Last month I mentioned that Jonathan Demme appears in a comicbook that comes with the American Splendor DVD. Thanks to the technical assistance of Adam Rosadiuk, you can see that panel right here. For a larger version, click on the image below.
I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this but two of Jonathan Demme's most obscure early films are now available on no-frills, ultra low-budget DVDs. Otherwise unavailable on video, Fighting Mad is available for only $5 on DVD. It's also available as part of a bizarre-looking collection called "Old Skool Thugz".
In addition, there are two different DVDs available for Demme's writing/producing debut, Angels Hard as They Come. One is a low-budget release produced by the same company that released the Fighting Mad DVD, BCI Eclipse. The other Angels DVD is part of a collection called "Classic Biker Movies". I haven't seen any of these DVDs so don't consider this a recommendation but, other than television, this is the only way to see these early Demme films.
Next update: let's face it, I'll probably never find time to finish transcribing the Swing Shift interview but, if I do, you'll read it here first.