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Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
USA 1942

 

From Cecil B. DeMille, the legendary director of The Sign of the Cross, Cleopatra, Samson and Delilah and The Ten Commandments comes this turbulent, swashbuckling tale with an all-star cast, set in 1840s Key West. Reap the Wild Wind stars Ray Millan (The Lost Weekend), John Wayne (Rio Bravo), Paulette Goddard (Diary of a Chambermaid), Robert Preston (Junior Bonner), Susan Hayward (Rawhide), Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and Charles Bickford (The Big Country). A potent combination of romance and adventure, the film centers on a headstrong independent woman played by Goddard. Along the seaboard of the American South, cut-throat salvagers who profit from the wrecks of transatlantic cargo ships move from exploiting shipwrecks to causing them. As the most dangerous of the salvagers, King Cutler (Massey), takes aim at the ships of the wealthy Devereaux Company, ambitious ship captain Jack Stuart (Wayne) and company lawyer Stephen Tolliver (Millan) vie for the hand of feisty Lexi Claiborne (Goddard). Winner of the Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Effects and nominated for two other Oscars, Best Cinematography (Color) and Best Art Direction - Interior Decoration (Color).

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Cecil B. DeMille's Technicolor historical spectacle Reap the Wild Wind was to have starred Gary Cooper, but Cooper's prior commitment to Goldwyn's Pride of the Yankees compelled DeMille to recast the leading role with John Wayne. The film, set in the mid-19th century, centers around Key West, Florida, where piracy reigns unchecked and steam engines are beginning to replace tall ships. Jack Stuart (Wayne) is a sea captain who crashes his vessel on the shoals of Key West. Loxi Claiborne (Paulette Goddard), the hoydenish manager of a salvage firm, arrives on the scene, but discovers that her rival in the salvage business, King Cutler (Raymond Massey) has reached Wayne first and lashed him to the mast, and is proceeding to ransack the ship with the aid of his partner-in-crime, younger brother Dan Cutler (Robert Preston). The Cutlers have built up quite a reputation for reaching wrecks ahead of competitors - to such a degree that some suspect them of making under-the-table deals with dishonest captains. While the men continue to ransack the ship, Loxi nurses Jack back to health, and the two fall in love; meanwhile, Jack worries openly that he'll lose the privilege of piloting his company's newest steamship. To ensure that this doesn't happen, Loxi offers to travel to Charleston, South Carolina and convince investigators that pirates were responsible for what happened to Jack. Subsequently, the company attorney, Stephen Tolliver (Ray Milland) must go to Florida with Jack's commission papers, and investigate the circumstances of the incident prior to givng the papers to the captain. In the process, Jack and Stephen become intense rivals for Loxi's affections.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: March 18th, 1942

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:03:50.548        
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,153,629,338 bytes

Feature: 35,767,154,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,153,629,338 bytes

Feature: 35,767,154,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Animated Image Gallery (16:25)
Theatrical Trailer (2:17)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 10th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (August 2019): Kino have transferred Cecil B. DeMille's Technicolor adventure Reap the Wild Wind to Blu-ray. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes, even HD, is unable to export the true glory of Technicolor - this is about as close as I've seen in years. Rich reds and greens are beautiful in 1080P sharing both a pastel and deep qualities. The image is clean and has a consistent film-like thickness - with pleasing detail visible. I was very impressed with the video quality.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (16-bit) in the original English language. It has plenty of storm and sea-faring effects that come through flat but with some depth. The film has a score by the great Victor Young (Run of the Arrow, Three Faces West, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate, The File on Thelma Jordan etc.) augmenting dram and romance. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has only an animated stills gallery and theatrical trailer as extras.

Cecil B. DeMille (who also does the prologue narration) crafts another blockbuster with plenty of stars (Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward, Charles Bickford, Hedda Hopper etc.). Reap the Wild Wind is larger-than-life excess but essentially is good-old-fashioned adventure storytelling. They definitely don't make them like this anymore and I am extremely pleased to own it looking so impressive on Blu-ray. Don't hesitate. 

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