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Feature 9.0
Video 9.5
Audio 9.5
Special Features 9.0
Total 9.0

Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

9.0


Salt

Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is living a fairly typical double life as an undercover CIA agent.  Until, that is, a terminally ill Russian operative appears at her headquarters and blithely informs her superiors that she is, in fact, a Soviet sleeper agent whose prime objective is to kill the visiting Russian Prime Minister.  Not wishing to stick around to dispel the claims, Jolie flees in spectacular and decidedly incendiary fashion.  Hunted by her government, she leads both the American intelligence agencies and the audience on a thrilling journey throughout the murky world of counterintelligence and post-Cold War Soviet-US distrust. 

Essentially The Bourne Identity with tits and a wig and with plenty of 007 and The Fugitive thrown in for good measure, Salt is a rock ‘em, sock ‘em action juggernaut that barely lets up in intensity for a minute.  One of the most mind-numbingly exhilarating espionage chase films not to star Matt Damon, it’s one of Jolie’s more accomplished (not to say enjoyable) performances of late, and undoubtedly one of the most blissfully high-octane releases of the year.  The action sizzles along relentlessly, a gun-toting Jolie smoulders in an array of disguises and Aussie director Phillip Noyce (The Saint, The Bone Collector) has sufficient good taste to ensure that the film’s rather outlandish plot twists are tempered with emotionality and the odd knowing cinematic wink. 

As befits a popcorn movie of this calibre, Sony’s impending Blu-ray Deluxe Unrated edition is a cracker.  Slated for local release on December 21, the set features Theatrical (100 mins), Director’s (104 mins) and Extended (102 mins) cuts of the film.  The latter two of these are unrated, and in addition to being playable with MovieIQ and added footage markers the extended edition also features Noyce’s vastly different Alternate Ending, which is markedly less open ended and perhaps a little more in keeping with the film’s frenetic, paranoiac ethos. 

Boasting impeccable picture and audio quality and a slew of quality bonus content, Salt’s emergence on HD marks one of the most satisfying, gratifying Blu-ray releases of the year.  And with Sony thoughtfully choosing a release date so close to Christmas there’ll be no excuse not to pick up a copy for the man of the house.  Trust me, he’ll thank you. 

Audio & Video

The main audio track is an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master, and it’s a scorcher; as big, loud and immersive as could be hoped for, and definitely a soundtrack designed to give your surround system a workout.  There are also Japanese and German 5.1 DTS-HD tracks, Turkish and Hindi 5.1s and an English descriptive audio track.  Picture quality is pristine, and the brightness and clarity never falter. 

Special Features

Director Phillip Noyce and Sony haven’t fucked about here either.   There’s a fun ‘Spy-cam’ option in which footage of cast and crew (lots of Jolie) discussing the film pops up throughout the feature; a fascinating, detailed and highly insightful Audio Commentary with Noyce; a 30-minute Radio Interview with Noyce from ‘The Treatment’ series and a string of Featurettes which feature plenty of behind-the-scenes and interview sequences.  Again Jolie features strongly here, and fans of Mrs Pitt will not be left wanting for clips, interviews, promo material and BTS footage of the actress. 






 
 



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