Sharpness appeared largely solid. A few wider shots could feel a bit soft, but most of the movie appeared crisp and well-defined.
Jagged edges and shimmering appeared absent, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. In addition, the movie suffered from no source flaws.
Blacks also appeared deep and tight, while low-light shots were clean and smooth. This was a consistently positive picture.
All the animal escapades gave us some sonic activity, and the soundfield matched the film nicely. Music always demonstrated positive stereo imaging, and the effects created a realistic and involving sense of atmosphere. When the action heated up, the surrounds added a fine layer of material.
Audio quality seemed positive. Dialogue always came across as natural and warm, and I detected no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music appeared bright and dynamic, with concise highs and rich lows. Effects also were tight and realistic.
Untamed comes with a surprisingly long assortment of extras, and these open with an audio commenary from director Elaine Bogan, co-director Ennio Torresan and producer Karen Foster. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, art, visual design and animation, music, and connected topics.
Though it comes with the requisite amount of praise for those involved with the project, the commentary nonetheless offers a pretty good look at the film. Nothing especially memorable occurs but we find a more than competent and enjoyable overview.
A few featurettes follow, and Finding Your Spirit runs nine minutes, 20 seconds. It brings comments from Torresan, Bogan, Foster, co-writers Kristen Hahn and Aury Wallington, composer Amie Doherty and actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Walton Goggins, Eiza González, Isabela Merced, Julianne Moore, Marsai Martin, and Mckenna Grace.
“Spirit” looks at story, characters, themes and music. Expect lots of happy talk and very little real informative content.
Home on the Range lasts three minutes, 20 seconds and provides Grace as she croons a version of that song with lyrics adapted to suit Untamed. This never becomes interesting.
Next comes Snack Time, a two-minute, 18-second piece that features Merced, Martin and an unnamed narrator who teach us how to make S’mores. This isn’t a complicated recipe, but maybe kids will find it worthwhile.
We find three Deleted/Extended Scenes, each of which comes with introductions from Bogan, Torresan, Foster and storyboard artist Daniel Tal. We locate “Campaign Launch – Extended” (1:46), “Bubbles” (1:25) and “Elk Stampede” (3:49).
The scenes tend to be fairly forgettable and don’t feel like they’d have added to the film. The intros explain why the sequences got cut.
Behind the Voices splits into eight segments with a total running time of nine minutes, 59 seconds. Across these, we hear from Merced, Martin, Grace, Goggins, González, Gyllenhaal, Moore, Bogan, Foster, and actor Andre Braugher.
“Voices” discusses cast, characters and performances. We don’t really get much more than happy talk.
With Cowgirls Rule, we find a four-minute, 16-second featurette that offers notes from González, Grace, Moore, Hahn, Merced, Torresan, Wallington, Foster, Bogan, Martin and Doherty. “Rule” looks at the relationship among the movie’s emphasis on females, and it becomes another piece without much real informational value.
Drawing Spirit breaks into six reels and goes for a total of 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Via these, story artist Wendy Sullivan teaches us how to draw six movie characters. Kids might enjoy this instructional compilation.
In the same vein, How To offer five tutorials. Oddly, it repeats the “Snack Time” clip from earlier, but it also brings “Create Your Own Indoor ‘Campfire’” (2:11), “How to Ukulele” (2:20), “Abigail’s Hand Shadow Secrets” (2:42) and “How to Zoetrope” (6:00).
Across these, we hear from Merced, Martin, Grace, and that still unnamed narrator, who I feel bad for because she does all the heavy lifting. Again, kids may enjoy these features.
Finally, we get Sing-Alongs for four tracks: “Fearless” (English Version), “Fearless” (Valiente Duet”, “You Belong” and a repeat of the earlier “Home on the Range”.
Of course, Grace appears for “Range”, but the other three offer standard mixes of movie clips, on-screen lyrics, recording studio footage and the respective songs. All seem forgettable.
The disc opens with ads for Dream Horse and Gabby’s Doll House. No trailer for Untamed appears here.
A second disc brings a DVD copy of Untamed. It provides the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Though I liked 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, 2021’s spinoff Spirit Untamed offers a sub-mediocre tale. Uninspired, dull and generic, the movie lacks any sense of adventure or drama. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a long but often forgettable roster of bonus features. This becomes tired kiddie fare.