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2006 marked the end of the VHS era with the release of A History of Violence, the last VHS release for a major Hollywood movie. Major retailers were switching to DVD-only sales while tapes were being sent to discount stores.[1] This time marked the beginning of a major format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD which would be quickly won by Blu-ray.[2]

Events[edit]

The year 2006 is something of a watershed for home media technology, with VHS being phased out as Blu-ray fought to replace the presently dominant DVD format.

April[edit]

  • April 18, 2006 marked the launch of HD DVD in the US. (Discontinued)

June[edit]

  • June 20, 2006 marked the launch of Blu-ray Disc in the US.

Movie releases[edit]

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

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Notes
January 1 The Prince of Egypt DVD release
January 3 Broken Flowers VHS and DVD release
The Cave VHS and DVD release
The Gospel VHS and DVD release; final Screen Gems film released on VHS
Wedding Crashers VHS and DVD release
January 5 George of the Jungle Special Edition VHS and DVD release
January 10 The Constant Gardener VHS and DVD release; final Focus Features film released on VHS
Hustle & Flow VHS and DVD release
The Man VHS and DVD release
Red Eye VHS and DVD release
Transporter 2 DVD release
The Indian in the Cupboard Special Edition VHS and DVD release
January 17 Ghost in the Machine DVD release
Junebug VHS and DVD release
Lord of War VHS and DVD release
Two for the Money VHS and DVD release
Underclassman VHS and DVD release; final Miramax film released on VHS
January 24 The Aristocrats VHS and DVD release
Flightplan VHS and DVD release; final Touchstone Pictures film released on VHS
The Fog VHS and DVD release
Oliver Twist VHS and DVD release; final TriStar Pictures film released on VHS
Thumbsucker DVD release
Hercules Special Edition VHS and DVD release
January 31 Corpse Bride VHS and DVD release
In Her Shoes VHS and DVD release
The Legend of Zorro VHS and DVD release
Supercross VHS and DVD release
February 7 Doom VHS and DVD release; Full Screen, Unrated Full Screen & Widescreen Edition
Elizabethtown VHS and DVD release; Full Screen Edition
Just Like Heaven VHS and DVD release; Full Screen & Widescreen Edition
Waiting... VHS and DVD release
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit VHS and DVD release; Widescreen Edition; final DreamWorks Animation film released on VHS
Bambi II VHS and DVD release
February 14 Proof DVD release
Saw II VHS and DVD release; final Lionsgate film released on VHS
Zathura VHS and DVD release
February 21 Domino VHS and DVD release; Full Screen & Widescreen Edition
North Country VHS and DVD release; Full Screen & Widescreen Edition
Rent DVD release
The Weather Man VHS and DVD release
February 28 Lady and the Tramp 50th Anniversary VHS and Platinum Edition DVD release
Pride & Prejudice DVD release
Prime VHS and DVD release; Full Screen & Widescreen Edition
Walk the Line DVD release
Yours, Mine and Ours VHS and DVD release; final Paramount Pictures film released on VHS
March 6 The Legend of Zorro VHS and DVD Release; Region 2, UK
March 7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire VHS and DVD release
Howl's Moving Castle DVD release
Jarhead VHS and DVD release
March 14 Good Night, and Good Luck VHS and DVD release
A History of Violence VHS and DVD release; final New Line Cinema film released on VHS
March 20 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Region 2, UK VHS and DVD release
March 21 Capote DVD release
Chicken Little VHS and DVD release; final Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be released on VHS
Dreamer VHS and DVD release; final DreamWorks film released on VHS
In the Mix VHS and DVD release
March 28 Get Rich or Die Tryin' DVD release
Memoirs of a Geisha DVD release
King Kong DVD release and international VHS release
April 3 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Region 2, UK
April 4 Brokeback Mountain DVD release
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe VHS, PSP and DVD release
Crash DVD re-release
The Greatest Game Ever Played DVD release
April 11 Fun with Dick and Jane DVD release
An Unfinished Life DVD release
Wolf Creek Unrated Edition
June 6 The Missing Extended Cut DVD re-release
June 13 The Dolly Sisters DVD release
This Is America, Charlie Brown 2-DVD Collector's Edition
August 22 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Trick or Treason DVD release
September 26 Munster, Go Home! Part of Two-Movie Fright Fest
The Munsters' Revenge Part of Two-Movie Fright Fest
October 31 Essential Ernest Collection 2-DVD box set
December 26 True Lies DVD release

Post HD DVD debut[edit]

April 18, 2006 marks the debut of HD DVD. All of the following entries should be assumed to be DVD releases unless marked otherwise.

U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Notes
April 18 Hostel
The Last Samurai HD DVD
Mrs Henderson Presents
The Phantom of the Opera HD DVD
Serenity HD DVD
April 22 Million Dollar Baby HD DVD
April 25 Æon Flux
Apollo 13 HD DVD
Casanova
Doom HD DVD
Dr. Dolittle 3 Direct-to-video
Match Point
Shopgirl
May 2 The Family Stone
Goodfellas HD DVD
Hoodwinked!
Last Holiday
Swordfish HD DVD
May 9 Assault on Precinct 13 HD DVD
Big Momma's House 2
Cinderella Man HD DVD
Grandma's Boy
Jarhead HD DVD
Munich
Nanny McPhee
The New World
Rumor Has It… HD DVD/DVD combo
Training Day HD DVD
May 16 Duma
Full Metal Jacket HD DVD
Doogal
The Producers
The Ringer
May 22 Chicken Little Region 2, UK
Walk the Line Region 2, UK
May 23 Blazing Saddles HD DVD
BloodRayne In separate Theatrical and Unrated Editions
The Bourne Supremacy HD DVD
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
The Chronicles of Riddick HD DVD
The Fugitive HD DVD
High School Musical Encore Edition
Hollow Man 2 Direct-to-video
U-571 HD DVD
Unforgiven HD DVD
Van Helsing HD DVD
May 29 Big Momma's House 2 Region 2, UK
May 30 Date Movie
Freedomland
Smokey and the Bandit Special Edition
June 6 View From Space With Heavenly Music HD DVD
Aeon Flux
Constantine
Firewall HD DVD/DVD combo
Glory Road
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Unrated Edition
The Perfect Storm HD DVD
Running Scared
Underworld: Evolution
Dumbo Big Top Edition
June 13 16 Blocks
Aquamarine
Date Movie
Eight Below
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
The Pink Panther
The World's Fastest Indian
Million Dollar Baby Region 2, UK

Post Blu-ray debut[edit]

June 20, 2006 marks the debut of Blu-ray Disc. All of the following entries should be assumed to be VHS or DVD releases unless marked otherwise.

U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Notes
June 20 50 First Dates Blu-ray
The Fifth Element Blu-ray
The Hills Have Eyes
Hitch Blu-ray
House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Reissue
The Omen Collector's Edition
Superman: Brainiac Attacks Direct-to-video
Syriana
The Terminator Blu-ray
Underworld: Evolution Blu-ray
xXx Blu-ray
Eight Below
June 27 Failure to Launch
Madea's Family Reunion
She's the Man
Ultraviolet Blu-ray
Annapolis
Leroy & Stitch Direct-to-video
Cow Belles
July 11 Basic Instinct 2 Blu-ray
Pitch Black HD DVD
July 24 The Greatest Game Ever Played Region 2, UK
July 25 The Benchwarmers Blu-ray
The Last Waltz Blu-ray
Species Blu-ray
Final Destination 3
August 1 The Shaggy Dog
V for Vendetta Special Edition release; final Warner Bros. film to be released on VHS
August 8 Ultimate Avengers 2 Direct-to-video
Inside Man
Tromeo and Juliet 10th Anniversary Edition 2-Disc set
August 14 Scary Movie 4 Region 2, UK
August 15 Scary Movie 4 Region 1, US
RV
Hoot
The Interpreter Region 2, UK
August 22 Poseidon
Just My Luck
August 29 Take the Lead
Brother Bear 2 Direct-to-video
September 5 Shock Treatment 25th Anniversary Edition
United 93
September 12 The Wild Blu-ray
September 19 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Dinosaur Blu-ray
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Blu-ray
The Great Raid Blu-ray
Eight Below Blu-ray
September 26 Mission: Impossible III
Curious George Final Universal Pictures film to be released on VHS
The Lake House
October 3 The Little Mermaid 2-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray
X-Men: The Last Stand
Thank You for Smoking
October 10 The Fox and the Hound 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Click
Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration
October 16 Slither Region 2, UK
October 17 Over the Hedge
Gone in 60 Seconds Blu-ray
The Brothers Grimm Blu-ray
Glory Road Blu-ray
The Haunted Mansion Blu-ray
Dark Water Blu-ray
October 24 Slither HD DVD/DVD combo, US
Nacho Libre
Monster House
Mini's First Time
October 31 Keeping Up with the Steins
November 7 Cars (VHS on February 20, 2007); final Disney film released on VHS and final Pixar Animation Studios film released on VHS
Disney's Wizard's First Rule Blu-ray
Carousel 50th Anniversary Edition (also includes the 1934 film version of Liliom, the non-musical play on which Carousel is based, on the second disc)
The King and I 50th Anniversary Blu-ray
South Pacific Collector's Edition; includes both Roadshow and general release cuts
November 14 Accepted
Barnyard
November 21 Ice Age: The Meltdown
You, Me and Dupree
Enemy of the State Blu-ray
Sky High Blu-ray
Annapolis Blu-ray
The Wild Blu-ray
Goal! The Dream Begins Blu-ray
November 28 Robin Hood Most Wanted Edition Blu-ray
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Superman Returns Blu-ray
The Cheetah Girls 2
December 5 Clerks II
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Blu-ray (VHS on January 16, 2007)
The Da Vinci Code
December 12 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 4 Disc Extended Edition, Blu-ray
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The Fox and the Hound 2 Direct-to-video
Air Buddies
December 19 Lady in the Water HD DVD and Blu-ray
Invincible Blu-ray (VHS on January 16, 2007)
The Rocketeer Blu-ray
Pearl Harbor Blu-ray
Flightplan Blu-ray
Step Up
Fearless
John Tucker Must Die
The Wicker Man
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
A Scanner Darkly
Little Miss Sunshine
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile

TV show releases[edit]

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

Television.svg This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.
U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Season # Notes
January 3 1st and 10 1
1st and 10 2
Alien Nation Complete Series
All in the Family 5
Have Gun – Will Travel 3
Hunter 3
Silk Stalkings 4
January 9 The Golden Girls 3 Region 2, UK
January 10 Andromeda 5.3
Black Books 1
The Flash Complete Series
Hee Haw 5
The House of Eliott 2
Men Behaving Badly (UK) 3
Men Behaving Badly 4
Nighty Night 1
Red Dwarf 7
Rising Damp 1
Strong Medicine 1
Urban Gothic 1
Viva La Bam 4
Viva La Bam 5
January 16 Everybody Loves Raymond 3 Region 2, UK
January 17 Adventures of Superman 2
Doogie Howser, M.D. 3
Fraggle Rock Vol 5: Down In Fraggle Rock
Good Morning, World 1
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 2
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 3
Titus 3
January 24 1-800-Missing 2
Dallas 4
January 31 The A-Team 3
All American Girl 1
Archie Bunker's Place 1
Dark Shadows DVD Collection 22
Diff'rent Strokes 2
The Gastineau Girls 1
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 3
Hill Street Blues 1
Knight Rider 3
Magnum, P.I. 3
The Rat Patrol 1
MI-5 3
The X-Files 1 Reissue
The X-Files 2 Reissue
The X-Files 3 Reissue
February 6 Bewitched 2 Region 2, UK
Pimp My Ride 1 Region 2, UK
Roseanne 2 Region 2, UK
February 7 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 2
The Batman 1
Blue Collar TV 1, Volume 2
The Electric Company Volume 1
Emergency! 2
Growing Pains 1
Grounded for Life 1
The Lost World 1
The Lost World 2
Poltergeist: The Legacy 1
The Simpsons Kiss & Tell
Survivor: Pearl Islands The Complete Season
Teen Titans 1
Touched by an Angel 3, Volume 1
Wildfire 1
Wire in the Blood 3
February 13 The Dukes of Hazzard 4 Region 2, UK
February 14 The Andy Griffith Show 5
Charles in Charge 1
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 3
Gimme a Break! 1
The Golden Girls 4
Goof Troop Volume 1
Grey's Anatomy 1
Living Single 1
Quack Pack Volume 1
Significant Others Complete Series [3]
February 21 3rd Rock from the Sun 3
Action 1
The Irish R.M. 3
NYPD Blue 3
February 27 That '70s Show 3 Region 2, UK
The Tribe Series 1 & Series 2 Region 2, UK
February 28 The Adventures of Pete & Pete 3
Beast Machines: Transformers The Complete Series
C.O.P.S. Volume 1
Charmed 4
Ellen 3
NewsRadio 3
Roseanne 3
March 7 The Brady Bunch 5
The Cosby Show 2
The Flintstones 5
Hogan's Heroes 3
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour Complete Series
The White Shadow 2
Wild 'n Out 1
March 14 Columbo 4
I Dream of Jeannie 1 Region 1, US / Region 2, UK
MacGyver 5
Murder, She Wrote 3
The Simple Life 3: Interns Complete Season
Sleeper Cell 1
March 21 Batman Beyond 1 Region 1, US / Region 2, UK
Bewitched 3
Justice League 1
Justice League 1 Region 2, UK
Mind of Mencia 1 Uncensored
Over There 1
South Park 7
March 28 The Invisible Man 1
Knots Landing 1
Northern Exposure 4
Quantum Leap 4
Wonder Showzen 1
April 4 The A-Team 4
Full House 3
Knight Rider 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 4
April 10 The Dukes of Hazzard 5 Region 2, UK
April 11 The Bob Newhart Show 3

Post HD DVD debut[edit]

April 18, 2006 marks the debut of HD DVD. All of the following entries should be assumed to be DVD releases unless marked otherwise.

U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Season # Notes
April 25 American Dad! Volume 1
Reba 3
The Waltons 3
May 1 Everybody Loves Raymond 4 Region 2, UK
Murder, She Wrote 2 Region 2, UK
May 2 Dinosaurs 1 and 2
I Love Lucy 6
Kate & Allie 1
King of the Hill 6
Leave It to Beaver 2
The Nanny 2
May 9 The Andy Griffith Show 6
Everybody Loves Raymond 6
The Facts of Life 1 and 2
The Golden Girls 5
Life Goes On 1
Rescue Me 2
Scrubs 3
That '70s Show 4
Trailer Park Boys 5
The West Wing 6
May 15 Roseanne 3 Region 2, UK
May 16 The Big Valley 1
Grounded for Life 2
Hill Street Blues 2
Supernanny 1
That Girl 1
May 19 Life Goes On 1
May 22 Dallas 4 Region 2, UK
Joking Apart 1 Region 2, UK
Knight Rider 3 Region 2, UK
The Tribe Series 3 Region 2, UK
May 23 Deadwood 2
M*A*S*H 10
Redwall 2
Samurai Jack 3
Wings 1 and 2
X-Men: Evolution 3
May 30 The Dukes of Hazzard 6
Joey 1
June 6 Charmed 5
Home Improvement 4
June 13 The Boondocks 1
Cheers 8
Frasier 8
MacGyver 6
Medium 1
Walker, Texas Ranger 1

Post Blu-ray debut[edit]

June 20, 2006 marks the debut of Blu-ray Disc. All of the following entries should be assumed to be DVD releases unless marked otherwise.

U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Season # Notes
June 20 Adventures of Superman 3 & 4
Justice League 2
The King of Queens 5
Married... with Children 5
NYPD Blue 4
Superboy 1
Superman: The Animated Series Volume 3
June 26 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 3 Region 2, UK
June 27 Commander in Chief The Inaugural Edition, Part 1 (episodes 1-10)
Fear Factor 1
Monk 4
Roseanne 4
Columbo 5
July 3 Everybody Loves Raymond 5 Region 2, UK
July 4 Charlie's Angels 3
Doctor Who 1
July 10 Grey's Anatomy 1 Region 2, UK
July 11 ER 5
I Dream of Jeannie 2
July 18 Ultraman Volume 1, 3 Disc Set
The Incredible Hulk 1
SpongeBob SquarePants Karate Island Features an unaired episode
July 24 Bewitched 3 Region 2, UK
The Dukes of Hazzard 6 Region 2, UK
July 25 Animaniacs Volume 1
JAG 1
Pinky and the Brain Volume 1
Punky Brewster 3
Three's Company 7
July 31 Murder, She Wrote 3 Region 2, UK
August 1 Dallas 5
Good Times The Final Season
Hazel 1
Blue Collar TV 2
The Girls Next Door 1
August 7 Will & Grace The Final Season Region 2, UK
August 8 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 4
Prison Break 1
Xiaolin Showdown 1
Grounded for Life 3
Sealab 2021 4
The Brak Show Volume 2
The Wire 3
Beautiful People 1
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County 2
August 14 Medium 1 Region 2, UK
That '70s Show 4 Region 2, UK
August 15 The Flying Nun 2
Full House 4
Hong Kong Phooey The Complete Series
The Jeffersons 5
Magilla Gorilla The Complete Series
Surface 1
Sealab 2021 4
The Simpsons 8
3rd Rock from the Sun 5
Hogan's Heroes 4
Rome 1
Remington Steele 4 & 5
The Weird Al Show The Complete Series
August 21 The Tribe Series 4 Region 2, UK
August 22 The Bill Cosby Show 1
House 2
Invasion 1
Threshold 1
Veronica Mars 2
Conviction The Complete Series
August 29 Arrested Development 3
Darkwing Duck Volume 1, 3 Disc Set
Desperate Housewives 2
South Park 8
TaleSpin Volume 1, 3 Disc Set
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 5
Will & Grace The Final Season
The Andy Griffith Show 7
Survivor: Palau The Complete Season
September 5 Commander in Chief The Inaugural Edition, Part 2 (episodes 11-18)
The Flintstones 6
Fraggle Rock 2
The Legend of Lucy Keyes 1 Julie Delpy, Brooke Adams
Lost 2
Population 436 1 Jeremy Sisto, Charlotte Sullivan
Supernatural 1
September 12 Grey's Anatomy 2
Smallville 5
Diagnosis: Murder 1
Clarissa Explains It All 2
Roseanne 5
The Office (US) 2
A Different Show 2
Teen Titans 2
The Batman 2
September 19 Avatar: The Last Airbender 1
Gilmore Girls 6
Everybody Loves Raymond 7
The King of Queens 6
September 26 My Name Is Earl 1
Mama's Family 1
One Tree Hill 3
Whose Line Is It Anyway Season 1, Volume 1
Voltron: Defender of the Universe Volume 1
Transformers: Armada Season 1, Part 2
October 3 Medium 2
The Twilight Zone The Complete Collection
October 10 The A-Team 5
Ed, Edd n Eddy 1
Everybody Hates Chris 1
Numb3rs Season 2
Scrubs 4
Three's Company 8
October 17 Murder, She Wrote 4
Charmed 6
Starsky and Hutch 4
CSI: New York 2
That '70s Show 5
October 24 Degrassi: The Next Generation 4
MacGyver The Final Season
Wings 3
Justice League Unlimited 1
Batman Beyond 2
Bewitched 4
The O.C. 3
The Facts of Life 3
Sesame Street Old School: Volume 1 (1969–1974)
October 31 Six Feet Under The Complete Series
CSI: Miami 4
Speed Racer Volume 5
November 7 JAG 2
Beverly Hills, 90210 1
Melrose Place 1
M*A*S*H 11 and Complete Series Unconfirmed
Ultraman Volume 2
November 14 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 6
The Electric Company Vol. 2
Home Improvement 5
The Golden Girls 6
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 4
Adventures of Superman 5 & 6
Quantum Leap 5
Bonanza 1
Reba 4
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Volume 2
DuckTales Volume 2
The Gummi Bears Volume 1
November 20 The Tribe Series 5 Region 2, UK
November 21 Star Trek: The Animated Series The Complete Series
Voltron: Defender of the Universe Volume 2
Alias 5
How I Met Your Mother 1
Boston Legal 2
Seinfeld 7
November 28 ThunderCats Season 2, Volume 2
7th Heaven 3
St. Elsewhere 1
November 30 Desperate Housewives 2 Region 2, UK
December 5 The Dukes of Hazzard 7
Pinky and the Brain Volume 2
Animaniacs Volume 2
Roseanne 6
The Simpsons 9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 6
December 12 The Andy Griffith Show 8
Full House 5
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2
December 19 ER 6
Married... with Children 6

Other 2006 releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boucher, Goeff (22 December 2008). "VHS era is winding down". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 July 2014. "The last major Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was "A History of Violence" in 2006. By that point major retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart were already well on their way to evicting all the VHS tapes from their shelves ... tapes went to bargain-basement chains such as Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Family Dollar" 
  2. ^ "Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses" (Press release). Toshiba. February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Significant Others: The Complete Series". Shout! Factory. December 1, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2011.