Pre Magnetic Video Commercial VHS Releases?

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Pre Magnetic Video Commercial VHS Releases?

So alot of talk has been made that Magnetic Video Corporation was the first "large" commercial distributor to do lots of movies at once.  I've seen some of their releases are as early as 1978 or 1979.

From what I've learned from history, VHS was a format introduced in the United States in 1977, that leaves a gap of a few years for other fly by night companies to produce some stuff, but I've heard of nothing from that era but porn.

Was there anything before Magnetic Video?  Does anyone remember seeing VHS on the shelves before them?

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Also debuting in 1977 was Allied Artists Video. They released their own theatrical films. While Magnetic later struck a deal with Allied Artists to distribute their films , none of the Allied Artists Video that were released through them made it to Magnetic. Many went to Fox VHS labels CBS/FOX (The Man Who Would Be King,The Wild Geese, The Betsy, Papillion). Key Video (Last Summer, Billy Budd, Attack of the 50 Ft Woman), Public Domain(Alice Sweet Alice, Romance of a Horse Thief, Gold, The Next Man). Warner Bros (A Man and A Woman, The Betsy, Man Who Would Be King) or thru Allied Artists Classics (Story of O, Conduct Unbecoming). some are so rare they  never made it to any other label for 40 years (Welcome to Arrow Beach

 

Media came a year later

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Thanks for the input!  So basically Magnetic was the first and only is what you are saying.

I've heard rumors there was some Korean film released in 1977, plus Deep Throat, but I've never seen physical copies of either, in this database or anywhere else.

It seems that anything on the VHS format is pretty rare pre 1980, Beta had most of the market share in the 1970s, but what would change within a few years...