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During nearly two decades of existence, the DVD has been the most popular video format within digital technology worldwide. It has many capabilities that older formats do not have. The DVD format was introduced in Japan in December 1996, then in North America in March 1997, and in Europe in March 1998.

DVDs can carry parental control features, limiting access to age-appropriate content. They support anamorphic widescreen, designed for 16:9 television sets when watching a DVD with a film presented in widescreen. The aspect ratio of the film can also be 1.85:1, 2.35:1, etc., but the anamorphic feature can only extend the screen by just over 200 pixels wide, since the resolution of a typical DVD is 480i/480p.

DVDs hold a capacity of up to 4.7 (Single Layer) or 8.5 (Dual Layer) gigabytes, depending on how much capacity the film contains. Most films are stored in Dual Layer discs; if so, about halfway through the movie, a layer change occurs.

A DVD can have up to 8 audio tracks, 32 subtitle tracks, and 9 video angles. Sometimes, an audio or subtitle track can be identified as an "unknown language", usually if no dialogue is spoken or if the subtitle track is really a DVD cursor.

Beware -- DVDs do indeed have regional lockout. The region codes are listed as follows:

1 United States, Canada, U.S. territories
2 Japan, Western Europe, Middle East, South Africa
3 South Korea, Taiwan (Republic of China), Hong Kong, Southeast Asia
4 Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean, South America, Australia
5 Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia, Russia, North Korea
6 People's Republic of China

Often times, DVDs from the six major film studios may be coded for more than one region and therefore contain warning screens designed for DVD players coded for each region. If this happens, these DVDs may be RCE (Regional Coding Enhancement) protected.

Of course, the NTSC and PAL formats also do matter. NTSC is used in North America, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Latin America; all other countries (Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, etc.) use PAL. DVDs carry up to 99 titles and have selection menus, which is the reason why we get special features of films like in laserdiscs.

Audio CDs and VCDs are backwards compatible with DVD players.

Titles released on DVD

Movies

Note: The first production date of a DVD is determined by when all content on the disc was last modified. This means that all content you see in the DVD was filmed or created prior to this date.

Title First produced Release date
The Mask (Pan & Scan edition) February 16, 1997 March 25, 1997
The Mask (Letterbox Widescreen edition) February 22, 1997 March 25, 1997
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York August 3, 1999 October 5, 1999
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride September 9, 1999 November 23, 1999
The Wizard of Oz (1999 DVD) September 14, 1999 October 19, 1999
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition) - Disc 2 September 20, 1999 November 23, 1999
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition) - Disc 1 September 21, 1999 November 23, 1999
The Aristocats February 4, 2000 April 4, 2000
Pocahontas April 13, 2000 June 6, 2000
Toy Story 2 (from Ultimate Toy Box Collector's Edition) September 15, 2000 October 17, 2000
Toy Story (from Ultimate Toy Box Collector's Edition) September 19, 2000 October 17, 2000
Supplemental Features for Toy Story & Toy Story 2 September 29, 2000 October 17, 2000
The Goonies July 6, 2001 August 21, 2001
How the Grinch Stole Christmas July 9, 2001 November 20, 2001
Shrek - Disc 2 August 8, 2001 November 2, 2001
Shrek - Disc 1 August 28, 2001 November 2, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Disc 1 (Widescreen) January 9, 2002 May 28, 2002
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Disc 2 March 15, 2002 May 28, 2002
Monsters, Inc. - Disc 2 May 22, 2002 September 17, 2002
Monsters, Inc. - Disc 1 May 28, 2002 September 17, 2002
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Disc 1 January 13, 2003 April 11, 2003
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Disc 2 January 29, 2003 April 11, 2003
Spirited Away March 5, 2003 April 15, 2003
Hook (Superbit Edition) June 19, 2003 September 9, 2003
Finding Nemo - Disc 1 July 24, 2003 November 4, 2003
Finding Nemo - Disc 2 July 25, 2003 November 4, 2003
The Lion King 1½ - Disc 2 December 2, 2003 February 10, 2004
The Lion King 1½ - Disc 1 December 5, 2003 February 10, 2004
The Cat in the Hat January 6, 2004 March 16, 2004
Shrek 2 June 27, 2004 November 5, 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Disc 2 September 2, 2004 November 23, 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Disc 1 September 8, 2004 November 23, 2004
The Incredibles - Disc 2 December 4, 2004 March 15, 2005
The Incredibles - Disc 1 December 21, 2004 March 15, 2005
Ice Age (2005 re-release) December 29, 2004 February 8, 2005
The Mask (Special Edition DVD) March 31, 2005 May 17, 2005
Matilda (Special Edition) April 5, 2005 June 7, 2005
The Wizard of Oz (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) - Disc 3 August 1, 2005 October 25, 2005
The Wizard of Oz (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) - Disc 1 August 15, 2005 October 25, 2005
The Wizard of Oz (Three-Disc Collector's Edition) - Disc 2 September 6, 2005 October 25, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Disc 2 December 13, 2005 March 7, 2006
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Disc 1 December 19, 2005 March 7, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown September 1, 2006 November 21, 2006
Cars September 22, 2006 November 7, 2006
Home Alone: Family Fun Edition September 22, 2006 November 21, 2006
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Disc 1 August 2, 2007 December 11, 2007
Shrek the Third August 29, 2007 November 13, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Disc 2 September 7, 2007 December 11, 2007
The Aristocats (2008 Special Edition) December 7, 2007 February 5, 2008
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs August 13, 2009 October 27, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Disc 1 September 4, 2009 December 8, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Disc 2 October 14, 2009 December 8, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid May 7, 2010 August 3, 2010
Toy Story 3 August 16, 2010 November 2, 2010
Despicable Me September 30, 2010 December 14, 2010
Shrek Forever After October 7, 2010 December 7, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Disc 1 February 2, 2011 April 15, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Disc 2 February 23, 2011 April 15, 2011
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules April 20, 2011 June 21, 2011
The Lion King (Diamond Edition) June 18, 2011 October 4, 2011
Cars 2 August 15, 2011 November 1, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Disc 1 August 24, 2011 November 11, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Disc 2 September 22, 2011 November 11, 2011
The Aristocats (2012 Special Edition) June 8, 2012 August 21, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift September 21, 2012 December 11, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days October 2, 2012 December 18, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph January 3, 2013 March 5, 2013
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (2013 DVD) May 24, 2013 October 8, 2013
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (2013 DVD) May 29, 2013 October 8, 2013
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (2013 DVD) May 30, 2013 October 8, 2013
Monsters University August 14, 2013 October 29, 2013
Despicable Me 2 September 13, 2013 December 10, 2013
Frozen January 20, 2014 March 18, 2014
Annie January 28, 2015 March 17, 2015
The Peanuts Movie December 22, 2015 March 8, 2016
Zootopia April 8, 2016 June 7, 2016
The Angry Birds Movie June 29, 2016 August 16, 2016
Ice Age: Collision Course August 3, 2016 October 11, 2016
Finding Dory August 23, 2016 November 15, 2016
Sing January 30, 2017 March 21, 2017
Cars 3 August 21, 2017 November 7, 2017
Despicable Me 3 October 6, 2017 October 27, 2017
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) November 7, 2017 January 9, 2018


With 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles hitting stores as of 2016, DVDs are expected to decline in sales. However, they still continue to appear in many stores today.