1997 in home video

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The following events occurred in the year 1997 in home video.

Industry milestones

January

  • January – RCA announces two DVD players during the CES.[1]

March

May

  • May – The "DVD Consortium" is replaced by the DVD Forum, open to all other companies.[3]

August

Notes

Movie releases

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

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Studio Notes
January 8 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Disney 60th anniversary
VHS re-release
January 14 Phenomenon Touchstone VHS release
January 15 Munster, Go Home! Gaiam VHS release
January 21 D3: The Mighty Ducks Disney VHS release
January 24 Cheetah Disney 80th anniversary
VHS re-release
January 28 The Fan Columbia/TriStar VHS release
The Trigger Effect Universal VHS release
February 4 Bambi Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
55th anniversary
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified, though it's the only one that has the Digitally Mastered variant
It has a documentary called Bambi: The Magic Behind the Masterpiece
The Parent Trap VHS release
part of the Hayley Mills Collection
That Darn Cat!
Pollyanna
February 11 First Kid VHS release
Samson and Delilah VHS release
Fly Away Home Columbia TriStar VHS release
February 18 The Thief and the Cobbler Miramax VHS release
The NeverEnding Story III Miramax VHS release
February 25 Harriet the Spy Paramount VHS release
March 4 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea VHS release
part of the Fantastic Adventures Series
Swiss Family Robinson
Treasure Island
Kidnapped
March 11 Space Jam Warner Bros. Pictures VHS release
March 18 The Great Locomotive Chase Disney VHS re-release
Westward Ho, the Wagons! Disney VHS re-release
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar Disney VHS re-release
The World's Greatest Athlete Disney VHS re-release
Flight of the Navigator Disney VHS re-release
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Disney VHS release
direct-to-video
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Disney VHS re-release
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Disney VHS re-release
The First Wives Club Paramount VHS release
It Takes Two Warner Bros. VHS re-release
March 26 A Time to Kill Warner Bros. DVD release
Blade Runner Warner Bros. DVD release
Eraser Warner Bros. DVD release
Goodfellas Warner Bros. DVD release
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Warner Bros. DVD release
The Road Warrior Warner Bros. DVD release
Se7en New Line DVD release
The Bridges of Madison County Warner Bros. DVD release
The Fugitive Warner Bros. DVD release
The Mask New Line DVD release
The Wizard of Oz MGM DVD release
Twister Warner Bros. DVD release
Unforgiven Warner Bros. DVD release
Woodstock Warner Bros. DVD release
The Birdcage MGM DVD release
April 8 Poltergeist MGM DVD release
April 15 A Far Off Place Disney VHS re-release
101 Dalmatians Disney VHS release
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Disney VHS re-release
Emma Miramax VHS release
April 29 Larger than Life MGM VHS release
May 13 Daylight Universal VHS release
Ransom Touchstone VHS release
May 21 Batman Forever Warner Bros. DVD release
May 29 Jerry Maguire Tristar VHS release
June 3 The Canterville Ghost VHS release
The People vs. Larry Flynt Tristar VHS release
Fools Rush In Columbia VHS release
June 9 Plymouth Adventure MGM VHS release
June 10 Walk the Proud Land Universal VHS release
No Name on the Bullet Universal VHS release
The Duel at Silver Creek Universal VHS release
The Train Robbers Warner VHS release
Cahill Warner VHS release
Chisum Warner VHS release
The Cowboys Warner VHS release
Jeremiah Johnson Warner VHS release
Stagecoach Warner VHS release
June 24 Shiloh Warner VHS release
June 25 Beetlejuice Warner DVD release
July 1 Fierce Creatures Universal VHS release
July 8 Newsies Disney VHS re-release
The Jerky Boys: The Movie Touchstone VHS Release
July 15 Fun and Fancy Free Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
50th anniversary
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has a documentary called The Story Behind Fun and Fancy Free
Dumbo VHS re-release
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
The 3 Caballeros
So Dear to My Heart
The Sword in the Stone
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Robin Hood
Pete's Dragon
Shine New Line Cinema VHS release
Metro Touchstone Pictures
July 22 Bad Boys Columbia/Tristar DVD release
The Craft Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Dante's Peak Universal VHS release
Little Women Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Matilda Columbia/Tristar DVD release
The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo Columbia/Tristar VHS release
July 29 Blown Away MGM DVD release
Jungle 2 Jungle Disney VHS release
Ernest Goes to Africa Emshell VHS release
August 5 Jack Hollywood Pictures VHS release
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
direct-to-video
It has the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
That Darn Cat! VHS release
August 19 Dr. Strangelove Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Stand by Me Columbia/Tristar DVD release
A League of Their Own Columbia/Tristar DVD release
Freeway DVD release
Cats Don't Dance Warner Bros. VHS release
August 22 Batman Warner Bros. DVD release
Batman Returns Warner Bros. DVD release
Space Jam Warner Bros. Laserdisc release
August 26 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Disney part of Great American Legends Series
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Disney part of Great American Legends Series
Johnny Tremain Disney part of Great American Legends Series
The Light in the Forest Disney part of Great American Legends Series
Mary Poppins Walt Disney Pictures VHS re-release
limited edition
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It's re-release has a documentary called Mary Poppins: Practically Perfect in Every Way
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Warner Bros. DVD release
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 20th Century Fox Special Edition VHS release
September 2 Wind Runner: A Spirited Journey Warner Home Video release

DVD release

Prancer MGM VHS release
Microcosmos Miramax VHS release
First Kid Disney VHS release
Kazaam Touchstone VHS release
September 3 Absolute Power Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Arthur Warner Bros. DVD release
The Bodyguard Warner Bros. DVD release
Disclosure Warner Bros. DVD release
Executive Decision Warner Bros. DVD release
Forever Young Warner Bros. DVD release
The Glimmer Man Warner Bros. DVD release
Grumpy Old Men Warner Bros. DVD release
Jailhouse Rock MGM DVD release
JFK Warner Bros. DVD release
Lethal Weapon Warner Bros. DVD release
Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. DVD release
Mars Attacks! Warner Bros. DVD release
Michael Warner Bros. DVD release
Michael Collins Warner Bros. DVD release
Murder at 1600 Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Outbreak Warner Bros. DVD release
The Pelican Brief Warner Bros. DVD release
The Postman Always Rings Twice Warner Bros. DVD release
The Right Stuff Warner Bros. DVD release
Singin' in the Rain MGM DVD release
Sleepers Warner Bros. DVD release
Space Jam Warner Bros. DVD release
A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Bros. DVD release
Under Siege Warner Bros. DVD release
Viva Las Vegas MGM DVD release
The Witches of Eastwick Warner Bros. DVD release
The Year of Living Dangerously Warner Bros. DVD release
September 9 Awakenings Columbia Tristar DVD release
Fathers' Day Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Rosewood Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Taxi Driver Columbia Tristar DVD release
The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain Warner VHS release
McHale's Navy Universal Pictures VHS and DVD release
Casper: A Spirited Beginning Fox VHS release
direct-to-video
September 15 The Cable Guy Columbia/Tristar DVD release
September 16 Sleeping Beauty Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has a documentary called Once Upon a Dream: The Making of Sleeping Beauty
The Love Bug VHS release
part of The Love Bug Collection
Herbie Rides Again
Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
September 23 Selena Warner Bros. VHS and DVD release
Warriors of Virtue MGM VHS release
September 30 Liar Liar Universal VHS release
Volcano Fox VHS release
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Warner VHS release
October 7 Old Yeller Walt Disney Pictures VHS release
40th anniversary
part of Animal Adventure Series
THX certified
It has the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo
It has a documentary called Best Doggone Dog in The West: The Making of Old Yeller
The Shaggy Dog VHS release
part of the Comedy Favorites Series
The Shaggy D.A.
October 14 The Jungle Book VHS release
30th anniversary
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
THX certified
It has a documentary called The Jungle Book: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece
Alice in Wonderland VHS re-release
part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection
Double Team Columbia Pictures VHS and DVD release
Babes in Toyland Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer VHS release
October 21 From Hare to Eternity Warner VHS re-release
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: Superior Duck Warner VHS re-release
Anaconda Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD release
Wild America Warner Bros. VHS/DVD release
How the Toys Saved Christmas Buena Vista VHS release
October 21/22 Batman & Robin Warner Bros. VHS/DVD release
October 22 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery New Line VHS/DVD release
October 28 The Fifth Element Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD release
October 30 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Warner Bros. DVD release
November 4 The Rich Man's Wife Hollywood VHS Release
Star Trek: First Contact Paramount VHS release
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal VHS and Laserdisc release
November 11 Gone Fishin' Hollywood VHS release
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Disney direct-to-video
November 18 The Shadow Universal DVD release
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Warner Bros. VHS release
November 20 Death Wish Paramount 80th anniversary VHS re-release
November 25 Men In Black Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
December 2 George of the Jungle Disney VHS release
The Absent-Minded Professor Disney part of Comedy Favorites Series
Son of Flubber Disney part of Comedy Favorites Series
December 9 The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island Universal direct-to-video
Con Air Touchstone VHS release
My Best Friend's Wedding Columbia/Tristar VHS and DVD release
December 16 Spawn New Line Cinema VHS and DVD release
December 23 Air Bud Walt Disney Pictures VHS release

TV show releases

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 14 The Flintstones: Love Letters on the Rocks Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
I Yabba-Dabba Do! Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
The Yogi Bear Show: Love Bugged Bear Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
Yogi the Easter Bear Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show: Wedding Bell Boos! Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
January 28 Spider-Man: Revenge of the Goblins Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Dragon Flyz: Day of the Dragon Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Sky Dancers: The Sky's The Limit Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
March 18 Spider-Man: Spider Slayer Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Dragon Flyz: Son of Dread Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Sky Dancers: Broken Stone Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
March 25 This Land Is Your Land Live VHS
April 8 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off Disney VHS 3 3 episodes
April 22 Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie Live VHS
May 20 Flash Gordon: Margooned on Earth Live VHS 2 2 episodes
Bananas in Pyjamas: Treasure Hunt Polygram VHS 5 5 episodes
Bananas in Pyjamas: Pajama Party Polygram VHS 5 5 episodes
The Adventures of Batman and Robin: Batman Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
The Adventures of Batman and Robin: The Penguin Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
The Adventures of Batman and Robin: Fire and Ice Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
The Adventures of Batman and Robin: Poison Ivy Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
June 17 Spider-Man: The Insidious Six Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Dragon Flyz: The Defector Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
The Incredible Hulk: Return of the Beast Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Sky Dancers: Lonely Heart Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
July 1 Beavis and Butt-Head: The Final Judgment[4] DVD various 7 episodes
August 26 The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: A Christmas Peril / Three Ghosts and a Baby Universal VHS 7 7 episodes
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Spooky and Poil Meet the Monsters / Dead of the Class Universal VHS 7 7 episodes
September 2 Æon Flux[5] DVD 4 episodes
The Littlest Angel Live VHS
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Live VHS
Frosty the Snowman Live VHS
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Live VHS
The Little Drummer Boy Live VHS
Frosty Returns Live VHS
September 9 Spider-Man: Mutant Agenda Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Dragon Flyz: Double Dual Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
The Incredible Hulk: Raw Power Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Sky Dancers: Love Lost, Love Found Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
September 30 Beavis and Butt-Head Do Christmas[6] DVD
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Make the Connection Buena Vista VHS
The Snowman Sony Pictures VHS
Father Christmas Sony Pictures VHS
To Grandmother's House We Go Warner VHS
National Geographic Channel: Animal Holiday Warner VHS
October 21 Scooby Goes Hollywood Warner Bros. VHS
Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights Turner VHS
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: And a Mummy Too! Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Which Witch is Witch? Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Foul Play in Funland Turner VHS 4 4 episodes
Bananas in Pyjamas: It's Music Time Polygram VHS 5 5 episodes
November 4 Spider-Man: Tablet of Time Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
The Incredible Hulk: Innocent Blood Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Pinky and the Brain: Cosmic Attractions Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
Pinky and the Brain: Mice of the Jungle Warner VHS 2 2 episodes
November 11 The Best of the Andy Griffith Show[7] DVD 3 3 episodes
Dragon Flyz: Scavenger Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
Sky Dancers: Skyler vs. Skyler Telegenic VHS 4 4 episodes
November 18 Spawn[8] (HBO series) DVD 1
November 24 Treasures of the Twilight Zone[9] DVD various 3 episodes
December 16 Saturday Night Live: The Best of the Blues Brothers[10] DVD

Straight-to-video releases

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U.S./Canada
Release Date
Title Format(s)
September 16 The Rainbow Fish[11] DVD

References

  1. CED in the History of Media Technology (accessed 8 April 2011)
  2. "Discount stores are a video lover's channel of choice". Discount Store News (via findarticles.com). 10 August 1998. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. DVD Development History – Accessed 8 April 2011
  4. "Beavis and Butt-head - MTV's Beavis And Butt-Head: The Final Judgment". TV Shows on DVD. 1 July 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Aeon Flux - Aeon Flux". TV Shows on DVD. 2 September 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Beavis and Butt-head - MTV's Beavis And Butt-Head Do Christmas". TV Shows on DVD. 30 September 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The Andy Griffith Show - Best Of The Andy Griffith Show". TV Shows on DVD. 11 November 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Spawn - Volume 1". TV Shows on DVD. 18 November 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "The Twilight Zone - Treasures of the Twilight Zone". TV Shows on DVD. 24 November 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Saturday Night Live - Best Of The Blues Brothers". TV Shows on DVD. 16 December 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Rainbow Fish - Rainbow Fish, The". TV Shows on DVD. 16 September 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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