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United States of America and Canada

1983-84

Bumper: On the same space background as the MCA Home Video logo, complete with animation, we see the orange text "Other Titles Available From" or "More Programming Available for You From" in a plain Helvetica font, and below it is the MCA Home Video logo, already formed. The ID then fades out.

FX/SFX: The space background.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on various 1983-84 MCA Home Video releases with previews, such as The Lonely Guy.

July 12-October 4, 1990

Bumper: On a black background, this text fades in, in the same font as the Stay Tuned bumper of the era:

Coming Soon
From Universal Pictures
To A Theater Near You.

Variant: A variant exists where "This Summer" replaces "Soon."

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. This appears on the 1990 VHS releases of Tremors and The Guardian.

October 25, 1990-August 26, 1997

Bumper: On a lavender/dark purple gradient background with a slanted MCA/Universal Home Video logo, we see the words "Also Available From MCA/Universal Home Video".

Variants:

  • A dark purple/lavender/dark purple gradient background variant exists with the text in a different font.
  • A light blue/dark blue gradient background variant also exists, and like the previous variant, uses a different font.
  • On the 1992 VHS of The People Under the Stairs, the background is gray gradient, the font is slightly thinner, and "Available From" has no capitalization. The background also fades in before the text does.
  • On the 1992 VHS of Shout, the above variant is used, but the font is even thinner.
  • On the 1992 VHS of Fried Green Tomatoes, the background is darker and the font is different.
  • On the 1993 VHS releases of Raising Cain, The Public Eye, Matinee, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Scent of a Woman and Trespass, the background appears to be solid purple and the text is in the same font as on the light blue/dark blue variant.
  • On the 1994 VHS of Beethoven's 2nd, the text is on a solid dark purple gradient background and in yet another different font.
  • On the 1995 VHS of The Shadow, "Also" is missing.
  • A variant exists with a solid blue gradient background and the text reading "Also Available on Home Video."

FX/SFX: Usually the fading.

Music/Sounds: None, except on Cape Fear (1991), Fried Green Tomatoes, Shout, and Raising Cain, where the start of the trailer theme plays under the bumper.

Availability: Seen on certain MCA/Universal Home Video releases from the era. The first two alternates can be seen on the 1992 VHS of Cape Fear (1991). This bumper in general premiered on Jetsons: The Movie and last appeared on The Last Time I Committed Suicide.

February 25, 1997-July 25, 2000

Bumper: On a blue background is the text:

COMING FROM
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
HOME VIDEO

Variant: On the 1997 VHS releases of David Lynch's Dune and The Eagle and the Hawk, the text instead reads:

ORIGINAL
TRAILER

FX/SFX: Usually the fading.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on certain Universal Studios Home Video releases from the era, beginning with Bulletproof and ending with An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster.

June 8, 1999–August 15, 2000

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Bumper: The end of the DreamWorks logo plays out, with "from" above it.

FX/SFX: The logo animation.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Quite rare, bordering on uncommon. This appears on Universal's VHS releases of Psycho, Virus, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, Life, Notting Hill, the Special Editions of Patch Adams, American Pie, and Mystery Men, The Best Man, The Bone Collector, For Love of the Game, End of Days, Snow Falling on Cedars, Man on the Moon (standard edition only), The Story of Us and Erin Brockovich.

1999-January 2, 2002

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Bumper: A series of clips from various Universal Studios-owned films plays. Between clips, the animation of the 1997 Universal Studios logo is seen. The logo then finishes as normal, only the globe rises up and the DVD logo fades in underneath.

Trivia: This bumper is also a logo that was used as an advertisement for Universal Studios Home Video DVD releases. However, in this version the titles of various films are shown to promote their releases.

Variant: The clips in the Universal sequence may differ depending on the country, year or brief period of time that the DVD was released in.

FX/SFX: The flashes between the film clips and the Universal Studios logo and the fading in of the DVD logo.

Music/Sounds: A sample from "Ecosystem" by John Pratt and Michael Alemania.

Availability: Can be seen on DVD releases by Universal Studios Home Video from 1999 to late 2001-early 2002 after pressing play on the DVD Menu. Some examples include The Little Rascals, Major Payne, Babe: Pig in the City, The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire, The Hurricane, Erin Brockovich, Josie and the Pussycats, and the Collector's Editions of the Jurassic Park trilogy, National Lampoon's Animal House, 1941, and Street Fighter. It was last seen on the original release of The Fast and the Furious. Strangely, this doesn't appear on the 2000-01 DVDs of Jaws and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

August 8, 2000-February 26, 2002

Bumper: On a blue spotlight background is one of the following clip-ons in a greenish Copperplate Gothic Bold font:

  • COMING (SOON) TO THEATERS
  • (COMING) FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO
  • COMING (SOON) TO VIDEO
  • COMING (SOON) ON VIDEO
  • COMING (SOON) TO VIDEO AND DVD
  • NOW AVAILABLE (TO OWN) ON VIDEO AND DVD
  • NOW AVAILABLE (TO OWN) ON VIDEO
  • (NOW) (AVAILABLE) ON VIDEO AND DVD

FX/SFX: Usually a fade-in and fade-out, but on The Family Man (Special Edition release only) and Balto II: Wolf Quest, it cuts in and out.

Music/Sounds: None usually, though when the "COMING TO VIDEO AND DVD" variant appeared at the end of a trailer for Bring It On on the 2000 VHS of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, the end of the trailer music was heard over it.

Availability: Same as the previous bumper. This premiered on DragonHeart: A New Beginning and last appeared on The Musketeer.

August 15, 2000

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Bumper: On a black background, the text "COMING SOON TO THEATRES" zooms towards the viewer.

FX/SFX: The zooming.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. This only appears on the 2000 VHS of Erin Brockovich, just before a trailer for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

December 2, 2003–July 27, 2010

Bumper: On a space background, we see the Universal print logo of the time on the top, with "PREVIEWS" underneath it. Towards the bottom is "YOU MAY ACCESS THE MAIN MENU AT ANYTIME DURING THE FOLLOWING PREVIEWS."

Variants:

  • An early version exists where the bottom text is in the same font as "PREVIEWS" and reads "YOU MAY FAST FORWARD TO MAIN MENU." The color is also more defined.
  • On the unrated cut of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the bumper appears brighter.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Common. It appears on Universal DVDs of the era containing previews before the movie (with the bizarre exception of Smokin' Aces, which contains previews but not this bumper), as well as the 2005 UMDs of Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Shaun of the Dead. The bumper premiered (in its early version) on The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration and was last seen (in its standard version) on Repo Men. Other examples of releases with this bumper:

  • Early version (December 2, 2003-April 2004): Seabiscuit, Johnny English, Lost in Translation, The Cat in the Hat, The Rundown, Love Actually
  • Standard version (May 2004-July 27, 2010): Peter Pan, Knight Rider: Season 1, Van Helsing, Thunderbirds (2004), Two Brothers, The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Kicking & Screaming, Cinderella Man, Assault on Precinct 13, Mallrats: 10th Anniversary Extended Edition, The Skeleton Key, The Wedding Date, Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, Smokey and the Bandit: Special Edition, Jarhead, The Break-Up, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Hollywoodland, The Good Shepherd, Children of Men, Because I Said So, Breach, Balls of Fury, Knocked Up, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Atonement, Charlie Wilson's War, Leatherheads, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, Frost/Nixon, Wanted, Duplicity, Public Enemies, Pirate Radio, It's Complicated, Leap Year, The Wolfman

September 28, 2010-present

Bumper: On a black background, we see the text:

Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray™.
All films and promotions may not
be available in all territories.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen at the end of recent Universal DVDs and Blu-rays after the movie. This bumper debuted on the 2010 DVD of Get Him to the Greek.

Europe

United Kingdom

2002–2012

Bumper: On a space background:

  • Cinema Releases/Unmissable Movies: We see a flash appearing in the center. As it brightens, it reveals either: "COMING SOON TO CINEMAS" or "IN CINEMAS NOW". On DVDs from 2010-2012, the words "UNMISSABLE MOVIES ON [DVD logo] AND [Blu-ray Disc logo]" zoom in slowly. The flash dims as the text zooms in slightly before it suddenly flies off towards the camera.
  • Rent/Own it Now on Video and DVD: We see the text reading either "RENT IT NOW ON VIDEO AND [DVD logo]" or "OWN IT NOW ON VIDEO AND [DVD logo]". Light rays shine on the text from the bottom, again on the top, and around the text.
  • Coming Soon to Own/Rent on Video and DVD: We see a bright flash in the middle of the screen. The words, "COMING SOON" slowly emerge from the flash, before quickly zooming in, leaving the screen. One of the following captions, "TO RENT ON VIDEO AND [DVD logo]" or "TO OWN ON VIDEO AND [DVD logo]" fades in from behind it, before zooming in extremely fast, leaving just the space background.

Variants:

  • The space background from "Coming Soon to Own/Rent on Video and DVD" bumper is sometimes brighter.
  • A true 16:9 widescreen version exists, revealing more of the space background, sometimes with black bars at the top and bottom.

FX/SFX:

  • For Cinema Releases/Unmissable Movies, the flash and the text.
  • For Rent/Own it Now on Video and DVD, the light rays.
  • For Coming Soon to Rent/Own on Video and DVD, the flash, the text fading in, and zooming in extremely fast.

Music/Sounds:

  • For Cinema Releases/Unmissable Movies, a very low synth fanfare for the flash, and then a whoosh sound, followed by another slightly fast paced low synth fanfare before another whoosh sound occurs.
  • For Rent/Own it Now on Video and DVD, a drum hit, followed by a low fanfare with a shining sound, sometimes with the echo at the end.
  • For Coming Soon to Rent/Own on Video and DVD, at first, we hear an eerie muffled explosion from the flash with a few whooshes, then a louder one when "COMING SOON" zooms in. When one of the above captions appears, a low pulsing hum can be heard, before we hear the same whoosh when "COMING SOON" zoomed in, when one of the captions zoomed in.

Availability: Seen on many UK VHS's from Universal and DreamWorks Home Entertainment from the time, including The Herbs: The Birthday Party (2002 re-release), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Shrek 2, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Tuxedo, Johnny English, Shark Tale, 8 Mile, and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, among many others. The "Unmissable Movies on DVD and Blu-ray" variant premiered on Green Zone, and appears on DVDs such as Paul, Fast Five, Johnny English Reborn, and Hop, among others.

2012–2015

Bumper: Against a black background with a silver 3D version of the 1997 Universal print logo spinning slowly, we see one of the following clip-on texts, in a silver Impact font, zoom out quickly on a shining blue surface, slowly rotating to face us, while a light blue streak slowly moves through the logo and the text:

  • COMING SOON TO CINEMAS
  • UNMISSABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

FX/SFX: The ID zooming out and slowly rotating, combined with that of the Universal logo and the blue streak moving, which rotate/move in a different direction, based on the ID.

Music/Sounds: A high-pitched synth whoosh, combined with a brief cymbal crash as it slightly increases pitch before resuming as normal.

Availability: Common, appearing on most British Universal DVDs and Blu-rays from the era, such as The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ted, The World's End, and Despicable Me 2, among others. The "UNMISSABLE" clip-on also appears on the Australian DVD of A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Germany

1999–2005

Bumper: On a starfield background, we see one of the following clip-ons appear via flashing:

  • Neu auf Video ("New on Video")
  • Demnächst auf Video ("Coming Soon on Video")
  • Demnächst im Kino ("Coming Soon to Cinemas")

FX/SFX: The flashing.

Music/Sounds: An electronic buzz.

Availability: Seen on German VHS releases, such as The Mummy and Johnny English.

Italy

2000s

Bumper: On a starfield background with the Universal print logo in the upper left corner, we see "IN VENDITA IN VIDEOCASSETTA DA [MONTH/YEAR]" ("FOR SALE ON VIDEOCASSETTE IN [MONTH/YEAR]" in Italian).

FX/SFX: None or the bumper sliding to the right for the start of any given trailer.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Found on Italian VHS releases at the time, such as Love Actually (Love Actually - L'amore davvero).

Spain

1999–2005

Bumper: On a blue background, we see one of the following clip-ons:

  • PROXIMAMENTE EN CINE ("COMING SOON TO CINEMAS")
  • PROXIMAMENTE A LA VENTA EN VIDEO ("COMING SOON TO BUY ON VIDEO")
  • PROXIMAMENTE A LA VENTA ("COMING SOON ON SALE")
  • YA A LA VENTA ("NOW ON SALE")

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Found on Spanish VHS releases at the time, such as Babe: Pig in the City (Babe 2: El cérdito en la ciudad).

Finland

Early 2000s

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Bumper: On a black background with faint blue trails, we see "TULOSSA VIDEOLLE" ("COMING TO VIDEO" in Finnish).

FX/SFX: Besides the fade-in and fade-out, none or the ID sliding to the right for the start of any given trailer.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Appears on Finnish DreamWorks VHS releases, such as Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones – elämäni sinkkuna).

Poland

2001–2006

Bumper: On a black background, we see one of the following clip-ons:

  • FILMY UNIVERSAL DREAMWORKS NA KASETACH WIDEO ("UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS FILMS ON VIDEOCASSETTE")
  • JUŻ WKRÓTCE FILMY UNIVERSAL DREAMWORKS NA KASETACH WIDEO ("UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS FILMS COMING SOON ON VIDEOCASSETTE")
  • ZAPRASZAMY NA FILM ("WE INVITED TO THE FILM")

FX/SFX: A mere fade-in and a fade-out.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Can be found on Polish Universal tapes, such as Johnny English.

Latin America

Brazil

2000-2005

Bumper: On a black background, we see the words "Breve em" ("Soon on" in Portuguese) with the VHS and DVD logos in gold below.

Variant: A variant replaces the first words with "Em breve".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be found on Brazilian Universal tapes, such as Barbie of Swan Lake (Barbie - O Lago dos Cisnes).

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