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The Last of the Mohicans: Director's Definitive Cut [Blu-ray] (1992)

Daniel Day-Lewis , Madeleine Stowe , Michael Mann  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Writers: Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, Daniel Moore, James Fenimore Cooper, John L. Balderston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (866 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y5CHIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    An epic adventure and passionate romance unfold against the panorama of a frontier wilderness ravaged by war. Academy Award(R) winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor in 1989 for My Left Foot) stars as Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Madeleine Stowe is Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a proud British Colonel. Their love, tested by fate, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies that engulfs the majestic mountains and cathedral-like forests of Colonial America.

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    758 of 807 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical version available on DVD overseas November 26, 2004
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Like many people here, I detest the recut DVD version of this film. Seeing the original theatrical version in 1992 was one of the key moviegoing experiences of my life. I don't buy DVDs to see a new spin on a movie I liked, I buy them to be able to rewatch that same movie. Alternate cuts are fine as a bonus feature, but once I saw how Michael Mann had butchered his mainstream masterpiece, giving no option of seeing how it was originally, I sold the DVD and bought a copy of the mercifully untouched widescreen VHS.

    Recently, however, I discovered that while this American director's cut DVD is from Fox, Warner Bros holds the rights to Mohicans outside the USA, and they have released the original theatrical version on DVD around the globe. I have a regionless DVD player, which is easy to get in many stores for under fifty dollars, so I bought a copy of the British DVD at amazon.co.uk

    Wow. It's as I remembered it, with the Clannad song, without the extra monologue over the closing scene, and with my favorite line back in -- "My father warned me about people like you. He said do not try to understand them, and do not try to make them understand you."

    If you love this movie like I do, get a regionless DVD player, they're worth it for so many reasons, and then get a copy of the British DVD. You'll be glad you did.

    Update - 2014 - I've just purchased the Taiwanese Warner Bros DVD, and I'd like to recommend it to everyone. It's NTSC, so it's at normal speed. The UK disc is great, but it's PAL, which involves a 4% speed-up. If you need more info on PAL speed-up, it's easy to find on Google. The Taiwanese disc is still Region 3, so you'll still need a regionless player. However it's definitely superior to the UK disc.
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    336 of 356 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    This DVD is a huge disappointment. With every other movie I have ever bought that was labeled a "Director's Cut" or an "Expanded Edition", the movie had things added to it and not taken out. This version of the movie cuts out much of the familiar and favorite dialogue from the movie released in the theater. Did you like the part where, hiding in the forest, Hawkeye & Cora have their conversation about her people being a breed apart and not making any sense? When Cora gets offended by this, Hawkeye gives her such a look and says "I would make an exception in your case, Miss" and she sarcastically says "Thank you so much!" All this is ripped out of this version. When Major Hayward and Hawkeye have their confrontation in Col. Munro's office about whether the Colonial militia should be released from service to defend their families, gone is the part where Hawkeye looks at the Major and says "I think one day you and I are going to have a serious disagreement". When the party is escaping from the massacre and are in the canoes on the lake, gone is the part where Hawkeye sees Major Hayward pointing a gun at him and says "Got nothing better to do on the lake today, Major?" When the party is hiding from the Hurons in the cave behind the waterfall there are some scenes and dialogue missing. Most notably when Hawkeye and Uncas and Chingachgook decide they have to flee and Cora says "I want you to go, that way if the worst happens and only one of us survives, then something of the other does too."
    This DVD can be credited with adding a few tiny bits of dialogue here and there but very little of it adds anthing to the story and does not make up for the lines that were cut. There are also some added shots of the backside of horses as they pull a coach, a few extra shots of the crowd leaving Ft.
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    559 of 602 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great Original Movie (and VHS); POOR DVD September 7, 2000
    By dmw
    Format:DVD
    Re-release of a previous review so those who read nearby reviews NOTE the difference between VHS (excellent) and DVD (POOR): Waited in great anticipation for the DVD release of this one. The Last of the Mohicans is a great movie enhanced with terrific music. The VHS widescreen version in THX is a wonderful piece of entertainment. Unfortunately, this Director's Expanded Edition has destroyed the flow and continuity of the original. In Director Michael Mann's attempt to supply us with his "definitive vision of the film" via his own editing, he has ignored the professional editors and provided us with a substandard version of what was a fine film. Several of the added clips have no musical sound track at all and come across as painfully awkward - making the viewer fully aware he/she is watching actors in front of a camera rather than immersing us in the action. There is even a series of scenes in the original (and VHS) that has a vocal music piece overlaid that has been completely omitted from the DVD. All in all, I was very disappointed in the DVD after having distinctive and memorable images etched in my mind from the original theater and VHS releases.
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    69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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    I'm a fan of this movie, and my low rating has to do with displeasure at the director's cut version. The original version had its problems, but Mann went overboard in trying to correct those problems and messed up the movie.
    I've read all of the other reviews here, and people have already touched on many of the major changes in the DVD version. I won't rehash the previous comments. I wrote this review because I don't think anybody yet has mentioned some very important changes made to the director's cut. Taken as a whole, this director's cut is a significantly different movie from the original, much like how Blade Runner got changed completely. Since I don't have a copy of the original version, I can only make comparisons from memory, so bear with me if I make some mistakes.
    As a previous review noted, the intent of the director's cut seems to have been to add more historical background and authenticity to the movie. This does give a greater richness to the movie, but at the expense of slowing the pace down noticeably. Certain scenes have lost a good deal of their original dramatic effect. I'm thinking especially of Hawkeye's run through the meadow during the big massacre outside of the fort. In the original version, as I recall, there is a continuous camera shot of Hawkeye, running at warp speed, looking for Cora, calling out her name, and whacking Hurons left and right. Melodramatic, over-choreographed, and faintly reminiscent of a Kung Fu fight scene for sure, but that brief shot had a real kinetic energy which got you charged up and let you know in no uncertain terms how important Cora was to Hawkeye. In the new version, we see Hawkeye moving at a more realistic pace, working with Uncas and Chingachgook, and eventually finding Cora.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, well told story
    What can you say? A beautiful, well told story. Epic. My favorite Daniel Day-Lewis movie.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Filmmaking At Its Best!
    A well told amazing and deeply touching action packed period film by Michael Mann. I highly recommend it.
    Published 8 days ago by Ricardo Thompson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Was in excellent condition and quality of picture.
    Published 12 days ago by R. KANE
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, bad cut
    This version has a lot of dialog cut from the original. I find myself waiting for a line, a good line, and it's just not there. My ex wife got a copy of the extended DVD. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Edward Maidment
    5.0 out of 5 stars A 1990's Classic in HD Quality!
    Excellent movie in Blu-Ray HD Quality! And for the price, you can't beat it! It arrived earlier than expected on my front door step, I was very happy to get it in the mail.
    Published 19 days ago by Ruben A. Avila
    5.0 out of 5 stars saw it before... just wanted to own ...
    saw it before ...just wanted to own.
    Published 23 days ago by Kat van
    4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous film diminished by Blu-ray and current Fox versions
    This review is strictly directed to the Blu-ray version of "Last of the Mohicans" starring Daniel Day-Lewis and the gorgeous Madeleine Stowe. Read more
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