suspense thriller. How would you like to meet me in person for a night on the town? You can if you're one of four grand prize winners in the Cold Sweat Night on the Town Sweepstakes. You'll get all the details right after the following feature presentation of Cold Sweat. And be sure to watch the film closely so you can answer the sweepstakes questions, then we'll talk after the movie."

Availability: Seen on the 1994 VHS release of Cold Sweat.

8th Bumper (November 14, 1995)

Visuals: Over a plain black background is the text:

Please stay tuned for
a special message after
the feature presentation.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Appears on earlier printings of the 1995 VHS of Congo.

9th Bumper (December 19, 1995)

Visuals: On a blurry red background is the words:

Watch
the Music Video
" ALRIGHT "
by SUPERGRASS
Following
CLUELESS

The text is in a mish-mash of fonts, with "'Watch the Music Video" and "Following" in a sans serif font, ""ALRIGHT" by SUPERGRASS" in Souvenir, and "CLUELESS" in Dom Casual.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: This only appears on the original VHS of Clueless.

10th Bumper (June 18, 1996)

Visuals: At the end of a soundtrack promo for the remake of Sabrina, the text "Stay tuned after the film for Sting "Moonlight" video.", in red, fades in next to the A&M Records logo.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: The closing of the soundtrack promo's voiceover, playing over an excerpt of "Moonlight."

Availability: Appears on the 1996 VHS of Sabrina (1995).

11th Bumper (February 25, 1997)

Visuals: On a yellow background resembling the front cover of a composition notebook is the black text "STAY TUNED...", followed by "Rugrats Rap", in the font of the Rugrats logo, zooming in on the background with a teal banner reading "Bonus Music Video" in the upper left corner. These actions are repeated a couple of seconds later, except "STAY TUNED..." is replaced with the Harriet the Spy logo, "Rap" is replaced with "Rock" (alluding to the second bonus video, "Rugrats Rock"), and the banner reads "2nd Bonus Music Video".

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A horn-and-drum theme (the opening theme to Harriet the Spy, composed by Jamshied Sharifi) with a young female announcer saying "Stay tuned for a bonus Rugrats music video followed by Harriet the Spy! And don't touch that VCR, because there's another Rugrats music video coming up right after the movie!"

Availability: This can be seen on the VHS of Harriet the Spy.

12th Bumper (March 10, 1998-September 14, 2004)

Visuals: Against a blue-tinted picture of the 1986 Paramountain, the white text:
STAY TUNED
FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION
AFTER THE MOVIE
zooms out to the center of the screen and then shines, giving off rays of light.

Variants:

  • There is an end of film variant of this bumper, which is the same background, but the text is changed to say:
    AND NOW,
    THE SPECIAL PRESENTATION

  • A French Canadian variant of this bumper exists. So far, this was seen on the 2001-02 French Canadian VHS tapes of Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Special Edition.
  • A Spanish version was discovered on a Spanish-subtitled tape of The General's Daughter.
  • On later sell-through copies of The Truman Show is the following on a black background:
STAY TUNED FOR A
SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH
DIRECTOR PETER WEIR
AT THE CONCLUSION
OF THE FILM
  • One variant exists where the text is on the right and says:
STAY TUNED
AFTER THE
MOVIE
FOR A
SPECIAL OFFER
FROM
(Entertainment Weekly logo)

On the left is the cover of EW's "Oscar Winners & Losers" issue. This is all on a blue curtain background.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: Two seconds of silence, then a male announcer (Michael Bell) says the text. The other variants are completely silent.

Availability: It's known to appear on tapes that use the 14th bumper, as well as Special Edition releases.

  • In chronological order, this appears on VHS copies of In & Out, Snake Eyes, Payback: Special Edition, Rugrats: Discover America, The Talented Mr. Ripley, It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown, Blue's Big Musical Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Survivor: The Australian Outback - Season 2: The Greatest and Most Outrageous Moments, Mission: Impossible 2, Rugrats: Kwanzaa, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Zoolander, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Curious Buddies tapes, and G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom.
  • Certain prints of Rugrats: Mysteries also have this.
  • This and the following Feature Presentation ID also appear on foreign tapes with special features at the end, such as UK releases of The Italian Job and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (majority of UK tapes use a version based off of the IDs), and an Australian dealer copy of Jackass: The Movie.
  • The Entertainment Weekly variant appears on the 1998 VHS releases of Kiss Me Guido and Thunder Point, as well as the original release of The Education of Little Tree.

13th Bumper (December 15, 1998-January 26, 1999)

Visuals: On a black background, one of the bumpers below appears in white, capital letters.

Bumpers:

  • COMING TO VIDEO STORES
  • COMING TO THEATRES (only seen on Deep Impact)

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: Silent, except for the announcer, Brian Cummings, enthusiastically saying one of the following:

  • Coming to Video Stores: "Coming this November to video stores."
  • Coming to Theatres: "Coming to theatres!"

Audio Variant: A variant of the "COMING TO VIDEO STORES" bumper features Cummings saying "And, coming this February from Paramount Home Video." This appears only on the original 1999 VHS release of The Truman Show.

Availability: This was used for a short time before being replaced with the next bumper, but it can be found on the original 1998-99 VHS releases of Deep Impact and The Truman Show.

14th Bumper (February 16, 1999-February 18, 2003)

Visuals: There is a still shot of the 1995 Paramount Home Video/Entertainment logo fading in and fading out to a black background (with the clouds still moving).Then, one of the bumpers below fades in, zooms in, then fades out.

Bumpers: Legend: [a] - both announcers used, [n] - no announcers used

  • Coming To Theaters [a]
  • Now In Theaters [a] (This can be found on Enemy at the Gates, Along Came a Spider, The Emperor's New Clothes, Festival in Cannes, and Triumph of Love)
  • Coming To Videocassette
  • Now Available On Videocassette
  • Coming To Videocassette And DVD
  • Now Available On Videocassette And DVD
  • Coming To DVD
  • Now Available On DVD (This can be found on Orange County and Mostly Martha)
  • The Previously Unreleased Vanilla Sky Teaser Trailer [n] (Exclusive to the 2002 VHS release of Vanilla Sky)

Variants:

  • On the original variant of the "Now In Theaters" bumper, the standard edition of the redone 1999 version of the logo (in open matte) is used instead of the 1995 version.
  • Starting in 2002, the logo is cut and only the bumper is shown. Even before this, the original bumpers will sometimes also appear without the logo.
  • On the 2002 VHS release of Orange County, the bumpers appear in a slightly different font, which turns out to be Times New Roman Bold.
  • On the VHS release of Vanilla Sky, the text is in a sparse, greyish font on a white background in all caps, with the text "VIDEOCASSETTE" or "DVD" in a slightly bigger black font. It also has a special variant that reads "THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED VANILLA SKY TEASER TRAILER", which is silent.

Technique: Zooming and fading effects.

Audio: The original four bumpers have Beau Weaver announcing them, usually after a few seconds of silence following the Paramount logo. Another male announcer, Brian Cummings, announces the last four bumpers, as well as the later variant of the "Coming To Theaters" and "Now In Theaters" bumpers.

Availability: This was seen on most tapes of the era, such as many Nickelodeon TV and movie releases, including the 2002 VHS releases of Clockstoppers, Hey Arnold!: The Movie, SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories, Rugrats: Christmas and SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Buddies. The first tape to use this was the 1999 VHS release of Snake Eyes, and the last tape to have it was the 2003 VHS release of The Four Feathers. The original variant is more common than the later variant due to it being used longer and can, for example, be found on the 2000 VHS releases of Snow Day and Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Musical Movie.

15th Bumper (May 11, 1999)

Visuals: Over a starfield background is the text "STAY TUNED FOR A SPECIAL "MAKING OF" STAR TREK: INSURRECTION FEATURETTE AFTER OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION". The background starts zooming in slowly but then gets faster, indicating that the warp drive of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D is about to engage.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on two different pressings of the VHS of Star Trek: Insurrection (one with regular previews, one with only Star Trek previews; a third pressing just cuts to the Feature Presentation bumper).

16th Bumper (November 23, 1999)

Visuals: Over a black background is the following text in a Papyrus font:

Stay Tuned After Our
Feature Presentation
For a Special Interview
With
Director Roman Polanski
Producer Robert Evans
And
Screenwriter Robert Towne

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: It appears on the 1999 Commemorative Edition VHS of Chinatown.

17th Bumper (1999-2000)

Visuals: On a brown dirt background used in trailers for the Young Indiana Jones trilogy is the text: "STAY TUNED FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE LUCAS STEVEN SPIELBERG AND HARRISON FORD AFTER OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION"

Variant: There is a variant in which Spielberg and Ford's names are removed and replaced with Sean Flanery's full name. On the bottom is the text "Exclusive to The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones features on video." There is also a second screen which the first screen fades to featuring the title of the movie.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None on the original variant, but on the second variant some Indiana Jones music plays over the ID as a male announcer says the text and then says "And now, enjoy The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: [title of feature]" as the ID fades over to the second screen.

Availability: Appears on Indiana Jones VHS releases from 1999, including UK editions. The variant can be found on the 1999 (and in the case of the UK version of The Phantom Train of Doom, 2000) VHS releases of Young Indiana Jones features.

18th Bumper (March 12, 2002-September 20, 2005)

Visuals: On a black background, one of the below bumper texts is shown.

Bumpers:

  • COMING SOON TO VIDEO AND DVD
  • COMING SOON ON DVD AND VIDEO
  • AVAILABLE NOW ON VIDEO AND DVD
  • NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VIDEO (these next two bumpers are seen exclusively on the 2004 VHS release of The Singing Detective)
  • NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS

Variants:

  • An alternate version of the second bumper appears on the 2004 VHS release of Against the Ropes (after a trailer for Mean Girls), and the 2005 DVD release of Alfie (after a trailer for Coach Carter), where the first letters of "COMING," "SOON," and "ON" are slightly larger and "AND" is smaller.
    • A sub-variant appears during a home video trailer for The Longest Yard (as found on its screener VHS as well as the 2005 DVD release of Sahara), where the text zooms towards the viewer.
  • Two prototypes exist on a preview of Orange County.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: The end of the trailer theme or none.

Availability: This appears on 2003-04 VHS and DVD releases such as The Four Feathers, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Hunted, The Perfect Score, Mean Girls, and Paycheck, as well as screener tapes such as the 2004 demos of Marci X, The Perfect Score, The United States of Leland, and The Prince & Me. Because this one appears at the end of trailers rather than the beginning, some trailers have their own end-of-trailer card instead, making this bumper rare. A prototype variant exists on the 2002 VHS releases of Domestic Disturbance, Zoolander, Sidewalks of New York, My First Mister, Crossroads.

19th Bumper (May 21, 2002)

Visuals: On a white background, there are the words:

STAY TUNED AFTER VANILLA SKY
FOR THE FEATURETTE
PRELUDE TO A DREAM

This is presented in the same format as the tape's other bumpers.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Only seen on the 2002 VHS of Vanilla Sky.

Final Note

After the 2004 VHS release of Mean Girls, Paramount opted not to include previews on any more of its videotapes (with the exception of screeners and releases of material more suitable for younger audiences), and as such these bumpers were retired within the next year.

Mexico

Bumper (2001?-2005?)

Visuals: Same as the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bumpers at the time, but the 1986 Paramount logo is shown instead of the Universal logo.

Technique: Same as the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bumpers at the time.

Audio: Same as the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bumpers at the time.

Availability: Found on Mexican VHS releases at the time, such as Rugrats: Decade in Diapers (Rugrats: Década en Pañales).

Europe and Middle East

United Kingdom

1st Bumper (1999-2003)

Visuals: On the same aurora background as the 1997-2001 CIC Video warning screen is one of the following bumpers.

Bumpers:

  • AVAILABLE TO BUY ON VIDEO
  • AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DVD
  • NOW AVAILABLE TO RENT ON VIDEO
  • COMING SOON
  • NOW AVAILABLE TO RENT ON VIDEO & DVD
  • FEATURE PRESENTATION

Variant: On the "COMING SOON" variant, sometimes the words may be on top of each other and in a different font.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on international Paramount Home Entertainment releases from 1999-2003. Examples include Star Trek: Voyager and Rugrats videos.

2nd Bumper (2003-2006)

Available to Own on Video

Bumpers:

  • Coming Attractions: Inside the film operating projector of the 2003 Paramount warning is several shots of filmstrip with one of the following bumpers, before the last shot focuses on the closeup of the filmstrip with light reflecting on it, just before it flashes to black. The bumpers are:
    • AVAILABLE TO OWN ON VIDEO
    • AVAILABLE TO OWN ON VIDEO AND DVD
    • AVAILABLE TO RENT ON VIDEO AND DVD
    • COMING SOON
  • Feature Presentation: Inside the projector where the warning screen and bumpers of the time took place is the filmstrips with different film symbols on it and we have many cuts of the filmstrip in sync with the music. As the screen fades to the close up of the filmstrip the screen zooms in till the entire filmstrip flashes and we cut to black.

Technique: Live-action and CGI.

Audio: The jazz/piano music from the warning screen, with the projector as background noise.

Audio Variant: For the Feature Presentation bumper, the music is shortened and the projector noises are added in the background.

Availability: Seen on international Paramount Home Entertainment releases from 2003-2006 like Clockstoppers, The Core, Action Man: X Missions, SpongeBob SquarePants: Lost in Time, SpongeBob Squarepants: Tide & Seek, and Rugrats Go Wild!.

Legacy: Due to a lack of feature presentation text, some have been left unsure what the FP bumper is meant to be.

3rd Bumper (2006-)

Visuals: On a dark blue background are the words, "Coming Soon" in an Arial font. Below it are the smaller words, 'PRESS MENU ON YOUR REMOTE TO GO TO THE MAIN MENU'.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Appears on many UK DVDs released by Paramount Home Entertainment and also DreamWorks Home Entertainment from 2006-2012, like Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Charlotte's Web, Little Fockers, Norbit, Iron Man 2, SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe?, Blades of Glory, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Super 8 and The Spiderwick Chronicles, among others. This was also seen on a Mexican DVD of Babel.

Germany

Bumper (2000)

Visuals: On the same background as the German Paramount warning screen, the text "Demnächst auf Video" squeezes into view.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A two-note ethereal synth tune.

Availability: This was found on a German VHS of Mission: Impossible II.

Oceania

Australia

Bumper (2001-2006?)

Same as the CIC Video Future Video Releases bumpers.

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