Alpha Video (UK)
Editions by Eric S.
Alpha Video was a VHS company founded by Stanley Long. The company formed a partnership with Intervision, who co-distributed Alpha's output until 1984, following Intervision's closure in the mid-80s.
Nicknames: "Industrial Alpha", "Dark Alpha"
Logo: On a dark blue background, a stylized Greek letter "alpha" draws by itself. When it is finished, the word "alpha", in lowercase, and in a squashed sans serif font, appears.
Variant: After the normal logo, in the same blue background, the phrase "For your further enjoyment, alpha video presents". "Alpha" is stylised in a blocky font with the small Alpha Video logo boxed on top of the p. "Video" is also stylized, but in a less blocky font. This was also used on the box art for Intervison/Alpha releases.
FX/SFX: Basic animation. The variant just fades in and out.
Music/Sounds: A harsh, droning synth tune with synthetic clunks and beeps, which is lifted from the composition "Telex" by Derek Scott. On the variant, the logo is silent. There also exists a silent version of the standard logo. without the "Further Enjoyment" screen, seen on the first release of Kentucky Fried Movie.
Availability: Extremely rare; seen on UK pre-cert tapes (mainly horror movies) from Alpha released through Intervision and CBS/FOX, particularly Dawn of the Dead.
Editor's Note: A simple '80s logo with some pretty cool and catchy music. Some have found it scary due to its atmosphere and music, but it shouldn't be scary for most people.