May 16, 2021

Is Warner Bros Phasing Out DVDs and Blu Rays?

In late April 2021, social media users distributed a report that entertainment business Warner Bros. would start phasing out DVD and Blu-ray Discs in 2022. The rumor stemmed from a Twitter post that took a Facebook exchange out of context and blew it out of percentage.

The tweet that was the source of the rumor has given that been deleted, however an archived version is still available, and presumes that Warner Bros. is eliminating all physical media in favor of digital streaming:

However even if a tweet has actually gone viral doesnt suggest the declaration it contains holds true.

The tweet was picked up by various websites that further spread out the report, like ComicBook.com, which posted the headline, “Viral Tweet Claims Warner Bros. To Phase Out DVD and Blu-ray Beginning in 2022.”

The viral tweet in concern contains screenshots from Facebook comments made by animation historian and animation manufacturer Jerry Beck, an accessory teacher of animation at Woodbury University, a personal college based in Southern California. Together with the screenshots, the tweet stated, “Get any WB DVDs/Blu Rays while you can. According to this person (who regularly works with Warner Archive, their store dvd service), Warner will start to exit that market in 2022.”

The comments from Beck included in the tweet mentioned:

” I dont work for Warner Bros., I do not know whats going on the inside,” Beck told Snopes. “I was only responding to the fact that from my viewpoint, I do not know of any other cartoon releases.”

Beck said he was reacting to a specific concern from an animation fan about whether there would be anniversary collections of Daffy Duck and Tweety animations in a Facebook thread, and the remarks above reflected his own viewpoint. He didnt intend the statement to go viral and be lifted from their initial context, or to be used as a reliable source about the future of Warner Bros. DVD and Blu-ray production, Beck informed us.

As of now, there are no strategies to commemorate Daffy or Tweetys anniversaries next year, or ever. There are no strategies for any traditional animations on DVD or Blu-ray that I know of (other than for one task we are in the middle of which may come out later on this year … or not).

It includes consists of Warner Archive and regular Warner Home Video. Next year (2022) is when this years modifications will be felt.

However in a phone interview with Snopes, Beck said these comments were taken out of context.

Beck released a follow up Facebook post to his page on April 23, also mentioning that his remarks were taken out of context:

Wow– I blew up the internet! It appears like a little response I made to an animation fan wondering if Daffy or Tweetys anniversary would be commemorated on DVD or blu-ray has actually blown up and gone viral.
First of all: anybody declaring that Warner Bros. is preparing to phase out DVD and Blu-ray start in 2022 has taken my words and blown them way out of context.
Secondly, I do not work for Warner Bros.– I occasionally work freelance as a writer or expert to their home video group. I know absolutely nothing about the inner operations of that department. A few days ago I was asked a few questions by nervous fans fretted about the future of physical media– and sadly, from my perspective, I didnt have anything new to report.
Warners IS restoring their traditional animations for HBO-Max (and to air on MeTV) and its apparent that the streaming service is where the Warner cartoon library will reside on for the time being. But, I duplicate, I do not know anything about whats going on worrying their Home Video department.
I do know that Blu-rays and dvds will continue to be produced, and that department still exists. All we can do is hope that they will continue to launch their animation shorts on physical media. Thats all I know– thats all I can state about this matter.

There are no strategies for any classic cartoons on DVD or Blu-ray that I know of (except for one project we are in the middle of which may come out later this year … or not). …
It includes both Warner Archive and regular Warner Home Video. He didnt mean the statement to go viral and be raised from their initial context, or to be utilized as a reliable source about the future of Warner Bros. I do not work for Warner Bros.– I periodically work freelance as an author or specialist to their home video group.

We connected to Warner Bros. inquiring about the rumor, however didnt hear back in time for publication. We will update this story when we do.

According to this person (who frequently works with Warner Archive, their boutique dvd service), Warner will start to exit that market in 2022.”