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The Salt of the Earth aka "Le Sel De La Terre" [Blu-ray]
(Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Decia Films
Video: Curzon / Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,447,187,231 bytes
Feature Size: 25,501,958,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.68 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 14th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio 3279 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3279 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Deleted Scenes (36:12)
• Papu's Song (2:48)
Description: For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastićo Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet s beauty. Sebastićo Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.
“The Salt of the Earth,” Wim Wenders’s new documentary about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastićo Salgado, elegantly inhabits a moral and aesthetic paradox. Mr. Salgado’s photographs illuminate some of the worst horrors of the modern world: starvation, war, poverty, displacement. They are also beautiful, dramatic visual artifacts, and their power has a double effect. We are drawn into the contemplation of terrible realities, but at the same time our attention turns to the person bearing witness.Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE
Photographer Sebastićo Salgado's images on the big screen are a visual
gift as much as the subject matter of his work is a scream for change.
Salgado, when we first see him here, could be John Ford looking out over
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Salt of the Earth gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. I believe the film as shot in HD and the detail is at a high level. It is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate. It looks flawless - the black and white still photos show good contrast and the color segments have true, tight, colors. The 1080P exhibits a pleasing image quality in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio although many of the sequences are differently framed inside the 1.78 matte. It's pristinely clean and this Blu-ray showcases the documentary with a very appealing transfer.
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The AE Blu-ray of The Salt of the Earth offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3279 kbps. Aside from the narration and dialogue the audio is really a notable for the wonderful score by Laurent Petitgand (Wender's Tokyo-Ga, Antonio + Wenders Beyond the Clouds etc.). It sounds amazing - pieces such as Papu's Song, Serra Pelada, Wrangel Island, Sick Soul - running along the side the documentary - seething and mysterious. There is also a linear PCM stereo track (2304 mbps) and I thought I heard something famous (classic) but I could be wrong. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Extras include over 35-minutes of Deleted Scenes - cut from the final version. They mimic much of the edited documentary and can only suggest the cuts were for commercial or cosmetic reasons. There is a brief section of Laurent Petitgand's poetic Papu's Song piece - lasting only 3-minutes.
September 1st, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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