I was so excited about this release when word first came down a year ago. I really like the film, and couldn't wait to see it get a high profile Criterion release with lots of great supplements. I'm surprised they bothered licensing the title if they didn't really have more ambitious plans for it. I had just assumed that a Demme commentary was a foregone conclusion here. I also can't believe that there is no featurette about the music or a cameo guide. The Demme-directed Feelies video for "Away" would seem an obvious choice, though I can understand that rights might have been prohibitively expensive or unavailable. I also can't believe that Ray Liotta, Melanie Griffith, and Jeff Daniels wouldn't sit for an interview, as this is easily the best thing any of them have ever done. Overall, it's just a shame that Criterion picked up such a wonderful, unique film and gave it such a "Meh, We Got Nothin' " release.
This is definitely my favorite Demme film and one of my favorite films, period, so I, too, am quite underwhelmed with the supplements here.
I think your suggestion of a featurette on the soundtrack is dead on. For me, this is one of the best, most vital soundtracks of the '80s and speaks to the music connoisseur that Demme is; there are almost none of the stereotypical, oft-recycled '80s tunes, and instead the focus is on more off-the-radar indie and D.I.Y. artists. Many of these songs appeared only in the film--not on the official soundtrack LP--and on very small labels in, presumably, very small quantities. This was a missed opportunity for sure...
Yes, others have mentioned things like GOODFELLAS and THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. As much as I like these films and Liotta and Daniels' work therein, SOMETHING WILD is absolutely my most preferred film in their filmographies--same goes for Melanie Griffith--and it's quite likely this is their only appearance in the Criterion Collection so their absence from this release is extremely disappointing.