New Release: Documentary Salt Blu-ray and DVD

Not to be confused with the Angelina Jolie-starring thriller movie, documentary Salt arrived on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo on Nov. 2, 2010, from PBS. It carried a suggested retail price of $19.99.

The 2009 short film, which was shown on PBS’s Independent Lens series, is about internationally renowned Australian photographer Murray Fredericks and his annual solo pilgrimage to the heart of Lake Eyre in the remote north corner of South Australia.

Salt interweaves Fredericks’ pictures, with innovative time-lapse sequences and illuminating and exposing video diary excerpts about his experiences on one of the most featureless landscapes on the planet.

Stripped back to its essentials, Fredericks’ emotional and mind altering roller-coaster ride is told through a fusion of personally reflective sound bytes and satellite phone conversations with his wife and family at home in Sydney.

Totally isolated, with only the horizon line as his reference point, and thoughts as his only companion, Fredericks’ is forced to overcome the environmental elements of rain, mud plains, lightning, equipment failure and the ever intrusive salt. The resulting photographs are not just sublime pictures of a remote and surreal location – they are still points that punctuate a journey of the mind and spirit.

The film received a number of awards, including the 2009 “Distinguished Documentary Short of the Year” from the International Documentary Association, the 2009 “Best Short Documentary” at the Film Critic’s Circle Australia, and the 2009 “Best Short Film” at the Melbourne International Film Festival, among others.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.