United Artists' Early VHS Releases (1980)

In late 1980, prior to the VHS/Beta/Laserdisc Magnetic Video releases and RCA CED releases, United Artists licensed 20 titles from their film library for home video release and several of them were issued in the UK on a small label called Intervision Video[1][2][3], and in the USA on another small label called VidAmerica[4]. However, they soon went out of print after UA signed the deals with Magnetic Video (later known as 20th Century-Fox Video and CBS/Fox Video, now 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) and RCA in 1981, except for a few Intervision releases, and to this day, most of Intervison's releases and all of VidAmerica's releases of the films licensed by UA never even show up on auction sites like eBay.

The following are rumored to have been released on both labels with any version of the 1967-1981 Transamerica logos.

  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Casablanca (1942; originally a Warner Bros. release.)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • Coming Home (1978; also on VidAmerica.)
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972; also on VidAmerica.)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • The Fountainhead (1949; originally a Warner Bros. release, issued on VidAmerica.)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966; film was distributed in America in 1967 by United Artists, originally released in Italy by Produzioni Europee Associati.)
  • The Great Escape (1963; a pre-Transamerica film that was also released on VidAmerica.)
  • Hair (1979; also on VidAmerica.)
  • Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  • Lenny (1974; also on VidAmerica.)
  • Network (1976; released in the U.S. by MGM, the original U.S. MGM/CBS release on videocassette and videodisc uses the MGM logo, as do all subsequent U.S. video releases, including the post-1999 releases by Warner Home Video.)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rollerball (1975)
  • Semi-Tough (1977)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959; pre-Transamerica film released on VidAmerica.)
  • West Side Story (1961; pre-Transamerica film.)
  • White Heat (1949; originally a Warner Bros. release, issued on VidAmerica.)


  1. February 19th 2013 The Forgotten Pioneers Part I: Intervision
  2. 1980 Advertising Print for the United Artists Intervision Trailer Tape (Page on the Pre-Cert Video website)
  3. October 4, 1980 Intervision Electrify the United Kingdom with 20 Top United Artists Movies - Billboard
  4. Panorama issues on American Radio History's website (look in their "home video new releases" that detail the listings of VidAmerica's UA video titles)




6 months ago
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Ok, I found this interesting too, but the thing is I found ebay listings and it got weirder. For the US releases under VidAmerica, the box,tapes,logo,art work,EVERY thing is diffrent on each one some how! I saved pictures of various ones. Though for the UK releases most have yellow stickers and hard back cases, they also have alpha-intervision on some vhs releases. By the way too......they released a TON of movies from unknown hits as alligator, to citizen kane and a usa dub of speed racer...I don't rely know what else to say about this but I guess I'll upload pics of what I found and see what tapes are the real? ones I don't know lol

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6 months ago
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What is exactly lost here? Remember, this wiki is not for lost physical products and merchandise.
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