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Sweetie (Directors Suite)R1

    An R1 edition of Sweetie was released by Criterion in October 2006. As you'd expect from a Criterion release, it has a quality transfer and a full collection of extras. Although I can't directly compare the transfers, it seems likely that both the Criterion and Madman have come from the same source. The audio commentary on the R4 Madman edition is also likely to be the same commentary as the Criterion release.However, apart from these, the Dolby 5.1 audio track and the original trailer, this is where the similarities end.

    The Criterion release also features,

  • "Making Sweetie" - a conversation with Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston (23 mins)
  • Jane Campion: The Film School Years, an interview with Jane Campion by film critic, Peter Thompson.(20mins)
  • Jane Campion's early short films - An Exercise in Discipline, Peel, Passionless Moments and A Girl's Own Story
  • Image Gallery of production and behind-the-scenes stills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A 16 page essay by film scholar Dana Polan

        Despite the Madman release being an excellent edition, it obviously can't match the Criterion in terms of overall presentation.