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Walt Disney Home Entertainment (previously known as Walt Disney Home Video) is the flagship label (compare record label) of Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the home video distribution division of The Walt Disney Company. Informally, Walt Disney Home Entertainment is sometimes used as a synonym for Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Disney began distributing videos under its own label in 1980. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Walt_Disney_Home_Entertainment. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Company structure

Buena Vista Home Entertainment should not be confused with Disney's similarly named but separate business units Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (theatrical film distributor for the Walt Disney Company), Buena Vista Theatrical Productions (producer of live musicals), and the Buena Vista Music Group (record label distributor). Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... The Buena Vista Music Group is a collection of affiliated record labels all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ...


Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., distributes DVDs under the labels Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Touchstone Home Entertainment, Miramax Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The company and its predecessors formerly distributed other labels such as Hollywood Pictures Home Video, Dimension Home Video, and Muppet Home Video. With the coming of DVD, "Home Entertainment" replaced "Home Video" in label names. Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... The Hollywood Pictures sphinx logo Hollywood Pictures is one of The Walt Disney Companys several alternate movie labels. ... Dimension Films is a motion picture unit currently a part of The Weinstein Company. ...


History

MCA DiscoVision releases

Kidnapped on DiscoVision

Before Disney began releasing home video titles itself, it licensed some titles to MCA Discovision for their newly-developed disc format, later called Laserdisc. According to the Blam Entertainment Group website,[1] which has extensive details of DiscoVision releases, only seven Disney titles were actually released on DiscoVision. One of these was the feature film Kidnapped, priced at $15.95. The others were compilations of Disney shorts at $9.95 each. The first titles were released in 1978 including On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends (#D61-503). This title and the other animated releases all had running times of 46 or 47 minutes and originally were episodes of the Disney television show. According to Blam, the other six titles were Kids is Kids (#D61-504), At Home with Donald Duck (#D61-505), Adventures of Chip 'n' Dale (#D61-506), and finally The Coyote's Lament (#D61-507) which was released in May 1979. Disney's agreement with MCA ended in December 1981.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Pioneers LaserDisc Logo The Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The first incarnation of the Disney anthology television series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ...


Walt Disney Home Video releases

In 1980, Disney established its own video distribution operation as part of Walt Disney Telecommunications and Non-Theatrical Company (WDTNT) with Jim Jimirro as its first president.[3] Home video was not considered to be a major market by Disney at the time. WDTNT also handled the marketing of other miscellaneous ancillary items such as short 8 mm films for home use. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... 8mm film is a motion picture film format in which the filmstrip is eight millimeters wide. ...


First releases on Beta and VHS

One of the first VHS releases
One of the first VHS releases
Full cover for The Black Hole, another of the first VHS releases
Full cover for The Black Hole, another of the first VHS releases

Disney's first releases on tape were 13 titles that were licensed for rental to Fotomat on March 4, 1980,[4] initially in a four-city test (Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose), to be expanded nationwide by the end of 1980. The agreement specified rental fees ranging from $7.95 to $13.95. This first batch of titles on VHS and Beta included 10 live action movies: Pete's Dragon (#10), The Black Hole (#11), The Love Bug (#12), Escape to Witch Mountain (#13), Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (#14), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (#15), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (#16), The North Avenue Irregulars (#17), The Apple Dumpling Gang (#18), and Hot Lead and Cold Feet (#19); and three of the compilations of short cartoons previously released by DiscoVision: On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends (#20), Kids is Kids starring Donald Duck (#21), and Adventures of Chip 'n' Dale (#22). Later, on December 30, 1980, Mary Poppins (#23) was added to make 14 titles in all. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (982x1694, 232 KB) The 1980 cover for Petes Dragon This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the videotape or the studio which produced the videotape in... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (982x1694, 232 KB) The 1980 cover for Petes Dragon This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the videotape or the studio which produced the videotape in... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 572 pixelsFull resolution (2310 × 1651 pixel, file size: 560 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Full cover for the 1980 VHS release of The Black Hole This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 572 pixelsFull resolution (2310 × 1651 pixel, file size: 560 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Full cover for the 1980 VHS release of The Black Hole This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely... Fotomat was a once widespread retail chain of photo development drive-thru kiosks located in shopping center parking lots. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... Sonys Betamax is the 12. ... Petes Dragon (first released on November 3, 1977) is a live-action/animated musical feature film from Walt Disney Productions. ... The Black Hole is a 1979 science fiction movie directed for Walt Disney Productions by Gary Nelson. ... The Love Bug (1969) was the first of a series of movies made by Walt Disney Productions that starred a white Volkswagen racing Beetle named Herbie, a bug with a mind of its own. ... theatrical poster (1975) Escape to Witch Mountain was originally a science fiction novel written by Alexander Key in 1968. ... ddfdds ... 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land, James Mason as Captain Nemo, Paul Lukas as Professor Aronnax and Peter Lorre as Conseil. ... Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions, which combines live action and animation; it premiered on October 7, 1971. ... The North Avenue Irregulars is a 1979 Disney film starring Albert Fay Hill and Don Tait. ... The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney movie about slick gambler Bill Bixby who is duped to taking care of a group of orphan children who eventually strike gold during the California Gold Rush. ... Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a 1978 comedy western film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine Darren McGavin, and Jack Elam. ... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical) Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical film produced by Walt Disney, based on the Mary Poppins series of childrens books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. ...


Authorized Rental Dealers

Early cassettes were available in a sale version (left) and a rental version (right).

No new titles were released for half a year after Mary Poppins, but Walt Disney Home Video announced an expanded program for "Authorized Rental Dealers" in December 1980 and it began to expand its dealer network during the first part of 1981. For a fee of about $65 to Disney, retailers were able to get a 13-week license to rent a videocassette to consumers at whatever price they could get.[5] From January 1 to March 31, 1981, Disney had a "License One — Get One Free" promotion to encourage dealers to sign up. They also offered free rental use of a 7-minute Mickey Mouse Disco videocassette for customers who rented any title from an Authorized Rental Dealer from February through May 1981. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Disney was unusual among the major studios in offering a program for authorized rentals. Most of the other studios involved in the videocassette market at the time were trying to find ways to stop dealers from renting out their movie tapes. Magnetic Video (with titles from 20th Century Fox and others) ceased doing business with Fotomat after Fotomat began renting Magnetic Video cassettes without authorization.[6] Disney's rental cassettes in blue cases looked completely different from sale cassettes, which were in white cases. This was designed to make it easy for Disney representatives to tell if dealers were violating their dealer agreements by renting out cassettes intended for sale. Magnetic Video was a home video/audio duplication service established by Andre Blay in 1967 and based in Farmington Hills, Michigan. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ...


Animated features

Main article: Walt Disney Classics
One of the first of the 15 untouchable animated films on videocassette.
One of the first of the 15 untouchable animated films on videocassette.

The first of the Disney animated features canon to be released on videocassette was Dumbo on June 28, 1981,[7] for rental only. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released for sale at the same time. Alice in Wonderland was released on October 15, 1981, for rental only.[8] The other 15 animated features weren't on video due to only being released in theaters for re-release, as well as Walt Disney himself saying that he never wanted his films on the small screen. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1022x1656, 390 KB) The 1984 cover for Robin Hood This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the videotape or the studio which produced the videotape in question. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1022x1656, 390 KB) The 1984 cover for Robin Hood This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the videotape or the studio which produced the videotape in question. ... This is a list of animated feature films produced by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: Official canon The following is a list of the forty-four feature films officially part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon. ... Dumbo is a 1941 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney and first released on October 23, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released to cinemas on July 28, 1951 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...


First Walt Disney Home Video laser videodiscs and Animated Features for Sale

Their agreement with DiscoVision having ended in 1981, Disney began releasing Laserdiscs under the Walt Disney Home Video label to their own network of distributors and dealers. The first five titles were shipped in June 1982: The Black Hole, The Love Bug, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoons, Collection One. Five more titles shipped in July: Pete's Dragon, Dumbo, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoons, Collection Two.[2] Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh and once referred to as Edward Bear, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. ... The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band is a 1968 film based on the novel Nebraska by Laura Bower Van Nuys. ...


Dumbo was released for sale on tape ($84.95) in summer 1982, while Alice in Wonderland (also $84.95) was released for sale in November 1982.[9] The next major animated feature to be released (excluding the "package" anthology features) was Robin Hood on December 6, 1984 ($79.95), starting the Walt Disney Classics collection. By 1982, all the video releases were for sale and rental, along with newer releases, but at high prices. Robin Hood is an animated film produced by the Walt Disney Studios, first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


July 16, 1985 saw the home video premiere of Pinocchio ($79.95). After the price was lowered to $29.95 in late 1985 to encourage more consumer sales, Pinocchio became the bestselling video of that year. The prices on other videos available at the time had their price reduced to $29.95 as well. is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


Notable Release

Main Article: List of Walt Disney video releases Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released several hundred titles to home video since 1978, as well as direct-to-video features. ...


Trivia

  • Disney released more cartoon compilations (pre-Walt Disney Cartoon Classics in 1983) in late 1981, including Goofy Over Sports and A Tale of Two Critters.
  • Walt Disney Home Video produced the Disney Sing-Along Songs collection of videos for young children in association with Harry Arends and Phil Savenick. The series first hit stores on December 23, 1986.

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See also

This is a list of theatrical animated feature films produced and/or released by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company: // The following is a list of the forty-nine feature films that are part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) canon, also known as the Walt Disney Animated... This is a list of live-action films produced by Walt Disney Productions and its successor label, Walt Disney Pictures. ... This is a list of feature films produced by Walt Disney Productions/The Walt Disney Company that were released directly to video with no theatrical run. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... The Hollywood Pictures sphinx logo Hollywood Pictures is one of The Walt Disney Companys several alternate movie labels. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Young, Blaine. MCA DiscoVision. Blam Entertainment Group. Retrieved on 2006-09-19.
  2. ^ a b (Summer 1982) "Disney Releases 10 Titles on Laser Videodisc". VIDEODISC/VIDEOTEX 2 (3): 175. 
  3. ^ Froke, Marlowe (December 12, 1989). Oral History Collection - James P. Jimirro (Interview transcript). The Cable Center. Retrieved on 2006-09-19.
  4. ^ "Walt Disney - Fotomat Announce Video Tape Programming Pact", Dow Jones News Service - Ticker, March 3, 1980. 
  5. ^ "Studios hamstrung as rentals of videocassettes trim profits", Wall Street Journal, March 27, 1981. Retrieved on 2006-09-04. 
  6. ^ Kopp, George. "Magnetic Video Decision Awaited: Firm's Cassette Rental Policy Expected in 3-4 Weeks", Billboard, February 14, 1981. 
  7. ^ "(Title unknown)", Billboard, August 15, 1981. 
  8. ^ "Disney releasing six video titles", The Globe and Mail (United Press International), October 14, 1981, p. 15. 
  9. ^ Wollman, Jane. "A wider selection in children's video", The New York Times, September 16, 1982. Retrieved on 2006-09-04. 

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