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The Salt Of The Earth (2014/Sony Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B- Film: B+

Wim Wenders is an excellent filmmaker and his talents are on full display here in The Salt of the Earth, not to be confused with the 1954 classic reviewed elsewhere on this site. Though I will admit that I haven't seen as many films by him as I would like, Wenders expertly photographs and tells the story of the photographer Sebastiao Salgado who has been traveling 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. The powerful images don't hold back as this unique photographer shows us the world as it is, which is an ultimate ying and yang. With the overall theme of family and aesthetics, the film manages to be more than just a show and tell of a career but a powerful journey.

If you're a photographer then this is a must see and captured beautifully in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a powerful, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. An anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is also included that is good, but no match for the Blu-ray. If you're looking for a demo disc to show off your home entertainment system then this may be it, with perfect resolution and contrast that can only be appreciated in this format.

Extras on the disc include

Audio Commentary

Looking Back

Deleted Scenes

This isn't a film that you want to miss, especially if you are a fan of the arts, humanity, photography or the study of the earth.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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