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on January 16, 2017
This review is for people like me who've seen this and are wondering which version to buy.

I grew up watching the Theatrical Release; by now the VHS is worn to shreds and I don't even have a VHS player anymore. A few years ago, hoping to replace it, I bought the Director's Expanded Edition. It feels like a different movie: the pacing, flow between scenes, even character development - they're all different from what I'd loved for years.

In the Expanded Edition, key dialogue is missing between nearly all the characters, muddying their motivations. Magua's motivations are also muddier, the actions of the French are less clear, and the over-all thread of the politically-charged situation between the French, British, and the Indian peoples who sided with either of them feels disjointed. It's a choppy cut. It takes out vital moments between Nathaniel and Cora, and it feels to me like it further pushes Uncas and Chingachgook back as supporting characters by reducing little moments with both of them, when honestly they should have more screen time than they do in any version. It seems like most of the added time was for the fort fight scenes. Yes, they built an actual fort and probably used actual canons to blow it up, but it feels like filler in any other typical Hollywood action movie. That's the greatest insult I can give to it. This edition made it mundane. tl;dr - don't buy the DVD.

The Definitive Cut on Blu-ray is a different matter. While it isn't quite the same as the Theatrical, it's so, so much closer. The storyline isn't disjointed anymore, and they've cut back on the ridiculously long fort siege scenes in favor of adding dialogue back in. The sound quality is also stellar in comparison to the Expanded Edition (and my highly degraded VHS, ha). It's beautifully crisp and nicely color-balanced, to boot.

My advice? Get the blu-ray. The only thing the Expanded Edition has that I miss is a gorgeous capstone speech at the end by Chingachgook (Russell Means), which is greatly reduced in the Definitive, but you can probably see that on Youtube.
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on November 16, 2017
BEAUTIFULLY DONE.FILMED HERE IN GORGEOUS WESTERN N.C.
DANIEL DAY LEWIS'S PERFORMANCE EXQUISITE AS ALWAYS. WES STUDI ALSO SUPERB AS USUAL. ALL THE NATIVE ACTORS WERE GREAT. NOT ENOUGH CREDIT IS GIVEN TO NATIVE PEOPLES ACTING ABILITIES OR ANY THING ELSE THEY DO IN OUR SOCIETY. IT IS SOMETHING THIS SOCIETY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF.
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on January 18, 2017
I understand that it's not exactly the same as the original but is good nevertheless.
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on December 14, 2016
I love this movie. The story, the scenery, the actors and the product they produced. Then there is the music! Beautiful. But there is violence so it isn't for everyone. It was a violent time and the move doesn't white-wash that.
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on May 23, 2014
Great movie with superb cast. Daniel DayLewis makes a perfect Deerslayer. The scenery is breathtaking and makes you appreciate how beautiful this country was to our earliest settlers and the native people.
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on August 18, 2017
Delivered quickly. Very good picture quality. Sound track is outstanding. Movie is one of my favorite. Worth watching over and over.
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on March 22, 2014
Daniel Day Lewis the "method" actor stars in a "method" movie. The entire production cast somehow transported themselves back to 1757. The Bluray finally does justice to the spectacular North Carolina landscape.
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on October 5, 2017
It was and still remains a classic that can live up against todays movies. How ever this edition was extremely dark.
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on May 22, 2017
I had the dvd and wanted this on Blu ray. Highly recommend this movie.
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on March 9, 2014
another classic movie. the details are good as well as the story line. the sound will drive you through it and maintain the mood.
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