1979 in home video

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1979 in home video:

Years in home video: 1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982
Centuries: 19th century  ·  20th century  ·  21st century
Decades: 1940s   1950s   1960s   1970s   1980s   1990s   2000s
Years: 1976   1977   1978   1979   1980   1981   1982

Industry milestones


DiscoVision is the name of several things related to the video LaserDisc format.


Warren John Ferguson was an American jurist who served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Walt Disney Company American mass media corporation

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Walt Disney or simply Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the world's largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, ahead of NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia, which are owned by telecommunications giants Comcast and AT&T respectively.

Sony Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation

Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. The company owns the largest music entertainment business in the world, the largest video game console business and one of the largest video game publishing businesses, and is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets, and a leading player in the film and television entertainment industry. Sony was ranked 97th on the 2018 Fortune Global 500 list.


Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is an American film studio, production company and film distributor that is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video distribution division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Sony Corporation.

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20th Century Fox American film studio

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on its namesake studio lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

Magnetic Video

Magnetic Video Corporation was a home video/home audio duplication service, that operated between 1968-1982.

1977 in home video:

Movie releases

The following movies were released on video on the following dates:


Release Date
January 15 Shenandoah MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release [3]
January 29 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release [4]
February 12 Duel MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release
Jaws 2 MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release [5]
April 16 American Graffiti MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release [6]
July 2 The Last Remake of Beau Geste MCA DiscoVision (Universal)Laserdisc release

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Betamax Consumer-level analog video tape recording and cassette form factor standard

Betamax is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975. The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch (48 cm) color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 1975. The cassettes contain 0.50-inch-wide (12.7 mm) videotape in a design similar to that of the earlier, professional 0.75-inch-wide (19 mm), U-matic format. Betamax is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war to VHS. Despite this, Betamax recorders would not be discontinued until 2002, while new Betamax cassettes were available until March 2016, when Sony stopped making and selling them.

Funimation Productions, LLC is an American entertainment company that specializes in the dubbing and distribution of foreign content, most notably anime. Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division of the Japanese conglomerate Sony, is its majority owner. Based in Flower Mound, Texas, the studio is one of the leading distributors of anime and other foreign entertainment properties in North America alongside Viz Media, Sentai Filmworks, Aniplex of America, and more. Their most popular property is Toei Animation's action-adventure franchise Dragon Ball.

TriStar Pictures film production/distribution studio owned by Sony

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Sony Pictures Television American television production/distribution company

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Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., doing business as Lionsgate is an American entertainment company. It was formed on July 10, 1997, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is currently headquarted in Santa Monica, California, United States.

Warner Home Video home video distribution arm of Warner Bros.

Warner Home Video is the home video distribution division of Warner Bros., a subsidiary of WarnerMedia. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video. The company launched in the United States with twenty films on Betamax and VHS videocassettes in late 1979. The company later expanded its line to include additional titles throughout 1979 and 1980.

ELP Communications Former American television production company

ELP Communications was an American television production company that originally began in 1974. It's currently an in-name-only unit of Sony Pictures Television.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC is the home video arm of the American media company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment to manage its motion picture operations. It was launched in 1998 by integrating businesses of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and TriStar Pictures, Inc.

1980 in home video:

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video distribution division of American film studio Universal Pictures, owned by the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.

Mill Creek Entertainment

Mill Creek Entertainment is an American home video company founded in 2002 by Ian Warfield, Robert Zakheim and Scott Moss in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), also known as the “Betamax case”, is a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States which ruled that the making of individual copies of complete television shows for purposes of time shifting does not constitute copyright infringement, but is fair use. The Court also ruled that the manufacturers of home video recording devices, such as Betamax or other VCRs, cannot be liable for infringement. The case was a boon to the home video market, as it created a legal safe haven for the technology.

Videocassette recorder

A videocassette recorder, VCR, or video recorder is an electromechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from broadcast television or other source on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette, and can play back the recording. Use of a VCR to record a television program to play back at a more convenient time is commonly referred to as timeshifting. VCRs can also play back prerecorded tapes. In the 1980s and 1990s, prerecorded videotapes were widely available for purchase and rental, and blank tapes were sold to make recordings.

The Warner Archive Collection is a manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVD series started by Warner Home Video on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time. In November 2012, Warner announced that the Archive collection would begin releasing some titles on Blu-ray, with all discs being pressed, unlike the DVD series.


  1. History of Media Technology (accessed 8 April 2011)
  2. Harwood, Jim (October 3, 1979). "Betamax(?) Court Victory". Daily Variety . p. 1.
  3. "Shenandoah". LaserDisc Database. 15 January 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  4. "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein". Amazon. 29 January 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. "Jaws 2". Amazon. 12 February 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  6. "American Graffiti". Amazon. 16 April 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
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