Pairing John Wayne with a giant squid proved a winning move for the ultimate

As movie fans in the home video age, we’ve been lucky enough to dive into a movie’s special features and watch all of the behind-the-scenes documentaries. They were invaluable to us, who used to want to know what goes on in the making of a movie, even if it means breaking the reality of a movie to do so. For some, learning this information enriches our love for the medium. For others, however, it makes the film seem less than it once was.

For “Reap the Wild Wind,” Paramount wanted everyone to be completely in awe of the giant squid. They get letters from people from all walks of life asking about how they made the squid for the movie (Remember, kids, this was before the Internet). To maintain an air of magic, Paramount’s standard answer to this is simply:

“It’s the studio’s policy not to reveal technical details of any moving images as that would reduce the dramatic illusion.”

I can’t help but respect the whole thing”Accept the mystery“element of the statement. They even forwarded that into Blu-ray releaseno “Making Of” documentary (and that comes to us from Kino Lorber, who is usually pretty good at including those kinds of features).

I also wish that Paramount would do a better job of letting people see this movie today. Currently, that Blu-ray disc is the only way you can watch “Reap the Wild Wind”. It’s not on a streaming service or available to buy or rent digitally in any way. That’s fine for a physical media fanatic like me, but Paramount… let everyone see your “John Wayne vs. Giant Squid” movie. Pairing John Wayne with a giant squid proved a winning move for the ultimate

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