Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Founded Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Area served
Products Home video
Owner NBCUniversal
Parent Universal Studios
Website homevideo.universalstudios.com

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment[1] (formerly Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Video, MCA/Universal Home Video, MCA Home Video, MCA Videodisc Inc. , MCA Videocassette Inc. and MCA DiscoVision Inc.) 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 (2005–2014).[1]

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. The company was also the video distributor for Summit Entertainment releases until 2014, at which point 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment took over distribution. (Fox currently distributes releases by Summit's parent company Lions Gate Entertainment) Until they formed their video division, Lions Gate Entertainment releases were distributed by UPHE with the exception of Dogma, which was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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 Open Road Films, Funimation, Picturehouse, STX Entertainment, Bleecker Street and HiT Entertainment releases and the Canadian video distributor for Elevation Pictures and Funimation releases.


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.[2]

In October 2014, Universal established global headquarters for its home video division in Los Angeles.[1]

In February 2015, Paramount Home Media Distribution signed a distribution agreement with Universal, whereby the latter will distribute the former's titles overseas, particularly the territories where Paramount holds an office. The deal began on July 1, 2015 in the UK.[3]

List of direct-to-video films[edit]

Title Release Date
Darkman II: The Return of Durant June 11, 1995
Freddie the Frog (Edited version of Freddie as F.R.0.7.) October 3, 1995
Tremors 2: Aftershocks April 9, 1996
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die August 20, 1996
K-911 December 1999
Dragonheart: A New Beginning August 8, 2000
Beethoven's 3rd October 31, 2000
The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus October 31, 2000
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection October 2, 2001
Beethoven's 4th December 24, 2001
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
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
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
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury June 15, 2004
Bad Girls from Valley High March 22, 2005
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power September 27, 2005
Hi-5: It's A Hi-5 Christmas November 7, 2005
American Pie Presents: Band Camp December 26, 2005
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 Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It September 4, 2007
Barbie as the Island Princess September 18, 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
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
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
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
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire August 19, 2014
Cat Run 2 August 26, 2014
Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave September 16, 2014
Barbie and the Secret Door September 16, 2014
Beethoven's Treasure Tail October 28, 2014
The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power January 21, 2015
Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse February 24, 2015
Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins March 3, 2015
Song of the Sea (US release) March 17, 2015
The Man with the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion April 14, 2015
Tremors 5: Bloodlines October 6, 2015
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure October 2015

American Girl[edit]

Release Date Title
July 3, 2012 An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars
July 2, 2013 An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky
July 22, 2014 An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight
June 23, 2015 An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

Universal Animation Studios[edit]

Release Date Title
December 13, 1994 The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
December 12, 1995 The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
December 10, 1996 The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists
December 9, 1997 The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
January 6, 1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus
December 15, 1998 The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock
February 15, 2000 An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
July 25, 2000 An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
August 29, 2000 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
December 25, 2000 The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire
December 24, 2001 The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze
February 19, 2002 Balto II: Wolf Quest
December 10, 2002 The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water
December 2, 2003 The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
May 11, 2004 Van Helsing: The London Assignment
September 30, 2004 Balto III: Wings of Change
December 7, 2004 The Land Before Time XI: Invasion of the Tinysauruses
March 21, 2006 The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
February 27, 2007 The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers
November 27, 2007 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
March 2, 2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
June 23, 2015 Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

List of video releases[edit]

Universal Cinema Classics[edit]

Universal Legacy Series[edit]

Universal Noir Collection[edit]

Universal Vault Series[edit]

HiT Entertainment[edit]


Nine Network[edit]

ABC Music[edit]

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