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Salt

Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Nov 23, 2010 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Victor - external link: IMDB
I. Introduction

Agents and spies have always been well-received movie heroes, as proven by numerous B-movies as well as blockbuster like the Bourne- or Bond series. The premise is almost the same every time as the hero fights against enemies on the outside as well as the inside to either prove his innocence or save the world or both. So it's not that big a surprise that in Salt Angelina Jolie is in the line of fire and a fugitive as well.

Worldwide, the movie made a solid 294 million dollars with a budget of 110 millions and is now released on Blu-ray and DVD in three versions.
In den USA, the Theatrical version is obtainable on its own on DVD. The whole package consists of the Theatrical version (PG-13), the Extended Cut and a Director's Cut, and although it doesn't seem to be all that profitable to release the Theatrical Version regardless of an existing extended version, the case is an entirely different one with Salt.Agents and spies have always been well-received movie heroes, as proven by numerous B-movies as well as blockbuster like the Bourne- or Bond series. The premise is almost the same every time as the hero fights against enemies on the outside as well as the inside to either prove his innocence or save the world or both. So it's not that big a surprise that in Salt Angelina Jolie is in the line of fire and a fugitive as well.

Worldwide, the movie made a solid 294 million dollars with a budget of 110 millions and is now released on Blu-ray and DVD in three versions.
In the USA, the Theatrical version is obtainable on its own on DVD. The whole package consists of the Theatrical version (PG-13), the Extended Cut and a Director's Cut, and although it doesn't seem to be all that profitable to release the Theatrical Version regardless of an existing extended version, the case is an entirely different one with Salt. To cover all the differences between the three versions, we decided to compare them all in three reports.

II. Versions


The Theatrical Version
Duration: 95:54 Min. (PAL)
Rating: PG-13

The Theatrical Version was shown on the big screen with a PG-13 rating - it was even cut for a 12A rating in the UK. The comparisons with both extended versions show that this version had to be cut due to MPAA regulations, made obvious by frame cuts and toned down alternative footage. Also, the movie was trimmed and sped up a little, as it is custom to make a later extended version an option.
The Theatrical Version is the only version with an open ending and thus an option for a sequel. Since one never knows up front how successful a movie might be, this is a clever move of the producers.

The Extended Cut
Duration: 96:56 Min. (PAL)
Rating: Unrated

Glancing at the running times of both versions, the differences don't seem to be all that numerous - one expects the removal of PG-13 censorship (which is the case here as well). But we're in for a big surprise, since both versions feature entirely different scenes and endings: while Salt kills Orlov in the Theatrical Version shortly after Michael's death on the ship, she only visits and kills him in his manor at the end of the Extended cut.
So any mentioning of Orlov's early demise are only found in the Theatrical Version. Due to the final act of revenge in the Extended Cut a sequel is much less likely. There are several changes beside that so the small difference in running time (about minute) says almost nothing about how much the two versions differ, since the Theatrical Version alone features about five minutes of exclusive footage not showing when running times are compared.

The Director’s Cut
Duration: 99:48 Min. (PAL)
Rating: Unrated

The difference in running time between the Theatrical Version and the Director’s Cut is approximately 4 minutes. Apart from the removal of the usual PG-13 censorship the DC features several new scenes and extensions as well, just like in the Extended Cut from which Michaels new death sequence has been used.
Though not essential for the movie, the new footage does provide a bit of fleshing out for characters and story. The director's Cut follows the story path of the Theatrical Version, plus a different conclusion that is neither in the Theatrical version nor in the Extended Cut, namely the death of the US President, achieved by addition and removal of some small scenes as well as a bit of CGI blood on the President and a new voice-over at the end of the movie, telling the viewer not only that Salt has been killed but that he new President is likely to be a Russian sleeper agent. So Orlov's plan was successful and a sequel is once again very unlikely.



III. Censorship report

Comparison between the Theatrical Version (PG-13) and the Director's Cut (Unrated) (both on the German DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Theatrical Version

Duration: 95:54 minutes (PAL)
Rating: PG-13

Director's Cut

Duration: 96:56 minutes (PAL)
Rating: Unrated


The Director's Cut runs 239,64 Sec. / ca. 4 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version.

38 differences, containing
15 extended scenes in the Extended Cut
14 scenes with alternative footage
3 extended scenes in the Theatrical Version
3 additional scenes in the Extended Cut
2 additional scenes in the Theatrical Version
1 recut
Extended scene
0:01:19: The soldiers are being much rougher with Evelyn. A tube is forced down her throat and pushed in further in an additional shot.
6,44 Sec.



Additional scene in the Theatrical Version
0:01:22: Shot of Evelyn with the tube in her throat.
+ 0,84 Sec.

Alternative footage
0:01:31: In the Director's Cut the soldier removes the tube and Evelyn spits water while the procedure continues in the Theatrical Version.
The Theatrical Version runs 0,28 Sec. longer

Extended scene in the Theatrical Version
0:01:32: Evelyn spits water.
+ 0,2 Sec.


Extended scene
0:01:33: The soldier interrogates Evelyn further.

Soldier: "Try again!"
Evelyn: "I am not a spy!"
Soldier: "You are a spy! Don't you lie to me!"
Evelyn: "I am not a spy!"

A second soldier kicks Evelyn in the stomach.
13,36 Sec.



Extended scene
0:12:32: While in the Theatrical version the scene in which the children are kissing Vassily's ring continues, the Director's Cut shows them running through the woods. As soon as they have arrived their goal, Vassily asks who was the first and who was the last to arrive. Both boys raise their hand and the one who came last is hit with a birch as punishment.
9,52 Sec.



Extended scene
0:18:18: Evelyn walks through the interrogation room, then signals the personnel behind the one-way mirror: "I gotta pee."
12,92 Sec.



Additional scene
0:26:40: Michael is hand-chopped unconscious and drops to the floor.
3,72 Sec.


Extended scene/Alternative footage
0:29:54

Theatrical Version:

Michael: "I'm an arachnologist."
Evelyn: "A what?"
Michael: "I hunt spiders."


Extended Cut:

Michael: "I'm an arachnologist."
Evelyn: "A what?"
Michael: "A spider hunter."
Evelyn: "You look like one."

In an extended scene we see a spider in a terrarium while Michael tells Evelyn about a species he has discovered.

Michael: "There are 40.000 species of spiders in the world and that one is mine."
Evelyn: "You discovered it?"
Michael: "Inside North Korea. I name it Terrijoolsima peterbesti. Do you get that?"
Evelyn: "No, should I?"
Michael: "Peterbesti? I named it after Pete Best. The first drummer before Ringo. Best never was a famous Beatle. But now, he's a famous spider."
46,32 Sec.

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Extended scene
0:37:59: Evelyn remembers sex with Michael but we don't get to see anything really exciting.
7,96 Sec.



Recut
0:41:59: Evelyn prints out some blueprints of the church and subway, which is shown later in the Theatrical Version.
No time difference

Additional scene
0:42:23: The Director's Cut shows Evelyn and some colleagues reciting their oath.
25,84 Sec.



Additional scene
0:51:06: The Extended Cut shows a new dialogue between Peabody and another man about the police's jurisdiction.

N.Y.P.D.-Officer: "Jurisdiction is clear. This is New York City. N.Y.P.D. has her. She's going to 1 Police Plaza."
Peabody: "I'm not arguing jurisdiction. The shooter is CIA. I know her."
N.Y.P.D.-Officer: "Have your superior call the mayor."

In the foreground Winter speaks on the phone: "We don't know yet, sir. Yes, I'll be there. I'll be on the next chopper out."
15,44 Sec.



Extended scene/Additional scene
0:52:50: Little Salt runs through the training camp in Russia and Shnaider talks to her: "Natasha. Natasha, is that you? Did they give you a new face?"
Natasha: "I'm going home tomorrow, Shnaider."
Shnaider: "Home to Grozny?"
Natasha: "My home is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My favorite place there is McDonald's on Fern Street, because it's near the river. But I won't want to go there anymore because my mother and father are dead."
Shnaider: "Natasha... will you miss me?"
Natasha: "My name is Evelyn Salt."

Then both version show Salt attacking the policemen in their car, with slightly different takes in both versions.
35,56 Sec.



Alternative footage
0:59:49: Salt cannot show emotions when her husband is killed before her eyes. While in the Theatrical Version he is killed by a shot in the chest, she is forced to watch him drown in the Extended Cut.
The Extended Cut runs 44,72 Sec. longer


Theatrical Version:




Director's Cut:



Alternative footage
1:03:01: While in the Theatrical Version Orlov is killed off screen, the Director's Cut shows how Salt rams the broken bottle into his throat several times.
The DC runs 2,32 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Extended scene in the Theatrical Version
0:59:35: Salt gets another closeup and is shown walking over to the weapon crates.
+ 2,48 Sec.


Alternative footage
1:03:53: While we only see Salt shooting in the Theatrical Version, the Director's Cut shows on of the men getting hit and going down.
The Theatrical Version run 0,36 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:04:01: In the Director's Cut Salt pushes up the firing gun of an adversary, while the following shot is shown a few frames earlier in the Theatrical Version
The DC runs 1,84 Sec.

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:04:03: The DC shows Salt finishing off a wounded man who is lying on the ground. The Theatrical version shows a different man standing up.
The DC runs 0,6 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:04:30: In the DC, the corpses' faces are smeared with blood and one has several bullet wounds in his chest. In the Theatrical Version everything is clean.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:04:37: For continuity's sake, a shot of Michael has been changed. While he lies dead on the ground in the Theatrical Version, he is seen in the water in the Director's Cut.
The DC runs 1,52 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Extended scene
1:09:19: Shnaider is hit by bullets.
1 Sec.



Extended scene
1:09:20: In the Director's Cut we see Shnaider's back riddled with exit wounds.
0,4 Sec.



Extended scene
1:16:30: In the Extended Cut Winter shoots the agent twice, but only once in the Theatrical Version.
0,16 Sec.



Alternative footage
1:16:32: When Winter shoots the second agent we only see Winter in the Theatrical version while the Extended Cut shows the agent going down.
The Theatrical Version runs 0,36 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:16:36: As the Minister of Defense is shot we only see the bullet wound in the Director's Cut.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:16:39: As another man is gunned down we only see the wounds in the Director's Cut.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:17:12: While Winter only knocks the President unconscious with his gun in the Theatrical Version, he shoots him in the Director's Cut.
The Theatrical Version runs 1,16 Sec. longer

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Extended scene
1:24:03: Winter gives Salt a head-butt and pulls the pen out of his shoulder, leaving a little wound.
2,92 Sec.



Extended scene
1:24:08: Winter slams Salt on the table a third time.
1,76 Sec.



Alternative footage
1:24:21: The President has a bullet wound in his chest in the Director's Cut while he only lies on the ground unconscious in the Theatrical Version.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Alternative footage
1:24:35: As security arrives the President has (again) a bullet wound in his chest.
No time difference

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Extended scene in the Theatrical Version
1:25:13: While Peabody keeps looking at Salt, the Director's Cut shows Winter excusing himself to clean himself up.
+ 0,64 Sec.

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Additional scene in the Theatrical Version
1:21:33: In the Theatrical version, the unconscious President is wheeled off on a barrow and Winter tries to get to him, presumably to finish him off.
+ 6,84 Sec.



Extended scene
1:25:52: Winter is strangled a few frames longer.
0,64 Sec.

Extended scene
1:25:54: When Salt breaks Winter's neck, the Director's Cut shows an additional shot of him.
0,84 Sec.



Extended scene
1:32:23: The DC features an interesting voice-over implying that the President's successor might be a Russian sleeper and Orlov's mission might have been a success after all. It is also reported that Salt has been killed.
The voice-over is heard during a slowed-down shot of Salt fleeing which is longer than in the Theatrical Version.

"New U.S. President Joseph Steppens announced today that with the death of Natasha Chenkov, known in the U.S. as Evelyn Salt, all elements of the terrorist group have been eliminated. The announcement came during his Moscow peacekeeping visit where President Steppens paused to lay flowers at the site of the 1974 plane crash that killed his parents and sister while on a tour of Russia."
14,68 Sec.

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