ABC DVD (Australia)

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Logo descriptions by mr3urious, TrickyMario7654, OZ Paramount 87, and CooleyBoy10
Logo captures by TrickyMario7654 and iheartparamount
Video captures courtesy of AustralianTVClassics


Background

ABC DVD is the Australian home entertainment division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, their releases are currently distributed by Roadshow Entertainment (they were formerly distributed by Video Selection Australia though Roadshow Entertainment from 1991-1993). starting in 1996, they co-distributed BBC Video releases in Australia along with Roadshow Entertainment.

ABC Video

1st Logo (1983-1985)

Logo: It's just the 1984 ID with no video indication whatsoever.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1984 ID.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1984 ID.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on video releases from the era, which have been out of print for decades. One release that had this logo was a 1984 VHS of Tied Test: Australia vs. West Indies Brisbane 1960. It was also seen on the 1983 Documentuary 'The Bradman Era' which was also released on VHS.

Editor's Note: None

2nd Logo (1985-1990)

Logo: It's just the night-time variant of the 1985 ID with no video indication whatsoever.

FX/SFX: Same as the night-time variant of the 1985 ID.

Music/Sounds: Same as the night-time variant of the 1985 ID.

Availability: Rare. Seen on video releases from the era, such as early Thomas The Tank Engine video releases issued between 1987 and 1988.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (1990-2006)

Logo: Same as its TV counterpart, but with "VIDEO" fading in below, and on a purple textile like background, also the logo is slightly smaller.

Variants:

  • One promotional variant has the logo cut at the very end to reveal a satellite shot of the earth. When this specific promo ends, it fades into the logo with the ABC logo turning.
  • Another promotional variant has the logo slowly fade onto an orange background, where the logo is now a scribble-like drawing. Different styles of patterns also fade in on each corner of the logo, where they rapidly change patterns.
  • Yet another promotional variant had the logo play out normally until the music finishes. When it does finish, the logo gets zapped by lightning, the normal background is changed into different TV Show clips with specific genres. Nature, Drama, Comedy, Sport, Lifestyles, Music, Opera, Dance and Celebration in that order. When the promo nears the end, the logo does its normal animation. The same promo can be seen on DVDs but it can sometimes be in the 16:9 Aspect Ratio.

FX/SFX: Same as its TV counterpart.

Music/Sounds: Same as its TV counterpart, but without any other sound effects.

Music/Sounds Variant: On earlier VHS releases, the music doesn't start until the glass fades in.

Availability: Common. Seen on all Aussie PAL releases of the period. Two of the earliest releases to use the logo are the Festival Video releases of Fireman Sam: Treasure Hunt and The World of David the Gnome: David to the Rescue!. It can also be seen on 1996-2005 BBC Video releases they distributed after the Roadshow Entertainment logo of the time. Starting in 1999, this logo appeared at the end of their releases in place of the Roadshow logo. This logo was also used on their earlier DVD releases, such as Wiggly TV and La Boheme. It also appears at the end of periodical Playhouse Disney airings of The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, likely because they used a VHS master of it. One of the final VHS releases to use this logo was The Wiggles: Here Comes the Big Red Car which was released in 2006.

Editor's Note: Like it's TV counterpart, it's a favorite of many.

ABC DVD

1st Logo (2001-2008)

Logo: On a black background, the ABC logo animates in the same way as the 3rd ABC Video logo, except this time, it's on the top half of the screen and much smaller than before. After that, the generic DVD logo zooms in underneath it.

Variants:

  • On some releases, the 'VIDEO' text can be seen outside of the disc of the DVD logo.
  • There is a widescreen variant of the logo.

FX/SFX: The same flipping animation as the 3rd ABC Video logo and the zoom in of the DVD logo.

Music/Sounds: The same music as the 3rd ABC Video logo with an added loud whoosh sound for when the DVD logo zooms in.

Availability: Seen on 2001-2008 Australian Broadcasting Corporation DVDs, with one example being the DVD of CNNNN, released in 2004.

Editor's Note: The ABC logo animation used is recycled from the ABC Films logo.

2nd Logo (2008-2019)

Logo: On a black background, a twisted shape swings up, in blue. A flash turns it red. Then, we cut to a purple part of the logo, and the camera pans down. The logo flashes, revealing itself to be the ABC Lissajous logo from 2001, colored in red, magenta and sky blue. "ABC" appears below the lissajous, with "DVD" under "ABC".

Variant: On Blu-Ray releases like Wallace and Gromit: The Collection, the 'DVD' text is removed, but it is actually still slightly visible below the 'ABC' text.

FX/SFX: The logo forming in excellent CGI.

Trivia: This logo was animated by pictureDRIFT.

Music/Sounds: Several synth notes, with some whooshes and a noise similar to an orchestra tuning up. A low descending bass noise is then heard, ending in a calm guitar version of the ABC jingle with high-pitched sparkles.

Availability: Seen on Australian Broadcasting Corporation DVDs from the time period. Even though the 2002 lissajous curve logo is now being used only as a secondary logo in favor of a revived 1975 logo, this logo continued to be used until 2019, when the company underwent a complete rebrand, officially dumping the 2002 logo all together.

Editor's Note: This logo bears a resemblance to the "Reflections" IDs used by the station in 2001. A pretty well made logo, especially when you compare it to the next one...

3rd Logo (2018?-)

Nicknames: "Drawing Lissajous"

Logo: On a black background, the revived 1975 Lissajous curve logo, taking up most of the screen, draws itself in two halves. The logo zooms out as "ABC" fades in underneath, in the ABC Sans front, with "DVD" then fading in underneath.

FX/SFX: The Lissajous curve drawing in, then zooming out, followed by the "ABC" and "DVD" fading in.

Music/Sounds: The tail end of the previous logo's music.

Availability: Seen on recent ABC DVD releases from about 2018 onward.

Editor's Note: This logo pales in comparison to the previous one, especially considering the animation featured here.