Cecil B. DeMille’s 1942 Technicolor Paramount production of Reap the Wild Wind, with an all-star cast, should be a gorgeous blu-ray.
John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Charles Bickford, all in Technicolor, which in 1942 was still a rarity – a special occasion at the cinema. The industry output that year, was seventeen. Paramount released three productions in the process. The other two, forgettable.
Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray has generally very nice colors, but as this seems to be based upon an older transfer, and derived from a less than stellar film element, the results relevant to this Blu-ray are mixed at best.
Registration issues, and occasional dirt are apart of the image, along with less than wonderful stability.
Another important film, that deserves better.
Image – 3.25
Audio – 4.5
Upgrade from DVD – sure
Pass / Fail – Pass