UK VHS [PMI MVP9912183]
What is assumed to be the first of two different UK editions of "Hulmerist" on VHS video comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert. The front and back artwork can be viewed from the menu on the left. The spine is also deep yellow with red text. Above Morrissey's name and the compilation title are found the catalogue number and a big VHS Hi-Fi logo, and beneath it, logos for His Master's Voice and PMI. The videocassette has a white sticker label on the top side with mostly dark blue text: Morrissey's name and "Hulmerist" at the top, a PMI logo in the bottom right corner, and technical data/credits in the remaining space. The spine of the videocassette has no label, only a yellow price-tag type of sticker with the number "P13/25914 31 00017" on it (which may have been removed on some copies).
UK VHS [PMI/Music Club MC2133]
It is not known whether this is a budget reissue or some sort of video club edition. It also comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert. The front artwork is the same as that of the original edition, but set within a background of music partitions, with a Music Club logo at the top (view left). This background extends to the spine which would otherwise be the same as on the original edition except for the catalogue number and the repeated Music Club logo at the top. The upper three quarters of the back artwork is the same as on the original video, but the layout of the lower quarter (featuring the barcode, His Master's Voice logo, PMI logo, technical data) was completely redone (view left). The videocassette has a white sticker label on the top side featuring a red and black "The Video Collection" logo, "Morrissey", "Hulmerist", "MC 2133", a legal warning and a triangle 'E' classification. There is no label on the videocassette's spine.
UK/EEC VHS [PMI MVP9912183]
This is listed here as being "UK/EEC" although there is mention of neither the UK or the EEC on the packaging. The insert is exactly the same as the one with the UK VHS described above, but it is slipped inside a clear clamshell box instead of a black one. The sticker on the top side of the videocassette features Morrissey's name and the title in black, and a blue PMI logo, but it differs from its UK counterpart by the fact that the legal warning appears in English, German and French, which is typical of EEC releases. The sticker on the spine of the videocassette is blue with a barcode, some numbers and the date "05/15/91".
UK VHS preview promo [PMI MVP9912183]
Time-coded preview copies of "Hulmerist" served promotional/advance purposes. These come in an unmarked silvery grey cardboard slipcase and the only identification is found on the cassette's sticker label, which states "PMI Preview Cassette / Morissey - Hulmerist / Stereo" [sic].
UK promo counter stand
A thick cardboard counter stand was sent to retail for promotion of this release (view here; better frontal image needed). It shows a variation of the usual artwork with a portion on the right on which to display an actual copy of the video.
UK promo poster 40cm x 60cm (16" x 24")
View here. Better image needed. Dimensions may be a big bigger than what is specified here.
UK promo poster 23cm x 41cm (9" x 16")
View here. Bigger image needed. The dimensions given here are very likely incorrect.
UK proof of insert
A Cromalin colour proof sheet of the VHS insert has made it into the hands of collectors. As expected, it shows the unfolded insert on a white sheet, with cutting/folding marks around it and colour bars at the bottom. Different copies have been spotted with different handwritten comments on them.
UK rejected proof of insert
This is similar to what is described above, including cutting/folding marks around and colour bar beneath, but what is shown is an early rejected variation on the artwork. It differs from the definitive artwork by the blue background for the spine and back and the missing catalogue number and His Master's Voice logo on the spine. The latter logo is instead found on the back, next to the PMI logo above the PMI 1-line credit.
Australia VHS [EMI Australia MVP9912183]
Information is needed.
Brazil DVD [EMI 4359964492]
Information is needed.
Canada VHS [Warner/Reprise 38175-3]
The Canadian VHS was modelled on the American edition, which means that it comes in a card slipcase open at the bottom to let the videocassette slide out. The front artwork is basically the same as in the UK although on very close inspection we find the relative position of the text slightly different (but still not different enough to justify a different scan in the image gallery on the left of this page). Information is needed on how the back and spines of the box as well as the videocassette differ from the American edition.
Europe VHS [PMI MVP9912183]
For the time being this item is presumed to be European because it has German text and a French price code on it, and because it is often spotted in countries of continental Europe such as Italy. It looks very much like its UK counterpart. It also comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert. The front and spine of this insert are perfectly identical to those of the UK edition. The back is very similar, it differs only by a few details such as the classification (replaced with a white box including German text) and additional numbers such as the French price code above the barcode. The videocassette has a white sticker label on top featuring more or less the same content as the label of the UK videocassette, but in a different layout. Morrissey's name and the title are printed at the top in black, above two lines of PMI and EMI credits, and another line that states the running time and catalogue number, also in black. The blue PMI logo is on the right and legal warnings in English and German are printed in fine blue print at the bottom inside a three-compartment box. The sticker label on the front (spine) is more basic. It shows a barcode, Morrissey's name, "PAL" and some numbers.
Europe DVD [EMI 5996439]
The only DVD edition out there is a pan-European one. It comes in a clear, soft plastic DVD case with wraparound window to fit the insert. The front artwork was adapted from the video artwork (view left). The back artwork is similar to the UK video back artwork, but the bottom quarter is much less cluttered as most of the technical data was condensed in the barcode box (view left). The spine is also deep yellow with red text. Besides Morrissey's name and "Hulmerist", it shows at the bottom a EMI logo, the catalogue number and the DVD logo. There is no booklet inside, but the reverse of the insert, which is visible through the transparent plastic case, shows a pale close-up of Morrissey's head and upper chest from the front. The track listing and full credits are printed over the left half in red. The colour scheme was reversed on the disc: Morrissey's head and upper chest from the front artwork is seen in yellow over a blood red background, with Morrissey's name, "Hulmerist", credits and logos appearing at the top and on the right in yellow.
Europe 2-DVD [EMI EBXD3/5998639]
In 2004 the DVDs of "Hulmerist" and "The Malady Lingers On" were sold together in one combo box which is covered in the collectors appendix to the section dedicated to multi-title sets (view front of the box on the left).
Europe DVD promo/advance [EMI]
The re-release of "Hulmerist" on DVD format in May 2004 was promoted with the help of a test disc with nothing printed on its surface. This promo dvd was actually sent out as a pair with a test disc of Morrissey's subsequent compilation of videos, "The Malady Lingers On", which was also re-released on DVD on the same day. Copies that have been spotted so far have "Morrissey", "DVD", "Hulmerist" and "(PAL)" handwritten on them in black marker. When not broken apart and sold separately, the set comes with a press sheet signed by plugger Debra Geddes from EMI. Contrary to what was originally assumed, this set was not meant to promote the boxed double-DVD set of "Hulmerist" with "The Malady Lingers On", as the press sheet announces Morrissey's upcoming birthday in May 2004 while the boxed pair only came out in November of 2004.
Germany promo VHS [EMI Germany/PMI]
Something from "Hulmerist" was included on a various artists EMI Germany sampler video titled "EMI Germany Presents Music On Video". The exact content is not known, but it is expected to be a montage of highlights instead of a complete song/video. The front artwork is a red and blue mish-mash of superimposed blurry images, with the compilation's title and the PMI logo over it in beige. Information about the exact content and the rest of the packaging is needed. Other artists featured on this compilation include the Pet Shop Boys, Talk Talk, Megadeth, Queen, MC Hammer, Jesus Jones, etc.
Japan VHS [Toshiba EMI TOVW-3058]
Just like its UK counterpart, the Japanese video comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork. The front artwork is basically the same as in the UK although on very close inspection we find the relative position of Morrissey's name slightly different (but still not different enough to justify a different scan in the image gallery on the left of this page). The back was modelled on the back of the UK video, the upper three quarters is identical, but the lower quarter is much less cluttered: the PMI logo was moved to the bottom left corner, most of the technical data was dropped, saving only a few lines of EMI credits in English and in Japanese. The spine is also yellow with wine red text and features, from top to bottom, Morrissey's name and the title in English, in white over wine red, a smaller repeat of the Morrissey image from the front artwork, the compilation title in big Japanese letters, the catalogue number, two prices in yens and a VHS Hi-Fi logo. The videocassette differs from the UK one by the flip-up cover protecting access to the tape, which is tan brown instead of black, as well as by its green sticker labels with white text. The top label states Morrissey's name and "Hulmerist" in English as well as some Toshiba EMI credits in both English and Japanese, while the spine label has a white PMI logo, the title in big Japanese letters, the catalogue number and a VHS Hi-Fi logo. The packaging includes a black and white insert which is identical to the one found inside the Japanese laserdisc, but folded in six. One side of this insert features mainly the track listing in English and Japanese, including songwriting credits, plus a EMI credit and catalogue numbers for both formats in the top right corner. The other side features what appears to be a biography.
Japan LD [Toshiba EMI TOLW-3058]
The Japanese laserdisc shows on its front more of the usual artwork than any other formats released in any other country (view left). The TOEMI name and logo as well as the catalogue number are found in the top right corner. The back was modelled on the back of the video format, but the main content was simply reproduced in the left half, leaving the right one basically empty yellow (view left). PMI logo and credits, technical data and many more logos are found at the very bottom, also in dark red. The obi is deep red on the front, with a mix of yellow and white text in Japanese and English. Its back is mostly white with a bit of red and yellow at the top and bottom. A Toshiba EMI logo is found at the top and a TOEMI Video logo at the bottom. The disc is slipped inside an anti-static inner sleeve. Its labels are a mix of blue text over white and white text over blue. Morrissey's name and "Hulmerist" are found at the bottom, with the rest of the space cluttered with a great number of logos as well as a legal warning, technical data, the catalogue number and credits. The packaging includes a black and white insert which is identical to the one found inside the Japanese VHS edition. One side of this insert features mainly the track listing in English and Japanese, including songwriting credits, plus a EMI credit and catalogue numbers for both formats in the top right corner. The other side features what appears to be a biography.
USA VHS [Warner/Reprise 38175-3]
The American VHS edition comes in a card slipcase open at the bottom to let the videocassette slide out. The front artwork is basically the same as in the UK although on very close inspection we find the relative position of the text slightly different (but still not different enough to justify a different scan in the image gallery on the left of this page). The back was modelled on the back of the UK video except for the bottom quarter which is much less cluttered. A running time was added beneath the paragraph of credits and the technical data and logos to the left of the barcode were replaced by Warner Reprise Video and Sire logos and credits. Morrissey's name, "Hulmerist" and the catalogue number appear on both lateral spines as well as the top one. The lateral spines also show VHS Hi-Fi, Dolby and Warner Reprise Video logos, at the top on one side and at the bottom on the other. The videocassette has a white sticker label on the top filled at maximum capacity with red text: release identification, track listing including full publishing and copyright credits, label credits and logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Dolby and VHS Hi-Fi. The spine sticker gives a FBI warning in black over white.
USA LD [Warner/Reprise 38392-6]
After the release of Morrissey's second compilation of videos "The Malady Lingers On", both compilations were made available together on one laserdisc for the American market. The artwork of the latter compilation was adapted for the front of the sleeve (view left), while the artwork from "Hulmerist" was adapted for the back of the sleeve. The cropping of the Morrissey image there is actually the same as on the front of the Japanese laserdisc (view left), showing more of Morrissey than on any other format. However, because this is the back of the sleeve, the image is covered with text, mainly the track listing and full credits for both compilations, plus Warner Reprise Video and Sire logos and credits at the bottom next to the barcode. The disc is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. The label on the "Hulmerist" side is yellow with black text: Morrissey's name and "Hulmerist" at the top, logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Reprise, Laser Disc, CLV and NTSC on the right, credits and catalogue number at the bottom.
USA VHS promo [Warner/Reprise #38175]
This video featuring the full "Hulmerist" content is for the time being considered to be a promotional item although it may have served more limited, advanced in-house purposes. It comes in a plain black card slipcase opening from the side. The only identification on the packaging is a white sticker on the front stating "Morrissey" and "#38175" (which is very minimal for a promo). An identical sticker is found on the top of the videocassette. This is supposedly dated "06/07/90" (where?). Information on the spine sticker (if any) is needed.
USA various artists promo VHS [Warner Bros? #182]
The release of "Hulmerist" was promoted via the inclusion of the "Sister I'm A Poet" video (the only new video on this compilation) on a (Warner Bros?) various artists promo video compilation numbered #182, alongside material by GWAR, the Goo Goo Dolls, REM, Beautiful, etc. Information on the packaging is needed.
USA various artists promo VHS [Rockamerica]
The "Sister I'm A Poet" video was also included on the December 1990 issue of the Rockamerica video compilation series, alongside material by 15 other artists, including Front 242, the KLF, Chemlab, REM, the Cure, Public Image Ltd, the Cramps, the Didjits, the Judybats, etc. The videocassette comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which a pale blue titles insert is found. Information on the rest of the packaging is needed.
USA promo poster 15cm x 30cm (6" x 12")
View here (bigger/better image needed).
USA proof of video box artwork
A Cromalin colour proof sheet of the video box artwork has made it into the hands of collectors. It shows the unfolded artwork (that's front, back, two lateral spines and top spine) on a white sheet, with cutting marks around it, colour bars at the bottom and contact information for Color Incorporated in Glendale, California.
USA RIAA award
This compilation was certified gold a few months following its release and therefore gold certifications have made it into the world of collecting. Description is needed.