1998 in home video

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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]

April[edit]

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
Ghosts of Mississippi Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Fire Down Below Warner Bros. VHS release
Masterminds Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Hoodlum MGM VHS release
January 13 Money Talks New Line VHS and DVD release
Wishmaster Live Entertainment DVD release
Soul Food Fox VHS 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
Nothing to Lose Touchstone VHS release
The Game Polygram VHS release
January 27 Event Horizon Paramount VHS release
Kull the Conqueror Universal VHS release
February 3 Air Bud Walt Disney Pictures DVD release
Hercules VHS release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
The Barefoot Executive VHS release
part of the Kurt Russell Collection
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Strongest Man in the World
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Warner Bros. Pictures VHS release
part of Family Entertainment
G.I. Jane Hollywood Pictures VHS release
Excess Baggage Columbia/Tristar 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
Good Burger Paramount VHS release
Most Wanted New Line VHS release
February 24 Ernest in the Army Touchstone VHS release only
Mad City Warner VHS release
The Man Who Knew Too Little Warner VHS release
March 3 Peter Pan Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
45th anniversary
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has a documentary called You Can Fly!: The Making of Peter Pan
Summer Magic part of the Hayley Mills Collection
The Moon Spinners
March 10 In & Out Paramount VHS release
The Peacemaker DreamWorks VHS release
March 11 Radioland Murders Image Entertainment DVD release
March 17 That Darn Cat Disney VHS and DVD re-release
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
The Full Monty Fox VHS release
Mimic Dimension VHS release
March 20 Mary Poppins Walt Disney Pictures DVD release
March 24 Hello Kitty's Furry tale Theater MGM 2 tape-set VHS release
I Know What You Did Last Summer Columbia/Tristar VHS release
March 31 Tomorrow Never Dies Metro-Goldwyn Meyer VHS release
The Little Mermaid Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has an interview of Jodi Benson and 2 talking goldfishes, during the interview, previews were used, it has a Part of Your World music video featured during the end credits
Dumbo VHS re-release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
The Three Caballeros
So Dear to My Heart
Alice in Wonderland
The Sword in the Stone
Mary Poppins
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Robin Hood
Pete's Dragon
Slappy and the Stinkers Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Bean Polygram VHS release
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation New Line DVD release
U Turn Columbia/Tristar VHS release
April 7 Seven Years in Tibet Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Red Corner MGM VHS release
April 10 Sister My Sister A-PIX VHS release
April 14 Kiss the Girls Paramount VHS release
RocketMan Disney VHS release
L.A Confidential Warner Bros. VHS release
April 21 101 Dalmatians Disney DVD release
Flubber Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
The Apple Dumpling Gang VHS release
part of Don Knotts Collection
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
No Deposit, No Return
Gus
Cop Land Miramax VHS release
April 28 The Jerk Universal DVD release
Anastasia 20th Century Fox VHS release
The Jackal Universal VHS release
May 5 MouseHunt DreamWorks VHS release
Gattaca Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
Alien: Resurrection Fox VHS release
May 12 The Giant of Thunder Mountain Plaza VHS release
Tomorrow Never Dies MGM VHS 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
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
Firestorm Fox VHS release
Desperate Measures Columbia/Tristar VHS release
The Rainmaker Paramount VHS release
June 2 Alien Resurrection 20th Century Fox VHS and Laserdisc release
Melody Time Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
50th anniversary
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
Home Alone 3 Fox VHS and Laserdisc release
June 5 Spice World Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
June 9 A Simple Wish Universal DVD release
Scream 2 Dimension VHS release
June 16 Flubber Disney DVD release
The Mighty Kong Warner VHS release
Fallen Warner Bros. DVD release
Spice World Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Switchback Paramount VHS release
June 19 The Brotherhood Paramount 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
June 23 Grease Paramount 20th anniversary
VHS re-release
Mr. Magoo Disney VHS release
June 30 The Replacement Killers Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
Amistad DreamWorks VHS release
Half Baked Universal VHS release
The Devil's Advocate Warner Bros. DVD release
July 1 Leave It to Beaver Universal DVD release
Wag the Dog New Line VHS release
July 7 Good Will Hunting Miramax VHS release
Palmetto Warner Bros. VHS release
July 14 The Spirit of Mickey Disney VHS release only
Direct-to-video
The Return of Jafar Disney VHS re-release only
Direct-to-video
A Goofy Movie Disney VHS re-release
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Warner VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
Sphere Warner Bros. DVD release
Phantoms Dimension VHS release
Caught Up Artisan Entertainment DVD release
July 21 Krippendorf's Tribe Touchstone VHS release
Kissing a Fool Universal VHS release
Great Expectations Fox VHS release
U.S. Marshals Warner Bros. VHS release
July 28 Little Men Warner VHS release
part of Family Entertainment
Dark City New Line VHS release
Hard Rain Paramount VHS release
Chairman of the Board Trimark VHS release
August 4 The Black Cauldron Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
It used the Feature Program logo
James and the Giant Peach VHS release
Meet the Deedles
Jackie Brown Miramax VHS release
Blues Brothers 2000 Universal VHS release
The Wedding Singer New Line VHS release
August 11 Oliver! Columbia/Tristar 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
Senseless Dimension VHS release
Deep Rising Hollywood Pictures VHS release
The Big Lebowski Polygram VHS release
The Man in the Iron Mask MGM VHS release
An American Tail and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Universal Special Limited Edition 2-Pack
VHS release
August 18 Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
The Batman/Superman Movie Warner VHS release
part of Family Entertainment
The Borrowers Polygram VHS release
The Newton Boys Fox VHS release
August 25 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Disney VHS release only
Direct-to-video
Old Yeller Disney part of Animal Adventures Series
Greyfriars Bobby Disney part of Animal Adventures Series
Big Red Disney part of Animal Adventures Series
The Legend of Lobo Disney part of Animal Adventures Series
The Devil's Advocate Warner Bros. VHS release
September 1 The Haunting MGM VHS release
Barney's Great Adventure Polygram Films VHS release
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Dream for an Insomniac Columbia/Tristar VHS 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
Dorbees - Making Decisions Gaither Studios VHS and DVD release
The Object of My Affection Fox VHS release
Primary Colors Universal VHS release
Wild Things Columbia/Tristar VHS release
September 15 Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has a sneak trailer of Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure.
Hush Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Wide Awake Miramax Films VHS release
Mercury Rising Universal Pictures VHS release
City of Angels Warner Bros. VHS release
Twilight Paramount VHS release
He Got Game Touchstone VHS release
September 22 Addams Family Reunion Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
Casper Meets Wendy 20th Century Fox VHS release
Direct-to-video
Kiki's Delivery Service Buena Vista VHS release
My Giant Warner Bros. VHS release
Nightwatch Dimension VHS release
Ride Dimension VHS release
September 29 Paulie DreamWorks VHS release
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Disney VHS release
October 1 Buffalo '66 Lionsgate DVD release
October 6 An American Tail and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Universal 2-Pack VHS release
How the Toys Saved Christmas Buena Vista VHS re-release
The Santa Clause Disney VHS re-release
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Disney VHS re-release only
Direct-to-Video
Lost in Space New Line DVD release
A Perfect Murder Warner Bros. VHS release
October 13 The Crucible 20th Century Fox VHS re-release
Jumanji Columbia/Tristar VHS re-release
Quest for Camelot Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
part of Family Entertainment
The Postman Warner Bros. VHS release
The Odd Couple II Paramount VHS release
Major League: Back to the Minors Warner Bros. VHS release
Black Dog Universal VHS release
I Got the Hook Up Dimension VHS release
The X-Files Fox VHS release
The Edge Fox VHS release
October 20 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang MGM/UA 30th anniversary
VHS re-release
part of Family Entertainment
Warren Miller: Snowriders Warren Miller VHS release
Warren Miller: Snowriders 2 Warren Miller VHS release
Species II MGM VHS release
The Big Hit Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Deep Impact Paramount VHS release
The Opposite of Sex Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Hope Floats Fox VHS 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
November 3 Deep Impact Paramount VHS and Laserdisc release
Godzilla Columbia/Tristar Remake of 1956 Japanese movie
Les Misérables Columbia/Tristar VHS release
November 10 Billboard Dad Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Warner Bros. VHS release
Direct-to-video
part of Family Entertainment
Armageddon Touchstone VHS release only
Small Soldiers DreamWorks VHS release
The Horse Whisperer Touchstone VHS release
I Went Down Artisan VHS release
November 17 Can't Hardly Wait Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Universal VHS release
Dirty Work MGM VHS release
Passion in the Desert New Line VHS release
The Land Girls Polygram VHS release
November 24 The Rescuers Walt Disney Pictures Rare VHS release
Part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
Sliding Doors Paramount VHS release
The Negotiator Warner Bros. VHS release
Dr. Dolittle Fox VHS release
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
RocketMan Disney VHS re-release only
Mr. Magoo Disney VHS re-release only
The Parent Trap Disney VHS release
The Wind in the Willows Disney VHS release
The Peacemaker DreamWorks DVD release
Small Soldiers DreamWorks VHS and DVD release
Six Days Seven Nights Touchstone VHS and DVD release
December 15 Madeline Columbia/Tristar VHS release
part of Family Collection
Spice World Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Air Bud: Golden Receiver Disney VHS release
Lethal Weapon 4 Warner Bros. VHS release
Hav Plenty Miramax VHS release
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Dimension VHS release
December 22 Summer of the Monkeys Disney VHS release
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss Trimark DVD release
Cousin Bette Fox VHS release
Blade New Line VHS release
Wrongfully Accused Warner Bros. VHS release
December 29 Sphere Warner Bros. VHS release
BASEketball Universal VHS release
Knock Off Columbia/Tristar VHS release
Mr.Jealousy Lionsgate VHS release
High Art Universal VHS release
The Avengers Warner Bros. VHS release
Why Do Fools Fall in Love Warner Bros. VHS 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 Studio Format(s) Season # Notes
January 2 Biography A&E DVD+R various 197 episodes in separate releases
February 10 Cinderella Disney VHS VHS releases
Oliver Twist Disney VHS VHS releases
March 3 The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Three Cheers for Eeyore and Rabbit (contains: "Eeyi Eeyi Eeyore" & "The 'New' Eeyore" & "Honey for a Bunny" & "Rabbit Takes a Holiday") Walt Disney Television Animation VHS 3 VHS releases
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Imagine That, Christopher Robin! (contains: "Pooh Skies" & "Oh, Bottle" & "Up, Up, and Awry") Walt Disney Television Animation VHS 3 VHS releases
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's: Ballet Party Dualstar VHS 1 VHS releases
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's: Camp Out Party Dualstar VHS 1 VHS releases
March 31 VeggieTales' Where's God When I'm S-Scared? Lyrick Studios VHS VHS releases
VeggieTales' Are You My Neighbor? Lyrick Studios VHS VHS releases
April 7 Mummies Alive! - The Legend Begins DiC Entertainment, L.P.
Northern Lights Entertainment
Mook Animation
VHS VHS releases
April 21 Stomp Out Loud HBO VHS VHS releases
Includes Special Bonus Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with the stars of Stomp Out Loud
April 28 I Yabba-Dabba Do! Hanna-Barbera Productions VHS VHS releases
part of Family Entertainment
May 19 Toothless Disney VHS VHS releases
Angels in the Endzone Disney VHS VHS releases
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon Disney VHS VHS releases
Spider-Man: Neogenic Nightmare (contains: "Blade, the Vampire Hunter" & "The Immortal Vampire" & "Shrieks of the Vulture" & "The Final Nightmare") Marvel Entertainment Group
Marvel Films Animation
VHS 2 VHS episodes
June 30 Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: "East Meets West" Parts 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 Saban Entertainment
Mirage Studios
VHS 5 5 episodes
July 28 Disney Sing Along Songs: Honor to Us All (12 Songs includes: "Honor to Us All" & "Zero To Hero" & "The Siamese Cat Song" & "Where Do I Go from Here?" & "A Guy Like You" & "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" & "We are One" & "A Little Thought" & "On the Open Road" & "I Won't Say" & "Father and Son" & "I'll Make a Man Out of You") Disney VHS VHS releases
August 11 Beavis and Butt-head: Troubled Youth (Also includes: "Citizen's Arrest" & "Substitute" & "No Service" & "Impotence" & "Speech Therapy" & "Work Is Death" & "Die, Fly, Die" & "Tainted Meat") J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. (Season 1)
Tenth Annual Industries (Season 2–7)
MTV Animation (Seasons 1–8)
Inbred Jed's Homemade Cartoons (Pilot only)
Paramount Television (Seasons 1–7)
Judgemental Films
MTV Production Development
VHS VHS release
August 25 Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting - Party at Disneyland (10 Songs includes: "It's Halloween" & "Five Little Pumpkins" & "Grim Grinning Ghosts" & "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips" & "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" & "Five Little Witches" & "Spooky scary skeletons" & "Casting My Spell" & "Trick or Treat" & "Monster Mash") Disney VHS VHS releases
Casper's Halloween Special Hanna-Barbera Productions VHS VHS releases
National Geographic Channel: Creepy Creatures Warner Bros. VHS VHS releases
VeggieTales' Rack, Shack & Benny Lyrick Studios VHS VHS releases
VeggieTales' Dave and the Giant Pickle Lyrick Studios VHS VHS releases
September 1 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Rats! / Stinkie Time Theater / Great Ghouly Governess / Hat Sick / Cancion De Olor / The Boo-Muda Triangle Amblin Television
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Jeffrey A. Montgomery Productions
VHS 3 VHS episodes
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Four Funerals and a Wedding / I Can Be Anything / Family Reunion / Free Goldie / I'd Pick Your Nose / Birthday Boos Amblin Television
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Universal Cartoon Studios
Jeffrey A. Montgomery Productions
VHS 3 VHS episodes
September 29 A Muppet Family Christmas Sony Pictures VHS VHS releases
October 6 Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (Bonus episode: "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" "The Magic Earmuffs") Walt Disney Television Animation VHS 1 VHS re-release
(Bonus episode: "Spot the Dog" "Spot's Winter Sports")
101 Dalmatians: The Series: 101 Dalmatians Christmas (contains: "A Christmas Cruella" & "Dalmatian Vacation") Jumbo Pictures
Walt Disney Television Animation
VHS 1-2 VHS releases
October 27 Ebenezer Plaza VHS VHS releases
Spider-Man: Forgotten Warriors (contains: "Six Forgotten Warriors, Chapter I" & "Six Forgotten Warriors, Chapter II: Unclaimed Legacy" & "Six Forgotten Warriors, Chapter III: Secrets of the Six" & "Six Forgotten Warriors, Chapter IV: The Six Fight Again" & "Six Forgotten Warriors, Chapter V: The Price of Heroism") Marvel Entertainment Group
Marvel Films Animation
VHS 5 VHS releases
Based on the all-new 1996 Spider-Man animated television series
November 10 The Jetsons: "A Jetson Christmas Carol" Hanna-Barbera Productions VHS 2 VHS releases
Casper's First Christmas Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Harvey Entertainment Company
VHS VHS 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. Retrieved 6 March 2008. [dead link]

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