Magnetic Video Corporation

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Magnetic Video Corporation is the birthplace of home video as we know it today.

History[edit]

The company was established in 1968 as an audio duplication facility in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan by Andre Blay. Blay was an ambitious filmmaker who had always wanted to duplicate movies on videocassette. He had a problem though: not only was the technology not advanced enough yet, the majors were skeptical because of something called analog piracy (the predecessor vice to digital piracy).

Then came Sony's Betamax, in 1975, and then JVC's VHS format, one year later. One month after VHS was introduced to the States, Blay managed to reach an agreement with 20th Century Fox, represented by their telecommunications director Steve Roberts, to distribute 50 films from the company for a down payment of between $250,000 and $500,000 plus royalties. Roberts had Fox go through and look for 50 films in their library to release on video; and all of them had to have already been broadcast on television before being released on home video. Blay also established the Video Club of America in order to sell the titles directly to consumers by mail.

That same year, George Atkinson bought one Betamax and one VHS copy of each of the first 50 movie titles from Magnetic Video that were then being sold to the public and established the Video Station rental company from a storefront in Los Angeles. He charged $50 for an "annual membership" and $100 for a "lifetime membership," which provided the opportunity to rent the videos for $10 a day. This and similar video stores were a success, and Magnetic Video took off, with Blay crossing the Atlantic to form "Magnetic Video UK" in 1978. Not long after, Magnetic Video branched into Australia, trading under "Magnetic Video Australia". In March 1979, Fox saw how successful the Magnetic Video Corporation was turning out to be, and purchased it outright; Mr. Blay remained president until late 1981, when he left to form Blay Video.

But Fox wasn't the only company Magnetic had dealings with.

In 1978, Blay acquired the rights to material released by Viacom International (including seven films featuring Elvis Presley, three films featuring Jerry Lewis, and Terrytoon cartoon compilations and sports tapes), RBC Films (specifically, their Charlie Chaplin library), and Avco Embassy Pictures Corporation.

Distribution of films from Brut Productions, Bill Burrud Productions, and Pathé followed in 1979.

ABC Video Enterprises, ITC Entertainment, and the American Film Theatre joined Magnetic in 1980, and so did United Artists Corporation (including films that were originally distributed by Warner Bros.) in 1981.

in January 1982, after Andre Blay left the company to form Blay Video (which would, ironically, become Embassy's home video division), Magnetic received a new name: Twentieth Century-Fox Video. Since then, they have taken on the names CBS/Fox Video (during that era, they also utilized the sublabels Key Video and Playhouse Video) and FoxVideo (utilizing the FoxVideo name for Fox movies, while CBS/Fox was relegated to BBC Video and other miscellaneous titles), before settling on their current name, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, in 1998.

During the company's final year, they also had a short-lived sports division called "Magnetic Video Sports", and a short-lived LaserDisc division. There were also international branches in the UK, the South Pacific, and Australia. Magnetic Video was also a duplicator for early tapes released by Paramount Home Video and MCA Videocassette, Inc.

In the United States alone, over 400 different releases were produced by Magnetic Video Corporation over the course of 5 years from 1977 to 1982.

Distributed libraries[edit]

  • 20th Century Fox
  • ABC Video Enterprises
  • American Film Theatre
  • AVCO Embassy Picture Corporation
  • Bill Burrud Productions
  • Brut Productions
  • ITC Entertainment
  • New Line Cinema
  • Pathé
  • RBC Films (Charles Chaplin library)
  • United Artists Corporation
  • Viacom International

Library[edit]

Fall 1977 (The first 50 titles)[edit]

The earliest prints of Magnetic Video releases lacked an F.B.I. Warning bumper. Instead, the tapes would typically cut to the Magnetic Video logo, followed by the film itself. The front covers were black/white slipcases, and featured a photo of a scene from the film. In early 1980, they were changed to have the title above the photo. The original back cover catalog listed all the 50 films from Fox, from Hello, Dolly! to A Farewell to Arms (Fall 1977). Also, in these days, the balance between tapes on two-tape releases was more equal, or else the ratio between program and blank tape was greater on the second tape. The original 1977 printings had their tapes manufactured in, and imported from, Japan.

20th Century Fox[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1001 Hello, Dolly! USA 1969 148 min 35mm general release version G Todd AO 2 During the restaurant scene Color November 1977
  • The entire film is presented unsqueezed.
  • Original 1968 MPAA rating card intact at the start.
  • On the original 1977 pressing, the second tape started with the final minute of the first tape for some reason. This error was corrected in the 1978 reissue.
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.
1002 Fantastic Voyage USA 1966 100 min Standard version PG CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • On the original 1977 pressing, the start of the Magnetic Video jingle is mistakenly played back midway through the Fox fanfare.
1003 Von Ryan's Express USA 1965 117 min Standard version PG Panavision (some scenes filmed in CinemaScope) 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • In print with CBS/Fox labels as late as 1985.
1004 The King and I USA 1956 133 min CinemaScope 55 version G CinemaScope 55 2 Just after fading to black after the line "So do I, oh, so do I!" (Version #2) Color November 1977
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming two-tape stereo reissue.
1005 Patton USA 1970 170 min 35mm general release version PG Dimension 150 2 Just after the line "Give me a swift kick in the ass." (original)
After the slapping scene (reprint)
Color November 1977
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming two-tape stereo reissue.
1006 The Hustler USA 1961 135 min Standard version PG CinemaScope 2 TBD Black and white November 1977
  • The entire film is presented unsqueezed.
1007 The Agony and the Ecstasy USA 1965 140 min 35mm general release version PG Todd AO 2 TBD Color November 1977 TBD
1008 Cleopatra Switzerland/UK/USA 1963 ?? min 35mm general release version G Todd AO 2 TBD Color November 1977
  • A different stock number is used for the longer four-hour version, which was first released by 20th Century-Fox Video in mid-1982.
1009 The French Connection USA 1971 104 min Standard version R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.
1010 The Only Game in Town USA 1970 113 min Standard version PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1968 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • Would not see another video release again, until 36 years in 2013 later by Twilight Time on Blu-Ray.
1011 The Day the Earth Stood Still USA 1951 92 min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Black and white November 1977 TBD
1012 Hombre USA 1967 111 min Standard version PG Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1013 Beneath the Planet of the Apes USA 1970 95 min Standard version G Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
1014 The Desert Fox USA 1951 87 min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white November 1977 TBD
1015 The Boston Strangler USA 1968 116 min Standard version R Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1016 Can Can USA 1960 131 min Standard version NR Todd AO 2 Right before "Come Along with Me" (original)
During the climactic courtroom scene (reprint)
Color November 1977 TBD
1017 Tora! Tora! Tora! Japan/USA 1970 144 min TBD G Panavision 2 TBD Color November 1977
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.
1018 The Detective USA 1968 114 min Standard version R Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1019 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes USA 1953 91 min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Technicolor November 1977 TBD
1020 The Bible Italy/USA 1966 174 min TBD NR Dimension 150 2 TBD Color November 1977 TBD
1021 The Longest Day USA 1962 178 min Multilingual version NR CinemaScope 2 TBD Black and white November 1977
  • For some reason, the opening titles are videotaped on this version.
1022 The Robe USA 1953 135 min TBD NR CinemaScope 2 TBD Technicolor November 1977 TBD
1023 How to Marry a Millionaire USA 1953 95 min Standard version NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Technicolor November 1977
  • Severely cropped from the original CinemaScope negative, similar to early television airings.
1024 The Grapes of Wrath USA 1940 129 min Standard version NR Academy 2 TBD Black and white November 1977 TBD
1025 Doctor Dolittle USA 1967 152 min TBD G Todd AO 2 (pre-1981)
1 (post-1981)
TBD (pre-1981)
N/A (post-1981)
Color November 1977 TBD
1026 The Panic in Needle Park USA 1971 110 min Uncut version R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
1027 The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker USA 1971 95 min TBD R TBD 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • The 20th Century-Fox logo is presented in letterbox format at a 1.66:1 aspect ratio.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • As of 2022, it remains the only film among the first 50 yet to be released on DVD or Blu-ray anywhere in the world.
1028 Vanishing Point USA 1971 99 min US theatrical version PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • 20th Century-Fox logo closer to the left of the screen.
1029 The Sand Pebbles USA 1966 195 min Standard version NR Panavision 2 TBD Color November 1977 TBD
1030 State Fair USA 1962 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1031 Bus Stop USA 1956 94 min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • The entire film is presented unsqueezed.
1032 Three Coins in the Fountain USA 1954 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Technicolor November 1977 TBD
1033 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines UK 1965 138 min US theatrical version NR Todd-AO 2 TBD Color November 1977 TBD
1034 The Song of Bernadette USA 1943 ?? min TBD NR Academy 2 TBD Black and white November 1977 TBD
1035 How to Steal a Million USA 1966 ?? min TBD NR Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1036 From the Terrace USA 1960 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1037 How Green Was My Valley USA 1941 118 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white November 1977
  • The cover of the original 1977 pressing says Part 1 while the film is only 118 minutes long. Therefore, this film was able to fit onto a single cassette.
1038 M*A*S*H USA 1970 116 min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • The original 1977 pressing used a transfer that was excessively dark and also wasn't panned and scanned right, particularly at the end, when the MPAA rating card is shown with major cutoff for one second at the start before cutting some to the right.
1039 Love is a Many Splendored Thing USA 1955 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • The opening credits are squeezed to fit the screen; however, the "The End" title isn't.
1040 Anastasia USA 1956 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1041 Boy on a Dolphin USA 1957 110 min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1042 The Hot Rock USA 1972 101 min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
1043 The Seven Year Itch USA 1955 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1044 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea USA 1961 ?? min Seven Arts television version NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1045 The Long Hot Summer USA 1958 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1046 The Paper Chase USA 1973 ?? min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977
  • Later prints incorrectly use the AVCO Embassy variant of the Magnetic Video logo.
1047 Valley of the Dolls USA 1967 ?? min TBD NR Panavision 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1048 Carmen Jones USA 1954 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Color November 1977 TBD
1049 The Razor's Edge USA 1946 ?? min TBD NR Academy 2 TBD Black and white November 1977 TBD
1050 A Farewell to Arms USA 1957 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 2 TBD Color November 1977 TBD

Spring 1978[edit]

In 1978, a red FBI Warning was added to the start of the tapes. It, and successors based upon it, would carry over to subsequent Fox video labels (it would also be used by some Embassy Home Entertainment titles after their split from Magnetic/TCF Video, and into the 1990s by Worldvision Home Video). Some back covers listed the newly-released titles from Viacom (Spring 1978) and/or the estate of Charles Chaplin (Summer 1978), others listed those plus some more Viacom titles and the first 15 from Avco-Embassy (Fall 1978A), and others listed everything from Hello, Dolly! to The Sound of Music. Around this time, newer pressings of older two-tape films started filling the first tape more.

Viacom International[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2001 Blue Hawaii
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1961 101 min TBD NR Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Film's closing Paramount logo retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2002 Fun in Acapulco
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1963 97 min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "Silent V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2003 G.I. Blues
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1960 104 min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Film's closing Paramount logo retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2004 Girls! Girls! Girls!
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1962 106 min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Pinball" logo appears at the end.
2005 King Creole
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1958 115 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • Film's opening and closing Paramount logos retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Pinball" logo appears at the end.
2006 Paradise, Hawaiian Style
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1966 91 min TBD NR Matted 1.66 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2007 Roustabout
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1964 100 min TBD NR Techniscope 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Film's closing Paramount logos retained.
2008 5 Terrytoons Cartoons featuring Adventures of Mighty Mouse
From Viacom International
USA 1978 29 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Contains the shorts Frankenstein's Cat (1942), King Tut's Tomb (1950), Little Problems (1951), Aladdin's Lamp (1943), and Happy Hallow Turkey Shoot (1968).
2009 5 Terrytoons Cartoons featuring Heckle & Jeckle
From Viacom International
USA 1978 28 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Contains the shorts The Stowaways (1949), Mighty Mouse and the Pirates (1945), Grand Prix Winner (1968), Sink or Swim (1952), and The Littlest Bully (1960)
  • 1971 Viacom Enterprises "Pinball" logo appears at the end.
2010 5 Terrytoons Cartoons featuring Deputy Dawg
From Viacom International
USA 1978 29 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Contains the shorts Space Varmint (1960), The Mysterious Package (1961), Moose on the Loose (1952), The Haunted Cat (1951), and Space Cowboy (1965).

Summer 1978[edit]

The estate of Charles Chaplin (RBC Films)[edit]

The Chaplin titles had no back catalogs; just descriptions of the films.

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
3001 The Chaplin Revue
From RBC Films
USA 1959 ?? min Edited version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3002 The Kid/ The Idle Class
From RBC Films
USA 1921 ?? min 1972 re-release version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3003 A Woman of Paris/ Sunnyside
From RBC Films
USA 1923/1919 ?? min 1976 re-release version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • RBC Films logo and warning screen retained before both programs.
3004 The Gold Rush/ Pay Day
From RBC Films
USA 1925/1922 ?? min 1942 re-release version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3005 The Circus/ A Day's Pleasure
From RBC Films
USA 1928/1919 ?? min 1968 re-release version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3006 City Lights
From RBC Films
USA 1931 ?? min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3007 Modern Times
From RBC Films
USA 1936 ?? min Standard version G Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3008 The Great Dictator
From RBC Films
USA 1940 ?? min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD
3009 Monsieur Verdoux
From RBC Films
USA 1947 ?? min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • Opening credits edited for time.
3010 Limelight
From RBC Films
USA 1952 ?? min Director's cut (approx. 4 min. shorter than the original version) G Academy 2 TBD Black and white 1978 TBD
3011 A King in New York
From RBC Films
UK 1957 ?? min 1972 US theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Black and white 1978 TBD

Radio Corporation of America[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
3901 Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks: World Heavyweight Title Fight Las Vegas—February 15, 1978
From Radio Corporation of America
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Packaged in a white box, unlike other releases of the time which came in black boxes.

Fall 1978[edit]

Viacom International[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2011 Greatest Legends of Baseball
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Bob Feller, and Joe DiMaggio.
2012 Greatest Legends of Basketball
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, and John Wooden.
2013 Greatest Legends of Football
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Otto Graham, Doak Walker, Paul Hornung, and Bobby Layne.
2014 Greatest Sports Legends, Vol. 1
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Jesse Owens, Joe Frazier, Sam Snead, and Eddie Arcaro.
2015 Greatest Sports Legends, Vol. 2
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Gordie Howe, Willie Shoemaker, Don Budge, and Roy Campanella.
2016 Greatest Sports Legends, Vol. 3
From Viacom International; under license from Marathon Entertainment, Inc. and Greatest Sports Legends, Inc.
USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Features profiles of Mark Spitz, Secretariat, Gayle Sayers, and Roger Ward.
2017 All in a Nights Work
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1961 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1978 TBD
2018 Last Train from Gun Hill
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1959 ?? min TBD NR VistaVision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Film's opening and closing Paramount logos retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2019 The Sad Sack
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1957 ?? min TBD NR VistaVision 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • Film's opening and closing Paramount logos retained.
2020 Visit to a Small Planet
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1960 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • Film's opening and closing Paramount logos retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Pinball" logo appears at the end.
2021 Don't Give Up the Ship
From Viacom International; under license from Hal B. Wallis
USA 1959 89 min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Black and white 1978
  • Film's closing Paramount logos retained.
  • 1976 Viacom Enterprises "V of Doom" logo appears at the end.
2022 Blood of the Vampire
From Viacom International
UK 1958 ?? min US theatrical version NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1978
  • First horror film ever released on VHS and Betamax.
  • Film's opening Universal International logo retained.
2023 Hells Angels on Wheels
From Viacom International
USA 1967 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1978 TBD
2024 The Days of Thrills and Laughter
From Viacom International
USA 1961 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A TBD 1978 TBD

AVCO Embassy Pictures Corp.[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
4001 Bittersweet Love
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1976 92 min TBD PG TBD 1 N/A Color 1978 TBD
4002 C.C. & Company
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1970 94 min TBD R TBD 1 N/A Color 1978 TBD
4003 Carnal Knowledge
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1971 ?? min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.
4004 The Day of the Dolphin
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1973 104 min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
4005 Deadly Hero
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1975 104 min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1978 TBD
4006 The Graduate
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1967 106 min Televised version TBD Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Preceded by Avco-Embassy Television logo; original 1960's Embassy Pictures logo absent.
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.
4007 The Lion in Winter
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK/USA 1968 ?? min TBD M Panavision 2 TBD Color 1978
  • Textual notice appears at the start in lieu of the regular Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
4008 The Loves and Times of Scaramouche
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy/West Germany/Yugoslavia 1975 92 min English language theatrical version PG Techniscope 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Film's Avco-Embassy logo removed on this release.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
4009 Lucky Luciano
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy/France 1973 ?? min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1978 TBD
4010 Permission to Kill
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK/Austria/USA 1975 96 min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1978
  • Avco-Embassy logo at the start features a synthesized fanfare.
4011 Rider on the Rain
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
France/Italy 1970 119 min English language theatrical version PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1978
  • The opening credits are presented in letterbox format at a 1.66:1 aspect ratio.
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the start.
4012 The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1976 ?? min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Color 1978 TBD
4013 Shoot
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA/Canada 1977 94 min TBD R TBD 1 N/A Technicolor 1978 TBD
4014 Soldier Blue
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1970 ?? min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Color 1978
  • Available in PG-rated and R-rated versions.
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
  • The pan-and-scan job is one of the worst on a transfer for a Magnetic Video release, and even when the image is squeezed to fit the TV screen at the start and at the end, it's horribly zoomed in.
  • The usual Avco Embassy copyright notice cuts from the MPAA screen instead of fading in from black.
4015 Summertime Killer
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Spain/Italy 1972 ?? min Edited US version; shorter than the Spanish original PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1978
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.

Winter 1979[edit]

A single title was released in mid-February 1979. In addition, virtually all titles up to this point were reissued with the back catalog listing everything from Hello, Dolly! to The Sound of Music.

20th Century Fox[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1051 The Sound of Music USA 1965 174 min TBD G Todd AO 2 TBD Color February 1979
  • The original pressing had a 1978 copyright date, and listed all of Magnetic's prior releases on the back, from Hello, Dolly! to The Sound of Music (Spring 1979).
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.

Summer 1979[edit]

The first version of the back covers for 1979 (Summer 1979) listed all the titles (except, for some reason, for Fantastic Voyage and Von Ryan's Express), plus a few from Avco-Embassy that never got released. The second (Fall 1979A) and third (Fall 1979B) versions of the back covers list different tiles (the latter including some new releases) along with "And many more...".

20th Century Fox[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1052 The Making of Star Wars USA 1977 49 min Original broadcast version NR Academy 1 N/A Color June 1979
  • Originally narrated by actor William Conrad. The 1995 version replaced Conrad's narration with that of Don LaFontaine.
  • The 20th Century Fox Television logo of the era appears at the end.
  • Later printings ended with a trailer for "The Empire Strikes Back."
  • Put on moratorium in November 1981 in anticipation of an upcoming stereo reissue.

Viacom International[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2025 The African Queen
From Viacom International; under license from Romulus Films
UK 1951 ?? min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Technicolor 1979
  • The opening credits include a reference to Trans-Lux, who reissued it in the USA in 1968. Later releases used the 1951 British print from Independent Film Distributors.

Radio Corporation of America[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
3902 Leon Spinks vs. Muhammad Ali: WBA Heavyweight Title Fight New Orleans—September 15, 1978 USA 1978 ?? min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Packaged in a white box, unlike other releases of the time which came in black boxes.

AVCO Embassy Pictures Corp.[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
4016 Rabbit Test
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1979 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Originally shot on videotape; this release uses a 16mm film transfer.
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
4017 The Old Curiosity Shop
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1975 ?? min Edited version G Panavision 1 N/A Technicolor 1979
  • Avco-Embassy logo at the start features a synthesized fanfare.
4018 The Chicken Chronicles
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1977 ?? min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4019 Diamonds
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA /Israel 1975 ?? min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4020 Hercules
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1958 ?? min 1973 English dubbed version NR Dyaliscope 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4021 Hercules Unchained
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1959 ?? min 1973 English dubbed version NR Dyaliscope 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4022 A Quiet Place to Kill
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy/Spain 1970 ?? min English dubbed version R Techniscope 1 N/A Technicolor 1979 TBD
4023 Ten Little Indians
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK/Italy/Spain/West Germany/France 1974 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4024 Interval
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1973 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4025 Stiletto
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1969 ?? min TBD R Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4026 They Call Me Trinity
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1970 ?? min English dubbed version G Cromoscope 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Preceded by Avco-Embassy Television logo.
  • Opening credits translated into English.
  • Includes a credit for Joseph Levine at the start which is omitted on most later prints.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the start.
4027 Trinity is STILL My Name
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1971 ?? min English dubbed version G Cromoscope 1 N/A Technicolor 1979 TBD
4028 Promise At Dawn
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA/France 1970 ?? min English dubbed version GP TBD 1 N/A Color 1979
  • A still version of the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo appears after an opening montage.
  • Strangely, the Magnetic Video logo at the start is not accompanied by a voiceover.
4029 A Nice Girl Like Me
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1969 ?? min TBD M TBD 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Preceded by Avco-Embassy Television logo.
4030 The Manitou
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1978 ?? min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.
4031 Boccaccio 70
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy/France 1961 ?? min International version NR Matted 1.66 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Anthology film with the following: Federico Fellini's The Temptation of Dr. Antonio, Luchino Visconti's The Job, and Vittorio De Sica's The Raffle.
  • This version is missing Act 1: Mario Monicelli's Renzo and Luciana.
4032 Darling
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1965 ?? min TBD NA TBD 1 N/A Black and white 1979 TBD
4033 Road to Salina
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA/Italy/France 1969 ?? min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
3034 Macho Callahan
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA/Mexico 1970 ?? min TBD R Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Textual notice appears at the start in lieu of the regular Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
3035 The Wacky World of Mother Goose USA/Japan 1967 ?? min TBD NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
3036 Casanova 70
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1965 ?? min English dubbed version NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
3037 Wedding in White
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Canada 1972 ?? min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
3038 Stingray
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1978 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1979 TBD
3039 Night Flight from Moscow
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
France/Italy/West Germany 1973 ?? min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4040 A Man Called Adam
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1966 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.66 1 N/A Black and white 1979 TBD
4041 Sunflower
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1970 ?? min English dubbed version G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1979
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
4042 Generation
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1969 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Technicolor 1979 TBD
4043 Dingaka
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
South Africa 1964 ?? min TBD NR CinemaScope 1 N/A Technicolor 1979 TBD
4044 Robbery
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1967 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4045 Where the Bullets Fly
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
UK 1966 ?? min US version NR TBD 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Less of the opening Parliamentary satire is intact, and the word "Biggles" is replaced by "Batman" when Seraph is talking of his excitement at visiting Secret Service headquarters.
4046 Mad Monster Party
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1967 ?? min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4047 Woman Times Seven
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1967 ?? min TBD NR Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4048 Don't Drink the Water
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1969 ?? min TBD G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979
  • No fanfare on the Avco-Embassy Pictures logo.
  • Original 1968 MPAA rating card intact at the start.
4049 Pipe Dreams
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1976 ?? min TBD PG TBD 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4050 ...All the Way, Boys
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
Italy 1972 ?? min English dubbed version PG Techniscope 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
4051 A Different Story
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1978 ?? min TBD PG Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Avco-Embassy logo removed on this release.

Brut Productions[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
5004 Whiffs
From Brut Productions
USA 1975 ?? min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Film's 20th Century-Fox logo intact at the start.
  • Original 1970 MPAA rating card intact at the end.

1979 (Unsorted)[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
2027 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring Adventures of Mighty Mouse I
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Contains the shorts He Dood It Again (1942), Pandora's Box (1943), Down With Cats (1943), The Wreck of the Hesperus (1944), and The Champion of Justice (1944).
2028 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring Adventures of Mighty Mouse II
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Contains the shorts Wolf! Wolf! (1944), The Green Line (1944), The Two Barbers (1944), The Sultan's Birthday (1944), and At the Circus (1944).
2029 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring Adventures of Mighty Mouse III
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color Fall 1979
  • Contains the shorts The Port of Missing Mice (1945), The Kilkenny Cats (1945), The Silver Streak (1945), Mighty Mouse and the Wolf (1945), and Gypsy Life (1945).
2030 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring The Best of Heckle & Jeckle I
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Contains the shorts House Busters (1952), Bulldozing the Bull (1951), Blue Plate Symphony (1954), Happy Landing (1949), and The Hitch Hikers (1947).
2031 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring The Best of Heckle & Jeckle II
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Contains the shorts The Rain Makers (1951), The Power of Thought (1949), Ten Pin Terrors (1953), Flying South (1947), and Miami Maniacs (1956).
2032 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring The Best of Heckle & Jeckle III
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1979
  • Contains the shorts Blind Date (1954), Taming the Cat (1948), Off to the Opera (1952), Dancing Shoes (1949), and Satisfied Customers (1954).
2042 5 Terrytoon Cartoons Featuring Possible Possum
From Viacom International
USA 1979 30 min TBD NR Academy 1 N/A Color Fall 1979
  • Contains the shorts Kooky Cucumbers (1965), Black and Blue Jay (1965), Hobo Hassle (1965), Southern Super Market (1965), and Don't Burro Trouble (1965).
5001 A Touch of Class
From Brut Productions
USA 1973 103 min TBD PG Panavision 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
5002 Fingers
From Brut Productions
USA 1978 90 min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD
5007 Hugo the Hippo
From Brut Productions
Hungary/USA 1975 91 min 1976 US theatrical version G Academy 1 N/A Color 1979 TBD

Winter 1980[edit]

ITC Entertainment[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
9001 The Muppet Movie
From ITC Entertainment
USA 1979 94 min TBD G Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color January 1, 1980 TBD

Spring 1980[edit]

AVCO Embassy Pictures Corp.[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
4058 The Producers
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1967 88 min TBD TBD Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color March 1980 TBD

Summer 1980[edit]

20th Century Fox[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
1090 Alien USA/UK 1979 116 min Standard version R Panavision 1 N/A Color July 1980 TBD

AVCO Embassy Pictures Corp.[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
4066 Phantasm
From AVCO Embassy Pictures
USA 1979 90 min TBD R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1980 TBD

1981[edit]

United Artists[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
4523 Raging Bull
From United Artists
USA 1980 127 min Standard version R Matted 1.85 1 N/A Black & white 1981
  • Original 1975 MPAA rating card intact at the end.

1982[edit]

Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
6125 Black Emanuelle
From Sterling Gold
Italy/Spain 1975 90 min TBD X Matted 1.85 1 N/A Color 1982
  • The last release to use the Magnetic graphic on their packaging.