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(aka "Katie Called Katje")

 

Directed by Henry King
USA 1955

 

Widely touted as a kind of South African Gone with the Wind, 1955s epic Untamed tells the story of Irish emigrant Katie (Susan Hayward) and Boer cavalry commander Paul van Riebeck (Tyrone Power); their romance begins in Ireland and faces trials and adventures in a roiled South Africa. Directed by veteran Henry King, shot by Leo Tover, and featuring a sumptuous score by the great Franz Waxman.

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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.

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Theatrical Release: March 1st, 1955

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Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:51:10.288        
Video

2.55:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,496,866,627 bytes

Feature: 33,276,592,128 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3245 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3245 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2118 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2118 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2089 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2089 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Twilight Time

 

2.55:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,496,866,627 bytes

Feature: 33,276,592,128 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Isolated Score
Trailer (2:21)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Twilight Time bring the South African-based actioner/romance film Untamed to a new Blu-ray edition. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a high bitrate. It can look a shade inconsistent but that may have been the weak sets that are glaringly obvious. It is in the original super widescreen 2.55:1 aspect ratio and may of the location vistas in Cape Town, South Africa and California, USA are impressive in HD. 

The film was shown with a 4-Track Stereo and Twilight Time give the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track or a 2.0 channel stereo. There are some separations notable in the large and loud fighting sequence (Not Zulu but strong nonetheless). The score is by
Franz Waxman (Rebecca, Dark Passage, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) and rises and falls with the action and romantic interludes well - it is also available as on isolated option. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE Blu-ray.

Twilight Time only supply their usual isolated score and a theatrical trailer plus the liner notes from Julie Kirgo.

I had never seen Untamed before and was surprised at the extensive nature of the production - notable in the long and brutal battle sequence. The tagline was "It's AFRICOLOSSAL! in CINEMASCOPE ". I found the film a bit uneven relying on Susan Hayward more than it should but Tyrone Power is always great.  The
Blu-ray transfer is pleasing but is essentially bare-bones. I'm glad I saw it but it's not a film I would strongly recommend.

Gary Tooze

 


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