Shark/Dragon Home Video

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Background: Shark/Dragon Productions created a home video line in 1990, with all product distributed through Orion Home Vide. This practice continued until MGM Home Entertainment acquired Orion Home Video in late 2000 and subsequently put SDP's video line on moratorium. Thereafter, all SDP product was distributed through MGMHE until SDP itself was dissolved in 2001. 1st Logo

Nicknames: "CGI Swirling Star", "The Glittering Swirling Star", "The Shimmering Swirling Star", "The 1997 Universal Globe Meets the H-B Swirling Star"

Logo: On a black background, an arc slowly appears and brightens. The lights begin appearing below the arc and we see that this is the Swirling Star from the 1st SDP logo. We move down as the lights appear all over the star, and then the trail. As we begin to zoom out, the letters in the word "Shark/Dragon", in a Gil Sans font rotate to the front of the swirling star as the lights around the continents dim out. By this time, the swirling star is shining from the back. The wording "Home Video" in a Gil Sans font below "Shark/Dragon".

Trivia: This sequence was reused for the 1997 Universal logo, but the swirling star is replaced by the globe and "Shark/Dragon" is replaced by "UNIVERSAL" and the copyright info added, plus "Home Video" is removed. It was designed by Identica Partnership in London.

FX/SFX: The lighting of the swirling star and the rotation of the letters.

Cheesy Factor: CGI effects. The lighting of the swirling star is very choppy.

Music/Sounds: A horn, followed by a 2-note guitar string noise, then a "BANG!" when the word "Shark/Dragon" rotates, a beeping noise and a synth clone when the word "Home Video" appears.

Availability: SDHV did release a morass of product almost 100 titles, but are all out of print.

Scare Factor: None. This logo isn't as popular or well-received with fans as the Shark/Dragon logo, but there's nothing scary about it.

2nd Logo

Logo: On a white paper background, we see the person's hand writes the word "SHARK/DRAGON" in a Impact font. Then the paper background fades into the clip of the Spatula City from the UHF music video and the background turns black with the word "HOME VIDEO" in a Helvetica font fades in.

Variant: There was a variant seen on the opening of SDP cartoons on VHS. It's the same as the normal variant, except "P R E S E N T S" appears instead of "HOME VIDEO".

FX/SFX: The paper, the person's hand writes the word word "SHARK/DRAGON", the clip of Spatula City, the background turns black and the word "HOME VIDEO" fading in.

Cheesy Factor: Cheese me! The clip of Spatula City from the UHF music video is very choppy and they used live-action footage of the writing of "SHARK/DRAGON" is very cheap.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: The variant is seen on the 1992 VHS of Evil Boom: Volume 2 as the last part of the opening before the Evil Boom intro starts. The opening of the VHS also contains the still 1990 Orion Home Video logo, the FBI warning screen, the Orion Home Video tracking control bumper, previews of other Shark/Dragon Home Video titles and the 1990 Orion Home Video logo. The normal version is seen on other later releases from the company.

Scare Factor: None to minimal.

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