>> Monday, June 14, 2010
I believe there are 13 'CD-i DV' titles, a.k.a. 'Digital Video on CD-i'. Here are those 13, along with the approximate date of authoring according to the timestamps of the files on disc for those titles I have in hand:
Black Rain (9/93), Coneheads, The Firm (12/93), The Hunt For Red October (9/93), Indecent Proposal, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (9/93), Patriot Games (9/93), Posse, Sliver, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (9/93), Top Gun (9/93), Wayne's World (2/94) and White Christmas (9/93).
The three U.S. titles released as of June, 1994 that were apparently Video CDs and not CDi-i DV titles were: Addams Family Values, Goldfinger (5/94), Wayne's World 2.
Therefore the switch from CD-i DV to Video CD was made between February and May of 1994, sometime between the authoring of "Wayne's World" and "Goldfinger". (If anyone can supply dates for the titles above I don't have, we might be able to narrow this down further.)
Fitting right in with that evidence is a document entitled "What is Video CD?", dated April 6, 1994 (presuming U.S. date formatting), in which Andrew Davidson and Lucy Lediaev of Philips Interactive Media of America describe the benefits of publishing video titles in the Video CD format over VHS and even over CD-i DV. That document is archived here. So what about "Fatal Attraction" and "Ghost", which were released as CD-i DV titles in Europe? Apparently neither title was released in the U.S. prior to the changeover from CD-i DV to Video CD. I have a copy of a U.S. release of Fatal Attraction dated 10/95, and it's a Video CD title. I've never been able to find a copy of the U.S. release of "Ghost", but given that it's not mentioned in the list of releases as of June, 1994, I'm comfortable supposing that it was a later arrival in the U.S. as well.
More evidence that April, 1994 was the cusp. A Billboard magazine article of April 9, 1994, "Video CD Hardware, Software in NARM Spotlight," (see scan above), attributed the following information to Emiel Petrone, a senior VP with Philips Interactive Media: "Paramount CD titles now on the market will not be playable on other Video CD systems, but future titles will play on any Video CD player."