WWE Home Video

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WWE Home Video
Formerly called
  • WWF Home Video (1997-2002)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryBiography, tape library
Founded1997
HeadquartersStamford, Connecticut United States
ParentWWE
 
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WWE Home Video
Formerly called
  • WWF Home Video (1997-2002)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryBiography, tape library
Founded1997
HeadquartersStamford, Connecticut United States
ParentWWE

WWE Home Video is a video distribution and production company that distributes WWE programming. A division of WWE formed in 1997 as WWF Home Video, it replaced a similar independent company owned by Evart Enterprises, Coliseum Video,[1] which operated between 1985 and 1997.

WWE Home Video will cease operations at the end of December 31, 2014 when Warner Home Video will take over distribution of WWE titles.[2] The new deal will also see future DVD releases of the former World Championship Wrestling which both were previously owned by its parent Time Warner (although WCW sold its assets to the WWF in 2001).

History[edit]

Coliseum Video[edit]

The Coliseum Video logo.

VHS cassettes released by Coliseum generally fell into several categories:

Coliseum Video also released videos on the two World Bodybuilding Federation events.

Coliseum Video also released two non-wrestling videos: One on the New York Giants & one on Wayne Gretzky.

WWF/WWE Home Video[edit]

The logos for WWE Home Video from 1997 to 2014.

Upon the folding of Coliseum Video, videos that were being or had been released by Coliseum Video were re-released with new packaging and the WWF Home Video[3][4] name and logo in 1997. When the WWF became WWE in 2002, the name of the home video subsidiary changed as well. Content released by WWE Home Video[5] continues to release the same content as Coliseum did, and also releases content produced exclusively for home entertainment such as swimsuit videos and retrospectives documentaries. Content from the World Wrestling Federation's "Attitude Era" (1998–2002), however, had to be edited due to the lawsuit that caused the WWF to become WWE. All WWF "scratch" logos and references to the initials WWF had to be blurred or edited out. However, the words "World Wrestling Federation" were not edited, and the old WWF logo was not blurred. In addition, the UK exclusive WWE Tagged Classics did not have any edits or censoring of the WWF initials. Some of the early WWE home video releases were also not edited such as (The Rock Just Bring It). Some of the Videos/DVD's in question were just renamed with the WWE logo.

In 2012, the WWE and the World Wide Fund came to an agreement which allowed WWE to use the Scratch logo in past photos and videos, thus ending the blurring on 'Attitude Era' PPV's and shows.[citation needed]

In late 2012 WWE announced [6] that FremantleMedia would be handling all future WWE DVD, Blu-ray and digital releases in Europe. Their official UK website launched in January 2013 along with their initial releases - Night Of Champions 2012, Hell In A Cell 2012, Top 100 RAW Moments and The Attitude Era, all of which were issued on DVD and Blu-ray.

Expansion of the video library[edit]

With the expansion of the WWE Video Library, content has also been released from the vast library archives, including classic WWF, AWA, WCW, ECW, WCCW, and NWA content.

DVD format[edit]

Content has been released exclusively in the DVD and UMD format since mid-2005. WrestleMania XXIV is the company's first show, and the first sports related event, to be released on Blu-ray Disc, being released in stores on May 20, 2008 as a 2-disc set.

Takeover by Warner Home Video[edit]

On November 19, 2014, WWE and Warner Bros. (the former corporate sibling of WCW) announced a multi-year deal for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to distribute WWE titles in the home video market. The deal came as a result of the success the two had with Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, as well as an upcoming Flintstones crossover and a sequel to the Scooby-Doo crossover. Additionally, despite remaining top-sellers, WWE Home Video releases had been in a decline in recent years due to streaming media services such as WWE's own WWE Network. The Warner deal will take effect January 1, 2015, Retaining the WWE Home Video banner.[2]

List of Releases[edit]

The following is a complete list of WWE Home Video releases on DVD.

Superstar documentaries/Compilations[edit]

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Special documentaries/Compilations[edit]

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]