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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy


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MGM is often hit and miss with their DVD titles, but one thing is usually certain: their special editions are worth the price, and Oliver Stone's early directorial effort, Salvador, is a perfect example. Putting aside picture and sound until later, the supplements are a true attention-grabber. To start with, there's a new documentary which is part making-of,


MGM is often hit and miss with their DVD titles, but one thing is usually certain: their special editions are worth the price, and Oliver Stone's early directorial effort, Salvador, is a perfect example. Putting aside picture and sound until later, the supplements are a true attention-grabber. To start with, there's a new documentary which is part making-of, part history lesson. While a bit disorganized, it's still a fascinating look at where the inspiration for this film came from and what it took to make a low-budget film. As with many discs from Stone, this too includes a commentary track. The director is well spoken in not only what he was trying to accomplish, but in his personal beliefs. Gaps in this track are made up by his personal insights. In addition are eight deleted scenes of varying video quality that run around 25 minutes. Finally, along with the theatrical trailer is a photo gallery that consists of little more than random shots from the film. As for the picture, MGM proves that even a minor budget film, with the right care, can look exceptional. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is stunning for the most part, with only minor, and usually forgivable, distractions. The sound, which includes both the original mono and a new, more robust, 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is centered up front, and unfortunately doesn't take advantage of the entire sound field. Regardless, dialogue and sound effects are clear and distortion free. Salvador was released with a movie-only disc once by defunct Polygram. Credit should be given to those that saw it as a more important title that deserved a little more recognition.

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Salvador may be Oliver Stone's best film, even if it is one of his least known and commercially disappointing. Released in the same year as Stone's more acclaimed Platoon, Salvador takes a rare, politically volatile subject: the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador and gives audiences a thrill-a-minute ride through the eyes of its unlikely protagonist, photographer Richard Boyle (James Woods). The reliable Woods is terrific, given room to roam by Stone in a complex and unforgiving role, and James Belushi as his friend is a dramatic surprise. The film is compelling both as a semi-autobiographical account of a risk-taking, globe-trotting photojournalist (Stone wrote the screenplay with Boyle) and as a mesmerizing political horror story. It's comparable in some ways toMissing, as one of a few mainstream American films to examine the United States's Latin American foreign policy and its impact on peoples' lives. Salvador marked Stone as a political maverick with a dazzling directorial style, as kinetic and frenetic as it would be in his later work. Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Pan & Scan, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Oliver Stone; approximately 25 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes; Into The Valley Of Death, a documentary featuring interviews with Stone, James Woods, Jim Belushi and others; photo gallery; collectible booklet; original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Richard Boyle
Jim Belushi Dr. Rock
Michael Murphy Ambassador Thomas Kelly
John Savage John Cassady
Elpidia Carrillo Maria
Cynthia Gibb Cathy Moore
Colby Chester Jack Morgan
Tony Plana Maj. Max
Will MacMillian Col. Hyde
Valerie Wildman Pauline Axelrod
José Carlos Ruiz Archbishop Romero
Jorge Luke Col. Julio Figueroa
Juan Fernandez Army Lieutenant
Mario Arevalo Road Block Thug
Agustin Bernal Bodyguard to Major Max
Arturo Bonilla Romero Assassin
Erika Carlson Sister Wagner
Queta Carrasco Bruja
Jule Conn WAC at Party
Waldeir de Souza U.S. Customs Official
Arturo Rodriguez Doring Young Student Killed
Miguel Ehrenberg Capt. Marti
Humberto Elizondo Actor
Gary Farr Australian Reporter
Martin Fuentes Maria's Brother
Josh Gallegos Immigration Officer on Bus
Sigridur Gudmunds Sister Burkit
Claudia Hernandez Maria's Daughter
Bill Hoag 2nd Immigration Officer
Nicholas Jasso Death Squad
Tyrone Jones Landlord San Francisco
Tomas Leal Actor
Israel Leon Carlos' Friend
John MacDevitt GI in Salvador
Mauricio Martinez Executed Lieutenant
Ann Sue McKean Cop in San Francisco
Ramon Menendez Maj. Max's Assistant
Gilles Milinaire French Reporter
Bob Morones Customs Officer
Daria Okugawa Dog Attendant
Rene Pereyra Rapist
Jorge Pol Actor
Gerardo Quiroz Actor
Jorge Reynoso Jefe at Customs Shed
Xochitl Rosario Del Messenger on Horse
Maria Rubell Boyle's Baby
Bruno Rubeo Actor
Yair Rubin De Maria's Son
Salvador Sanchez Human Rights Leader
Cesar Sobrevals Actor
Roberto Sosa Rebel Youth
Sean Stone Boyle's Baby
Hector Tellez Mayor at Nun's Burial
Jose Chavez Trowe Jail Guard
Juliana Urquisa Wilma
Leticia Valenzuela Woman Rebel
Angel Vargas Tic Tac Monster in Cafe
Rosario Zuniga His Assistant
Carmen Del Ma. Sanchez Maria's Grandmother
Angeles Los De Ma. Urquiza Mamma Moncha at Panama Club
Kara Glover Kelly
Danna Hansen Sister Stan
John Doe Roberto, Restaurant Owner

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Daly Producer
Yves de Bono Special Effects
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Derek Gibson Producer
Gerald Green Producer
Melo Hinojosa Art Director
Ramon Menendez Asst. Director
Kathryn Morrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Boyle Screenwriter
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Claire Simpson Editor

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Logos/Credits/Busted [:16]
2. "Running On Empty" [1:49]
3. Salvadorian Welcome [4:10]
4. "My Amigo!" [3:21]
5. "You're The Only One" [:05]
6. "There Is No Money!" [7:02]
7. Death Squad Dump Site [:31]
8. Casualties Of War [1:55]
9. Political Party [4:47]
10. "Major Max" [1:08]
11. Bribing His Way Out [2:23]
12. Going To The Top [2:36]
13. "Stop The Repression!" [2:35]
14. Dangerous Propaganda [:56]
15. "I Love It Here!" [6:42]
16. "Pistol-Packing Nuns?" [5:04]
17. The Rebel Army [:47]
18. Pictures Don't Lie [4:31]
19. Getting The Story [:09]
20. Becoming Your Enemy [5:14]
21. "I Got The Shot!" [7:38]
22. "Get Out Of Here!" [:54]
23. Exposed At The Border [4:47]
24. No Exit/End Credits [1:49]


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Salvador 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect from this film, I bought the DVD mostly on a whim that it could either be a great film or a disaster, but in the end I was extremely satisfied. All I knew about the feature was that it was supposed to be an intense thriller with James Woods which portrays one of his finest perfomances on-screen to date. The Film follows Woods who plays a real life photo-journalist; Richard Boyle whom travels down to Salvador to escape a streak of bad luck in the States. Boyle travels down with a good friend Dr. Rock played by Jim Belushi. To myself, whom is a major fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the film has a sort of touch like the novel and movie. Two guys traveling, getting stoned, drunk, and twisted, in a red convertible, with his sidekick named "DR," which sort of relates to "Dr. Gonzo" in the "Fear and Loathing" entreprise, and also the main character being a Journalist speaks some volumes. Maybe it's Oliver Stone's way of saluting the great and almighty Hunter S. Thompson...mmm...but the story is of course very different and takes extraordinary turns into the hell of human nature. Being an Oliver Stone flick, there's always a touch of shady American Politics, but this film is from the book which Boyle wrote himself about his true experiences in El Salvador. I can see why Stone and Woods got some Oscar nods for this feature, since nubmer one being the acting and number two it's just an all around great piece of art that explores American Influence on foreign policies along with Government Control over a sovergned state. Stone is at the top of his game with this masterpiece. I would say that it's up there with the likes of Platoon and even Natural Born Killers. So if you want to go on a wild bumpy ride, check this one out...
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