Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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Universal Studios
Home Entertainment
Type Subsidiary
Founded Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(1972)
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Products Home video
Owners NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)
Parent Universal Studios
Website homevideo.universalstudios.com

Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video, MCA/Universal Home Video and MCA Home Video) is the home video distribution division of Universal Pictures. The company is owned by NBCUniversal, the entertainment division of Comcast.

The company was founded in 1978 as MCA DiscoVision with the Beta and VHS label MCA Videocassette, Inc. in 1980, with the release of films on Beta and VHS, including Jaws, Jaws 2, and 1941. In late 1983, both the Laserdisc sister label MCA Videodisc and the VHS/Beta label MCA Videocassette were consolidated into a single entity, MCA Home Video, alternating with the MCA Videocassette name until December 1983. In 1990, with the 75th anniversary of Universal Studios, it became MCA/Universal Home Video, alternating with the MCA Home Video name from 1990 until 1997. The company later went by various company names, including Universal Studios Home Video (1998–2005), and Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2005–present).

In 1980, they released two '50s 3-D motion pictures, Creature From the Black Lagoon and It Came From Outer Space, in anaglyphic format on Beta and VHS.

This company was the video distributor for DreamWorks titles until DreamWorks was sold to Paramount Pictures' parent company, Viacom, in 2006, at which point Paramount took over distribution. After Viacom spun off DreamWorks in 2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment was planned to resume distributing DreamWorks' movies, but this deal fell through.

In addition to DVDs, Universal was a major supporter of the HD DVD format until March 2008, when Toshiba discontinued manufacturing of HD DVD players. Since July 22, 2008, Universal released Blu-ray discs; it was the last major Hollywood movie studio to do so. The label's first Blu-ray releases were The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Scorpion King.

Universal is the US video distributor for Summit Entertainment releases (but instead shows Summit logo on all releases) and Open Road Films releases.

Internationally[edit]

In the Netherlands, Universal distributes most DVDs of films released theatrically by Independent Films, although this is now limited to catalog releases, as more recent films are now released through Warner Home Video.

It also distributes Alliance Atlantis DVD titles in Canada, most of the Republic Pictures theatrical library in the UK, and most of the Carolco Pictures library in Australia, Latin America, and several European countries (along with other StudioCanal properties). In the 1980s until the late 1990s, they also distributed tapes released by Cineplex Odeon in Canada.

Universal previously distributed its films on video internationally through CIC Video (a division of Cinema International Corporation, later United International Pictures) alongside Paramount Pictures. Following Universal's acquisition of PolyGram in 1999, PolyGram Video (which had international operations) was folded into Universal.

The international operations are a joint venture with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, a carry-over from the PolyGram days.[1]

List of direct-to-video films[edit]

Title Release Date
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure December 23, 1994
Darkman II: The Return of Durant June 11, 1995
Freddie the Frog (Edited version of Freddie as F.R.0.7.) October 3, 1995
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving December 15, 1995
Tremors 2: Aftershocks April 9, 1996
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die August 20, 1996
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists December 10, 1996
The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island December 9, 1997
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock December 15, 1998
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein September 28, 1999
K-911 December 1999
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island February 15, 2000
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster July 25, 2000
Dragonheart: A New Beginning August 8, 2000
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman August 29, 2000
Beethoven's 3rd October 31, 2000
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus October 31, 2000
The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire December 25, 2000
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection October 2, 2001
Beethoven's 4th December 24, 2001
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze December 24, 2001
Balto II: Wolf Quest February 19, 2002
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice March 26, 2002
The Skulls II April 9, 2002
On the Edge May 21, 2002
K-9: P.I. July 30, 2002
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water December 10, 2002
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure March 18, 2003 (Non-US Distribution Only)
Paper Soldiers March 18, 2003
The Unsaid May 6, 2003
Tempo June 17, 2003
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting July 15, 2003
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision September 20, 2003
Long Time Dead October 26, 2003
Beethoven's 5th December 2, 2003
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration December 2, 2003
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins January 2, 2004
Bring It On Again January 13, 2004
The Skulls III March 23, 2004
My Little Eye April 27, 2004
Van Helsing: The London Assignment May 11, 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury June 15, 2004
Balto III: Wings of Change September 30, 2004
The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses December 7, 2004
Bad Girls from Valley High March 22, 2005
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power September 27, 2005
American Pie Presents: Band Camp December 26, 2005
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit March 21, 2006
Bring It On: All or Nothing August 8, 2006
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses September 19, 2006
PollyWorld November 12, 2006
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile December 19, 2006
The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers February 27, 2007
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It September 4, 2007
Barbie as the Island Princess September 18, 2007
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends November 27, 2007
Whisper November 27, 2007
Bring It On: In It to Win It December 18, 2007
American Pie Presents: Beta House December 26, 2007
White Noise: The Light January 8, 2008
Barbie Mariposa February 26, 2008
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior August 19, 2008
Barbie & the Diamond Castle September 9, 2008
Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? September 30, 2008
Slap Shot 3: The Junior League November 10, 2008
Beethoven's Big Break December 30, 2008
Barbie Thumbelina March 17, 2009
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish September 1, 2009
Barbie and the Three Musketeers September 15, 2009
Bionicle: The Legend Reborn September 15, 2009
Wild Child November 17, 2009
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love December 22, 2009
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball January 19, 2010
Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers February 23, 2010
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! March 2, 2010
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale March 9, 2010
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale September 14, 2010
Death Race 2 January 18, 2011
The Little Engine That Could March 12, 2011
Blue Crush 2 June 7, 2011
Honey 2 June 10, 2011
Barbie: Princess Charm School September 13, 2011
Quest for Zhu September 27, 2011
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure November 8, 2011
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption January 17, 2012
Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 February 27, 2012
Columbus Circle March 6, 2012
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars July 3, 2012
Twinkle Toes July 31, 2012
Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar September 11, 2012
Rosewood Lane September 11, 2012
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us October 9, 2012
Death Race 3: Inferno January 22, 2013
An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky July 2, 2013
Barbie and Her Sisters In A Pony Tale October 22, 2013
Curse of Chucky October 31, 2013
Barbie: The Pearl Princess March 11, 2014
The Little Rascals Save the Day April 1, 2014
An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight July 22, 2014
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire August 19, 2014
Cat Run 2 August 26, 2014
Barbie and the Secret Door September 16, 2014
Beethoven's Treasure Tail October 28, 2014

List of video releases[edit]

Universal Cinema Classics[edit]

Universal Legacy Series[edit]

Universal Noir Collection[edit]

Universal Vault Series[edit]

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