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One of the most controversial early home video releasing companies to which The Rule of First Adopters didn't apply, Warner Home Video started out as the video releasing division of Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, dedicated to releasing the Warner Bros. library on videocassette. Under the name WCI Home Video (as in Warner Communications, Inc., which evolved into today's WarnerMedia), the company was founded in late 1979 and released its first tapes, including an independent's Chinese culinary how-to video, in January of the following year. The name was changed to its familiar form before the company was a year old; however, they still used the WCI name on the videograms until midway through 1981.

The company attracted controversy that year when they started a rental program which took effect on October 15. Starting on that day, all Warner tapes would be offered for rental only in selected markets. Texas was the first to sign on to the program, followed by San Francisco and Denver, then Oklahoma and Louisiana, among other territories. Many video dealers opposed the plan, and Queen was also a vocal opponent; the rental program caused Queen to gradually switch its American label affiliation from WEA to EMI, starting with the contested product, Queen: Greatest Flix. It was the first Queen product EMI would release in America. It was because of this opposition that Warner's rental program didn't last more than a year, and the damage had largely been done to rental-only for the foreseeable future; the year 1983 started with all the other rental programs, by Disney, MGM/UA, and 20th Century-Fox, having already been largely terminated.

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Also of note is that early videograms were sometimes sped up to fit tapes of a certain length. Superman: The Movie is the poster child of this practice, though with all dialogue scenes presented at the correct speed, it was lucky compared to most of the other affected titles. Fortunately, the music was seldom, if ever, presented at a higher pitch as a result of the time compression going on, making Warner an early innovator in the art of efficient time compression (unfortunately, the same could not be said of its contemporaries, MGM/CBS Home Video and Walt Disney Telecommunications and Non-Theatrical Company).

Warner Bros. and WEA titles, of course, weren't the only product from Warner Home Video. There was also product from such entities as Orion Pictures (which had a joint venture with Warner Bros. that ran until 1982; most Orion product released before fall of that year is still owned by Warner to this day), Filmways Pictures, New World Pictures, The Ladd Company, New Line Cinema (over a decade before Warner's corporate parent Time Warner purchased the company, and just under three decades before it was merged into Warner Bros. itself), and NBC, among others. Warner Home Video currently releases DVDs and Blu-rays for outside companies including The BBC (North America only), Sesame Workshop, WWE (Wrestling content only, WWE Studios content is licensed by RLJ Entertainment), Viz Media, Mattel (most notably their American Girl made for TV and theatrical movies along with their Masters of the Universe theatrical movie), and select Paramount backlog titles, as well as sister WarnerMedia companies HBO, TNT, TBS, and Cartoon Network {the latter three had their videos distributed under the in-house video arm Turner Home Entertainment, along with New Line releases beginning in 1994 {they'd previously gone through RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video and its' successors} until the merger, at which point New Line's video arm became separate until NLC was merged with WB itself; CN (as well as [adult swim]), TBS, and TNT-related titles were immediately merged into WHV).

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In 1997, Warner became the first major studio to release motion pictures on DVD, with an initial batch of 33 titles (including MGM/UA Home Video titles, New Line titles, and a few music titles). For a time, certain early Warner DVDs were priced higher than retail at Best Buy locations due to a contract breach, according to the LaserRot fansite. They were also among the first, through sister label WarnerVision Entertainment, to distribute the Power Rangers franchise on videocassette, taking over from PolyGram Video.

In 2017, it changed it's name to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

In 2020, Warner entered into a physical media joint venture with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, effective the next year.

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Pre-1986 product

    January 1980 
  • 1001: Blazing Saddles (1974)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

    Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.

  • 1002: The Green Berets (1968)
    Adult Action.

    Rated G.

    The opening Warner Bros./Seven Arts logo is plastered by the then-current "Big W" logo, adding approximately 7 seconds to the running time.

    Sped up by just under 7% for a runtime of 2h12m42s without the above-mentioned logo plastering (as opposed to the original runtime of approximately 2h21m58s), to fit a 135-minute tape.

    Along with The Wild Bunch, one of the first official home video releases to use the Wilhelm scream.

  • 1003: The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
    Children.

    Rated G.

    Film slightly sped up for a runtime of 1h30m42s, roughly 8 minutes shorter than its original runtime.

  • 1004: Deliverance (1972)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 1005: East of Eden (1955)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

    The opening WB shield is plastered by the then-current "Big W" logo (still with "A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY PRESENTATION") followed by the Warner Bros./Seven Arts logo.

  • 1006: Enter the Dragon (1973)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

    US theatrical version.

    The film wasn't sped up at all, running at the original length of approximately 1h38m53s despite the box and labels incorrectly giving a 90 minute running time.

  • 1007: The Exorcist (1973)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

    1979 theatrical version.

  • 1008: Hooper (1978)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

    The entire film (save the "Big W" logo) is presented in widescreen.

    Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.

  • 1009: The In-Laws (1979)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 1010: Oh, God! (1977)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

    Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the start.

  • 1011: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

  • 1012: The Searchers (1956)
    Western.

    Rated PG.

  • 1013: Superman: The Movie (1978)
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

    2nd edition, from Warner Home Video, is misrated R. All other editions, including the 1st edition from WCI Home Video, correctly give the MPAA rating as PG.

    Partially sped up in sequences without dialogue for a runtime of 2h4m13s (as opposed to the original runtime of approximately 2h23m16s) to fit a 127-minute tape.

  • 1014: The Wild Bunch (1969)
    Western.

    Rated R.

    Theatrical version.

    Along with The Green Berets, one of the first official home video releases to use the Wilhelm scream.

  • 1015: Woodstock I (1970)
    Music.

    Rated R.

    1st half of theatrical version.

  • 1016: Woodstock II (1970)
    Music.

    Rated R.

    2nd half of theatrical version.

  • 1017: Mister Roberts (1955)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 1018: All the President's Men (1976)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

    Originally filmed in the Academy ratio and intended to be shown in widescreen; the full aperture was shown on this release.

    Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.

    Presented at a framerate of 26 frames per second to fit a 127-minute tape.

  • 1019: Dirty Harry (1971)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

    Original "Kinney Shield" is plastered by a silent Warner Bros. Television Distribution "Big W" logo.

  • 2001: A Little Romance (1979)
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

  • 4001: Flavors of China (1977)

    March 1980 
  • 2002: 10 (1979)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

    June 1980 

    October 1980 

    December 1980 
  • 4003: Blondie: Eat to the Beat (1980)
    Music.

    January 1981 
  • 1039: Magnum Force (1973)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

    Sped up by just under 1% for a runtime of 2h1m24s (as opposed to the original runtime of approximately 2h2m33s), to fit a 120-minute tape

  • 1042: Tom Horn (1980)
    Western.

    Rated R.

  • 1043: Honeysuckle Rose (or, On the Road Again) (1980)
    Musical.

    Rated PG.

  • 1044: Oh God Book II (1980)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 1045: One Trick Pony (1980)
    Musical.

    Rated R.

  • 2005: Caddyshack (1980)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 4002: Humanoids From The Deep (1980)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

  • 4004: Romie-O and Julie-8 (Runaway Robots) (1979)
    Children.

  • 4005: The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978)
    Children.

  • 4006: Nelvanamation: Four Classic Fantasies in One (1980)
    Children.
    Contains the features The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978), Romie-O and Julie-8 (Runaway Robots) (1979), Please Don't Eat the Planet (Intergalactic Thanksgiving) (1979), and A Cosmic Christmas (1977).

  • 4007: Rod Stewart: Live at the Los Angeles Forum
    Music.

  • 4012: Seven Blows Of The Dragon (1973)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 4013: Big Bad Mama (1974)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 4014: Death Race 2000 (1975)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 4015: Amarcord (1973)
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated R.

    English language version.

  • 4016: Cries and Whispers (1972)
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated R.

  • 4017: Small Change [L'Argent de Poche] (1976)
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated PG.

    Original French version with English subtitles.

  • 4018: The Big Bird Cage (1977)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 4019: Too Hot to Handle (1977)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 4020: Space Movie (1980)
    Rated G.

    Released theatrically by International Harmony.

  • 4021: Gary Numan: The Touring Principle
    Music.

  • 4022: Fleetwood Mac
    Music.

    May 1981 

    June 1981 
From this point onward, the stock numbers had five digits instead of four.

  • 11087: Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 11088: Bloodbrothers (1978)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 22017: Time After Time (1979)
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

  • 24027: Death Sport (1978)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 24028: The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1975)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 24029: Devo: The Men Who Make the Music (1979)
    Music.

  • 24030: Dire Straits: Making Movies (1980)
    Music.

    July 1981 

    September 1981 

     1981 (other) 
  • 34004: Queen: Greatest Flix (1981)
    Music.

    Ultimately released by Thorn EMI Video due to a dispute between Queen and their North American label over how the release of this video would be handled.

    1981/ 82 (Rental Library) 
As explained above, the company started a rental program for selected markets on October of 1981 but it fell through in less than a year. All original rental releases during that time were specially packaged in white clamshells with white and silver sleeves, and a banner on the front that reads "For-Rental-Only." The stock number would also have a 6 or 7 as the first digit for rental releases.

  • 61037: Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    Adult Drama.

  • 61047: A Star Is Born (1954)
    General release version in its original pressing.

  • 61050: Rio Bravo (1959)
    Western.

    Rated G.

  • 61056: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    Rated R.

  • 61059: The Damned
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated R.

  • 61060: Death in Venice
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated PG.

  • 61061: Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
    Family Classic.

    Rated R.

  • 61075: Private Benjamin
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 61076: Altered States
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 61077: Any Which Way You Can (1980)
    Rated PG.

  • 61078: First Family (1981)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 61079: The Shining (1980)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

  • 61080: Wait Until Dark (1967)

  • 61081: Mean Streets (1973)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 61082: The Enforcer (1976)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 61083: The Gauntlet (1977)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 61084: Camelot (1967)
    Rated G.

  • 61085: Blume In Love (1973)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 61095: The Frisco Kid (1979)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 61098: Scarecrow (1973)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 61104: Bronco Billy (1980)

  • 61105: Animals Are Beautiful People (1975)
    Family Classic.

    Rated G.

  • 61111: Roots Vol. 1

  • 61112: Roots Vol. 2

  • 61113: Roots Vol. 3

  • 61114: Roots Vol. 4

  • 61115: Roots Vol. 5

  • 61116: Roots Vol. 6

  • 61120: Superman II (1980)
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

  • 61123: Eyes of a Stranger (1980)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

  • 61124: Straight Time
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 61125: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    Western.

    Rated PG.

  • 61126: Bobby Deerfield (1977)

  • 61127: I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
    Comedy.

    Rated R.

  • 61130: Girl Friends
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

  • 61131: Performance (1970)
    Rated X.

  • 61133: The Bobo

  • 61134: Day for Night (1973)
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated PG.

  • 61139: The Jesus Film (1979)
    Family Classic.

    Rated G.

  • 61140: Mc Q
    Adult Action.

    Rated PG.

  • 61141: One on One
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

  • 61242: Personal Best
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 70001: Divine Madness
    Musical.

    Rated R.

  • 70002: Outland (1981)
    Science Fiction.

    Rated R.

  • 70003: Looker (1981)
    Science Fiction.

    Rated PG.

  • 70004: Chariots of Fire (1981)
    Family Classic.

    Rated PG.

  • 70005: Body Heat (1981)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 72004: Under The Rainbow (1981)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 72015: Sphinx (1981)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

  • 72016: The Hand (1981)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

  • 72018: Excalibur (1981)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 72019: Wolfen (1981)
    Horror.

    Rated R.

  • 72020: Arthur (1981)
    Comedy.

    Rated PG.

  • 72021: Prince of the City (1981)
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 72022: Rollover

  • 72024: Sharky's Machine
    Adult Action.

    Rated R.

  • 74033: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 74034: The Story of Adele H. (1975)
    Foreign Film Festival.

  • 74035: Love on the Run (1979)
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated PG.

  • 74036: The Green Room
    Foreign Film Festival.

    Rated PG.

  • 76011: Blow Out (1981)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated R.

  • 80002: Liberace in Las Vegas (1980)
    Music.

  • 80003: John Curry's Ice Dancing

  • 84006: Animalympics (1979)
    Children.

  • 84008: The Kid from Not So Big (1978)
    Family Classic.

  • 84009: The Last Wave (1977)
    Adult Drama.

    Rated PG.

  • 84011: Cosmos: The Championship Years (1981)

  • 84012: The Miracle Worker (1981)
    Family Classic.

  • 84014: The Pinwheel Songbook (1981)
    Children.

     1982 
  • 11220: The Looney Tunes Video Show, #1 (1982)
    Some of the Looney Tunes cartoons at this point were instead distributed on video by MGM/CBS Home Video.
    Contains the cartoons Devil May Hare (1953), Birds of a Father (1961), The Ducksters (1950), Zipping Along (1953), Room and Bird (1951), Ant Pasted (1953), and Mexicali Schmoes (1959).

  • 11221: The Looney Tunes Video Show, #2 (1982)
    Some of the Looney Tunes cartoons at this point were instead distributed on video by MGM/CBS Home Video.
    Contains the cartoons Quackodile Tears (1962), An Egg Scramble (1950), Cats and Bruises (1965), All Fowled Up (1955), 14 Carrot Rabbit (1952), The Hole Idea (1955), and Two Scent's Worth (1955).

  • 11222: The Looney Tunes Video Show, #3 (1982)
    Some of the Looney Tunes cartoons at this point were instead distributed on video by MGM/CBS Home Video.
    Contains the cartoons Quacker Tracker (1967), Double or Mutton (1955), Feline Frame-Up (1954), 8 Ball Bunny (1950), A Fractured Leghorn (1950), Scaredy Cat (1948), and Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962).

    Tape label incorrectly states the running time as 38 minutes. 1989 reissue gives the correct running time of 48 minutes.

  • 11223: The Looney Tunes Video Show, #4 (1982)
    Only released in Canada (around 1988) and Europe.

    Some of the Looney Tunes cartoons at this point were instead distributed on video by MGM/CBS Home Video.

    Contains the cartoons Ain't She Tweet (1952), The Astroduck (1966), Backwoods Bunny (1959), Heaven Scent (1956), Pests for Guests (1955), Lighthouse Mouse (1955), and Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953).

  • 11224: The Looney Tunes Video Show, #5 (1982)
    Only released in Europe, with a brief US release in 1986 under the title Bugs Bunny and Pals: The Looney Tunes Video Show.

    Some of the Looney Tunes cartoons at this point were instead distributed on video by MGM/CBS Home Video.

    Contains the cartoons Tugboat Granny (1956), Stork Naked (1955), Fastest with the Mostest (1960), Forward March Hare (1953), Feather Dusted (1955), China Jones (1959), and Odor of the Day (1948).

    The US release is extremely hard to find. There are pictures of it on the "Bugs Bunny Video Guide" page on Facebook.

  • 19217: Casablanca (1942)

    Only released in Canada and international territories; distributed by Magnetic Video in the United States.

    The 1982 UA logo's music plays over the warning scroll and the WHV logo.

  • 19226: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    Only released in Canada and international territories; distributed by Magnetic Video in the United States.

     1983 

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     1984 

     1985 

     1986 

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Post-1986 product

     1987 

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     1988 

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     1989 

  • Batman (1989)
    The screener, and some early retail copies, was printed at Rank Video Services America instead of at Technicolor Videocassette (Warner's usual duplication partner); some screener copies were recycled as retail copies of other Warner Home Video releases a bit later on, including Tango & Cash.

    This tape's program is as follows: a Batman Diet Coke commercial with Alfred, a Looney Tunes plug-in for the Warner Bros. catalog, the black-and-white F.B.I. warning screen, the 1985 Warner Home Video logo, and the film's Warner Bros. Pictures Vanity Plate, which goes into the opening credits.

     1991 

  • 1018F: Les hommes du Président (1976)
    European theatrical version, missing approximately 7.5 minutes of footage.

    French Canadian version of All the President's Men.

    Letterboxed release, though not advertised as such on the packaging and labels.

    Original "Big W" that started the film is intact.

    For some reason, a PAL master was used for this release.

     1999 

  • Pokemon The First Movie (1999)

    It starts off with the black-and-white F.B.I. warning screen, a preview for Warner Bros. Family Entertainment titles, a preview for "Switching Goals", a preview for "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders", a preview for "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker", a soundtrack promo for "Pokemon The First Movie", a Kids' WB! plug in featuring various cartoons (including Pokemon, Tiny Toon Adventures, Men in Black the Series, Batman Beyond and Static Shock), the 1997 Warner Home Video logo, a aspect ratio screen, a introduction by Professor Oak, all 4 logos and a short cartoon.

     2001 

Currently empty

     2003 

Currently empty

     2004 

Currently empty

International product

    International releases 
These titles were only released in the UK and other territories by Warner, or at least with this stock number or older style thereof. On five-digit stock numbers, international releases had the tendency to add 5 or 8 to the first digit, so Warner titles would start with a 6, Ladd Company titles with a 70, Orion titles with a 72, United Artists titles with a 99, and so on. Unless otherwise noted, United Artists releases were issued Stateside by Magnetic Video and its successor, CBS/Fox Video.

  • 1037: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

  • 1046: Dial M for Murder (1954)
    Presented in 2D.

  • 11170: Mad Max (1979)
    Released by American International Pictures and Vestron Video in the United States.

  • 11172: Friday the 13th (1980)
    Released by Paramount in the United States.

  • 11253: The Towering Inferno (1974)
    Released by 20th Century-Fox in the United States.

  • 11326: Angel of Vengeance (1981)
    Released by Rochelle Films and USA Home Video in the United States.

  • 11358: In Praise Of Older Women (1977)
    Released by Avco Embassy Pictures Corporation and Magnetic Video in the United States.

  • 11362: Evilspeak (1982)
    Released by American Cinema and CBS/Fox Video in the United States.

  • 11423: Black Emanuelle (1975)
    Released by Stirling Gold and Magnetic Video in the United States.

  • 11435: Android (1982)
    Released by New World Pictures and Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 11455: Journey Back to Oz (1972)
    Released in Australia only.
    Released by Family Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 11512: Permission To Kill (1975)
    Released by Avco Embassy Pictures Corporation and Magnetic Video in the United States.

  • 11737: The Possessed (1977)
    A Warner Bros. television movie released on videocassette by Unicorn Video in the United States.

  • 11846: World Gone Wild (1987)
    From Manson International.
    Released by Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 12009: The Delinquents (1989)
    Not released in the United States due to legal problems with the production company.
    Said to be one of few videocassettes, if not the only one, with the Village Roadshow theatrical logo from the era.

  • 19000: Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park (1982)
    Released by CBS Video Enterprises in the United States.

  • 19001: Jane Fonda's Workout (1982)
    Released by RCA and Karl Video in the United States.

  • 19002: Jane Fonda's Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery Workout (1983)
    Released by RCA and Karl Video in the United States.

  • 19003: Jane Fonda's Workout Challenge (1984)
    Released by RCA and Karl Video in the United States.

  • 20008: Blade Runner (1982)
    Released by Embassy Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 22023: Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
    Released by New World Pictures and Vestron Video in the United States.

  • 34046: Halloween (1978)
    Released by Compass International Pictures and Media-Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 34091: Shaolin Challenges Ninja (1978)
    Released by World Northal Corporation and Vista Home Video in the United States.

  • 35015: A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddys Revenge (1985)
    Released by Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 35061: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
    Released by Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 38002: The Beastmaster (1982)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group
    Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States.

  • 38004: Comfort And Joy (1984)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 38022: Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1979)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 38051: The Hitcher (1986)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 38054: Legend (1985)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 38148: Are You Being Served? The Movie (1977)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 38218: Can't Stop the Music (1980)
    From Weintraub Entertainment Group

  • 61408: Day of the Animals (1976)
    Released by Film Ventures International and Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 99200: Moonraker (1979)

  • 99201: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

  • 99202: 42nd Street (1932)

  • 99203: Live and Let Die (1973)

  • 99204: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

  • 99205: Goldfinger (1964)

  • 99206: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

  • 99207: You Only Live Twice (1967)

  • 99208: Thunderball (1965)

  • 99209: From Russia with Love (1963)

  • 99210: Dr. No (1962)

  • 99211: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

  • 99212: Octopussy (1983)

  • 99304: The Mechanic (1972)

  • 99361: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

  • 99372: Midnight Cowboy (1969)

  • 99399: From Noon Till Three (1975)

  • 99403: Sharks Treasure (1975)

  • 99415: Ned Kelly (1970)

  • 99425: Vigilante Force (1976)

  • 99436: Across 110th Street (1972)

  • 99446: Galaxy of Terror (1981)
    Released by New World Pictures and Embassy Home Entertainment in the United States; released theatrically by United Artists in international territories.

  • 99472: Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
    Released by Avco Embassy Pictures Corporation and Time-Life Video in the United States.

  • 99476: Track Down (1976)

  • 99497: Let It Be (1970)

  • 99498: 200 Motels (1971)

  • 99499: Hickey And Boggs (1972)

  • 99511: Humanoids Of The Deep (1980)
    Released by New World Pictures in the United States.

  • 99504: Red Dawn (1984)

  • 99513: Raging Bull (1980)

  • 99514: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

  • 99525: Windows (1980)

  • 99552: Martins Day (1984)

  • 99553: Movers And Shakers (1985)

  • 99610: Knightriders (1981)
    Released by United Film Distribution Company and Media Home Entertainment in the United States.

  • 99661: Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
    Released in Australia only.
    Released by Dimension Pictures and VCI Home Video in the United States; released theatrically by United Artists in some territories.

The first DVD releases

This section covers the first 61 DVD releases in North America by Warner Home Video and associated labels, including Warner Reprise Video, New Line Home Video, MGM/UA Home Video, and HBO Home Video.

    March 1997 
  • Batman (1989)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • The Birdcage (1996)
    From United Artists Corporation
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Blade Runner (1982)
    From The Ladd Company
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Director's cut
    Infamous on This Very Wiki for using the WB Shield as an excuse for a menu, which provides the page image for Vanilla Edition
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • The Color Purple (1985)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    One of three films made with the involvement of Steven Spielberg, in this case as director, to be released on DVD during the early days of the format; Spielberg notoriously had an embargo in place for DVD releases of his films that remained in effect until late 1998
  • Eraser (1996)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Eric Clapton: Unplugged (1992)
    From Reprise Records
    Released on March 24, 1997
  • The Exorcist (1973)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Theatrical version
    Original "Big W" logo that started the film is intact
  • The Fugitive (1993)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Get Shorty (1995)
    From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • The Glimmer Man (1996)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • GoldenEye (1995)
    From United Artists Corporation
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Goodfellas (1990)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Theatrical version
  • Madonna Live Down Under: The Girlie Show (1994)
    From Reprise Records
    Released on March 24, 1997
  • The Mask (1994)
    From New Line Cinema
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    From United Artists Corporation
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Mortal Kombat (1995)
    From New Line Cinema
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Raging Bull (1980)
    From United Artists Corporation
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • R.E.M.: Road Movie (1996)
    From Reprise Records
    Released on March 24, 1997
  • The Road Warrior (1983)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Original "Big W" logo that started the film is intact
    This release is generally accepted among videophiles to have the closest color grading out of any videodisc release to the original theatrical release
  • Rocky (1976)
    From United Artists Corporation
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • 7 (1997)
    From New Line Cinema
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Space Jam (1996)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    The newest film in the initial launch slate from Warner Home Video
  • Species (1995)
    From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Director's cut
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Its VHS counterpart was the first release to use the then-new logo for Warner Home Video, which would go on to appear on all of its DVD releases for two decades
  • Twister (1996)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    The first THX-certified DVD release
    One of three films made with the involvement of Steven Spielberg, in this case as executive producer, to be released on DVD during the early days of the format; Spielberg notoriously had an embargo in place for DVD releases of his films that remained in effect until late 1998
  • Unforgiven (1992)
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    From Turner Entertainment
    Released on March 25, 1997
  • Woodstock (1970)
    Released on March 25, 1997
    Director's cut

    April 1997 
  • Batman Returns (1992)
    Released on April 29, 1997
  • Disclosure (1994)
    Released on April 29, 1997
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    Released on April 29, 1997
  • JFK (1991)
    Released on April 8, 1997
    Director's cut
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
    From New Line Cinema
    Released on April 29, 1997
  • Michael Collins (1996)
    Released on April 8, 1997
  • Poltergeist (1982)
    From Turner Entertainment
    Released on April 8, 1997
    One of three films made with the involvement of Steven Spielberg, in this case as writer and producer (a contractual obligation prevented him from directing), to be released on DVD during the early days of the format; Spielberg notoriously had an embargo in place for DVD releases of his films that remained in effect until late 1998
  • Sleepers (1996)
    Released on April 1, 1997
  • Tin Cup (1996)
    Released on April 29, 1997

    May 1997 

    June 1997 

Warner Home Video provides an example

  • Copy Protection: For several years beginning in 1986, they used Macrovision to prevent most of their their home video media from making a bootleg copy. Beginning in 1990, Warner stopped using it on their reprints; new releases stopped using it in the summer of 1991.
  • Vanilla Edition: Their earliest DVD releases, particularly Blade Runner and Twister (the latter which at least had a theatrical trailer), were notorious for this.

Alternative Title(s): WCI Home Video

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