1997 in home video

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Years: 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

Industry milestones[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – RCA announces two DVD players during the CES.[1]

March[edit]

May[edit]

  • May – The "DVD Consortium" is replaced by the DVD Forum, open to all other companies.[3]

August[edit]

Notes[edit]

Movie releases[edit]

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

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Studio Notes
January 8 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Disney 60th anniversary
VHS re-release
January 14 Phenomenon Touchstone VHS release
I Yabba-Dabba Do! Turner VHS re-release
January 15 Munster, Go Home! Gaiam VHS release
January 21 D3: The Mighty Ducks Disney VHS release
January 24 Cheetah Disney 80th anniversary
VHS re-release
January 28 The Fan Columbia TriStar VHS release
Spider-Man: Revenge of the Goblins Telegenic VHS re-release
Dragon Flyz: Day of the Dragon Telegenic VHS re-release
Sky Dancers: The Sky's The Limit Telegenic VHS re-release
The Trigger Effect VHS release
February 4 Bambi Disney 55th anniversary
part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
February 11 Samson and Delilah VHS release
Fly Away Home Columbia TriStar VHS release
February 25 Harriet the Spy Paramount VHS release
March 4 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Disney VHS release, part of Masterpiece Collection
March 18 The Great Locomotive Chase Disney VHS re-release
Westward Ho, the Wagons! Disney VHS re-release
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar Disney VHS re-release
The World's Greatest Athlete Disney VHS re-release
Flight of the Navigator Disney VHS re-release
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Disney VHS release
direct-to-video
The First Wives Club Paramount VHS release
Spider-Man: Spider Slayer Telegenic VHS re-release
Dragon Flyz: Son of Dread Telegenic VHS re-release
Sky Dancers: Broken Stone Telegenic VHS re-release
March 26 A Time to Kill Warner Bros. DVD release
Blade Runner Warner Bros. DVD release
Eraser Warner Bros. DVD release
Goodfellas Warner Bros. DVD release
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Warner Bros. DVD release
The Road Warrior Warner Bros. DVD release
Se7en New Line DVD release
The Bridges of Madison County Warner Bros. DVD release
The Fugitive Warner Bros. DVD release
The Mask New Line DVD release
The Wizard of Oz MGM DVD release
Twister Warner Bros. DVD release
Unforgiven Warner Bros. DVD release
Woodstock Warner Bros. DVD release
The Birdcage MGM DVD release
April 8 Poltergeist MGM DVD release
April 15 A Far Off Place Disney VHS re-release
101 Dalmatians Disney VHS release
Emma Miramax VHS release
May 13 Daylight Universal VHS release
Ransom Touchstone VHS release
May 21 Batman Forever Warner Bros. DVD release
May 29 Jerry Maguire Tristar VHS release
June 3 The Canterville Ghost VHS release
The People vs. Larry Flynt Tristar VHS release
Fools Rush In Columbia VHS release
June 9 Plymouth Adventure VHS release
June 17 Spider-Man: The Insidious Six Telegenic VHS re-release
Dragon Flyz: The Defector Telegenic VHS re-release
The Incredible Hulk: Return of the Beast Telegenic VHS re-release
Sky Dancers: Lonely Heart Telegenic VHS re-release
July 1 Fierce Creatures Universal VHS release
July 8 Newsies Disney VHS re-release
July 15 Fun and Fancy Free Disney VHS re-release, 50th anniversary
part of Masterpiece Collection
Shine New Line VHS release
Metro Touchstone VHS release
July 22 Bad Boys Columbia/Tristar DVD release
The Craft Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Dante's Peak Universal VHS release
Little Women Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Matilda Columbia/Tristar DVD release
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo Columbia/Tristar VHS release
July 29 Blown Away MGM DVD release
Jungle 2 Jungle Disney VHS release
Ernest Goes to Africa Emshell VHS release
August 5 Jack Hollywood VHS release
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Disney direct-to-video
That Darn Cat Disney VHS release
August 19 Dr. Strangelove Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Stand by Me Columbia/Tristar DVD release
A League of Their Own Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Freeway DVD release
Cats Don't Dance Warner Bros. VHS release
August 22 Batman Warner Bros. DVD release
Batman Returns Warner Bros. DVD release
Space Jam Warner Bros. Laserdisc release
August 26 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Disney part of Great American Legend Series
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Disney part of Great American Legend Series
Johnny Tremain Disney part of Great American Legend Series
The Light in the Forest Disney part of Great American Legend Series
Mary Poppins Disney limited edition
part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Warner Bros. DVD release
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
September 2 Wind Runner: A Spirited Journey Warner Home Video release

DVD release

Microcosmos Miramax VHS release
First Kid Disney VHS release
Kazaam Touchstone VHS release
September 3 Absolute Power Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Arthur Warner Bros. DVD release
The Bodyguard Warner Bros. DVD release
Disclosure Warner Bros. DVD release
Executive Decision Warner Bros. DVD release
Forever Young Warner Bros. DVD release
The Glimmer Man Warner Bros. DVD release
Grumpy Old Men Warner Bros. DVD release
Jailhouse Rock MGM DVD release
JFK Warner Bros. DVD release
Lethal Weapon Warner Bros. DVD release
Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. DVD release
Mars Attacks! Warner Bros. DVD release
Michael Warner Bros. DVD release
Michael Collins Warner Bros. DVD release
Murder at 1600 Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Outbreak Warner Bros. DVD release
The Pelican Brief Warner Bros. DVD release
The Postman Always Rings Twice Warner Bros. DVD release
The Right Stuff Warner Bros. DVD release
Singin' in the Rain MGM DVD release
Sleepers Warner Bros. DVD release
Space Jam Warner Bros. DVD release
A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Bros. DVD release
Under Siege Warner Bros. DVD release
Viva Las Vegas MGM DVD release
The Witches of Eastwick Warner Bros. DVD release
The Year of Living Dangerously Warner Bros. DVD release
September 9 Awakenings DVD release
Fathers' Day VHS and DVD release
Rosewood VHS and DVD release
Taxi Driver DVD release
McHale's Navy VHS and DVD release
Casper: A Spirited Beginning VHS release
direct-to-video
Spider-Man: Mutant Agenda Telegenic VHS re-release
Dragon Flyz: Double Dual Telegenic VHS re-release
The Incredible Hulk: Raw Power Telegenic VHS re-release
Sky Dancers: Love Lost, Love Found Telegenic VHS re-release
September 15 The Cable Guy Columbia/Tristar DVD release
September 16 Sleeping Beauty Disney part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
September 23 Selena Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
September 30 The Snowman Sony Pictures VHS release
Liar Liar Universal VHS release
Volcano Fox VHS release
October 7 Old Yeller 40th anniversary
part of Animal Adventure Series
VHS release
October 14 The Jungle Book 30th anniversary
part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
Double Team Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD release
October 21 Scooby Goes Hollywood Warner Bros. VHS release
Anaconda Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD release
Wild America Warner Bros. VHS/DVD release
How the Toys Saved Christmas Buena Vista VHS release
October 21/22 Batman & Robin Warner Bros. VHS/DVD release
October 22 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery New Line VHS/DVD release
October 28 The Fifth Element Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD release
October 30 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Warner Bros. DVD release
November 4 Star Trek: First Contact Paramount VHS release
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal VHS and Laserdisc release
Spider-Man: Tablet of Time Telegenic VHS re-release
The Incredible Hulk: Innocent Blood Telegenic VHS re-release
November 11 Gone Fishin' Hollywood VHS release
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Disney direct-to-video
Dragon Flyz: Scavenger Telegenic VHS re-release
Sky Dancers: Skyler vs. Skyler Telegenic VHS re-release
November 18 The Shadow Universal DVD release
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Warner Bros. VHS release
November 20 Death Wish Paramount 80th anniversary VHS re-release
November 25 Men In Black Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
December 2 George of the Jungle Disney VHS release
December 9 The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island Universal direct-to-video
Con Air Touchstone VHS release
My Best Friend's Wedding Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
December 16 Spawn New Line Cinema VHS and DVD release

TV show releases[edit]

The following television shows were released on video on the following dates:

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Format(s) Season # Notes
July 1 Beavis and Butt-Head: The Final Judgment DVD various 7 episodes
September 2 Æon Flux DVD 4 episodes
September 30 Beavis and Butt-Head Do Christmas DVD
November 11 The Best of the Andy Griffith Show DVD 3 3 episodes
November 18 Spawn (HBO series) DVD 1
November 24 Treasures of the Twilight Zone DVD various 3 episodes
December 16 Saturday Night Live: The Best of the Blues Brothers DVD

Straight-to-video releases[edit]

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Format(s)
September 16 The Rainbow Fish DVD

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