"The Malady Lingers On"|
UK VHS [PMI MC2155]
The only proper UK edition of "The Malady Lingers On" on VHS video is this one, a VCI music club edition. Whereas for the earlier compilation "Hulmerist" there was a proper UK edition released before/besides this one, it appears to not be the case with "The Malady Lingers On". The European VHS described below seems to have been the one sold in the UK. This VCI edition comes inside a sometimes clear, sometimes black video 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. The spine and back are lilac with a mix of purple and black text. The spine gives Morrissey's name in purple and the title in black in the same fonts as on the front, with the catalogue number in white and a Hi-Fi Stereo/Dolby logo at the top and logos for His Master's Voice and PMI at the bottom. The track listing is printed on the back in purple, with credits in black. In the bottom quarter of the back space 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) is needed. The videocassette's top sticker label is white with blue text and logos. Morrissey's name is at the top of it, with the album title beneath it, both in the same font as on the front. There is a PMI logo in the bottom right corner, and technical data/credits in the remaining space. Information on the front (spine) sticker label (if any) is needed. Some copies may have a white round sticker on the front advertising the inclusion of "U.S. Promos For Tomorrow & Glamorous Glue".
UK VHS promo [??]
Time-coded preview copies of "The Malady Lingers On" served promotional/advance purposes. Information on the packaging of this item is needed.
UK promo poster 51cm x 71cm (20" x 28")
View here. A similar poster using the same image and with Morrissey's name at the top in the same colour and font was used to advertise the final 8 UK dates of the Your Arsenal tour (11 to 20 December 1992) and the upcoming release of the "Certain People I Know" single.
Australia VHS [EMI ??]
The Australian VHS comes in a clear hardshell case. It shows the UK/Europe video variation of the artwork on the front, but there is a blue triangle with the word 'Music' in the top left corner of the image, and 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 5996369]
The Australian DVD comes in a clear plastic snapcase with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert. It features on the front the usual dvd artwork (view left), but there is a white sticker at the bottom stating the classification in black: 'For General Exhibition' next to a 'G' inside a triangle. The back was modelled on that of the European PAL DVD described below, but it lacks the white square with German text in the bottom left corner and the 'E' classification box in the bottom right corner, the catalogue number beneath the barcode was adapted and the few lines of credits above the barcode box include the words "Printed in Australia". The spine, the disc and the inner side of the inlay are exactly the same as their European PAL counterparts..
Brazil DVD [EMI 5996459]
The Brazilian DVD comes inside a clear soft plastic snapcase and its front artwork is the same as on all other DVD editions (view left). It differs from its European NTSC counterpart by only a few details here and there. The spine looks the same but the text was moved down a bit to make space for a white box in which the number 'AC0002500' is printed in black. The only changes made on the back artwork are found around the barcode: a Brazilian logo (showing a bird) was added to the left of the DVD Video logo on the left, "LPCM Stereo" in the barcode box was changed for just "Stereo" and the warning beneath that was changed for one in Portuguese. The inner side of the insert is exactly the same as for the European edition, showing the track listing and credits in pink and white on the left side and a purple tinted variation on the cover art on the right side. The disc is just like the European NTSC disc, showing the cropped version of the front artwork, Morrissey's name and the title at the top and a block of credits on the right ending with logos for NTSC, EMI and DVD, but the credits are in Portuguese.
Canada VHS [Warner/Reprise 38359-3]
The Canadian VHS was modelled on the American edition, 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. Information is needed on how the back and spines of the box differ from those of the American edition. The videocassette has a lilac sticker top label with Morrissey's name at the top in purple, above the title, the track listing, various logos including those of Warner Reprise Video, Sire and Reprise, a running time and a few lines of credits. It may also have a front (spine) sticker label (information needed).
Europe VHS [PMI MVR 4900063]
This item is presumed to be European because it has German text on its packaging, because it was sold in countries of continental Europe such as Italy and because it can be played in SECAM VCRs in France. It usually comes in a clear plastic videocase with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert, but some copies have been spotted inside a black hardshell case. View front and back artwork from the image gallery in the top left corner of this page. Some copies have a white round sticker on the front advertising the inclusion of "U.S. Promos For Tomorrow & Glamorous Glue". The reverse of the insert is blank. The spine follows the same colour pattern as the back. It shows in its middle Morrissey's name in purple above the title in black, both in the same font as on the front. The catalogue number is found in black at the very top of the spine above a VHS Hi-Fi/Dolby logo, and logos for His Master's Voice and PMI are found at the bottom. The videocassette's top sticker label is white with black text and a blue PMI logo on the right. Morrissey's name is at the top of this sticker, the album title beneath that, then three lines of EMI copyright and boxed legal warnings in English, German and French. The front (spine) of the videocassette has a pale blue sticker with a barcode and a bit of black text including Morrissey's name, "The Malady", "PAL", the date and various numbers. The date in question is "11/05/92" on some copies and "01/14/93" on others.
Europe DVD (PAL) [EMI 5996369]
There are two different editions of "The Malady Lingers On" credited as "Made in EU": this quite common PAL edition, and a rarer NTSC edition described next. The basic PAL edition comes in a clear plastic snapcase with wraparound display window in which is slipped the 2-sided artwork insert. View front and back artwork from the menu at the top left of this page. The spine follows the colour scheme of the back. It is lilac with Morrissey's name in purple, the title in black and in the same font as on the front, with purple logos for EMI and DVD Video and the catalogue number at the bottom. The reverse of the insert is purple with, on the right side, the cover image tinted purple. The left side shows Morrissey's name at the top in lilac and the album title in white, both in the same fonts as on the front. Below them is found the track listing with white titles and lilac credits. More credits are found at the bottom, also in lilac. The disc shows a black and silver crop of the front image, keeping the heads of Morrissey and Alain only, with the tambourine at the very centre. Morrissey's name appears in pink at the very top, above the title in grey, both in the same fonts as on the front. Two blocks of fine printed credits (including "Made in EU") are found on the right side, above logos for EMI, PAL and DVD Video and a silver (uncoloured) square of German text.
Europe DVD (NTSC) [EMI 5996459]
This rarer NTSC edition is mistakenly assumed by many to have been made for the American market, but EMI does not own the rights to distribute Morrissey material over North America. It would more likely be aimed at the other big NTSC market, the Japanese one, although there is no evidence to that effect (any information or theory on the subject is welcome). This is also different to the Brazilian DVD described above despite also being in NTSC format. The packaging is exactly the same as that of the PAL edition described above, with a few minor changes made to the back artwork, to the spine and to the disc. All the changes on the back are found in and around the barcode: the PAL / SECAM credit was removed, the PM number was changed to "PM 000", the "E-Exempt from classification" box is found at the very bottom beneath the barcode instead of sideways on the right, and the logos on the left side of the barcode box are, from top to bottom, EMI, NTSC, DVD Video and Abbey Road interactive, without any square box of German text. The change on the spine is only found in the catalogue number. At first glance the disc looks the same as the PAL disc. Its credits still include "Made in EU", but the catalogue number was changed, there is no square with German text and the PAL logo was changed for a NTSC one and its position swapped with that of the EMI logo. The reverse side of the insert, which is purple with the track listing and credits on the left side and the purple tinted front artwork on the right side, is expected to be the same as inside the PAL edition.
Europe 2-DVD [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 "The Malady Lingers On" 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 earlier compilation of videos, "Hulmerist", which was also re-released on DVD on the same day. Copies that have been spotted so far have "Morrissey", "DVD", "The Malady Lingers On" 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.
Japan VHS [Toshiba EMI TOVW-3146]
The Japanese video comes in a black hardshell case with wraparound display window in which is slipped the artwork insert. The front artwork is the same as in the UK (view left). The back artwork was modelled on the back of the UK video, the upper three quarters is identical, but the white barcode+logos area at the bottom was replaced with a normal barcode in the bottom left corner, a PMI logo above it and boxed technical data as well as credits on the right. The spine is purple with Morrissey's name and the title in pink, in the same fonts as on the front, next to their Japanese equivalents in white. The catalogue number, prices and a VHS Hi-Fi logo are found in white at the bottom. 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 purple sticker labels with white text. Both labels state Morrissey's name and "The Malady Lingers On" in English. The top one also features Toshiba EMI credits in both English and Japanese, while the spine label also has a PMI logo on one end and the catalogue number and a VHS Hi-Fi logo on the other. The packaging includes a black and white insert which is identical to the one found inside the Japanese laserdisc except for the fact that it is folded in six. One side of this insert features mainly the track listing in English and Japanese, above what appears to be a bio in Japanese, plus the catalogue numbers for both formats in the top right corner. The other side features English lyrics for the featured songs and three lines of credits in Japanese at the very bottom, next to a PMI logo.
Japan LD [Toshiba EMI TOLW-3146]
The Japanese laserdisc shows the usual DVD artwork on its front, with the remaining space on the left and right coloured lilac except for a small black Laser Disc logo in the bottom right corner (view left). The back of the sleeve is lilac with the usual track listing and credits printed in a mix of blue (song titles) and black (everything else). PMI logo and credits, technical data and many other logos are found at the very bottom, also in black. The obi is purple with a clutter of pink, lilac and white text in English and Japanese on the front. Its back only has a bit of pink Japanese text in and around a box at the bottom, above a barcode and a few lines of EMI credits. The disc is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. Its labels are a mix of purple and white. The label on side A, which is the side featuring all the material, shows Morrissey's name at the top in purple over white, in the same font as on the front of the sleeve. The bottom two-thirds are purple with white logos, catalogue numbers, credits, etc. "The Malady Lingers On" is mentioned at the very bottom in the same font as on the front, above "Toshiba-EMI Limited". The side B label follows the same colour pattern, but there is only a PMI logo in purple over white at the top, and a line of Japanese text at the bottom in white over purple, it presumably states that the contents are on the other side. The packaging includes a black and white 2-sided insert featuring on one side a bilingual track listing and what appears to be a bio in Japanese, and on the other side the lyrics in English and three line of credits in Japanese at the very bottom, next to a PMI logo. This is the exact same insert also included in the Japanese video, but it is not folded.
The Japanese video was allegedly limited to 3000 copies and 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 38359-3]
The American VHS video 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 so the image was very slightly cropped (view left). The back was modelled on the back of the UK video except for the bottom quarter where the barcode box and its surrounding boxes and logos were replaced with a simple barcode between logos for Warner Reprise Video and VHS Hi-Fi on the left and Dolby, Sire and Reprise on the right, below a running time and above four lines of Warner Reprise Video/Sire credits (view left). The lateral spines and the top one follow the same colour scheme as the back. On all three surfaces Morrissey's name appears in blue above the title in black, both in the same fonts as on the front. All three surfaces also give the catalogue number in black, and the lateral spines also show black logos for Warner Reprise Video and VHS Hi-Fi at the bottom. The videocassette has a lilac sticker label on the top stating Morrissey's name in blue and the title in black, both in the usual font, above the track listing, logos for Warner Reprise Video, VHS Hi-Fi, Sire and Reprise, a running time and three lines of Warner Reprise Video credits. There is a FBI warning in black over white on the cassette's front (spine) sticker label.
USA LD [Warner/Reprise 6-38392]
This second compilation of Morrissey videos was paired with the first one "Hulmerist" for release on laserdisc format. The artwork of "The Malady Lingers On" was adapted for the front of the sleeve (view left), while the artwork from "Hulmerist" was adapted for the back of the sleeve (view left). The disc is slipped inside a clear anti-static inner sleeve. Its 'label' is black with white text: Morrissey's name and "The Malady Lingers On" at the top, nothing on the left, side identification, four lines of credits and catalogue number at the bottom, and logos for Warner Reprise Video, Sire, Reprise, Laser Disc, CLV and NTSC on the right.
USA VHS promo [Warner/Reprise (3-38359?)]
This videocassette featuring the full contents of "The Malady Lingers On" 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 white card slipcase which opens from the side and is die-cut to show the cassette's rectangular top label. The only identification on the whole packaging is found on the latter white sticker: "Morrissey", "The Malady Lingers On" and three more items, perhaps the catalogue number, a date and a mention of the label. Information on the spine sticker (if any) is needed.
USA VHS promo [Warner/Reprise 3-38359]
The existence of stock copies in which the cassette was promo-marked in gold has been reported, but this is not confirmed. Information needed.
USA press release
This 2-sided press release from Warner Reprise Video is printed on beige letter-format paper with Warner Reprise Video "Press Release" header. Contact information for plugger Alisse Kingsley is given at the top, above the title "The Malady Is Cured With New Longform Video Release By Morrissey". Following a bit of biographical information on Morrissey, the press release gives the compilation's track listing including a bit of information on some of the featured videos, and ends with the announcement that "Hulmerist" has been certified gold.
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 top and a box of technical data on the side. This box includes the job number, title, catalogue number, date ("6/7/93") and stripper initials. It has the contact information for Color Service Inc. in Monterey Park above it.