1983 (RCA/Columbia) (A)
This warning screen from RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video is a red open big box with a RCA/Columbia VHS tape inside, showing the red spine with the words "RCA/COLUMBIA PICTURES INTERNATIONAL VIDEO" surrounded by 2 copies of the company's logo on a white background. On the bottom of it is the words "If it isn't red, it isn't real." colored in red. When the voice-over is at the hotline number part, "01-636 8373" appears underneath the text.
As seen on VHS.
1983-1985 (RCA/Columbia) (B)
This warning screen from RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video is a VHS tape sitting with a Beta tape on a white background. They both sport red spines. 32 seconds later, there are still shots and camera zoom-ins. The 1st one shows the front of the VHS tape sporting a RCA/Columbia tape label and a white RCA/Columbia logo that was printed on the left reel side. The 2nd one is the VHS tape's red spine facing the screen. The 3rd one is a zoom-in on the white logo. The 4th one shows the front of the Beta tape sporting another RCA/Columbia tape label and a red trapezoid-shaped sticker on the reel shield that only has the logo's RCA and Columbia Pictures parts, omitting the Torch Lady. The 5th one is the Beta tape's red spine facing us. The 6th one is a zoom-in on the red trapezoid sticker. At the same screen with the VHS and Beta tapes sitting with each other, the text "If it isn't red, it isn't real" appears. When the voice-over is at the hotline number part, "01-636 8373" appears underneath the text.
As seen on VHS, such as Conan the Destroyer and Jabberwocky.
1985-1990 (RCA/Columbia) (C)
This warning screen from RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video is a VHS tape sitting with a Beta tape on a white background. They both sport red spines and different tape labels. There are still shots and camera zoom-ins. The 1st one shows the front of the VHS tape with a camera zoom-in on the white RCA/Columbia logo that was printed on the left reel side. The 2nd one shows the front of the Beta tape with a camera zoom-in on the red trapezoid-shaped sticker on the reel shield that only has the logo's RCA and Columbia Pictures parts, omitting the Torch Lady. The same screen with the VHS and Beta tapes sitting with each other is shown again. When the voice-over is at the hotline number part, the print logo of the company itself appears on a white background with the hotline number "01-636 8373" appearing below.
From 1988 to 1989, the print logo on the white background is changed to a still picture of the spinning cube logo on a blue background. The hotline number is colored white and it types in. From 1989 to 1990, the Beta front zoom-in and the repeat of the 1st shot are removed, and the spinning cube logo on a blue background is changed to an ending freeze frame of the usual spinning logo with the hotline number wiping in.
As seen on VHS, such as Macbeth, Mr. North, Eat the Peach, R.O.T.O.R., Short Circuit 2, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Desert Bloom, Daddy's Boys, and Hope and Glory.
1988 (CIC Video) (E.T. variation)
This warning screen from CIC Video is the film's logo appearing via lens flare on a space background. The film's logo then zooms out a bit for some text to appear. The set of text disappears for another set of text to appear, but in 2 paragraphs. This set of text then disappears and the film's logo covers the whole screen, revealing a shining polarised hologram with many copies of the CIC Video logo on it, and a VHS tape appears behind it and they zoom out, revealing that the hologram is on the front end of the tape. Finally, the text above and below the cassette appear.
As seen on VHS, such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, rental).
1989-1991 (CIC Video)
This warning screen from CIC Video is a set of warning text on a space background. A shining polarised hologram from the previous bumper appears, and a VHS tape appears behind it and they zoom out, which has the same look as the previous bumper. 2 sets of text above and below the tape appear.
A rare variant is spotted on the Australian VHS tapes of Tom and Jerry: The Movie and Mercury Rising. It has the same set of warning text as the standard version. The same hologram appears, and the same VHS tape appears behind it and they zoom out revealing a blue gradient background. The same 2 sets of text above and below the tape appear. The text is in lowercase. It's unknown if this variant is spotted on other Australian tapes.
As seen on VHS, such as the UK VHS tapes of Crocodile Dundee 2, Twins, Ghost, Shadow Makers, Internal Affairs, King Ralph, Back to the Future: Part III, Child's Play II, and Black Rain, and the Australian VHS tapes of Tom and Jerry: The Movie and Mercury Rising.
1989-1993 (Silver Vision) (A)
This warning screen from Silver Vision is a VHS tape with a blue spine on a brick red background. It zooms out, and the text "VIDEO PIRACY IS THEFT", along with the words, "TO IDENTIFY THIS VIDEO TAPE AS AN ORIGINAL COPY, WE HAVE INCORPORATED A SPECIAL BLUE SPINE WITH OUR SILVERVISION LOGO ONTO EACH CASSETTE, IF THIS VIDEOCASSETTE DOES NOT HAVE THIS IDENTIFICATION, IT IS NOT AN ORIGINAL AND MAY BE AN ILLEGAL COPY." appears. After 20 seconds, it does a blinds transition to reveal the FACT hotline.
As seen on VHS, such as WWF WrestleMania IV.
The warning screen is a shining polarised hologram and the warning text shown above and below it on a gray background. And then, a VHS tape appears behind it and they both zoom out, revealing that the hologram is on the front end of the tape. The text appears above and below the tape. Finally, the text below the tape disappears for the hotline number to appear.
Depending on the hologram, the following print logos are: Warner Home Video (the 1985 print logo), Fox Video (the 1991 print logo), Buena Vista Home Video (the Disney castle with "Buena Vista Home Video Ltd." below), CIC Video (the 1980 print logo), 20:20 Vision (the 1990 print logo), and RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video (the 1983 print logo, with "VIDEO UK" instead of "INTERNATIONAL VIDEO").
On early releases, it is situated on a brownish animated background, has different text in Times New Roman, and no voice-over. A variant with the brownish animated background has a trimmed version of the normal voice-over, beginning from the line "Video Piracy is a Crime..." and not including the phone number readout, is seen on the RCA-Columbia rental release of The Pope Must Die, the tape itself featuring 2 holograms (one on the front edge matching these warnings, and one on the tape label, similar to later holograms) in addition to the traditional red spine.
As seen on VHS, such as Thelma and Louise, White Sands, Teen Agent, Power Play, Carry on Columbus, The Bodyguard, The Commitments, Point Break, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Alien 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), Hot Shots, Jack the Bear, For the Boys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Straight Talk, Blood in Blood Out, Tina: What's Love Got To Do With It, Shipwrecked, Sister Act, One Good Cop, As You Like It, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Child's Play 3, A Kiss Before Dying, Problem Child 2, Scent of a Woman, Super Mario Bros, Wild Orchid: The Red Shoe Diary, Live Wire, Peter's Friends, Universal Soldier, Light Sleeper, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Deadbolt, Wild West, The Lawnmower Man, Carnosaur, Rock-A-Doodle, Bugsy, Drop Dead Fred, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, The Addams Family, F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion, Highlander II: The Quickening, Predator 2, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pope Must Die (inc. rental variation), and The Naked Gun 2 1/2.
The warning screen is a shining polarized hologram and the same sets of warning text shown above and below it on a blue gradient background. And then, a tape label appears behind it and they both zoom out, revealing a VHS tape. The text appears above and below the tape. The text below the tape disappears for the FACT hotline number to appear, and finally, it disappears for the INFACT hotline number to appear. 1993-1994 releases only show the FACT hotline. The FACT and INFACT hotlines changed many times. The FACT hotlines are: 081 568 6646 (1993-1995), 0181 568 6646 (1995-1998), 020 8568 6646 (1998-2005), and 020 85686646 (1998-2001), while the INFACT hotlines are (01) 6777 071 (1994-2005), 01 6777071 (1994-1996), (01) 678 9022 (1997-1998 (Columbia TriStar)/1998-2003 (CIC Video/Paramount)), (01) 6789022 (1998-2001), and 00353 1678 9022 (2001-2002).
Depending on the hologram and tape label, the following companies are: Columbia TriStar Home Video (Hologram: 1993 print logo with the wording "COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO" appearing and disappearing, the animation repeats; Early variant: Full color print version of the 1993 logo without the company's name; Tape label: Orange tape label with the full color print logo and the BBFC 18 rating; Early variant: Pink tape label and red tape spine with the full color print logo and the BBFC 15 rating), Warner Home Video (Hologram: 1985 print logo; Tape label: Blue tape label with the WB shield in a bunch of clouds and the BBFC U rating (Pre-2002)), Fox Video (Hologram: 1991 print logo, Tape label: White tape label and spine with BBFC PG rating (Pre-1996)), MGM/UA Home Video (Hologram: Same as Warner Home Video; Tape label: White tape label with duplicates of the MGM/UA Home Video print logo and the BBFC U rating (Pre-2000)), Paramount Home Entertainment (Hologram: 1968 Paramount print logo with 1990 byline; Tape label: White tape label with the BBFC U rating (Pre-2003)), Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Hologram: 1990 Universal print logo; Tape label: White tape label with the BBFC U rating (Pre-1999)), DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Hologram: 1998 print logo; Tape label: White tape label with the BBFC U rating (1998-1999)), and 20:20 Vision (Hologram: 1990 print logo; Tape label: White tape label and silver spine with the BBFC 15 rating (Pre-1997)).
On rare occasions, the bumper will be customized. For example, on 1997-1999 CIC Video releases and 1999-2003 Paramount releases, the background is the same aurora background as the 1997 CIC Video logo, the text is in the same font as the warning text from the 1997-2001 warning screen, the hologram shrinks down to reveal the background and text, the video cassette appears and the bumper goes as normal (but on the 1993-1997 releases, the regular background and font are used). On Columbia TriStar releases, the "A" in "AGAINST" isn't big, and since 2001, the font in the text changed and the hotline numbers have the captions removed. On 1994-1996 Fox Video releases, it cuts to the same background with the INFACT address and a different hotline, appearing and disappearing. On Warner Home Video, MGM/UA Home Video and pre-1997 CIC Video releases, the top text is spaced.
As seen on VHS, such as The Best of The Muppet Show, Universal Soldier: The Return, The Net, Charlie's Angels, Kermit's Swamp Years, The Pagemaster, Legends of the Fall, Street Fighter, The Net, Evolution, Never Talk to Strangers, Jerry Maguire, Hollow Man, In Pursuit of Honor, Tomcats, xXx, Dick, Desperado, Muppets from Space, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Seeing Double, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Cable Guy, The 6th Day, What Planet Are You From?, China Moon, Bicentennial Man, The Thirteenth Floor, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Trumpet of the Swan, Welcome to the Jungle, Cruel Intentions, Wishmaster, Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Double Team, Maximum Risk, Bad Boys, First Knight, Call Me Claus, Jumanji, Matilda, The Mask of Zorro, Stuart Little, The Swan Princess, The Swan Princess and the Secret of the Castle, Bear in the Big Blue House videos, The Swan Princess Sing-Along, The Swan Princess and the Mystery of the Enchanted Kingdom, Men in Black II, Spider-Man (rental), Sense & Sensibility, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Sleepless in Seattle (retail), Spider-Man 2, The Bone Collector, Fly Away Home, Groundhog Day (rental), Philadelphia, In the Line of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Backbeat, Once Upon a Forest, Mrs. Doubtfire, Politically Correct Party Animals, The X-Files: Tooms, The Lord of the Rings (1978), You've Got Mail, The Gift, Free Willy, The Man Who Knew Too Little, A Clockwork Orange, Executive Decision, Eraser, Vegas Vacation, Three Kings, Eyes Wide Shut, Mars Attacks, Bless the Child, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (rental), Thumbelina (rental), The Specialist, L.A. Confidential, GoldenEye, Thinner, What Women Want, Under Suspicion, A Time to Kill, The NeverEnding Story III, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Three to Tango, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Man in the Iron Mask, Tomorrow Never Dies (rental), Get Shorty, Species, Species II, Red Corner, Mixed Nuts, The Dark Half, All Shook Up! (Hexed), Sleepless in Seattle (rental), Last Action Hero, It Could Happen to You, Striptease, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Tomb Raider, Twilight (1998), In and Out, Primal Force, Save the Last Dance, Harriet the Spy, The Education of Little Tree, Escape from L.A., Drop Zone, Junior, Apollo 13, The Chamber, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park (rental), Deep Impact, and In Dreams.
1993-1996 (Silver Vision) (B)
The warning screen is the VHS tape with the blue spine from the first Silver Vision bumper with the tape label showing the WWF logo and the Silver Vision logo and a very small copyright notice on a blue shiny background. The same text as the first Silver Vision bumper appears. Finally, the FACT hotline appears, but now in lowercase.
As seen on VHS, such as WWF UK Rampage '93 (1993).
1993-1995 (Guild) (A)
The warning screen is a shining dark blue polarised hologram that uses a yellow version of the 1985 Guild Home Video print logo on a blue marble background. The warning text shown above and below the hologram appear. Afterwards, the hologram shrinks and a VHS tape fades in behind it, with the hologram residing on the label part. The tape label uses the BBFC 15 rating. The text below the tape changes. The text below the tape changes again for the hotline number to appear.
As seen on VHS, such as Man's Best Friend and The Shawshank Redemption.
1994-1998 (Guild) (B)
The warning screen is a shining polarised hologram on a green background with lens flare circles. The hologram has the same Guild Home Video print logo and the shining animation from the previous bumper. There are some text above and below the hologram. And then, the hologram changes to 2 VHS tapes using the same hologram and the same tape label from the previous bumper, with the one on the left using the BBFC 15 rating and the other using the IFCO 15 rating. The bottom text also changes to a different one. Finally, the bottom text changes to the hotline numbers of FACT and INFACT.
As seen on VHS, such as North, Judge Dredd, The Fifth Element (rental), James and the Giant Peach, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
1994-1995 (Disney) (A)
The warning screen is a VHS tape with a tape label depending on the Disney movie, the BBFC U rating, and a gray polarised hologram on a black/blue gradient background. Below the VHS tape is "BEWARE OF ILLEGAL VIDEO CASSETTES". The text disappears for "POOR QUALITY ILLEGAL CASSETTES" to appear above the tape and "REDUCE YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE" to appear below it. "JEOPARDISE FUTURE FILM PRODUCTION" appears with "AND CAN DAMAGE YOUR VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER" afterwards. The text above and below the tape disappears to reveal "CHECK IF THIS VIDEO CASSETTE CARRIES THIS GENUINE SECURITY STICKER". A circle appears around the hologram, which the hologram changes color to shining green and zooms in covering the tape label for clarification. Afterwards, it zooms out to its respective place and changes color back to gray. The text below the tape disappears and "TELEPHONE THE FEDERATION AGAINST COPYRIGHT THEFT (FACT)" appears. The hotline, "081 568 6646" appears afterwards. The text disappears to reveal "VIDEO PIRACY IS A CRIME" as the circle around the hologram disappears and "DO NOT ACCEPT IT" appears afterwards. Finally, The text disappears as "ENSURE YOU PURCHASE OR RENT A GENUINE COPY FROM YOUR VIDEO RETAILER" slides up.
There is an early version where the hologram is colored silver. It has a changing multicolored grain when it zooms in covering the tape label for clarification. Afterwards, the hologram zooms out to its respective place. The VHS tape also looks different.
As seen on VHS, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, and The Return of Jafar.
1995-1996 (Disney) (B)
The warning screen is a VHS tape with a tape label depending on the Disney movie, a gray polarized hologram, and the BBFC U rating on a black/blue gradient background. "Poor quality, illegal video cassettes..." appears above it, and "...available from sources other than reputable retailers" appears below it. The text below the tape changes to "reduce the sound and picture quality", and finally to "may also damage your video cassette recorder". Afterwards, the text above the tape changes to "The genuine product", the text below the tape changes to "check for this security sticker on the cassette", a circle appears around the hologram, the hologram changes color to shining green and zooms in to cover the tape label for clarification, and the text on the bottom changes to "Ensure you purchase your videos from a reputable retailer". Afterwards, the text above and below the tape disappear, the hologram changes color back to gray and zooms out to its respective place, and the circle around it disappears. Finally, the FACT hotline number using the same font appears below the tape, followed by "Video piracy is a crime".
Starting with The Lion King, it shows the INFACT hotline number appearing as the FACT hotline number disappears and before "Video piracy is a crime" appears. On other Disney labels like Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax, the tape label uses the BBFC PG, 12, 15, and 18 ratings instead of the BBFC U rating. An example of where this can be seen is on the VHS release of The Nightmare Before Christmas, where the later version of this bumper can be seen. The version with the PG rating is also seen on some Disney releases.
As seen on VHS, such as The Aristocats, Pinocchio, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, The Fox and the Hound, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The warning screen is completely the same as the 1991 BBC Video warning screen, with different text scrolling up in a Futura font on a black background.
There is an alternate variant where the text is in an italic serif font and it just appears and disappears.
As seen on VHS, such as They Think Its All Over - No Holds Barred, and Comic Relief: The Pick of the Nose.
1996-2002 (Disney) (C)
The warning screen starts with the UK Disney Videos logo appearing for one second. It then transitions to various clips of Disney movies. At the clip of Dumbo, the clip is separated in 2 rectangles by a straight vertical line which brings in a pirate copy example. The captions "PIRATE COPY" and "DISNEY COPY" appear in 2 of the boxes. At the clip of 101 Dalmatians (1961), the first half of it is in pirate copy format and the other half of it is in the original copy format. Afterwards, it transitions to a blue-green gradient background. A VHS cover (depending on the Disney movie, for example, the VHS cover of 101 Dalmatians (1961)) appears with the BBFC U rating and the closed-captioning symbol. The VHS cover tilts to reveal the Camera hologram (A standard film camera on a tripod with duplicates of BVHV in rows, in the 1996 version, the tripod is taller) and the Mickey Mouse hologram (Sorcerer Mickey in a TV screen with multicolored swirls on the outside, in the 1996 version, it has Sorcerer Mickey on a gradient background with duplicates of "Disney" in its trademark script font all around it). The VHS cover and the holograms disappear and the tape with the sticker label (depending on the Disney movie) appears with the BBFC U rating and the hologram of the Disney movie's logo (depending on the Disney movie). The hologram zooms up to the top right corner. It transitions back to various Disney movie clips and fades to black. On a blue background, The FACT and INFACT hotlines appear. The FACT and INFACT hotlines can change. Finally, a still UK Disney Videos logo appears.
Some releases from 1996-2001 have the still Disney Videos logo omitted from the end of the bumper. 2001 releases have the last seconds of the Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo in place of the Disney Videos logo before the bumper starts. The still Disney Videos logo is also omitted from the end of the bumper. On some releases, the holograms can be either in the middle, bottom, or top on the spine of the cover. On Monsters, Inc., the new Mickey Mouse hologram as seen in the next bumper is seen on the tape label. On Toy Story (1995), the tape label has the BBFC PG rating. On some releases, the bumper can sometimes be reused (The VHS cover can use the other movie's cover from the previous VHS release).
As seen on VHS, such as 101 Dalmatians (1961), Fantasia 2000, Toy Story, Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dinosaur (2000), Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., The Emperor's New Groove, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, Flubber, 101 Dalmatians (1996), A Bug's Life, Hercules, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Peter Pan (1953), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh's Most Grand Adventures, The Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
The warning screen is a shining polarised hologram (using either the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (The 1995 print logo) or the Pathé (Either the 1993 print logo or the 1999 print logo) print logos, depending on the hologram) on a dark teal grainy spotlight-like background. The hologram appears along with a set of warning text. Afterwards, it zooms out and a tape cassette, which either has a white tape label with the BBFC PG rating or a completely blank label, zooms in behind it or appears rotating behind it, which include the hologram residing on either the tape label or on the front end. Another set of text appears. above and underneath the tape. Both sets of text disappear for another set of them to appear above it and the FACT hotline to appear below it. The FACT hotline can change. The FACT hotlines are: 0181 568 6646 (1996-2000) and 020 8568 6646 (2000-2003). The sets of text and the tape both disappear and the INFACT address and hotline appear. The INFACT address is "Suffolk Chambers, 1, Suffolk Street, Dublin, 2, Eire" and the hotline is 01 6777071. On the variant involving the tape rotating behind it in the second half, the hologram is slightly bigger in the first half.
As seen on VHS, such as Chicken Run, Titanic, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars videos, What Lies Beneath, Planet of the Apes (2001), Speed 2: Cruise Control, The X-Files episodes, Casper Meets Wendy, Big Momma's House, The Blair Witch Project, Office Space, X-Men, Black Knight, Love's Labour's Lost, Moulin Rogue, Memento, The Full Monty, Talk to Her, Independence Day, Romeo + Juliet and Thunderpants (rental).
2002-2005 (Disney) (D)
Bumper: The last seconds of the Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo is shown before it starts. Same as before but is a new version of the 1996 piracy warning featuring clips from Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc. and House of Mouse with the "Pirate Copy" and "Disney Original" demonstrators. It then cuts to the hotline numbers appear reading:
(UK) FEDERATION AGAINST
020 8568 6646
01 882 8565
but in a gold, sans serif font zooming out on a starry blue background.
Trivia: The UK VHS tapes of the first two Bionicle movies used this bumper instead of the scary FACT advert.
Variant: There is an early variant from 2002 to 2004 where it has different visuals. After the clips, the giant tiled TV screen from Monsters Inc. is shown. The Disney VHS cassettes appear in each tile and the Monsters Inc. VHS cover with the BBFC U rating and the closed-captioning symbol is shown in two tiles which fades to a starry blue background in which the same Mickey Mouse hologram grows to the side of the screen for clarification and shrinks back down, the tape with the U rating slides in next to the cover and the new Mickey Mouse hologram on the tape grows to the screen and shrinks back down.
FX/SFX: The clips, The cover zooming in, The holograms appearing, clips shown again and zooming out of the hotline numbers.
Music/Sounds: A different voice-over says "Welcome to a world of fantasy, music and magical entertainment, the Disney collection! But the sound and picture quality will not be magical if you buy illegal pirate copies. For real entertainment it has to be original. It's your only guarantee of buying Disney quality that you and your family deserve. If you have any worries concerning pirate videos call one of these numbers now"
Music/Sounds Variant: In said early variant, the voice-over said "Welcome to a world of fantasy, music and magical entertainment, the Disney collection! But the sound and picture quality will not be magical if you buy illegal pirate copies. For real entertainment it has to be original. Make sure you buy a true Disney Experience by looking for the Mickey Mouse hologram on the spine of the cover, and the new Mickey Hologram on the cassette. It's your only guarantee of buying Disney quality that you and your family deserve. If you have any worries concerning pirate videos call one of these numbers now"
As seen on VHS, such as Freaky Friday, The Haunted Mansion, Return of Never Land, Power Rangers: The Ultimate Rangers, Lilo & Stitch, The Santa Clause 2, Mulan II, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Brother Bear, Tarzan TV series, Piglet's Big Movie, Stitch!: The Movie, Inspector Gadget 2, the 2003 reprint of Pinocchio, and the 2002 reprint of The Muppet Christmas Carol . Some Disney VHS tapes such as Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, Teacher's Pet, Action Man: Storm Front, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Snow Dogs which use the FACT "The Pirates are Out to Get You" PIF (See below for details).
Bumper: This is completely the same as the 2003-2006 Paramount Home Entertainment UK warning screen except "Piracy Warning" is added to the filmstrip and displays the text and the FACT hotline. (Which is a bit different as with the other ones.)
FX/SFX: The filmstrip spinning around the VCR heads which is the same as the 2003 Paramount Home Entertainment Warning Screen.
Cheesy Factor: Bad Grammar Error! The hotline number should be "020 8568 6646", and where's the INFACT hotline with "(01) 882 8565"?
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Same music and sound effects as before with John Sachs saying the stock message "Beware of illegal video cassettes. Check whether this video cassette carries a genuine label hologram. Video piracy is a crime. Do not accept it. Demand a genuine cassette from your video store. Poor quality illegal video cassettes reduce your viewing pleasure and jeopardise future film production. When in doubt, telephone the Federation Against Copyright Theft Hotline, on 0845-6034567."
As seen on VHS, such as The Core, Orange Country, and Clockstoppers.
As seen on DVD, such as The Day After Tomorrow.
2005-present (Disney) (E)
A still image of an outlined skull and crossbones with the words "DVD piracy is a crime" on a blue gradient background with the Mickey Mouse heads with Disney all over it appear before this bumper begins. The bumper begins with the last seconds of the Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo and an assortment of "Good Vs. Evil" Disney film clips, after which the skull and crossbones motif on the blue background reappears. This cuts in a "glitchy" style of a "pirated" DVD to a clip from Brother Bear, which is the demonstration of fake vs. real, in a very similar style to the previous VHS warnings, showing a crystal clear Disney DVD, and a "glitchy" Pirate DVD. Afterwards, a demonstration of where to locate the holograms on both DVD's and DVD cases in an almost identical style to the previous adverts with the BBFC U rating and the Disney DVD logo is shown on the same blue background as before. The clips play again before the FACT (020 8568 6646) and INFACT ((00-353-1) 8828565) hotlines appear in a black font on the same blue background as before.
As seen on DVD, such as Chicken Little (2005).
Nickname: "Thank You"
As seen on DVD and Blu-Ray, such as Angry Birds Toons: Volume One, Blue Crush 2 and 22 Jump Street.
UK Public Information Films
Nickname: "Stacking Tapes"
Variant: This warning appears to have been inspired by or have inspired a very similar warning from the former West Germany at the time, with many similarities between the two. The German 'variant', rather than being linked to FACT, is instead inked to the 'GVU', or the 'Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen e.V.', translating to 'Society for the Prosecution of Copyright Infringement'. The GVU are basically the German equivalent to FACT, but work alongside the MPAA. (The variant itself is located here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BXxWTmN0-A )
FX/SFX: Aside from the trail effect, nothing special, really.
Cheesy Factor: The effects look very, very cheap.
Availability: Can be found at the end of British VHS in the 1980s, such as the ones for Warner Home Video and on B-movie videos.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Nicknames: "The Devil of Anti-Piracy", "It's not worth it"
Bumper: We see a man going off to work and before he sets off he gives his wife the video that his daughter Rebecca wanted. Later Rebecca watches the video, as it flashes to the black background with the Words appear on screen reading: "Video Pirates copy 50 million videos a year...", We cut back to Rebecca giggling and we flash back the same background with the words reading: "Video Pirates make 250 million a year..." We cut back to Rebecca giggling again and we flash back to same background with the words "Most of the money goes to organised crime..." We cut to Rebecca's mum outside watering and we flash back to the same background with the words reading: "Drug Dealers" We cut to the video that is going static and Rebecca looking in shock as we flash back to same background with the word reading: "Terrorism" we cut to Rebecca going over to her mum. Then we cut to a black background with a blue spotlight and the VCR falling and crashes, letting out dust and causing it to rise as the words "VIDEO PIRACY" fades in and "It's not worth it" fades in underneath it.
FX/SFX: Live-action, the flash, the text zooming, the VCR falling, the "VIDEO PIRACY/It's not worth it" fading in.
Cheesy Factor: The BBFC U Rating appears on the bottom right corner of the screen at the start.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: This is done in a transcript:
Man: I'm off. Oh, I've got the video that Rebecca wanted. And It cost an fiver from that bloke down by the market.
Mother: Great. I knew she want it, she'll love it
Man: I know. See you later. (gives his wife a kiss).
Mother: See you.
Man: Take care.
(Later in the living room, Rebecca can be seen watching the video she wanted. Flashing messages appear in a thud echo-like sound between the clips of Rebecca giggling, her mother watering the flowers, the video going berserk and static, and Rebecca finally going over to her mother)
Mother: (looking up) Are you okay honey?
(Then a VCR falls and crashes with a thud, and heartbeats and breathing are heard briefly as the dust rises)
Availability: Can be seen on Columbia TriStar UK releases like First Knight, The Net, Street Fighter: The Movie, The Swan Princess, and In Pursuit of Honor. Also seen on 20/20 Vision releases in the UK, First Independent releases like Slam Dunk Ernest, TCFHE releases like Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Manga Video releases also in the UK, like Patlabor 2.
Scare Factor: High to Nightmare, the flashing combined with the sound might catch viewers off-guard.
Late 1996-Early 2002
Bumper: We pan down to reveal a market, It cuts to a Man who is walking until he sees a seller, The man walks up the seller and tries to return the pirated Video Trainspotting and complains about the bad sound and the picture quality which the seller ignores. We cut to a flashback of the man with his mates looking in horror as they are watching the pirated video of Trainspotting. We cut back to The seller who then asks for the receipt which the man gets annoyed and walks off, as the seller tries to attract more customers by rapping two videos together (in the style of a Crimestoppers advertisement). We cut to a grey film static background with a black X behind two grungy filmstrip bars reading "Pirate Videos: Daylight Robbery" in a grungy font.
- Sometimes, the PIF can be seen in letterbox widescreen.
- On rare occasions, the PIF can be extended and the narrator has a different accent and a bit lower and deeper in tone
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: (This is a complete transcript of the Market PIF),
We hear a train coming down on the bridge and the bell on the bike, A man who is walking in a market can hear a seller nearby.
Seller: Here you are darling, Four Weddings, Here you rookie four, five or six.
Man: Excuse Me, Excuse me, I bought this video from you Last Saturday.
Man: Well, I can't understand a word.
Seller: Trainspotting? Not Surprised. Don't get my scarf shaving, eh, Mate?
Man: No, I mean It's the, It's the sound.
Man: It's hopeless! Absolutely Hopeless!
Seller: Yeah, Yeah, No trains in it either. I suppose that's my fault as well. Here you are, Darling, 4.99.
Man: Well, the picture's rubbish as well!
Seller: Well, that's your tracking, Mate.
Man: Well, It's alright on my other videos.
Seller: Hmmm, Tracking, Starching.
Narrator: Be careful! (We cut to a flashback of the Man and his mates watching in horror) Most pirate videos are unwatchable and there's no comeback.
(We cut back to the market)
Seller: Got a receipt, eh? Got a receipt?
Man: Look, But you said last week-
Seller: Said's no good, Mate, Moral contract. Not worth the paper it's printed on. Here you are, Darling, Four Weddings. (The man ignores the seller and walks off annoyed) Trainspotting. (He picks up two videos and raps them together several times to get everyone's attention as he speaks) As advertised on Crimestoppers!
(We cut to the tagline)
Narrator: Pirate Videos, Daylight Robbery!
Availability: Seen on Columbia TriStar Home Video releases, like Call Me Claus, Evolution, Godzilla, The Patriot, Charlie's Angels, Still Crazy, Tomcats, The Mask of Zorro, and Hollowman, on some Warner Home Video releases like Mars Attacks, You've Got Mail, and The Man Who Knew Too Little, some MGM/UA releases like Species II, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Man in the Iron Mask, later 20:20 Vision releases before the company was defunct, like Striptease, PolyGram releases like Bean, The Game, Jude, and Fargo, Manga Video releases like Blood The Last Vampire, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Detonator Orgun, and Macross Plus: The Movie, First Independent releases like Mortal Kombat and White Squall, some Fox Guild Home Entertainment releases like James and the Giant Peach, and BBC Video releases like Comic Relief: The Pick of the Nose, and They Think Its All Over - No Holds Barred.
Scare Factor: Minimal. It is way better than before. But The Scare Factor Rises Again on the Next Bumper.
March 4, 2002-2008
Nicknames: "The Devil of Anti-Piracy II", "The Pirates are out to get you"
Bumper: We start off with a scene where a man is seen heating something in a fire. The camera then changes its angle to point at the fire, and what has been heated is removed by the man. The camera then suddenly changes angles again to show us that he had been frying an metal branding X. He shows a hot red X to us. The camera suddenly changes angles once again to reveal a treasury of videocassettes. The camera then suddenly changes again to the flaming red X as the man moves it away from the camera. The camera then suddenly changes to the treasury of videocassettes, which now has the flaming red X with its fork attached to it being lowered. Then, there is a very large explosion, which dies down to reveal the treasury of videocassettes now destroyed. We then fade to a view of the man himself grinning with the camera, which zooms in suddenly. The camera then suddenly changes to another view of the fire, which is now frying another flaming red X. The camera suddenly changes to a view of the man, who is removing the flaming red X and setting it someplace else. Then, there is another very large explosion, which dies down to reveal a stash of compact discs now destroyed. The camera then again suddenly changes to another view of the man with flames reflecting in his eyes, and another sudden zoom in. The camera then suddenly changes again, and the scene before the first explosion plays. Then, there is a third very large explosion, which dies down to reveal a stash of other things now destroyed. We then fade into a view of a water bucket with the camera. The flaming red X is placed in that bucket of water, and suddenly, a huge amount of steam comes pouring out from the bucket. The flaming red X is removed to reveal that it had been changed to what appears to be the copyright symbol.The copyright symbol is then moved away from the water bucket, in which the camera then suddenly changes to another view. Once the copyright symbol is in a comfortable spot, it then turns white and lights itself on fire. The clip then burns up to reveal a white background, the copyright symbol changes colours from white to sky blue, and two pieces of filmstrip come in from the left and right sides of the screen (one on the left and one on the right) The one on the left has the letters "F" and "A". The one on the right has the letter "T". The completed word zooms out, and the same letters, but in standard black and the normal "C" is added, appear above the word. Some more letters appear after the words to reveal the phrase "FEDERATION AGAINST COPYRIGHT THEFT". "HOTLINE" then appears below the word "FACT" in the same colour as the copyright symbol. They both then move upwards, and "HOTLINE" then turns yellow and lights itself on fire. "020 8568 6646 (UK)" then appears along with "(01) 882 8565 (EIRE)" below "HOTLINE". A flame then appears at the bottom of the screen, wiping out the completed bumper. When the flame has finished wiping out the bumper, the bumper itself then disappears off the top of the screen.
- On some tapes, it was stretched in 16:9 widescreen with black bars on top and bottom.
- There is an alternative variant where the UK and Ireland hotlines fade out as the smoke from the burning "HOTLINE" disappears. The "AFVSO (Australia) Freecall 1800 251 996" fades in along with "NZFVSO (New Zealand) Freecall 0800 275002" before the flame wipes out the bumper.
- On DVDs, the PIF is smoother, clearer in quality and looks more better.
FX/SFX: Live action and CGI, The man destroying many items with a X, then the fading in of the Hotline numbers, The flame wiping out the bumper.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Some scary music is playing in the background along with three explosions as a man says "The pirates are out to get you. Don’t let them brand you with their mark. Piracy funds organised crime and will destroy our film and video industry. Piracy costs jobs and will destroy our music and publishing industry. Piracy funds terrorism and will destroy our development and your future enjoyment. Don’t touch the hot stuff. Cool is copyright. Copyright is a matter of fact" Then a different man says "If you have any knowledge about the manufacture sale or counterfeit videos or related software, please call our UK Hotline on 020 8568 double 646 or in the Republic of Ireland 01 double 82 8565. Your support can end the distribution of poor quality products" Then the same man at the start concludes "Don't let the pirates burn a hole in your pocket" as the explosion sets off as the flame wipes out the bumper.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variant: After the UK and Ireland Hotlines The man continues "In Australia, You should call the Australian Film and Video Security Office on 18 hundred 251 double 96 or for New Zealand, The New Zealand Film and Video Security Office on 08 hundred 275 double 02, Your support will help end the distribution of poor quality products"
Availability: Seen on either the beginning or at the end of VHS tapes/DVDs in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. This can be seen on many releases by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Pathe, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Home Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Icon Film Distribution, MGM Home Entertainment, Redbus Home Entertainment, and other home video companies. Examples include the UK VHS tapes of Like Mike, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Powerpuff Girls Movie, And Your Mother Too, Somebody's Gotta Give, Queen of the Damned, Showtime (movie, not TV network), The Simpsons Film Festival, Signs, Slap Her, She's French!, Good Boy!, Cabin Fever, The Bourne Supermacy, Whale Rider, Murder by Numbers, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Talk to Her, The Salton Sea, Blood Work, Ghost Ship, Eight Legged Freaks, City by the Sea, The Others, Bringing Down the House, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Say It Isn't So, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, The Bourne Identity, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Peter Pan (2003), The Majestic, X2 - X-Men United, Chicago, Minority Report, Cradle 2: The Grave, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Spider-Man 2, Thunderpants (Retail Release), The Merchant of Venice, Solaris, Snow Dogs, Die Another Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The X-Files videos, George of the Jungle 2, Bruce Almighty, Red Dragon, Phone Booth, Calendar Girls, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Ghost Ship, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Cheaper By The Dozen Frank McKlusky C.I, and others and the UK DVDs of Battlestar Galactica and others. It debuted on Moulin Rouge. Surprisingly, it made an appearance at the beginning of the UK VHS of Action Man - Volume 2: Storm Front, UK VHS Teletubbies Fun Surprises 2, and at the end of the 2008 UK DVD of Peter Kay's Special Kay.
- High to nightmare. Some explosions and the man may scare some, unlike people that are used to it. Could very easily frighten infants.
- Medium for the DVD variant. We still have the creepy animation, but it's better than the original.
1985-1988 (RCA/Columbia/Hoyts) (A)
Bumper: In a white area, we see a VHS with a red spine (has the RCA/Columbia/Hoyts logo next to the words "RCA/COLUMBIA PICTURES/HOYTS VIDEO") on it, rotating. Later, it stops. Then we see a stack of these VHS tapes and on the top we see the front and we zoom to the plastic mark on the reel. The screen moves to the right to reveal another stack of VHS tapes in front of the other, but with a Beta cassette on top. The screen pivots to the left to a closeup of a different, rounded hologram seal on the Beta reel which is shown to be violet with the alternative version of the RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video logo in white. The screen flips to the blue-black gradient background, we see the RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts print logo, then it moves to the top of the screen, and the AFaVSO phone number fades in below.
FX/SFX: Live action, the transitions.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: A quiet man says "RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts has introduced an innovative concept to ensure that you receive full value each time you hire a video program. All VHS video cassettes carry a red spine; this is your guarantee of first class audio video presentation. If your VHS cassette does not look like this, then it's likely you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. Your Beta cassette does not carry a red spine, but a similar protection of your investment is guaranteed by the exclusive polarised seal, as shown here. If this is not the case, you're not getting your money's worth in picture, quality, and sound."
Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on early Australian RCA/Columbia VHS tapes that have a red spine on it, such as Cherry 2000. Later releases don't have this bumper and have a grey casing added.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
1988-1991 (RCA/Columbia/Hoyts) (B)
Bumper: We start with a still of the 1985 RCA/Columbia/Hoyts cube logo, then on a black background, we see a grey VHS with a red spine, a pinkish tape label on the case, and an RCA/Columbia/Hoyts logo sticker on the left reel side. We start with the front, then it fades to the spine , and a diagonal version of the first shot, then it splits into nine screens, all but the top right corner having the same shot. The top right corner has a shot of the front and spine, which has the same red spine as the previous bumper. (Alternatively, this would fade to the same still with the same angle as the last square of the tile.) Then on a white background, we see a Beta cassette that uses the same pinkish tape label as the VHS, and the same hologram as above. This fades to the reel where we can see the hologram on it for clarification, and the . Afterwards, we see both of them on a black background. Finally, it cuts to the same AFaVSO screen from the previous bumper.
FX/SFX: The fading, the zooming.
- A deep man says "RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts Video has developed the special grey casing and red spine for all VHS cassettes, as your guarantee of first class audio and video presentation. Beta cassettes do not feature the grey case, but the exclusive polarised seal, as shown here, is a similar protection of your investment. If your cassettes do not have these safeguards of quality, it is likely you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. If you suspect your imposition of a pirated video cassette, please phone the Australasian Film and Video Security Office, on the toll free number: Double 08 251-double 96."
- A comedian says "RCA/Columbia Pictures/Hoyts, in an effort to ensure that YOU receive full value each time you hire a video program, has introduced this special grey casing, and red spine, for all VHS video cassettes. This is your guarantee of first class audio video presentation. If your VHS cassette does not look like this, then it's likely you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. Your Beta cassette does not feature the grey case, but a similar protection of your investment is guaranteed by the exclusive polarised seal, as shown here. If this is not the case, you're not getting your money's worth in picture, quality, and sound."
Availability: Rare. Seen on Australian RCA/Columbia VHS tapes from 1988-1991 that have the grey casing and red spine on it, such as Death Wish IV. Early releases with only a red spine on the tape use the previous bumper instead.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The announcers on both variants may startle a few.
1988 (CBS-FOX Video) (A)
Bumper: On a red gradient background with a yellow grid, we see a VHS with a blue spine, a white label (black text and CBS/Fox Video logo), and a CBS/Fox logo sticker on the left reel side. About ten seconds later, the VHS and grid move up (revealing the CBS/Fox logo next to the words "CBS/FOX Video" on the spine) so we can only see the top. Then we see a Betamax tape (which has the same tape label as the VHS) on the same background (only without the grid), where we see a pink/red-tiled hologram seal with a transparent blue CBS/Fox logo shown on the reel, and the hologram zooms in for clarification. It goes back on the tape, then we see both of the tapes together on the same background, and the Australian Film and Video Security Office phone number is shown below.
FX/SFX: The cheap CGI of the VHS tape and the zooming in of the polarised seal.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: "To ensure you receive the best possible sound and picture quality in video entertainment, CBS/Fox Video have introduced a new blue spine on all VHS cassettes. If the VHS cassette you're watching does not look like this, it's possible you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. Beta cassettes do not have a blue spine; Beta program quality is guaranteed by this polarised seal. If your cassette does not carry these guarantees of quality, phone the Australian Film and Video Security Office. Help stop video pirates."
Availability: Rare. Seen on some Australian CBS/FOX VHS tapes that have a blue spine. Examples include Less Than Zero and The Pick-Up Artist. For tapes with a yellow spine, the next bumper is used.
Scare Factor: Low. The announcer might startle a few, but the CGI is cheap on the other hand.
1989-1990 (CBS-Fox Video) (B)
Bumper: Same as last time, except it's on a blue gradient background with no grid, the VHS has a yellow spine, and the VHS starts from the top then moves down to the front.
FX/SFX: Same as before. Except the cheap CGI lines were removed from the previous bumper and the CGI of the VHS cassette is less cheap now.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Mellow funky elevator music plays and a different stoic man says "If the VHS cassette you're watching does not look like this, it's possible you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. Beta cassettes do not have a yellow spine. Beta program quality is guaranteed by this polarised seal. If your cassette does not carry these guarantees of quality, phone the Australian Film and Video Security Office. Help stop video pirates."
Availability: Rare. It was mostly seen on some Australian CBS/FOX VHS Tapes that have a yellow spine. An example is Alien Nation. Later 1991 releases brought back the blue spine, so the next CBS/FOX Bumper is used.
Scare Factor: Minimal. With the less cheap CGI and the elevator music on it, this is slightly better than before.
Bumper: Against a background featuring a black waterproof silicone flooring, an upside-down VHS tape with a(n unrealistic) wavy sticker label on it reading the bold gold text "VIDEO PIRACY" shifts into view, and the "VIDEO PIRACY" sticker zooms in onto the screen. It then moves out of view to the text, bringing forth the following giant gold text with tiny white text below it:
HAVE (Have you ever been sold a Pirate Video?)
YOU (You may not have got what you paid for.)
GOT (Got a few moments? Make a visual check)
WHAT (What to look for - 1. Poor programme quality 2. Incorrect labels)
YOU (You probably wouldn't get this message on a Pirate Tape)
PAID (PAID A PIRATE?...If you think you may have, let us know)
FOR (For confidential assistance contact us now)
After all the text has slid in, some more text finally fades in, such as "PHONE", two phone numbers next to it, reading:
(1990-early 1993) 008 251996
(1993-1996) 008 251996
or 02 997 8011
(1996-1999) 1008 251996
or 9997 8011
(post-1999) 1800 251 996
or (02) 9997 8011
, and the address of the Australasian Film & Video Security Office.
Variant: The phone number changed multiple times.
Trivia: This bumper was designed to be read even when fast-forwarded through.
FX/SFX: The sliding, the fading.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: "Have you ever bought or rented a video tape that wasn't quite right? It may have been a pirated copy, an illegal and inferior copy for which you paid good money. Pirated tapes are recognisable by poorly presented or photocopied jack-heads, poor sound, and/or picture quality. The lack of sensor and other labels on the face and spine on the tape, and the absence of warnings, such as this at the beginning of the tape presentation. Pirate tapes rob out of some studios and their rightful income, and add to the cost of the video to the consumer. Video piracy is a major problem in Australia. Please help us stop it. If you buy or rent a tape which you believe is not the genuine article, please phone the toll-free number for advise, or write to Post Office box 515 Mona Vale New South Wales, 2103. This message is brought by the Australasian Film and Video Security's Office."
Availability: Seen on various video companies in Australia, such as Pickwick, Warner Home Video, CIC Video, Roadshow Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Columbia TriStar Home Video/Entertainment, and its subsidiaries Video Box Office and First Release Home Entertainment. Examples include It's Fun to Learn with Spot videos, Read Along with Postman Pat, Pokemon 3, Tom & Jerry: The Movie, Sleepless in Seattle, The Santa Clause 2, Murder by Numbers, America's Sweetharts, Daddy's Day Care, Banjo the Woodpile Cat, Flipper and Lopoka videos, Rules of Engagement (not the TV show, but the movie), Babylon 5 videos, Pokemon 2000, Charlie's Angels, Secret Window, and U-571.
Scare Factor: Low.
1991 (CBS-Fox Video) (C)
Bumper: On a striped background similar to the Kartes Video Communications logo, we see a flashlight light move in from the bottom and highlights a VHS tape with a blue spine. The VHS has the same animation from the third bumper. Then it turns into the animation for the fourth bumper and zooms out, where we see the AFaVSO number below in a serif font.
FX/SFX: The CGI of the VHS tape, the spotlighting of the tape, and the fading in of the phone number.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: "If the VHS cassette you're watching does not look like this, it's possible you're viewing an inferior pirated copy. All CBS/Fox Video VHS cassettes have a coloured customised spine, which is your guarantee of audio and video quality. If your cassette does not carry this guarantee of quality, phone the Australian Film and Video Security Office. Help stop video pirates."
Availability: Rare. It can be seen on later Australian CBS/FOX Releases from 1991 that have a blue spine on it.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The announcer might startle some, but if you're expecting to see the Have You Got What You Paid For bumper, they might startle some.
1991-1995 (Fox Video)
Bumper: On a blue marble background, we see two VHS's with a blue spine, one with its face down, and one with the front of it on top of it. One has a blue spine, the same CBS/Fox tape label (but with Fox Video's print logo replacing the CBS/Fox one), and a Fox Video logo sticker on the left reel side, and the other has a blue spine showing the Fox Video logo next to the word "FoxVideo". As the voice-over gets to the hotline part, the tapes zoom out to reveal the AFaVSO number in a different serif font.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The zooming. Way too simple.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Same as before, except the man says "All Fox Video VHS cassettes" instead of "All CBS/Fox Video VHS cassettes".
Availability: Same as before. This is the last anti-piracy bumper produced by AFaVSO. Seen on And You Thought Your Parents are Weird!, Hot Shots, and Alien 3.
Scare Factor: Same as before.
Bumper: This bumper is the Cantonese variant of the 'Disney Is Magic' bumper, and as such follows the same pattern and even uses most of the same video clips. The key differences are the clips used to demonstrate the difference of fake and real VCD's include clips from Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. The announcement is in Cantonese, but appear to follow the same pattern as the English version. Towards the end, the hologram and other identifiers on a VCD case of The Lion King are shown - the hologram is the same as the VHS hologram of the same time period.
FX/SFX: The case zooming out, the logos glowing, the hologram zooming.
Cheesy Factor: N/A
Music/Sounds: 'Disney is Magic' along with a Cantonese announcer.
Availability: Seen on Cantonese dubbed HK Disney VCD's. It does not appear on English dubbed HK Disney VCDs.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low.
Bumper: On a black background, we see a purple disc zooming out. It then slides to the right, while a gold disc behind it slides to the left. Two arrows joined together (with VS. in the centre) zoom out. Then "GOLD DISC (Original)" appears below the gold disc and "PURPLE DISC (DVD-R)" appears below the purple one, and the following text appears at the top:
Why should we buy
the GOLD DISC (Original)
NOT the PURPLE DISC (DVD-R)?
The words then fade to the following Chinese text:
Everything fades to a new screen, where we see two white-outlined frames at the left of the screen, each with a disc (purple on the first screen and gold on the second), along with a green-outlined rectangle on them. Under the first frame is "DVD-R" and under the second is "Original DVD". At the left is text saying "Can you see the different between the DVD-R and Original DVD?" and a Chinese translation. The two green-outlined rectangles disappear, and the screens at the left get a close up of where the green outlined rectangle was on, revealing that the purple disc has scratches on it and the gold disc has none. The text at the right changes to "DVD-R is easily scratched and this will affect the image and sound quality" and a Chinese translation, then the discs in the boxes at the left change to the car chase scene from the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, except the clip in the first box is affected. A spinning purple disc appears behind the "DVD-R" text and a gold spinning disc appears behind "Original DVD". Under the text at the left appears "And this wont happens to Original DVD" and a Chinese translation. Later, the text fades to "In conclusion, Original DVD has better quality than DVD-R" and a Chinese translation.
FX/SFX: The discs zooming out, the clip playing.
Cheesy Factor: OFF THE CHARTS! The grammar is very poor, e.g. "Can you see the different" should be "Can you see the difference", not to mention "And this wont happens" should be "And this won't happen".
Music/Sounds: We hear some mellow AC-radio-ready rock music with a woman saying "Why should we buy the gold disc, original, and not the purple disc, DVD-R?", then saying the same thing in Chinese. Also the sound in the movie clip.
Availability: Seen on some Asian DVDs, most notably Chinese ones. Various YouTube users claimed it was also on bootleg DVDs.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low, the woman may startle some who weren't expecting her, especially in Chinese. But You will laugh because of The Bad Grammar.
Bumper: On a grey/black gradient space background, a VHS cassette zooms in and stays for a while. Afterwards, the tape label flashes. Next, the tape label stops flashing and the end label flashes. The VHS cassette then pauses.
Variant: On Disney tapes, the end label stops flashing and the Mickey Mouse hologram zooms in for clarification. The grey bar on the front end is absent.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Very motion graphic animation.
Availability: The normal variant is seen on tapes from the era, such as many Abril tapes. The Disney version is seen on Disney tapes such as Bambi, Aladdin, The Lion King, A Goofy Movie, and Toy Story.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
1990s-2000s (Disney/Buena Vista)
Bumper: On a light green background with copies of the Disney Castle with the words "Buena Vista" under it, a VHS cassette flies into the screen, and the hologram is shown in for clarification. and then, the hologram comes back into the VHS cassette, revealing it's on the front end, and the VHS cassette flies away. Some Spanish text types in, reading:
Exija videocassettes originales.
Las copias ilegales tienen
mala calidad de visionado
y son un fraude al consumidor,
que además ponen en peligro
la continuidad del mercado
Afterwards, more Spanish text types in, reading:
Evite el fraude, que perjudica
tanto al consumidor como
a las compañías distribuidoras
y a los legítimos propietarios
de los derechos de autor.
Finally, the warning text types in.
- There is an early variant where it used motion control graphics. It was set on a light blue background with copies of the Disney Castle. After the second part of the Spanish text is finished typing in, it fades out, seguing via fade in to the warning screen.
- Depending on the variant, this would use either the Camera hologram, the Mickey Mouse hologram, or the Disney Castle hologram.
FX/SFX: All CGI animation. In the early variant, it used motion control graphics.
Availability: Seen in some Disney tapes from Spain, such as Pinocchio.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Bumper: On a black/blue gradient background, we see a VHS cover, depending on the film where it's on. Then, the VHS cover tilts to reveal the hologram. Next, it fades to the Univideo security sticker. After it shines, the Univideo security sticker zooms to the left side for the hologram to fade in, with the company's logo underneath. Finally, it fades to the text shown here.
- From 1991 to 1994, the Camera hologram is used.
- Up to 1995, it has the Walt Disney Home Video white logo underneath the holograms and the text reads "Non accettate i falsi, esigete sempre e solo videocassette originali Walt Disney Home Video".
- From 1994 to 2000, the Mickey Mouse hologram is used.
- Starting in 1995, the Disney Video logo is used below but stays on the screen and no fade-out effect and the text reads "Non accettate i falsi, esigete sempre e solo videocassette originali Disney Video".
FX/SFX: All motion control graphics.
Availability: Seen on Italian Disney tapes from the era, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Lion King, 101 Dalmatians, The AristoCats, and The Lion King II.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Bumper: The last seconds of the Disney Videos logo animating is shown, and it cuts to the clips of Disney animated films, and we cut to demonstrations of the "glitchy" and normal clips of the Disney films before we fade to the same blue/green gradient background from the Disney Videos logo with a VHS cover tilting to reveal the hologram which then zooms up to the side for clarification and shrinks back down, then the cover tilts back to its position and it fades to the last seconds of the Disney Videos logo animating.
FX/SFX: The clips and cheap CGI of the VHS tape.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Brian Cummings says "Welcome to a world of fantasy, music, and magical entertainment, the Disney video collection! A collection of videos that will bring your family countless hours of fun and excitement. But be sure that you get the Disney original when you buy, or you just might hear about it from your family." At the Dumbo clip, the girl says "Mom, the picture's all fuzzy and the video isn't working!", and the girl's mom replies "Oh, no! That's terrible!" Afterwards, Brian Cummings continues "Because seeing is believing. But just listen to the difference!" At the Cinderella clip, the girl says "Mom, I can't hear what she's saying! How come the video doesn't work?", and the girl's mom replies, "Oh, not again!" At the 101 Dalmatians (1961) clip, the girl says "I can't watch this! This is no good!" Afterwards, Brian Cummings continues again, "For the best in quality entertainment, people look to Disney. To recognize it's authenticity, look for the Disney brand name on the video cover, and the Mickey hologram on the spine. It's your only guarantee of buying a true Disney original, featuring the quality and high standards that you and your family deserve. Your family will thank you for it." with "Disney is Magic" playing in the background.
Availability: Can be seen on the VHS tape of Toy Story and the VCD of Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Starring Donald and Daisy.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Bumper: The last seconds of the Disney Videos logo animating is shown, and then, it cuts to the clips from the Disney films. After the last clip, it fades to the same blue/green gradient background from the Disney Videos logo, which the Disney Videos print logo and the five VHS covers are shown. Two VHS covers fade in after the five VHS covers and the Disney Videos print logo fade out. Afterwards, the two VHS covers tilt to reveal the holograms and the "Walt Disney" and "Disney" logos come out from the front covers and zoom in to a comfortable distance. The logos shine, and two copies of the Mickey Mouse hologram zoom in for clarification. Afterwards, the logos and the copies of the two holograms return to their respective places.
- The video cover may change through the years.
- From 1992 to 1995, the Disney Videos logo is presented austerely on a grey-white gradient background and shadow floor on the bottom background. Also, after the last clip, it fades to a magenta background, which the Disney Videos print logo and the five VHS covers are shown. Two VHS covers fade in after the five VHS covers and the Disney Videos print logo fade out. Afterwards, the two VHS covers tilt to reveal the holograms and the "Walt Disney: Los Clasicos" and "Disney" logos come out from the front cover and zoom in to a comfortable distance.
FX/SFX: Just about everything.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The "Disney is Magic" theme with a Spanish announcer.
Music/Sounds Voice-over Variant: On Argentina tapes, the Spanish announcer has a deeper tone and a different accent and voice-over is different.
Availability: Seen on Latin American Disney releases. For Disney releases in Chile, it's seen on Aladdin, The Lion King, Mickey ama a Minnie, and Toy Story, and for Venezuela, it's seen on Winnie the Pooh videos. Also seen on Argentina releases distributed by Gativideo.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Bumper: We see a woman on a computer downloading a film, then it cuts to the animated stripes background with the words "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR" in a thin grungy font, then it cuts to a man carjacking a car in a street, then it cuts to the same background with the words "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A HANDBAG", then it cuts to the same man stealing a woman's handbag, then it cuts to the same background "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A TELEVISION" then it cuts to a guy handing the man a television before he walks off with it, then it cuts to the same background with the words "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A MOVIE" then it cuts to the man stealing a DVD, Then the clips reverse until it cuts to the same background with the words "DOWNLOADING", "PIRATED", "FILMS" and "IS STEALING" appearing one at a time. Then it cuts to the same woman waiting for the film downloading, then it cuts to the same background with the word "STEALING" and it cuts to the woman cancelling the download, then it cuts to the same background with the words "IS AGAINST", then it cuts to the close up of the computer, then it cuts to the same background with the words "THE LAW" then it cuts to the woman cancelled the download and grabs her bag and walks out of her bedroom, then it cuts to the same background with the words "PIRACY. IT'S A CRIME." until it cuts to black.
- Among the top 10 list in the download catalogue were:
- Return Of The King
- The Cat In The Hat
- The Matrix Revolutions
- Cheaper By The Dozen
- Peter Pan
- Cold Mountain
- Master And Commander
- The Last Samurai
- Mona Lisa Smile
- Among the new releases in the download catalogue were:
- The Matrix Revolutions
- Return Of The King
- Cold Mountain
- The celebrity spotlight in the download section was Nicole Kidman.
- Among in the list of Download Your Favorites were:
- Movie Posters
- Celebrity Photos
- Here's the list in the Celebrity Poll:
- Steven Spielberg
- Martin Scorsese
- Clint Eastwood
- Here's the list in the Genre category:
- This was parodied in an episode of The IT Crowd.
- The bumper would translate into other languages.
- On US DVDs/VHS tapes, "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A MOVIE" is replaced with either "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A VHS", or "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A DVD".
- On some UK or Australian tapes/DVDs, "DOWNLOADING PIRATED FILMS" is replaced by "MOVIE PIRACY".
- Sometimes the bumper is sped up with the music out of sync and the bumper ends with a dark grey static background.
- On US prints, the MPAA Illegal Downloading logo appears after the bumper is finished.
FX/SFX: Live-action, the animations of the letters.
Music/Sounds: A rock theme......
Music/Sounds Trivia:......which was stolen from some source. See this page for more info. 
As seen on VHS, DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, such as the UK VHS tapes of Catch That Kid, and I Heart Huckabees, the UK DVDs of Open Season, Zathura, The Day After Tomorrow, Spider-Man 3, The Benchwarmers, Meet Dave, and The Pink Panther, and the US DVDs of Barnyard, Fat Albert, Yours, Mine, and Ours, Weekend at Bernie's, Roll Bounce, Because of Winn-Dixie, Five Weeks in a Balloon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jesse James, The Outer Limits (1995): Season One, Decision Before Dawn, Fever Pitch, The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season, Immortal Sergeant, Emperor of the North, David and Bathsheba, The Dolly Sisters, The Princess in the Pirate, Nigara, The Sound of Music, Garfield & Friends: Volume Five, Rikky and Pete, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Puss in Boots (live-action), Teen Witch, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Hawaii, Beauty Shop, C.H.O.M.P.S., The Naked Truth, Throw Mamma from the Train, Dimples, Harry and Tonto, The Thin Blue Line, Huckleberry Finn, The Siege at Ruby Ridge, Gates of Heaven, Stormy Weather, Escort West, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Moonstruck, The Missouri Breaks, I Wake Up Screaming, Tristan & Isolde, My Blue Heaven, Separate Lies, The Dead Cert, Lucky 13, Bad News Bears, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin' Jackass Number Two, Making Love, Two for the Road, The Longest Yard (2005), No Way Out, Gentleman Prefer Bodies, The Best of Everything, Hour of the Gun, In Her Shoes, The Rains Came, State Fair (1945 & 1962), Blizzard, Stormy Weather, Oklahoma!, Kingdom of Heaven, River of No Return, Daddy Long Legs, The Little Colonel, Orchestra Wives, The Siege at Ruby Ridge, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Pin-Up Girl, Come See the Paradise, The House of 92nd Street, Lifeboat, South Pacific, The Robe, Millions, An Unmarried Woman, Little Miss Broadway, Weekend in Havana, Little Manhattan, Sideways, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Forty Guns, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, The Weather Man, Office Space: Special Edition With Flair, and various Paramount High Definition HD-DVD/Blu-ray releases in US from 2006-2007.
Scare Factor: Minimal.
Nickname: "Stealing... v2"
Bumper: We start off with a close-up of a couple of people walking outside including teen girls, mostly the woman is the same one from the previous one. Then, it cuts to the the same people getting a treasury of video discs. This cuts to the animation from the previous bumper, with a few differences:
- "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A TELEVISION" is replaced by "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A MOBILE PHONE".
- We pan up to see a things on the wood, then a mobile phone appears, the hand gets the mobile phone, then we cut to an extreme close-up of the mobile phone and it reveals a full table instead.
- "DOWNLOADING" is replaced by "BUYING".
- Instead of the woman waiting for the download, we pan up to see a treasury of video discs.
- After the word "STEALING", we see another zoom-out of a treasury of video discs instead.
- After the word "IS AGAINST", we see see another zoom-out of another set of a treasury of video discs instead.
- After the word "THE LAW", we see a full set of a treasury of video discs, then flashes into a close-up of a treasury of video discs, then flashes into the full set again, then it flashes, and the two people walk off.
- As with the previous bumper, on some UK or Australian tapes/DVDs, "BUYING PIRATED FILMS" is replaced by "MOVIE PIRACY".
- Like before, the bumper would translate into other languages.
- As with the previous bumper, on US releases, "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A MOVIE" is replaced by "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A DVD".
- As with before, the MPAA Illegal Downloading logo appears on US prints of DVDs.
FX/SFX: Same as above.
Music/Sounds: Same as above.
As seen on Video CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc, The examples are the Philippine Video CDs of Mulan II and Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui, the US DVDs of Keeping Up With the Steins, Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Rebound, Drums Along the Mohawk, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, Fantastic Four, Transporter 2, Walk the Line, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Transporter, Robots, Kinsey, Young Frankenstein, The Purple Plain, Walk the Line, The Family Stone, Annapolis, Fightplan, What's New Pussycat?, Kiss of Death, Fallen Angel, Step Up, Goal!: The Dream Begins, The Seven-Year Itch, The Best of Everything, The Adventures of Oocie Nash, The Black Swan, Attack on the Iron Coast, Flight of the Phoenix, Stick It, Hotel, F.I.S.T., The Sandlot 2, The Thief Lord, Heidi, The Man Who Never Was, Next Stop: Greenwich Village, Hustle & Flow, Grandma's Boy, The Queen, The Four Feathers, Deja Vu, The Naked Truth, Team America: World Police, Love Me Tender, Wild Hogs, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, The Fugitive Kind, Island in the Sun, The Heart of the Game, Hotel Rwanda, Undertow, Casanova, Dodgeball A True Underdog Story and The Invisible, US Buena Vista Home Entertainment Blu-rays, and the UK DVDs of King Kong, Hot Fuzz and Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie.
Scare Factor: Same as above.
The warning screen is very simple, but the languages may vary depending on the country.
As seen on DVD, like the UK DVD of Rio, and the Australia DVD of Robots.
(2007-2009, Warner Home Video)
Bumper: Rick Blaine turns on a light, and then it pans to Ilsa Lund. The scene cuts to a black background with sliding text that reads "RICK IS REALLY UPSET". Ilsa then walks with Rick, and then they have a talk with each other. It then cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "THE WOMAN HE LOVES IS PIRATING DVDS". The scene then continues, and Rick walks away afterwards. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "NO MATTER HOW YOU SAY IT...". and then "PIRATING IS STEALING" slides in. It then cuts to a mugshot of Ilsa talking. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "RICK'S FEELINGS TELL HIM PIRACY IS WRONG." It cuts to Rick saying something to Ilsa. Ilsa weeps. It then cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "DEEP DOWN ILSA FEELS IT TOO." Ilsa continues weeping and then walks away. It then cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "MAKING TIME WITH THE VICTOR'S GIRL: GOOD". Ilsa and Rick kiss each other. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "PIRATING DVDS: BAD". It then fades out, for the copyright screen to fade in.
FX/SFX: Sliding of the text, and live-action.
Music/Sounds: A pop jingle played over the dialogue.
Availability: Seen on Warner, HBO, BBC, and New Line releases on DVD, like The Dark Knight, Fool's Gold, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Body of Lies, and The Big Bang Theory: Season 1.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The cheesy synth pop tune might catch off guard.
(2007-2009, Warner Home Video, Alternate)
Nickname: "The Wizard of Oz"
Bumper: The throne of the Emerald City Castle is shown, complete with flame effects. The reflection in the wall is revealed to be Oz. Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are shocked. The scene cuts to a black background with sliding text that reads "THEY'RE THE ONES PIRATING DVDS". Dorothy then talks. It then cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE SMALL OR MEEK". Dorothy continues talking. Oz becomes angry, which shocks Dorothy. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "PIRATING DVDS IS STEALING". Oz continues his speech. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "SO PLEASE DON'T ANGER THE WIZARD". The Cowardly Lion faints. It then cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "REMEMBER..." and then "MELTING THE WICKED WITCH: GOOD" slides in. Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the guards melt the Wicked Witch of the West. It cuts to the same black background with sliding text that reads "PIRATING DVDS: BAD". It then fades out, for the copyright screen to fade in.
FX/SFX: Same as above, but different.
Music/Sounds: A different pop jingle played over the dialogue.
Availability: Seen on some Warner Bros. releases on DVD like the Charlie Brown specials, Jack Frost, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Scare Factor: High to Nightmare, because of the text coming into place, the scenes were scary, and the music is fairly loud. Minimal if you're used to it.
Nickname: "The 1980s FACT PIF Rip-Off"
Availability: Seen on some 1980s VHS tapes in Germany.
Scare Factor: None.