Why Is Disney Halting DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Releases In Australia?

Why Is Disney Halting DVD & Blu-Ray Disc Releases In Australia? 2

While Walt Disney Pictures has released a plethora of titles on DVD and Blu-ray over the years, they’re not the only studio impacted by the decision by its parent company to stop the release of all physical media.

news.com.au also reported that all titles from 20th Century — formerly known as 20th Century Fox before Disney officially completed its $71.3 billion acquisition of the studio in March 2019 — are also done distributing DVDs and Blu-rays.

Preceding the release of films on DVD and Blu-rays in the general marketplace, of course, were VHS tapes, which became popular in the 1980s and 1990s. The DVD format made its debut in 1997, which essentially marked the beginning of the end of VHS cassettes. Among the first titles released on DVD were «Blade Runner,» Goodfellas,» and «The Wizard of Oz.» The last movie officially released on VHS came in 2006, when New Line Cinema’s 2005 film «A History of Violence» effectively marked the end of an era.

The first batch of movies released on Blu-ray – superior to DVDs in visuals and sound — happened on June 20, 2006. Ten years later, the first batch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc movies was released.

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