In August 2010, Beggars Archive announced a series of This Mortal Coil reissues, including a CD box set, new vinyl editions of the collective’s three albums and a Blu-ray disc called Tears in the Dropbox that was to feature all three records in high-def stereo. Nearly two years later, the box set and vinyl reissues are out, but not the Blu-ray.
What happened? Well, the Blu-ray “has been indefinitely postponed due to packaging issues,” a Beggars rep wrote in the comments section of a recent post on the catalog imprint’s blog. Tears in the Dropbox was planned to include all three This Mortal Coil albums plus the newly compiled Dust & Guitars singles-and-rarities set on a single Blu-ray disc in high-definition stereo (24bit/96khz), along with the band’s videos and both CD-quality FLAC files and MP3 files of all that music.
But it gets worse for fans hoping for future multimedia projects from the label. The Beggars rep continues: “In the two years plus since that project was instigated, the whole future for Blu-ray and DVD discs is looking doubtful as the hardware companies are trying to drive everyone online to source their sound and vision. This means the market has shrunk and many re-issue projects just don’t make economical sense.”
UPDATE: As one of our sharp-eyed readers points out, only the It’ll End in Tears vinyl reissue came out last year. Planned 180-gram pressings of Filigree & Shadow and Blood by Original Recordings Group did not materialize.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- This Mortal Coil box set due in November, ‘Tears in the Dropbox’ Blu-ray in the works
- Beggars Archive prepping This Mortal Coil box set, plus CD, vinyl and Blu-ray reissues