1979

From Home Video

Events[edit]

  • May: Fotomat begins signing with Paramount to rent and sell 43 feature films on videocassette.
  • June:
    • Time-Life Video was established to rent videocassettes.
    • VidAmerica sets up operations.
  • September: The Laurel Group announces its exclusive claim as the sole licensor for official releases of public domain feature Night of the Living Dead; except for pre-existing licenses from original U.S. theatrical distributor The Walter Reade Organization and co-producer Image Ten, all releases from this point on are to be considered unofficial unless officially licensed by the Laurel Group, regardless of quality.
  • November: Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment starts up home video operations, with a deal at Time-Life.

VHS and Beta[edit]

January[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
And Then There Were None Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Beatles Show Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Bigfoot: Man or Beast? Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Big Land Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Captain Kidd Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Bullwinkle Show Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Chariots of the Gods Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Don't Look in the Basement Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Family Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Jack and the Beanstalk Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Overlords of the U.F.O. Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Pinocchio Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Sasquatch Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
Son of Sinbad Video Communications, Inc. United Entertainment January 1979
The Wild Geese Allied Artists Video Allied Artists Video January 12, 1979

February[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
The Sound of Music Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation February 1979

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

Title Label Marketer Distributor Released Note(s)
American Hot Wax Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
Fraternity Row Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
The Godfather Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
The Godfather Part II Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
Saturday Night Fever Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
Shane Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979
Three Days of the Condor Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video Fotomat Video May 1979

June[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
And God Created Woman Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
Foreign Correspondent Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
Go Tell the Spartans Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
HBO On Location: An Evening with Redd Foxx Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
HBO On Location: Young Comedians Jamboree Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
The Hound of the Baskervilles Allied Artists Video Allied Artists Video June 1979
The Long Voyage Home Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
The Making of Star Wars Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation June 1979
Slightly Honorable Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
Stagecoach Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
Sundown Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
Trade Winds Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979
The Woman of the Town Time-Life Video Time-Life Video June 1979

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
The Bad News Bears Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Breakfast at Tiffany's Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation September 1979
Charlotte's Web Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Chinatown Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Days of Heaven Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Death Wish Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation September 1979
The Godfather Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Godfather Part II Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Goin' South Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Harold and Maude Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
In Praise of Older Women Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation September 1979
Islands in the Stream Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
King Kong Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Lady Sings the Blues Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Little Prince Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Longest Yard Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Love Story Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Marathon Man Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Murder on the Orient Express Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Nashville Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Odd Couple Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Paper Moon Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Play It Again, Sam Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Pretty Baby Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Romeo and Juliet Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Saturday Night Fever Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Shane Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Shootist Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Sunset Boulevard Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The Ten Commandments Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
Three Days of the Condor Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
True Grit Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979
The War of the Worlds Paramount Home Video Paramount Home Video September 1979

October[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
Conversation Piece Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Drum Beat Fotomat Video Fotomat Video October 1979
The Poseidon Adventure Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Serpico Paramount Home Video Fotomat Video October 1979
The Servant EMI Videogram Fotomat Video October 1979
Sympathy for the Devil Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Watch Your Step: Program I Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Watch Your Step: Program II Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979
Watch Your Step: Program III Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation October 1979

November[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
1980 Preview Tape Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Anderson Tapes Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Assault on Precinct 13 Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Blue Max Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation November 1979
Born Free Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Born Yesterday Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
A Boy and His Dog Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Breakout Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Bye Bye Birdie Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Cocaine Cowboys Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Day Time Ended Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Deep Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
End of the World Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Fun with Dick and Jane Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Fyre Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Gilda Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Halloween Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Harder They Fall Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Harry and Walter Go to New York Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Here Comes Mr. Jordan Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Laserblast Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
A Man for All Seasons Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Mysterious Island Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
The New Centurions Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Nocturna Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Planet of the Apes Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation November 1979
Shame of the Jungle Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
Shamus Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Slithis Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Taming of the Shrew Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979
Tourist Trap Media Home Entertainment Media Home Entertainment November 1979
The Towering Inferno Magnetic Video Corporation Magnetic Video Corporation November 1979
You Light Up My Life Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment Time-Life Video November 1979

December[edit]

TBD[edit]

Title Label Marketer Distributor Released Note(s)
Baseball: Fun & Games Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979
Casablanca Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979
Dark Star Video Communications Inc. Video Communications Inc. United Entertainment, Inc. 1979
Debbie Does Dallas Video Cassette X-Rated Video Cassette X-Rated Video Cassette X-Rated 1979
The Devil in Miss Jones Video Cassette X-Rated Video Cassette X-Rated Video Cassette X-Rated 1979
His Girl Friday Discount Video Tapes Discount Video Tapes Discount Video Tapes 1979
Hitler's Children The Nostalgia Merchant The Nostalgia Merchant The Nostalgia Merchant 1979
Last Tango in Paris Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979
The Outer Space Connection Video Communications Inc. Video Communications Inc. United Entertainment, Inc. 1979
Pack Up Your Troubles The Nostalgia Merchant The Nostalgia Merchant The Nostalgia Merchant 1979
Semi-Tough Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979
World Series Highlights Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979
The Year of the Great Comeback Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America Video Corporation of America 1979

Laser videodisc[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

TBD[edit]

Title Label Distributor Released Note(s)
Kidnapped MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Kids is Kids MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Looking for Mr. Goodbar MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Love Story MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
The Marcus-Nelson Murders MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
National Lampoon's Animal House MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Saturday Night Fever MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Three Days of the Condor MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979
Tom Sawyer MCA DiscoVision MCA Distributing Corporation 1979

Operating VHS and Beta duplicators[edit]