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The Criterion Collection
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Starring: Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling, Dorothy Barry, Michael Lake, Andrew Pataczek
Written by: Gerard Lee and Jane Campion
Directed by: Jane Campion
Retail Price: $39.95
Features: Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Jane Campion, Director of Photography Sally Bongers and Co-Writer Gerard Lee, Making Sweetie, Jane Campion's Early Short Films, Jane Campion: The Film School Years, Behind-The-Scenes Photos and Production Stills, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround, English Subtitles, Chapters (26 Chapters)
Released: April 19th, 2011
Making Sweetie is a 22 minute recollection of the film's production with actors Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston. It's like watching old friends reminiscene: the two are very chummy, and only have fond memories of being in part of the production. The two discuss their thoughts on initially reading the script, how they bonded instantly and how they brought their own experiences of having siblings to their work. From there, the piece consists of a lot of anecdotes. It's a breezy, entertaining and interesting watch — imbued with photos and behind-the-scenes footage.
A real treat are Jane Campion's Early Short Films. Three of them, made in 1982 and 1983, are included: "An Exercise in Discipline: Peel," "Passionless Moments" and "A Girl's Own Story."
Jane Campion: The Film School Years is a conversation between the filmmaker and critic Peter Thompson, which was filmed in 1989. Running a little over 19 minutes and produced for Campion's alma matter (the Australian Film Television and Radio School), it's a well-rounded look at the filmmaker as she was moving onto bigger things. Campion discusses her days as a young filmmaker while in school, her struggles and the emergence of her voice as a storyteller.
There's also a Production Gallery featuring photos by Regis Lansac, and the Theatrical Trailer.
Inside the keepcase is your Criterion booklet, featuring a nice essay by film scholar Dana Polan.
Jane Campion's breakthrough feature has now been released on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, and it's worth a look. This edition is the same as the DVD version, with an obvious upgrade in the film's presentation. The supplements are excellent, as they trace Campion's early days as a filmmaker. Fans of the filmmaker and this movie should have no reservations investing in this Blu-ray edition.