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Big Lie for the day -- this DVD is an "Expanded Edition",
This review is from: The Last of the Mohicans (Enhanced Widescreen) (1992) (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. William Henry and a few extra shots of the French soldiers digging the trenches. They are not worth shelling out money for a DVD if you already have the VHS version. The only thing of real merit added in this version are shots of Major Hayward's diversion outside Ft. William Henry while Hawkeye and Uncas are covering the escape of the courier that is being sent to get reinforcements from General Webb at Ft. Edward. If they had just added that and left the rest alone, it would have been a tiny improvement.
If you look at the original VHS tape of the theatrical release you will find the length recorded as 114 minutes. The length of this newly released, expanded edition is -- now get ready to be overwhelmed -- 117 minutes. This DVD is simply a major rip-off by a film company trying to get some money from extra movie sales. Unfortunately, they do not have the material to make it worth your while. Take my advice, Save Your Money!!
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2010 9:03:13 PM PDT
J. sanders says:
this dvd also left out the spectacular and moving song just after uncas, hawheye, and chingachgook pull each other from the river.(after they'd jump from the waterfall) its so stupid because nobody's talking anyways...
and i wish i'd seem your review sooner. (wasted $18.48)
Posted on Nov 27, 2011 3:30:52 AM PST
Old Classy Music Lover says:
Note that the above review is regarding the old DVD version of this movie. If you are a real fan of this movie, the edition to get is the new 2010 Blu-Ray release, which has been enhanced, and is breathtaking to view and and a joy to listen to.
Posted on Jan 12, 2012 12:56:58 AM PST
Greg Mahaits says:
I love this movie. The film story, the music, and all the content that was ( and still is) on my VHS tape. I am not at all interested in a silly version such as this. When will it be done right ? Adding previously cut scenes is OK by me. Cutting scenes is absolutely NOT OK. Are you OUT OF YOUR MINDS ? Do you really think that YOU know better ? It is not the same movie when you take away from it. Dolts ! Go and flip some patties. Maybe you can do that right. Maybe.
Posted on Feb 3, 2012 11:12:17 AM PST
Greg Mahaits says:
One of my favourite movies, but due to the directors ruinous changes, I will not buy this. I would be in a state of incredulity, after viewing it. I appreciate this review by " jellen".
Right on !
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 10:04:33 PM PDT
Agree on the omitted song in that scene. To me, it's one of thee most beautiful scenes in the whole movie. I can't wait for the movie to be re-released one day with that scene in it. Just sad. Moreover, i've been looking for that movie version of the song, not the one on Clannad's album (Banba). The one that says "No matter where you go, i'm always with you...", Instead of "No matter where you go, i will find you".Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 9:24:52 AM PST
Steve Douglas says:
So, is the current release on Blu Ray, if ordered now, the complete movie? How is the audio and video transfer?
Posted on Jan 31, 2013 8:00:28 PM PST
John B Kirkpatrick says:
Please be aware that Amazon (as of today, at least) is posting all of the reviews REGARDLESS of the movie version! The different versions are NOT the same, and in some cases very disappointing; so please try to get the right one based on your read of the reviews. (My take -- try to get as close to the theatrical version as possible.)
Posted on Feb 8, 2013 7:01:33 AM PST
Mischa Lin says:
Another option to see the original theatrical cut is to watch it on Amazon Prime's streaming service. Quality isn't up to DVD, but at least it has not been butchered, and it's free with a Prime membership.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 11:27:24 AM PST
Steve Douglas says:
Well now Amazon is mixing the reviews of horribly compressed versions of movies for their streaming sales with the reviews of the Standard Def and Blu Ray versions so it is even harder now to find a decent review of the actual quality of the Blu Ray transfers.
Posted on Sep 27, 2013 4:27:22 PM PDT
I wish I would have read this comment before buying. I was very disappointed with this DVD version for the very same reasons. When I want to watch the movie again, I'll go back to our VHS version.