1998 in home video

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Years: 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

1998 was nearing the end of the dominance of the VHS format with the DVD overtaking tape sales by the early 2000s.[1] The so-called format wars were almost over with Sony's Betamax format ending production at about this same time.[2] The VHS format did not die out quickly because of its recording function so many homes were adding a DVD player rather than replacing their VCRs. 1998 was a boom time for brick and mortar video rental industry.[3]

Industry milestones[edit]

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May[edit]

October[edit]

  • October - Full DVD launch in Europe.[4]

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 5 Major Payne Universal DVD release
January 6 Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Universal VHS release
Direct-to-video
January 13 Money Talks New Line VHS and DVD release
January 20 Buddy Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
Liar Liar Universal DVD release
Leave It to Beaver Universal VHS release
The Nutty Professor Universal DVD release
Timecop Universal DVD release
February 3 Air Bud Disney DVD release
Hercules Disney 35th animated feature; part of Masterpiece Collection; VHS release
February 10 Air Force One Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
February 17 Belle's Magical World Disney VHS release
Direct-to-video
February 24 Ernest in the Army Touchstone VHS release only
March 3 Peter Pan Disney 14th animated feature
45th anniversary
part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
March 11 Radioland Murders Warner Bros. DVD release
March 17 That Darn Cat Disney DVD release
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Warner Bros. Direct-to-video
March 20 Mary Poppins Disney DVD release
March 24 Hello Kitty's Furry tale Theater MGM 2 tape-set VHS release
March 31 The Little Mermaid Disney 28th animated feature
Part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
April 21 101 Dalmatians Disney DVD release
Flubber Disney VHS release
April 28 The Jerk Universal DVD release
Anastasia 20th Century Fox VHS release
May 1 Frontline: From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians PBS VHS release (4-Tape Set)
May 5 MouseHunt DreamWorks VHS release
Gattaca Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
May 19 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Disney VHS release only
Direct-to-video
Tron Disney DVD release
As Good as It Gets Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
Rocketman Disney VHS release
Little Indian, Big City Touchstone VHS release
Spider-Man: Neogenic Nightmare Telegenic VHS re-release
May 20 Starship Troopers Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
May 26 The Getaway Universal DVD release
Sea of Love Universal DVD release
Street Fighter Universal DVD release
June 2 Alien Resurrection 20th Century Fox VHS and Laserdisc release
Melody Time Disney 10th animated feature
50th anniversary
Part of Masterpiece Collection
June 5 Spice World Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
June 9 A Simple Wish Universal DVD release
The Spirit of Mickey Disney VHS release
June 16 Flubber Disney DVD release
June 19 The Brotherhood Paramount 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
June 23 Grease Paramount 20th anniversary
VHS re-release
June 30 The Replacement Killers VHS and DVD release
July 1 Leave It to Beaver Universal DVD release
August 4 The Black Cauldron Disney 25th animated classic
First time ever
Part of Masterpiece Collection
Meet the Deedles Disney VHS release
August 11 Oliver! Columbia/Tristar 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
August 18 Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
August 25 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Disney VHS release only
Direct-to-video
September 1 The Haunting MGM/UA MGM Home Entertainment release
September 5 All I Want for Christmas Paramount Special Edition
VHS re-release
Titanic Paramount
20th Century Fox
VHS release
September 8 Good Burger Paramount VHS release
September 15 Lady and the Tramp Disney 15th animated feature
Part of Masterpiece Collection
VHS re-release
Hush Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Wide Awake Miramax VHS release
September 22 Addams Family Reunion Warner Bros. Direct-to-video
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
Casper Meets Wendy 20th Century Fox VHS release
Direct-to-video
September 29 A Muppet Family Christmas Sony Pictures VHS release
Paulie DreamWorks VHS release
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Disney VHS release
October 13 The Crucible 20th Century Fox VHS re-release
Quest for Camelot Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
October 20 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang MGM/UA 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
October 27 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Disney VHS release only
Direct-to-video
Gone with the Wind MGM/UA Digitally restored picture and soundtrack
VHS re-release
Spider-Man: Forgotten Warriors Telegenic VHS re-release
November 3 Deep Impact Paramount VHS and Laserdisc release
Godzilla Columbia/Tristar Remake of 1956 Japanese movie
November 10 Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
Armageddon Touchstone VHS release only
November 17 Can't Hardly Wait VHS and DVD release
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas VHS release
November 24 The Rescuers Disney 23rd animated feature; VHS re-release
Part of Masterpiece Collection
December 1 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock Universal Direct-to-video
The Mask of Zorro Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
December 8 MouseHunt DreamWorks DVD release
Mr. Magoo Disney VHS release only
The Peacemaker DreamWorks DVD release
Small Soldiers DreamWorks VHS and DVD release
Six Days Seven Nights Touchstone VHS and DVD release
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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Format(s) Season # Notes
January 2 Biography DVD+R various 197 episodes in separate releases

Documentary home video releases[edit]

The following documentary home videos were released on the following dates:

U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Studio Notes
January 13 Anyplace Wild: Desert Hiking PBS VHS release
January 27 Morehouse Men PBS VHS release
February 10 Last Battle of Gulf War PBS VHS Release
Full Circle with Michael Palin PBS (5-Tape Set) VHS release
February 17 The Adventurers: Richard Byrd - Alone in Antarctica PBS VHS Release
The Adventurers: Neil Armstrong: Reluctant Hero PBS VHS release
Secrets of the Ocean Realm PBS (5-Tape Set) VHS release
March 3 The Art of Magic PBS VHS release
March 31 My Retirement Dreams PBS VHS Release
April 14 A Midwife Tale PBS VHS release
Mr. Miami Beach PBS VHS release
Influenza 1918 PBS VHS release
April 28 A Science Odyssey PBS VHS release
Surviving the Dust Bowl PBS VHS release
May 1 Frontline: From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians PBS VHS release (4-Tape Set)
May 5 In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great PBS VHS release (2-Tape Set)
May 19 Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships, The PBS Home Video VHS release
June 9 American Experience: Reagan PBS Home Video VHS release
Liberty! The American Revolution PBS VHS Release
July 7 In the Wild: Orangutans With Julia Roberts PBS Home Video VHS release
In The Wild - Lemurs with John Cleese PBS VHS release
In the Wild: The Elephants of India With Goldie Hawn PBS VHS release
In the Wild - In the Lion's Den with Anthony Hopkins PBS VHS release
In the Wild - Baby Animals with Whoopi Goldberg at the San Diego Zoo PBS VHS Release
August 4 The Living Edens: Manu PBS Home Video VHS release
Bhutan: The Last Shangri-La PBS Home Video VHS release
Etosha: Africa's Untamed Wilderness PBS Home Video VHS release
August 11 Nova: Wild Wolves PBS Home Video VHS release
Nova: Crocodiles PBS VHS release
September 8 Secrets of the Ocean Realm PBS (5-Disc Set) DVD release
Full Circle with Michael Palin PBS (5-Disc Set) DVD release
September 22 US Mexican War PBS Home Video VHS release (2-Tape Set)
October 6 Legendary Lighthouse PBS Home Video VHS release (3-Tape Set)
Denyce Graves - A Cathedral Christmas PBS Home Video VHS release
October 13 Nerds 2. 0. 1. PBS Home Video VHS release (3-Tape Set)
The Great War PBS VHS release
Stealing Time: the New Science of Aging PBS Home Video VHS release (3-Tape Set)
October 20 Africans in America PBS/WGBH VHS release (4-Tape Set)
November 3 A Farmer's Wife PBS Home Video VHS Release
Fat PBS Home Video VHS Release
November 10 American 1900 PBS Home Video VHS release
Frank Lloyd Wright PBS Home Video VHS release
November 17 Nova: Ice Mummies WGBH Boston Video VHS release
November 24 The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom with Suzie Orman PBS Home Video VHS release

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DVD sales top VHS sales for first time". Silicon Valley Business Journal. 9 January 2002. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "June 4, 1977: VHS Comes to America". Wired magazine. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  3. ^ Smiley, Brett (31 August 2010). "An Authoritative History Of The Movie Rental Industry". MTV. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Discount stores are a video lover's channel of choice". Discount Store News (via findarticles.com). 10 August 1998. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 
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