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Help. What were some of the first DVDs ever released?

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#1 of 14 Kevin Porter

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Posted February 11 2002 - 07:45 PM

I'm doing a paper at school on DVDs and I need some examples of the first DVDs ever released back in 1997. Can someone help me with this one?

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#2 of 14 Richard_D_Ramirez


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Posted February 11 2002 - 08:06 PM

Don't quote me on this one, but I would venture to guess that many of the early "flippers" were among the first released. Titles such as Seven, Amadeus, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were/are flippers. You might want to check out when those titles were originally released on DVD....

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Posted February 12 2002 - 03:26 AM

i think there was 4 dvd's that were the first released in about 3 cities first, but i can't remember which 4. maybe a clint eastwood movie i think.


#4 of 14 PS Nystrom

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Posted February 12 2002 - 03:31 AM

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Posted February 12 2002 - 03:59 AM

Sleepers was one of the first to be released day and date on VHS and DVD from theaters.

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Posted February 12 2002 - 04:01 AM

Murder at 1600
Austin Powers
Batman Returns

I'll have to scan my list for others. I was a pretty early adopter of DVD so I have a lot of the releases from 1997. Pretty much focus on Warner Bros. and New Line, they were one of the first to start puting out stuff.

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#7 of 14 David Lambert

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Posted February 12 2002 - 04:02 AM

I'll save everyone some time! Kevin, check this old (last fall) thread and maybe this one, too.

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Posted February 12 2002 - 04:05 AM

Some of the original IMAX DVDs. Twister - the non-dts version, Goldeneye, The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, The Exorcist (original release, it's since had 2 more versions released), Fly Away Home

Those were all released prior to June 1997. I bought my first DVD Player -- the Toshiba 3006 -- in April of 1997.

#9 of 14 Jack Briggs

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Posted February 12 2002 - 04:06 AM

Don't forget Blade Runner. It has "early DVD" written all over it. The packaging even advertises its limited chapter-access feature as an "extra."

#10 of 14 Matthew Kiernan

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Posted February 12 2002 - 07:22 AM

The first company to release DVDs of any kind was Lumivision, with their 3 IMAX titles release (followed by another IMAX title and ANIMATION GREATS!) in February 1997. 25 Warners, New Line and MGM (this is back when Warners had a controlling stake in MGM) followed on March 25, 1997. Sony titles followed in April.
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#11 of 14 Ryan L B

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Posted February 12 2002 - 08:49 AM

The price on the first players were $499.99

Wasn't mortal kombat one also

#12 of 14 David Lambert

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Posted February 12 2002 - 01:19 PM

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#13 of 14 David Lambert

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Posted February 12 2002 - 01:23 PM

Wasn't mortal kombat one also

Yes, Ryan. WB's first week (the week after the Lumivision IMAX releases, which barely beat WB to the punch) looked like this:

Product Name Release Date
Batman (1989) 03/25/1997
Birdcage 03/25/1997
Blade Runner (Director's Cut) 03/25/1997
Bodyguard 03/25/1997
Bridges Of Madison County 03/25/1997
Color Purple 03/25/1997
Eraser 03/25/1997
Fugitive (Movie-Only Edition) 03/25/1997
Get Shorty 03/25/1997
Glimmer Man 03/25/1997
Goodfellas 03/25/1997
Mask (Special Edition/ 1994) 03/25/1997
Midnight Cowboy 03/25/1997
Mortal Kombat: The Movie 03/25/1997
Raging Bull 03/25/1997
Road Warrior 03/25/1997
Seven (Movie-Only Edition) 03/25/1997
Species 03/25/1997
Streetcar Named Desire: Director's Cut 03/25/1997
Time To Kill (1996) 03/25/1997
Unforgiven 03/25/1997
Woodstock: Director's Cut 03/25/1997

I have 5 of these... Posted Image

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#14 of 14 Chris Moreau

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Posted February 13 2002 - 03:17 AM

The first mainstream studio (Warner and MGM) releases were on March 25, 1997. On that day I bought my first six discs. They were The Exorcist, Singin' in the Rain, Blade Runner, The Wizard of Oz, Twister, and The Birdcage. A few weeks later I bought my player, a Toshiba SD3200 (I think that was the model) for $799.00! My, how things have changed.