Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Subsidiary
Founded Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(1978)
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Products Home video
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast)
Parent Universal Studios
Website www.uphe.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 three 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, Pure Flix Entertainment, and HiT Entertainment releases and the Canadian video distributor for Elevation Pictures and Funimation 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.[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 July 11, 1995
Freddie the Frog (Edited version of Freddie as F.R.0.7.) September 1, 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
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
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
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
Death Race 3: Inferno January 22, 2013
Barbie and Her Sisters In A Pony Tale October 22, 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
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
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure October 2015
Jarhead 3: The Siege 2016

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

R.L. Stine[edit]

Release Date Title
September 4, 2007 The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It
September 30, 2008 Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?
September 2, 2014 Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
September 29, 2015 R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls

Universal 1440 Entertainment[edit]

Release Date Title
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption January 17, 2012
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us October 9, 2012
Dead in Tombstone October 22, 2013
Curse of Chucky October 31, 2013
Beethoven's Treasure Tail October 28, 2014
The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power January 21, 2015
The Man with the Iron Fists 2 April 14, 2015
Tremors 5: Bloodlines October 6, 2015
Kindergarten Cop 2 2016

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
February 2, 2016 The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave

List of video releases[edit]

Universal Cinema Classics[edit]

Universal Legacy Series[edit]

Universal Noir Collection[edit]

Universal Vault Series[edit]

Title Year DVD release
40 Pounds of Trouble 1962 November 20, 2009
Against All Flags 1952 August 28, 2014
All I Desire 1953 July 13, 2015
All My Sons 1948 November 21, 2014
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday 1943 June 12, 2012
An American Tragedy 1931 July 13, 2015
Angel 1937 May 27, 2014
Back to God's Country 1953 March 25, 2013
The Ballad of Josie 1967 March 28, 2011
Bates Motel 1987 October 13, 2013
Big Brown Eyes 1936 May 27, 2014
The Black Castle 1952 August 5, 2014
The Black Cat 1934 September 18, 2012
The Black Cat 1941 October 16, 2014
Black Friday 1940 September 18, 2012
The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 November 20, 2009
Blonde Venus 1932 March 28, 2011
Blue Collar 1978 November 23, 2009
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife 1938 January 18, 2011
The Brass Bottle 1964 November 18, 2009
The Bride Wore Boots 1946 July 13, 2015
The Brink's Job 1978 June 27, 2011
Buccaneer's Girl 1950 August 28, 2014
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass 1949 August 28, 2014
Captive Wild Woman 1943 October 16, 2014
The Cat and the Canary 1939 June 27, 2011
The Chalk Garden 1964 November 20, 2009
The Cheat 1931 November 21, 2014
China 1943 August 30, 2013
The Choirboys 1977 May 27, 2014
The Climax 1944 August 4, 2014
Cobra Woman 1944 September 1, 2014
Comanche Territory 1950 September 1, 2014
The Conqueror 1956 October 1, 2014
Cool as Ice 1991 July 1, 2014
Counterpoint 1968 July 1, 2014
Coupe de Ville 1990 August 4, 2014
Crackers 1984 July 1, 2014
The Crusaders 1935 March 16, 2015
Cult of the Cobra 1955 March 16, 2015
The Deadly Mantis 1957 March 16, 2015
Death of a Gunfighter 1969 September 1, 2014
Death Takes a Holiday 1934 October 1, 2014
Desire 1936 October 24, 2014
The Devil Is a Woman 1935 July 1, 2014
Double Crossbones 1951 October 24, 2014
Dragnet 1954 November 24, 2009
Eddie Macon's Run 1983 July 1, 2014
Every Day's a Holiday 1937 August 4, 2014
Fellini's Casanova 1976 November 15, 2011
Flame of Araby 1951 September 1, 2014
The Flame of New Orleans 1941 July 1, 2014
Flesh and Fantasy 1943 September 1, 2014
For Love or Money 1963 August 4, 2014
For the Defense 1930 July 1, 2014
Four Frightened People 1934 August 4, 2014
Frenchman's Creek 1944 October 24, 2014
Frontier Gal 1945 October 24, 2014
Gambit 1966 November 24, 2009
Games 1967 October 1, 2014
The General Died at Dawn 1936 October 24, 2014
Go West, Young Man 1936 March 16, 2015
Goin' to Town 1935 March 16, 2015
Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain 1995 August 4, 2014
The Golden Blade 1953 October 24, 2014
Golden Earrings 1947 July 1, 2014
The Good Fairy 1935 September 1, 2014
A Good Man in Africa 1994 August 4, 2014
The Great Impostor 1961 October 24, 2014
The Great Man's Lady 1942 August 5, 2015
Gun for a Coward 1957 August 1, 2014
Gunfight in Abilene 1967 July 1, 2014
Gypsy Wildcat 1944 October 24, 2014
Hands Across the Table 1935 August 1, 2014
Her Jungle Love 1938 March 16, 2015
Here Come the Waves 1944 September 1, 2014
High, Wide, and Handsome 1937 March 16, 2015
Horror Island 1941 March 16, 2015
Hot Saturday 1932 March 16, 2015
The House of the Seven Gables 1940 January 6, 2010
I Met Him in Paris 1937 August 4, 2014
I Saw What You Did 1965 July 1, 2014
I'm No Angel 1933 March 16, 2015
If I Were King 1938 September 1, 2014
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 July 1, 2014
Internes Can't Take Money 1937 August 5, 2015
The Invisible Ray 1936 August 4, 2014
The Island 1980 July 27, 2011
It Ain't Hay 1943 January 18, 2011
It Started with Eve 1941 August 4, 2014
Jet Pilot 1957 June 12, 2012
Jungle Woman 1944 October 16, 2014
The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 September 1, 2014
Killdozer 1974 July 1, 2014
Kiss and Make-Up 1934 August 4, 2014
Kitten with a Whip 1964 September 1, 2014
Kitty 1945 August 5, 2015
Klondike Annie 1936 October 24, 2014
The Lady Gambles 1949 August 5, 2015
Lady Godiva of Coventry 1955 August 4, 2014
Lady in a Jam 1942 October 1, 2014
The Land Unknown 1957 July 1, 2014
The Last Married Couple in America 1980 July 1, 2014
The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 July 1, 2014
Leaving Normal 1992 September 1, 2014
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 November 20, 2009
Little Man, What Now? 1934 September 1, 2014
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1935 August 5, 2015
Louisiana Purchase 1941 October 24, 2014
Love Before Breakfast 1936 October 1, 2014
Love Letters 1945 March 16, 2015
Love Me Tonight 1936 August 1, 2014
A Lovely Way to Die 1968 September 1, 2014
Mad About Mambo 2000 July 1, 2014
Madame Sousatzka 1988 October 24, 2014
Maid of Salem 1937 October 1, 2014
Man in the Shadow 1957 September 1, 2014
Man of the World 1931 July 1, 2014
Man-Made Monster 1941 March 16, 2015
Mass Appeal 1984 September 1, 2014
McHale's Navy 1964 January 17, 2011
Men with Wings 1939 March 16, 2015
Merrily We Go to Hell 1932 March 16, 2015
Mississippi 1935 October 1, 2014
The Mississippi Gambler 1953 July 1, 2014
The Mole People 1956 March 16, 2015
The Monolith Monsters 1957 March 16, 2015
The Monster and the Girl 1941 August 1, 2014
The Moon's Our Home 1936 March 16, 2015
Morocco 1930 March 28, 2011
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch 1934 August 4, 2014
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 August 4, 2014
The Mystery of Edwin Drood 1935 March 16, 2015
The Mystery of Marie Roget 1942 March 16, 2015
Next Time We Love 1936 September 1, 2014
Night After Night 1932 March 16, 2015
Night Key 1937 October 1, 2014
Night Monster 1942 March 16, 2015
No Room for the Groom 1952 August 4, 2014
No Time for Love 1943 October 1, 2014
Now and Forever 1934 August 1, 2014
One Desire 1955 July 1, 2014
The Other Side of the Mountain 1975 April 25, 2011
The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 1978 July 1, 2014
Out on a Limb 1992 August 4, 2014
The Perfect Furlough 1958 August 4, 2014
Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 March 28, 2011
Peter Ibbetson 1935 August 5, 2015
The Phantom of the Opera 1962 September 1, 2014
Pittsburgh 1942 July 1, 2014
Positive I.D. 1986 September 1, 2014
The Princess Comes Across 1936 August 1, 2014
The Prisoner of Zenda 1979 October 1, 2014
The Private War of Major Benson 1955 August 5, 2015
The Public Eye 1992 August 4, 2014
Pure Luck 1991 November 20, 2009
Quantez 1957 July 1, 2014
The Questor Tapes 1974 August 4, 2014
Raid on Rommel 1971 August 4, 2014
The Raven 1935 August 4, 2014
The Red Pony 1973 July 1, 2014
The Restless Years 1958 March 16, 2015
Resurrection 1980 November 20, 2009
River Lady 1948 October 24, 2014
Rock & Read 1989 July 1, 2014
Romanoff and Juliet 1961 October 24, 2014
Rough Night in Jericho 1967 September 1, 2014
Ruggles of Red Gap 1935 September 1, 2014
Scott Joplin 1977 September 1, 2014
Secret of the Blue Room 1933 March 16, 2015
The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 September 1, 2014
The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 August 4, 2014
Seminole 1953 July 1, 2014
September 30, 1955 1977 September 1, 2014
Seven Sinners 1940 July 1, 2014
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976 June 27, 2011
The Shepherd of the Hills 1941 October 1, 2014
Shoot Out 1971 August 4, 2014
Shout 1991 September 1, 2014
Showdown 1973 July 1, 2014
Skylark 1941 October 24, 2014
The Smiling Lieutenant 1931 March 16, 2015
Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 July 15, 2011
Son of Ali Baba 1952 March 16, 2015
Spawn of the North 1938 December 22, 2009
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942 October 24, 2014
Stick 1985 December 23, 2009
The Strange Door 1951 October 1, 2014
Supernatural 1933 March 16, 2015
Tarantula 1955 June 28, 2011
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 1969 July 1, 2014
Terror in the Aisles 1984 September 1, 2014
Texas Across the River 1966 October 1, 2014
Texas Rangers Ride Again 1940 September 1, 2014
There's Always Tomorrow 1956 August 5, 2015
They Might Be Giants 1971 March 16, 2015
Thick as Thieves 1998 July 1, 2014
The Thing That Couldn't Die 1958 August 4, 2014
Thirty Day Princess 1934 October 1, 2014
This Day and Age 1933 October 1, 2014
Three-Cornered Moon 1933 August 4, 2014
Thunder Bay 1953 September 1, 2014
Tillie and Gus 1933 August 1, 2014
Tobruk 1967 July 1, 2014
Tomahawk 1951 October 1, 2014
Torch Singer 1933 August 4, 2014
Tower of London 1939 August 1, 2014
True Confession 1937 August 4, 2014
The Truth About Spring 1965 October 24, 2014
Ulzana's Raid 1972 July 1, 2014
Union Pacific 1939 March 16, 2015
Up in Central Park 1948 August 4, 2014
Variety Girl 1947 September 1, 2014
The Virginian 1946 October 1, 2014
Waikiki Wedding 1937 July 1, 2014
The War Lord 1965 November 21, 2014
Wedding Present 1936 August 4, 2014
Welcome Stranger 1947 November 15, 2011
We're Not Dressing 1934 September 1, 2014
White Woman 1933 March 16, 2015
The Wild Life 1984 July 1, 2014
Wings in the Dark 1944 August 4, 2014
Yankee Buccaneer 1953 October 24, 2014
You Gotta Stay Happy 1948 October 1, 2014
You Never Can Tell 1951 October 1, 2014

Turner Classic Movies Presented by Universal[edit]

Title Year
Artists and Models 1937
Back Street 1941
Back Street 1961
Backlash 1956
Because of Him 1946
Belle of the Nineties 1934
The Blue Dahlia 1946
Border River 1954
The Bride Comes Home 1935
Captain Lightfoot 1955
Cattle Drive 1951
Dawn at Socorro 1954
Devil and the Deep 1932
Dishonored 1931
Drums Across the River 1954
The Eagle and the Hawk 1933
Family Honeymoon 1949
Female on the Beach 1955
Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' 1948
Five Graves to Cairo 1943
For the Love of Mary 1948
A Foreign Affair 1948
The Gilded Lily 1935
The Glass Key 1942
Hollywood Story 1951
Horizons West 1952
House of Horrors 1946
The Kettles in the Ozarks
(The Further Adventures of the Kettles: Double Feature)
1956
The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
(The Further Adventures of the Kettles: Double Feature)
1957
The Last Outpost 1935
Mad About Music 1938
The Mad Doctor of Market Street 1942
The Mad Ghoul 1943
Midnight Lace 1960
Million Dollar Legs 1932
Murder, He Says 1945
Murders in the Zoo 1933
Mustang Country 1976
Phantom Lady 1944
Pillars of the Sky 1956
The Price of Fear 1956
Remember the Night 1940
Ride a Crooked Trail 1958
Ride Clear of Diablo 1954
Saskatchewan 1954
Shanghai Express 1932
Sierra 1950
The Song of Songs 1933
Souls at Sea 1937
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx 1942
The Tarnished Angels 1957
Taza, Son of Cochise 1954
That Certain Age 1938
This Is the Night 1932
Three Smart Girls Grow Up 1939
Thunder on the Hill 1951
Undertow 1949
The Unguarded Moment 1956
Woman in Hiding 1949
You and Me 1938

HiT Entertainment[edit]

Funimation[edit]

Nine Network[edit]

ABC Music[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]