Montage Ends the VHS

"Join us after the feature for a special bonus program."

One of the most common things for home video companies to do in the 1970s and 1980s was to add a series of movie trailers, intros, or just a compilation preview promoting their VHS tapes or Betamax tapes, at the end of a VHS tape or Betamax tape of theirs, mainly after a movie (or in some cases, television episode) is over. This was because a VHS tape and/or a Betamax tape in SP mode had room for two hours of material; most movies clock in at around 90 minutes, while four half-hour or two one-hour TV episodes, minus commercials, last about the same amount of time.

Related to The Stinger.


  • Pokémon: The American VHS's released throughout the Nineties through VIZ Media (then, Viz Video) had trailers at the end of the tape to promote the still-young Pokémon Red and Blue games (featuring an evil bus driver — no, seriously), as well as other anime it was distributing (Kimba the White Lion, Ranma ˝) at the time. On some occasions, like prior to the release of Pokémon: The First Movie, they'd air the trailers (mostly just the trailer for Pokemon: The First Movie) first.
    • The Middle East releases of these videos on Megastar had commercials between the episodes, ensuring annoying fast-forwarding.
  • "Walt Disney and You", a compilation trailer seen at the end of Walt Disney Home Video videocassettes from 1982 until a few months before the Walt Disney Classics premiere of Sleeping Beauty, contains clips from various 1950s-1980s Disney films, mostly the live-action ones. (In '82 only a few Disney Animated Canon titles were available for home viewing; this changed when the Classics line was created in 1984 with Robin Hood and began releasing films from the canon for the next 10 years) It comes complete with a 1980s-style Ear Worm title song at the beginning and end as well as TRON-style graphics. Earlier videos just contain trailers for other Disney movies after the end of the actual movie. There was even a standalone release, 1985's The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue, that consisted solely of a half-hour Clip Show of highlights from their library — effectively Montage IS the VHS!
    • Disney Sing-Along Songs and Winnie-the-Pooh: Storybook Classics tapes often had these.
    • Many Disney (and other miscellanous companies like Touchstone, Buena Vista, Hollywood, Miramax and Dimension) tapes add music videos, trailers and/or featurettes at the end. Especially common on a majority of Masterpiece Collection releases and titles from the late 1990s to early 2000s.
    • The Rocky and Bullwinkle videos released by Buena Vista Home Video in 1991 and 1992 featured a promo for the collection at the end of the videos. The promo was expanded when two more videos were added following the original six volumes, but when four more videos were released, the videos continued to end with the 8-volume promo, as opposed to adding the four new ones to the promo.
  • A lot of MGM/UA's 1980s videos end with a compilation trailer that is similar to the "Walt Disney and You" trailer, except it is set to various songs and promotes MGM and United Artists films on video.
    • Earlier, when MGM/UA was called MGM/CBS (a joint venture between MGM and CBS), its tapes just contained movie trailers at the end.
    • The 50th Anniversay of The Wizard of Oz contained a movie trailer, The Academy Award film, The MGM Newsreel, And three cuts scenes, Such as:
      • If I Only Had a Heart by Buddy Ebsen
      • The Jitterbugs
      • If I Only Had a Brain (Full Version)
  • Family Home Entertainment also did this in its early 1980s tapes. Depending on the feature attraction, they added a bunch of intros for anime dubbed by ZIV International, promos for other tapes in the series (Transformers, Gumby, etc.), or previews for thematically similar programs. If the "feature" had less than a half-hour running time, F.H.E. would often pad the tape out to an hour with previews, public domain Golden Age of Animation shorts and/or, in the case of some of the Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears specials, storybook segments derived from their tie-in book lines. Similar companies such as Children's Video Library and Wonderland Video often used previews and/or shorts to fill out their tapes as well.
    • This was also done by U.S.A. Home Video, a non-family-friendly subsidiary of FHE, by adding movie trailers in its early tapes.
  • A common feature on UK and Australian rental tapes.
  • CBS/FOX had a whole-series preview follow each installment of Faerie Tale Theatre. Their Playhouse Video subsidiary would do the same thing with Jim Henson's Muppet Home Video (a series of clip shows drawn from The Muppet Show) and "The Shirley Temple Collection" (her films).
  • All of the Arthur VHS releases from Random House Home Video and Sony Wonder end with a crapload of funding promos and Arthur video promos. Also happens on the rare DVD releases of Arthur as well.
  • In the mid-'80s, Thorn EMI Video and its successor company, Thorn EMI HBO Video, had a habit of capping off tapes with a series of trailers; before HBO was added to the company's name, this usually ended with an extensive scroll listing a bunch of Thorn EMI tapes as easy listening music played.
  • The UK VHS releases of Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II both managed to fit an episode of The Real Ghostbusters after the film.
  • Some Hello Kitty to Issho tapes end with a preview for the entire collection of tapes in that series (which is just the theme song "Itazura Tenshi" set to clips from the videos as their names are shown) and a preview for Puroland.
  • Tapes distributed by Lyrick Studios often ended with ads for other tapes by the company. There was usually a bumper that would announce this beforehand.
  • After the Parents Guide segment on Once Upon A Potty and before going to the credits, It has a promo sting for Once Upon A Potty.

Alternative Title(s): Closing VHS Montage, Closing VHS Trailers, Trailers End The VHS, Montage After The Movie, Montage Closes The VHS, Trailers Close The VHS, VHS Stinger