Argentina Video Home
Logo captures, videos, and editions courtesy of Guillermo A. Martínez, Jeff B, WillWill45, kidinbed, Thisisanswer, Nightspears, Unnepad, MasterAS, and RaroVHS.
1st Logo (1984-1988)
Nicknames: "Square Letters", "AVH in Star Trek"
Logo: On a space background, we fade to a unknown planet as 2 copies of the AVH logo ("AVH" in a blocky font and in teal green tones) fade and zoom in, with 1 copies being upside down, representing a reflection. The copies spread apart from each other and then we cut to a different with a explosion, wiping in the same logo, but without boxes and the letters having a 3D trail. The background changes to 4 copies of the USS Enterprise escaping from an explosion, then to a mirrored shot to a planet with a sun in the corner. The logo flashes a bit and then zooms out.
FX/SFX: The space background, the AVH logo.
Music/Sounds: The opening portion of "Empire" by Tom Elliott, also used in the Fax Video Design and Dutch Video Star logos.
Availability: Extremely rare. Appears on VHS's distributed with Warner Home Video.
Editor's Note: The animation was typical for an Argentinian VHS logo of the time, but looks cheap and cheesy today. It also stole footage from Star Trek.
2nd Logo (1987-1988?)
Nicknames: ''Square Letters II"
Logo: In a space background with a 3D rotating globe, appear three yellow 3D outlined cubes, with blue spheres inside. One cube flies from space, the other appears behind the earth, and finally the last one appears from outside the screen. While rotating, the cube get to the screen, and eventually reveal the "AVH" letters in red on white squares, along some red indicators above
FX/SFX: The rotating cubes.
Music/Sounds: A electric guitar/rock theme.
Availability: Extremely rare.
Editor's Note: The animation is miles ahead of other Argentine video logos of the time.
3rd Logo (1988-1991)
Nicknames: "The Flipping Computers", "LedaFilms Era", "Square Letters III"
Logo: On a black background, we see three computer-generated computer monitors, the left one flipping horizontally, the center one flipping vertically, and the right one also flipping vertically, but reversed. "AVH" in a red blocky font comes from the left and flips into place, positioning itself on the computers.
FX/SFX: The flipping computers.
Music/Sounds: An ominous-sounding synth fanfare that sounds like a bad remix of the Jeopardy! theme.
Availability: Rare. The original Argentinan VHS of The Man Called Flintstone has this logo intact. This can usually be found on videos released by big-name companies, such as Hanna-Barbera Home Video, Warner Home Video, CIC Video (under license from Paramount), etc. (On a side note, Argentina and Uruguay are the only Spanish-speaking countries [other than Spain] to use the PAL/N format--most other Spanish-speaking countries, like Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela, use NTSC)
Editor's Note: A pretty good logo, compared to other Argentinian VHS logos of the time.
4th Logo (1992-2000)
Nicknames: "The Environment", "Square Letters III"
Logo: On a shot of a (random) scene, red lines rotate in to form the AVH logo. The letters shine as silver bars come in to surround the letters, which also shine.
FX/SFX: The logo forming, the shine. Still a bit on the cheap side, but much better than other companies in the era.
Music/Sounds: A synth drone. A montage of San Luis (apparently where they are headquartered at) follows this, having a Latin beat to it.
5th Logo (2000-2001)
Nicknames: "AVH 2000/2001"
Logo: On a space background, a rocket flies towards a superimposed asteroid. The asteroid passes over a moon, and on the moon there is an astronaut holding a giant flag of Argentina. The rocket returns to earth, and a futuristic type of TV with pictures of San Luis (the same images seen in the 1992 logo) suddenly comes out of the spaceship. The text on the television (in a font similar to Comic Sans) reads "Hecho en San Luis" (which translates to "Made In San Luis"). When there are no more images on the rocket's TV, twelve videocassettes appear with a transparent marbled cassette/satellite in orbit. The rocket goes straight to the satellite and a white cassette, and a star flashes, revealing "AVH 2000" as it flashes and zooms out (the AVH logo is the same as before, but it now has gold edges and shadowed lettering). The written text "Cine para llevar..." in white appear. The logo shines a little.
Variant: During 2001, the logo is the same, but has the "2001" text instead. The logo is already in place and the text below it wipes in.
FX/SFX: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: The song "Rock is Dead" by Marilyn Manson.
Availability: Rare. Seen on AVH videos from 2000 to 2001.
6th Logo (2000-2006)
Nickname: "AVH DVD'', "Earth-Disc"
Logo: On a space background, a shot of the Earth is seen. The left half changes into a DVD via a clock effect and zooms out. The AVH logo flashes in, along with the DVD Video logo
Trivia: This logo was first seen on the demo's promotional VHS instructional DVD (Space Jam) and commercials in 1999, which was one year before the logo's use.
FX/SFX: The clock effect, the flashes.
Music/Sounds: A four note synth tune culminating in a wind-like sound.
Availability: Seen on AVH DVDs from 2000 to 2004. Was found on the original version of Magnolia.
7th Logo (2001-2006)
Nickname: "AVH Beams''
Logo: On a black background, 3 metallic squares rotate in. They all have a 3D effect on their borders. 3 quick beams of light fly through the squares, forming "AVH", which are cote-outs. The logo shines.
Music/Sounds: A series of whooshes.
Availability: Seen on AVH VHS's from the time.
8th Logo (2004-2015?)
Logo: On a black background; we see a new AVH logo appear letter by letter. A red play button creating a curve comes in and remains as the curve continues drawing. A light shines on the logo.
Anniversary Variant: The same logo, but with "20TH ANIVERSARIO", which slides in when the light passes by.
FX/SFX: The AVH logo appearing, the play button, the light.
Music/Sounds: A hip hop beat.
Availability: Common. Seen on DVDs released in Argentina by them as well as some of the last ever VHS's ever from them.
Editor's note: Though used for a long time, this was not a very popular logo, due to the simplistic animation.
9th Logo (2015?- )
Nicknames: "Play II"
Logo: We see a red wave (made by red balls) bouncing to the right, in the center the AVH logo (in a futuristic font) is revealed, and after the wave leaved the screen, the logo shines. Finally, the logo fades out.
FX/SFX: The waves, the logo flashing. 3D animation.
Availability: Currently in use. Look for DVDs released in Argentina by them.
Editor's Note: Though the animation is basic, it is an improvement from the previous logo.