The first Beavis and Butthead release on DVD was entitled "Beavis and Butthead: The Final Judgement". It was released in the USA on July 2, 1997. Running time was 43 minutes, and the program included: 1) Program Start 2) No Laughing 3) Scared Straight 4) They're coming to take me away ... 5) Manners Suck 6) Liar! Liar! 7) The Great Cornholio 8) The Final Judgement
A second DVD release was attempted in September, 2002**. Paramount announced the release of a two-disc DVD release set titled "The History of Beavis and Butt-Head", but the set was cancelled shortly prior to release. Some copies of the set mistakenly put on store shelves, only to be immediately recalled. The set promptly became a highly-prized item on eBay, selling there for prices up to $300 USD. The reason for the recall of the set was not immediately known, but it was later revealed that Mike Judge (who holds approval rights for video releases of Beavis and Butt-Head) had the set recalled at his demand. Judge stated that the History set contained episodes he had previously rejected for home video release, and was prepared without his consent of knowledge, leading to the recall.
The third DVD release of Beavis and Butt-Head was two series of three-disc sets released by Time-Life in December 2002. The first set in the series contained the same program content of 6 of the Beavis and Butt-Head VHS compilations previously released by Sony Music Video from 1994 to 1999: Butt-O-Ween, Beavis and Butt-Head Do Christmas, Innocence Lost, Chicks 'n' Stuff, Feel Our Pain, and Troubled Youth, with two VHS compilations combined into a single disc. The set was advertised considerably on networks such as Comedy Central and on the Time-Life website.
Sometime after the first release, a second set of Time-Life Beavis and Butt-Head DVDs was released. This set contained the programs of the remaining SMV VHS compilations: Work Sucks, There Goes The Neighborhood, The Final Judgement, Law-Abiding Citizens, and Hard Cash. Two of the discs in the set once again contained the program content of two of the VHS tapes, while the last disc (Hard Cash) contained only the content of the final VHS program, but did additionally include 4 of the music video segments from the original broadcasts with Beavis and Butt-Head commentating. The second Time-Life set was not advertised, and subsequently became rarer.
In July 2005, reports began circulating around various Web sites, that a banner found at that year's Comic-Con proclaimed that a new Beavis and Butt-Head DVD was coming. The news was promptly divulged by TVShowsonDVD.com: A New Beavis and Butt-Head DVD would be released on November 8, 2005. The set was revealed to contain 40 episodes including director's cuts of certain episodes, as well as some of the Music Video segments (see below). Subsequent new reports revealed that 23 of the episodes would be Director's Cuts, 11 music videos would be on the set, and that the set would contain promos, interviews, and the first part of a new interview entitled "Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head".
The first of the controversies is the omission of certain episodes from the collection. When the set was first officially announced, it was revealed that only 3 volumes of The Mike Judge Collection would be released, leading fans of the show to believe that a considerable number of Beavis and Butt-Head episodes would not receive DVD treatment. The fears of the fans were confirmed shortly prior to the release of the first volume, in the form of a letter from Mike Judge that was leaked to the internet (the letter was also included with the first volume). In the letter, Mike Judge stated that he found one-third of all Beavis and Butt-Head episodes to be very good, another third to be mediocre, and the last third to be awful, and made arrangements with MTV to create a DVD series containing only the "very good" and "mediocre" episodes. The letter brought anger and concern to many fans of the show, who felt that Mike Judge would label many of the older and rarer episodes from the earlier seasons of the show as "awful" and thus omit them from the Mike Judge Collection. However, many earlier episodes were indeed included on the first volume, but the second was composed solely of later episodes.
The second of the controversies is the Director's Cut episodes. When news of the Director's cuts was first revealed, they were described has containing "previously censored material" which led many fans of the show to believe that the new cuts would contain footage that MTV had previously excised for home video and broadcast, particularly the infamous "fire" sequences. However, shortly prior to the DVDs retail date, a member of the DVD Talk Forums discovered that the majority of the "Director's Cut" episodes were actually missing footage from their original broadcast versions, although two episodes (Home Improvement and Lawn and Garden) did indeed have excised footage reinstated. The reason for these edits is unknown, although it has been speculated that the edits in question were made to adjust timing issues in the individual episodes. Lending credence to the speculation is a Houston Chronicle article on the DVDs in which Mike Judge states that he corrected certain animation mistakes on the DVD that he found to be troublesome. The edited episodes nonetheless angered many fans of the show, which led to the set being unfavorably compared to the similarly edited Ren and Stimpy DVDs and George Lucas' updated Star Wars DVDs on many websites and on Amazon.com. However, it should be noted that many of the affected episodes were previously released on the Time-Life and History DVDs complete and unedited.
The following episodes on the Mike Judge Collection have been edited from the original (as known to date):
edits from Volume 1:
-No Laughing: Some of the duo's singing after they're told that they're suspended has been cut.
-Home Improvement: The scene with Beavis and Butt-head watching TV at the beginning has been cut, as has the ending with them stuck in traffic on the lawnmower.
-Lawn and Garden: Butt-head quoting "Welcome to the Jungle" has been cut.
-The Crush:The First line from the reporter was cut out which was "And it now appears that the explosion not only killed everyone inside the building."And a few other lines from the other reporters at the beginning. When they are eating nachos they cut out where you see a cockroach go into Beavis nachos and eats the cockroach. Also when they are rocking out at the end is cut.
-Plate Frisbee:They cut out some of the scene where the construction worker is hammering. As they show both of the 18-wheelers they cut out where they show the two guys driving them. Also they cut out the 18-wheeler driver who's driving the Strike Anywhere Matches line"Huh,Looks like I'm going to crash....Yep."
-Patients Patients:In the last scene the line "What,Try talking out of your mouth instead of your butt."Was cut except for the word "What."
-Blackout:The first lines from the firefighter women on TV were cut "Tell the commissioner we need that helicopter I don't care what it costs.No I'm not chipping in!!"And then right after Beavis line "This sucks" is also cut.
-Rabies Scare:When they go to the hospital the front desk ladies line"Can I help you" is cut out.
-1-900-BEAVIS: The lines "She said something", "Hey Beavis,I think I just inoculated", "Hey, maybe we'll hear some butt wind" and "That would be cool" have been removed.
-Madame Blavatsky: Beavis and Butt-head's fighting scene at the end is cut short, also Madam Blavatsky's line, when she says "The end of the world" has been edited.
-Late Night With Butt-head: First minute and a half of this episode has been removed, instead it starts with Beavis and Butt-head pitching the idea for their talk show. Letterman's cameo voice appearance has been removed. Also, Beavis and Butt-head celebrating with an air guitar chant after successfully pitching their show has been removed.
-Pool Toys:When they are on the tractor they cut out them doing their air guitar chant.
-Right On: A scene where Beavis and Butt-head are doing their air guitar chant, after they found out they will be on the Gus Baker show has been removed. Also, at the very end, the part where Butt-head tells Beavis that it wouldn't hurt to wipe once in while has been removed.
-Date Bait: Scene where Beavis & Butt-head are on the couch with a cold and Butt-head doing the "Handbanging-Sneeze" (also showing the Metal sign) has been removed.
-Butt Is It Art?:As they finished putting bigger boobs on Dolly they cut out the guard next to the painting picking his nose and wiping his finger on the painting. Also when they are trying to steal the painting they cut out the guard in the background until he comes up and stops Beavis.
-Figure Drawing: Teachers comment about teaching a class on Aroma Therapy is removed. Three or four lines have also then been cut after Beavis and Butt-head rearrange the letters on the sign. Several other dialogue cuts were made throughout.
-Mr Anderson's Balls:When they are selling the golfballs Beavis line "And they fit right in the hole" is cut out.
-Teen Talk: Scene where Beavis and Butt-head do their air guitar chant, after Lolita and Tanqueray ask if they want to make out behind the risers has been removed.
-Manners Suck: The ending where Beavis and Butt-head are in the stalls politely pooping is removed. Although it can be found as an egg on the 1st DVD.
-The Pipe of Doom: The police officer's line "Freeze, you punk guys!" has been shortened to "Freeze, you punks!"They also cut when Butthead tells Beavis figure out how to get me out of this pipe Beavis picks his nose while he's thinking, but they change it where he is just standing there.
-Beavis and Butt-Head vs. The Vending Machine:One of the commercials near the end when Butthead is eating the nachos is cut out "I couldn't understand it Chuck he said he would be right back,but he just left me standing by the vending machine."
-Held Back: In the scene where Beavis and Butt-head are in 3rd grade and won't fit in the chairs, the lines "This desk is giving me a stiffy" and "I don't even have room for a stiffy" have been removed.
-Choke:When Beavis is speaking to the 911 operator the line "Ummm is this like one of thoses 976 numbers ummm what are you wearing" is cut.
-Safe House: A scene with Beavis, Butt-head and Todd watching a funny "World of Bikini Sports" segment has been removed, when the bikini girl tells the sports anchor to take his hands off her ass.
-Tainted Meat: Middle section of news broadcast talking about "a fierce new parasite" has been removed. Although it can be found as an egg on the 2nd DVD.
-Dream On: The duo sings and makes up their own Brady Bunch theme song lyrics.
-Beaverly Buttbillies:Once they dig up the oil there are a few lines that have been removed.
edits from Volume 3:
-Head Lice: When Butthead is thinking of a way to get rid of the lice they cut out Butthead's thinking bubble that has a bug zapper in it and then a fly going into it and getting zapped. Then his bubble disappear's and where the bug zapper was in his bubble is really there now.
-Ding-Dong-Ditch:When they are hiding behind the tree on the second house they cut out Two Hours Later, but leave in the One Hour Later.
-Huh-Huh-Humbug: The song Beavis sings when he arrives home has been changed from "Jingle bells" to "Winter Wonderland".
- Wood shop: The scene where Beavis and Butt-Head cut the teachers chair into pieces on the saw was removed.
-Impotence: The line "Help me, I have impotence" have been removed.
Now, MTV offers us all three volumes of the Mike Judge Collection and a bonus t-shirt with the first sketches Mike Judge ever created on it.
The first boxset has Beavis and Butt-head as they appear in the series' intro. The second boxset has Beavis and Butt-head together and on the back, Butt-head is shown putting a sign on Beavis' back that reads "Dumbass". In the third boxset, Beavis and Butt-head are together again, with Beavis returning the favor by putting a sign on Butt-head's back that reads "Bunghole".