HBO/Cannon Video

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Logo descriptions by
James Fabiano, Matt Williams and indycar

Logo captures by
Wisp2007 and V of Doom

Editions by
V of Doom,Michael Bass and indycar

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HBO/Cannon Video was a short-lived joint venture between Home Box Office (HBO) and Cannon Films.


Logo: Similar to the 1985 Thorn EMI/HBO Video logo (wall of lights, comets, blue background and the logo itself is similar), but there's a lot more action. A wall of blue lights opens, much like the Thorn EMI/HBO logo. Against these walls, a chrome "HBO" (in its corporate font) logo slides down one, and the word "CANNON" also in chrome, slides down the other. When they meet in the center, a glowing white star takes them in, and the walls rotate to face us as the camera pans in. When we pan in, two comets streak on two of the lights making up the wall, and when they pass, we see a white HBO logo and a white box containing the word "CANNON" rotating from the bottom to face us. The logos zoom back, with HBO zooming back to become smaller than the white box containing "CANNON", as "VIDEO" zooms out (in an effect similar to the 1980 Telepictures Corporation "Shadows" logo). Two comets streak above and below the logo to form lines, like in the 1982 Thorn EMI Video logo.

FX/SFX: The lights, comets, and sliding.

Music/Sounds: The 1982 Thorn EMI Video logo theme.

Availability: By far the rarest of all HBO-related video logos. In addition to HBO and Cannon Films material, they also released Hemdale Film Corporation, Orion Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures material. Releases include Back to School, Night of the Creeps, Something Wild, and Touch and Go, among others. It also appears on later reprints of some older Thorn EMI tapes (Xtro, The First Time and Martin.)

Editor's Note: A lot more effort appears to have been put into this logo compared to the Thorn EMI/HBO one, especially with the corporate logos sliding in.

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