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The current Warner Home Video logo.
The current Warner Home Video logo.

Warner Home Video is the home video unit of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Inc. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video (for Warner Communications, Inc.). It was re-named Warner Home Video in 1980. The company releases titles from the film and television library of Warner Bros. Studios, as well as programs from other Time Warner companies. Currently, they also serve as the U.S. distributor for television and/or movie product released by The BBC and the National Geographic Society. Image File history File linksMetadata Warnerhomevideo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Warnerhomevideo. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... Warner Bros. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Time Warner. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ... Time Warner Inc. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Flag of the National Geographic Society The National Geographic Society, is a not-for-profit scientific organization based in the United States. ...


Some early releases were notable for being time-compressed in order to save tape time and money and to compensate for long-playing cassettes being unavailable in the early days of home video. One example was the 1979 release of Superman: The Movie in which the film was released in a 127-minute format, compared to its 143-minute theatrical release. Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, Superman Superman, also known as Superman: The Movie, is a 1978 Warner Bros. ...


Warner Bros. began to branch out into the videodisc market, licensing titles to MCA DiscoVision and RCA's SelectaVision videodisc formats, allowing both companies to market and distribute the films under their labels. By 1985, Warner was releasing material under their own label in both formats. Pioneers LaserDisc Logo The Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... The Hobbit CED SelectaVision was originally the name for a video playback system developed by RCA using specialized Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) media, in which video and audio could be played back on a TV using a special analog needle and high-density groove system similar to phonograph records. ... Videodisc (or video disc) is a general term for a laser- or stylus-readable random-access circular disc that contains both audio and video signals recorded in an analog form. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Warner also experimented with the "rental-only" market for videos, a method also used by 20th Century Fox for their first release of Star Wars in 1982. Two known films released in this manner were Superman II and Excalibur. Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the revamped original Star Wars Trilogy. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Superman II is the 1980 sequel to the 1978 feature film Superman. ... How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water. ...


In 1997, Warner Home Video was one of the first major American distributors for the new DVD format, by releasing Twister on DVD. Warner executive Warren Lieberfarb is often seen as "the father of DVD". 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Twister is a 1996 disaster film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as storm chasers researching tornadoes. ...


In the UK, WHV distributes the DVD releases of Icon Entertainment.


In 2006, WHV announced they would enter the market of releasing original direct-to-video films, a market that has proven lucrative for studios over the past few years, and which has for the most part been dominated by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. They announced much of their output would be sequels to films that had done well at the box office theatrically, but wouldn't be expected to do well if a sequel were to be made. The first sequel (or prequel) is The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video, DVD, and UMD distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. ...


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