Miramax Home Entertainment
Miramax Home Entertainment was the home entertainment division of Miramax Films, formed in early 1992 as Miramax Home Video after years of having their films released by several home video distributors including HBO Video, Media Home Entertainment (through Fox Video) and LIVE Entertainment. The same year, Miramax struck a deal with Paramount Home Video to have them release their films on VHS (Paramount still owns the video rights to some of these films). After Disney bought out the company in 1993, Miramax's video releases were distributed briefly by Touchstone Home Video through Buena Vista Home Video. Miramax ended up releasing videos under its own label in the mid-1990s, with Buena Vista distributing. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment distributed Miramax products from 2007-2010 (after the company's founders and CEOs, the Weinstein brothers, left two years earlier). In December 2010, Miramax was sold by Disney to Filmyard Holdings, LLC, a division of Colony Capital. In February 2011, they entered a home video agreement with Lionsgate Home Entertainment and StudioCanal to distribute more than 550 titles from the renowned Miramax film library on DVD, and later that month, they made a deal with Echo Bridge Home Entertainment for domestic DVD distribution of the studio's additional 251 titles. In March 2014 though, Echo Bridge lost the distribution rights to those titles allowing Lionsgate to obtain complete access to the Miramax catalog. Later in December 2019, ViacomCBS bought a 49% stake in Miramax and took over the home media distribution rights the next year from Lionsgate, with Paramount Home Media Distribution re-releasing much of Miramax's titles on September 22 that year.
1st Logo (1994-August 30, 2005)
Nicknames: "The M", "Big M", "Flashing M", "Miramax M"
Logo: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo, although the logo is now videotaped and in a smoother frame rate, and the text "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "FILMS".
Variant: On the Criterion Collection DVD of Chasing Amy, the logo is stretched into 16:9 widescreen.
FX/SFX: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo.
Music/Sounds: The 1987 Miramax logo theme, but in muffled mono.
- On some Live Entertainment and Miramax Special Edition DVDs, there is a 5.1 surround version of the theme.
- On rare occasions it is silent, like on the Criterion Collection DVD of Chasing Amy.
Availability: Rare. It's seen on Miramax VHS and DVD releases of the era such as Four Rooms, the demo tape of Things to Do in Denver... When You're Dead, Good Will Hunting, and Pulp Fiction. Don't expect to see this on most Image Entertainment Laserdisc releases, like The Thief and the Cobbler. One of the last tapes in the U.S. to use this logo was the 1999 VHS of Monument Ave. In the UK, this logo was used until 2005, as seen on a VHS copy of My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie. Also found a promotional VHS release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Strangely, some copies of The Others have this logo. This also appears on the 2002 Region 4 Australian DVD release of Serendipity (which is strange, as it was released during the next logo's lifespan).
Editor's Note: Same as the 1987 Miramax logo.
2nd Logo (1999-2007)
Nicknames: "The Buildings", "Lights in the Big City", "Manhattan Skyline", "The City", "Miramax Skyline"
Logo: Same as the 1998 movie logo, except it's videotaped and shot at a faster frame rate, and again, the text "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" replaces "FILMS".
- There are videotaped and filmed versions. The former appears on most earlier releases, while the latter appears on early Blu-rays and a few DVDs, such as the 2005 Collector's Series Director's Cut's DVDs of Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and The Yards, among others.
- On some releases, the logo is shown in 16:9 widescreen.
- On the DVD of the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?, the 4:3 version of the logo is stretched out to 16:9 rather than being cropped to those dimensions.
Trivia: See the 4th logo's entry on the Miramax Films page.
FX/SFX: Same as the 1998 logo.
Music/Sounds: Usually silent, as per the 1998 logo.
Music/Sounds Variants: On some DVD releases and the VHS of Clerks: Uncensored (the cartoon adaptation), it uses the previous logo's theme.
Availability: Can be found on Miramax video releases from 1999 to 2007. Strangely, this doesn't appear on the 2005 DVD of My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie, despite the fact that the VHS version of said film has it.
Editor's Note: Starting later on in 2007, Miramax DVD and Blu-ray releases just used the standard 1998 logo.