"Live In Dallas"|
UK VHS [PMI/VCI MC2145]
The only proper UK video edition of "Live In Dallas" is this one, a VCI music club edition. Whereas for the previously released "Hulmerist" there was a proper UK edition released before/besides this one, it appears to not be the case for "Live In Dallas". The European VHS described below was the one sold in the UK. This VCI edition comes inside a (clear softshell? black hardshell?) case with wraparound paper insert inside the display 'window'. The front of this insert shows the UK/Europe video artwork as seen in the gallery on the left side of this page. Just like the front, the spine and back are black with beige text. The spine gives Morrissey's name and the title in the same fonts as on the front, with the catalogue number and a Hi-Fi Stereo/Dolby logo at the top and logos for His Master's Voice and PMI at the bottom. The back shows Morrissey band members, with two lines of contents description at the top and packaging credits and EMI copyright beneath. The bottom fifth is a white box containing the barcode, logos for VCI and PMI, technical data, a certification ('E') and a warning. Information on the reverse of the insert (visible inside) and the videocassette is needed.
UK various artists video sampler
The release of "Live In Dallas" was promoted in the UK with the help of this various artists compilation of video excerpts. The compilation features one-minute clips of "Sing Your Life", "Suedehead" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" from "Live In Dallas" as well as material by the Dave Clark Five, Diana Ross, etc. The videocassette has a white label on top, with the title "PMI Sales Trailer April 1993" and a list of the featured artists in plain black text. It comes inside a generic white card box.
UK advert 23cm x 30cm (9" x 12")
View here. This is assumed to be from the UK, but the origin needs to be confirmed. Better image needed.
Australia VHS [EMI Australasia 15068]
The Australian VHS shows the UK/Europe video variation of the artwork on the front, but the bottom of the image is covered with a black stripe inside which is found the classification in white: 'For General Exhibition' next to a 'G' inside a triangle (view left). Information on the videocassette and the rest of the packaging is needed.
Australia DVD [EMI Australasia ??]
The existence of a region 4 DVD of "Live In Dallas" for the Australian market has been reported, but this needs to confirmed.
Brazil DVD [EMI ??]
The existence of a DVD edition of "Live In Dallas" for the Brazilian market has been reported, but this needs to be confirmed.
Canada VHS [Warner/Reprise 3-38305]
The Canadian VHS edition was modelled on its American counterpart, which means that it comes in a card box open at the bottom to let the videocassette slide out. The front artwork is the same as in the USA and almost the same as in the UK (view left). Information is needed on how the back and lateral spines of the box differ from the American edition. The videocassette has a white sticker label on the top filled at maximum capacity with black text: release identification, track listing including full songwriting and publishing credits, label credits and logos for VHS Hi-Fi, Dolby, Warner Reprise Video, Sire and Reprise. There presumably is another sticker label on the spine (description needed).
Europe VHS [PMI MVP4911193]
Nowhere on its packaging is this edition credited as being European, but it is listed here as such because it was sold in the UK and mainland Europe. It comes inside a clear plastic softshell case with wraparound insert in the display 'window'. This insert shows the usual UK/Europe video variation of the artwork on the front (view left). Just like the front, the spine and back are black with beige text. The spine gives Morrissey's name and the title in the same fonts as on the front, with the catalogue number and a Hi-Fi Stereo/Dolby logo at the top and logos for His Master's Voice and PMI at the bottom. The back shows Morrissey band members, with two lines of contents description at the top and packaging credits and EMI copyright beneath. The bottom quarter is filled with three white boxes beneath a Picture Music International credit. One box is rounded square and contains German text. Next to it is the 'Exempt from classification' rectangular box. At the bottom is a larger box divided into compartments, including a barcode, catalogue numbers, a French price code, technical data (including French SECAM info), a warning, etc. A beige PMI logo is found in the bottom right corner. The videocassette does not have a label on the front (the spine), only an orange sticker in the shape of a price tag partly covering release-related technical information printed in yellow/green directly onto the plastic. The top label is white with a mix of black and blue text and a blue PMI logo in the bottom right corner. The black text on it consists of release identification at the top, catalogue number, a running time and an EMI copyright. Beneath that a boxed copyright warning is printed in a fine blue font.
Europe DVD [EMI 81234 9]
At this point in time, this is the only confirmed DVD edition of "Live In Dallas" in circulation (see Australia, Brazil above). It was sold in the UK as well as mainland Europe, and manufactured in a black plastic snapcase with insert in the transparent wraparound 'window'. The front artwork was adapted from the earlier VHS front artwork (view left). The spine is much more sparse than that of the VHS edition. It shows Morrissey's name and the title in the same colour and fonts as on the front, above a beige His Master's Voice logo. A white EMI logo and white catalogue number are found at the bottom. The back was modelled on the back of the original VHS. It still shows Morrissey's musicians with a few lines of text above and a few lines of credits beneath, but the bottom quarter had to be adapted for the new format. Beneath a EMI copyright are found three white boxes of text and a red EMI logo. There is a rounded-square box with German text, the rectangular 'E' classification box and the main one which includes a barcode, catalogue numbers, technical data, warnings in English and German, all in separate compartments. The snapcase has two clamps inside usually used to hold a booklet in place, but there is no such thing in the "Live In Dallas" DVD. The disc is black with beige text. Morrissey's name and "Live In Dallas" appear at the top in the same font as on the front. The bottom half has many lines of credits as well as logos for DVD and EMI.
Japan VHS [Toshiba EMI TOVW-3157]
The packaging of the Japanese VHS is different from the European's softshell case and the USA's card box. The videocassette is wrapped on three sides (front, back and one spine) with the insert and slipped sideways inside a soft clear plastic slipcase indented on the front and back for better grip on what's inside. The front artwork shows more of Morrissey than any other international edition (view left). The spine is very cluttered with text, images, logos, prices, etc. Morrissey's name and the title are given in English in the same font and colour as on the front, and in a smaller Japanese font, between red stripes with white Japanese text. Morrissey's head from the front artwork is replicated at the top, and the bottom is filled with the catalogue number, prices and logos in pale beige over black. Most of the back is like the back of the European VHS (photos of bandmembers with a bit of text above and below), but the bottom fifth is filled with a barcode and beige technical data, catalogue number and a PMI logo. The videocassette has a brown flip-up cover protecting the tape. Its two labels are glossy black with white text, including release identification in the same fonts as on the front of the case. The top label also features credits, data, etc. The packaging also includes a white one-sided 30cm x 30cm (12'' x 12") insert with black text featuring a bilingual track listing and what may be a bio. This is the exact same insert also found in the Japanese laserdisc (see next), but it was folded here in six in order to fit inside the box.
Japan LD [Toshiba EMI TOLW-3157]
Just like its VHS counterpart, the Japanese laserdisc artwork shows more of Morrissey than any other format from any other country (view left). The right-most quarter of the space on the front was filled with a brown leather-like pattern and a beige laserdisc logo was added in the bottom left corner. The back was adapted from the back of the video format (view left). It still shows Morrissey's musicians with a few lines of text above and some credits beneath as well as lots of technical data and Japanese credits at the very bottom. The obi is black with a mix of beige and white logos and text, in English and Japanese. Its back shows, amongst other things, an illustrated Japanese discography of Morrissey video releases, including "Hulmerist", "The Malady Lingers On" and the "Sing Your Life" video-single. The disc is slipped inside an anti-static inner sleeve. The label on side A, which is the side featuring all the material, is a mix of black and white. Morrissey's name is found at the top in black over white, and everything else at the bottom is in the reverse colour pattern. "Live In Dallas" and "Toshiba-EMI Limited" are found at the very bottom while the left and right side are filled with various logos, technical data, catalogue number and copyright information. The side B label follows the same colour pattern, but there's only a PMI logo in black over white at the top, and a line of Japanese text at the bottom in white over black, which presumably states that the contents are on the other side. The packaging includes a black and white one-sided 30cm x 30cm (12'' x 12") insert featuring a bilingual track listing and what may be a bio. It is identical to the one found inside the Japanese VHS edition, with the exception that it is not folded.
Original copies of the Japanese "Live In Dallas" video allegedly came with a bonus t-shirt. It is not known whether this offer was specific to one retailer only or if it was put together by EMI-Toshiba and available at every point of purchase. Information on this t-shirt is needed.
USA VHS [Warner/Reprise 3-38305]
The American VHS edition comes in a card box open at the bottom to let the videocassette slide out. The front artwork is basically the same as in the UK but the card box is narrower and on close inspection we find that the relative position of the text is slightly different (view left). The back was modelled on the back of the UK video except for the bottom quarter. The EMI copyright was removed, a running time was added and the barcode moved to the left corner. To the right of the barcode are found the remaining credits as well as logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Reprise, VHS Hi-Fi and Dolby. The lateral spines are also black with beige text. Morrissey's name and the title are found there side-by-side, with the catalogue number at the top and logos for VHS Hi-Fi and Warner Reprise video at the bottom. The videocassette has a white sticker label on the top filled at maximum capacity with black text: release identification, track listing including full songwriting and publishing credits, label credits and logos for VHS Hi-Fi, Dolby, Warner Reprise Video, Sire and Reprise. There is a FBI warning in black over white on the cassette's front (spine) label.
USA LD [Warner/Reprise 38305-6]
The usual "Live In Dallas" front artwork was adapted differently for the American laserdisc than it was for its Japanese counterpart (view left). The layout of the back content was also adapted differently (view left). The two images of Morrissey's musicians are found side by side instead of one above the other, leaving more space beneath for the complete track listing including songwriting and publishing credits. The usual credits and running time as well as the barcode and logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Reprise, Laserdisc, CLV and NTSC are found at the very bottom. The disc is slipped inside an anti-static inner sleeve. The label on side A, which is the side featuring all the material, is black with white text. Morrissey's name and the title appear at the top in the same font as on the front; logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Reprise, Laserdisc, CLV and NTSC are found to the right; the catalogue number and a block of Warner Reprise Video credits at the bottom. The side B label is also black but the only text on it is "Side 2 / Program Material On Other Side / Turn Disc Over", plus the catalogue number.
USA VHS promo [Warner/Reprise 3-38305]
The release of this live video was mainly promoted in the USA via gold-stamped copies of the stock VHS. The stamped promo warning presumably appears on the front of the card box (confirmation needed).
USA VHS promo
This item probably served advance, more limited promotional purposes, perhaps even in-house administrative/reference purposes. Its packaging is very minimal. The videocassette comes inside a soft clear plastic slipcase indented on the front and back for better grip on what's inside. A rectangular white sticker on the front of it states "Morrissey", "Live In Dallas", "TRT: 59:38 MIN.". The same sticker is also found as a label on the top of the videocassette itself.
USA press release
A letter-format 2-sided press release was sent along with some copies of one or both of the above promotional items. It is printed on beige Warner Reprise Video "Press Release" paper. Its title is "Warner Reprise Video sets release of new Morrissey longform" and contact information for plugger Alisse Kingsley is found at the top. The text mentions the success of the previous year's Kill Uncle tour and more particularly the Dallas show, it includes the track listing, a bit about Morrissey and gives the suggested list price. It ends with an announcement for "a new audio release" to be released "later this summer" and the news that Morrissey's "first home video Hulmerist" was certified gold.
USA VHS reference video
This is the Warner Bros library in-house VHS video of the complete unedited concert which served in the making of "Live In Dallas". The VHS videocassette comes in a black hardshell case with transparent pocket in which is found a white sticker insert (sticker not stuck, still on waxed paper). The following information is found on the insert: "Morrissey", "Concert In Dallas", "67:00", "VHS NTSC DUB", "Warner Bros Rec-library", "06-21-91". The latter date is four days only after the concert took place, and almost a year before it was released as "Live In Dallas". Information on the videocassette itself is needed.