This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
Directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Angelina Jolie
, Liev Schrieber, Daniel Olbrychski and August Diehl
Why? Warning: if you are on Team Aniston or cannot suspend disbelief enough to swallow the fact that bony Angelina Jolie plays a character that knocks men around twice her size, then do not see this movie. For the rest of you, please read on.
Jolie—who has played the superheroine part before in Wanted
and Tomb Raider
—plays trusted CIA operative Evelyn Salt who goes on the lam when a Russian defector, Orlov, claims that she is a sleeper agent sent to assassinate the Russian president and, later, the U.S. president. Salt uses her skills as a covert operative to elude capture and to try to protect her husband, but she is forced to watch him die at the order of Orlov—whom we learn brainwashed her since childhood and trained her as an unbreakable agent. Salt exacts her revenge and discovers a secret about a Cold War era operation codenamed "Day X" that could change the course of world history.
The best aspect of Phillip Noyce
's slick spy picture is that you never really know whose side—if any—Salt is on until the film's final moments, which makes her an unpredictable and exciting character. In fact, no one in the movie is really whom they seem they are, including Live Schrieber as Ted Winter—Salt's superior and the head of the CIA's fictional Russia House.
Salt comes to DVD and Blu-ray peppered with three different versions: the PG-13 theatrical cut as well as a director's cut and an extended cut, the latter two of which are both unrated. You'll want to first check out the director's cut, which shows more violence and provides more of a backstory for Salt and her hapless husband, played by August Diehl.
Could someone please pass Salt to Jolie again for a sequel à la the Jason Bourne films? Thanks.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The Ultimate Female Action Hero," "Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt," a radio interview with the director and a filmmakers' commentary. Exclusive to the Blu-ray are "Salt
: Declassified," a making-of featurette, "The Real Agents," a "Spy Cam" picture-in-picture track, a featurette on Noyce and "False Identity: Creating a New Reality."