Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment
Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment was the home video division of The Samuel Goldwyn Company launched in 1981. Early releases were originally released by MGM/CBS Home Video, and transitioned to CBS/Fox Video in 1982. Prior to 1994, SGHE licensed most of their releases to Vestron Video, HBO Video, Video Treasures, and Virgin Vision, among other distributors. From 1994 to 1997, Hallmark Home Entertainment handled distribution of their releases. In 1996, Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment, the parent of The Samuel Goldwyn Company was acquired by Metromedia and became part of Orion Pictures Corporation. In 1997, Orion/Goldwyn was sold to MGM and thus SGHE was folded into MGM Home Entertainment.
1st Logo (1981)
Nickname: "The Signature"
Logo: On a black background, a dark blue square zooms in and fills the screen. Then as usual, the 1979 Samuel Goldwyn Company logo animates, except it freezes once the line is drawn. After a few seconds, the text "SAMUEL GOLDWYN HOME ENTERTAINMENT", in a white ITC Avant Garde Bold font, fades in underneath the logo. The logo then fades to black after a few seconds.
FX/SFX: The square filling the screen, the signature being drawn, and the words fading in.
Music/Sounds: A short, instrumental version of Guys and Dolls's opening credits song.
Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on the 1981 MGM/CBS Home Video VHS/Betamax release of Guys and Dolls.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1981-1997)
Nickname: "The Signature II"
Logo: Same as the Samuel Goldwyn "Signature" logo, except "SAMUEL GOLDWYN HOME ENTERTAINMENT" flies up from the bottom or top of the screen, or fades in.
- There is a B&W variant for Samuel Goldwyn Productions movies.
- Sometimes, the word "PRESENTS" faded in under the logo.
FX/SFX: Same as the movie logo.
Music/Sounds: None, although on the Vestron Video VHS of The Care Bears Movie, a synthesized version of the first few notes of the movie's theme "Care-a-Lot" was used, as it was used on its movie counterpart. On the Vidmark Screener VHS of La Femme Nikita, it uses the last portion of the 1985 Gaumont fanfare.
Availability: Rare. Can be seen on VHS/Laserdisc releases of Samuel Goldwyn properties such as the HBO Video release of Rock-a-Doodle, Some Like It Hot, the Vestron Video VHS of The Care Bears Movie, and Mystic Pizza, among others. The MGM/CBS release of The Billion Dollar Hobo, and the CBS/Fox releases of Pride of the Yankees and Guys and Dolls have this logo at the beginning, relegating the MGM/CBS and CBS/FOX logos to after the film.
Editor's Note: None.