Blu-ray Review: UNTAMED (1955)

UNTAMED was directed by Henry King from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Frank Fenton and Michael Blankfort and stars Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Egan, Rita Moreno, John Justin and Hope Emerson. The score is by Franz Waxman.

In 1847, Katie O’Neill (Susan Hayward), the vibrant daughter of a wealthy horse-breeding family, falls in love with a farmer named Paul Van Riebeck (Tyrone Power), who unfortunately must leave Ireland and return home. The following year, after marrying another man, Katie and her kin flee to South Africa to escape the potato famine. Life in the new world is fraught with danger, but even more perilous than the native attacks is Von Riebeck’s return, which causes Katie’s heartstrings to stir.

This 1955 romantic actioner follows Katie (Susan Hayward) and Paul van Riebeck (Tyrone Power) who fall in love when he stays at her family’s place in Ireland. Their romance is short-lived because Paul quickly returns back home in South Africa where he serves as a Boer cavalry commander. What happens is, when the land in Ireland becomes devastated, Katie decides it’s time to move on so she decides to move to South Africa with her new husband and their baby. Once they arrive, it doesn’t take long for Katie to experience her next heartache but Paul shows up after this tragedy and their romance picks up where it left off earlier.

The thing about Paul is that when his mission calls for him it always comes before Katie so off he goes again out to fight for his people’s freedom. Katie is left heartbroken again but each time this happens it helps her become more independent as a single provider for her family. Paul’s decision making never stops Katie from loving him and when she finds her family caught in the middle of a dangerous situation it’s Paul who shows up and helps them out. After everything these two lovers have gone through they always find a way back to each other and in the end Paul finally sees that maybe it’s time to put family first, especially since they have a child together.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features more artwork. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Untamed by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. There might be a little grain in a few of the scenes but that’s part of the movie’s charm. I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Untamed ended up being a good watch that plays like a western-style international adventure because it starts in Ireland and makes its way across the ocean to South Africa. The movie is a romantic drama but it does feature a good amount of action. The story for Untamed is one that we’ve seen so many times in other movies so there’s nothing really original about the plot here. It’s the whole love found, love lost and then love found again thing. What I did like about the movie were the performances by the cast, even though the two main characters were aggravating as hell at times, they were still fun to follow. Another standout in Untamed were the locations where the movie was filmed and we get some beautiful shots of the land throughout the watch. The title Untamed isn’t just about this land that’s trying to be freed but it’s also about Katie’s relationship with Paul who needs a little taming of his own. Untamed is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distributor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.55:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include an Isolated Music Track and the Original Theatrical Trailer (02:21).

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