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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Original Movie (and VHS); POOR DVD, September 7, 2000
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This review is from: Last of the Mohicans (Director's Expanded Edition) (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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Initial post: Jan 5, 2007, 9:56:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2007, 9:59:49 AM PST
CCNA says:
You hit the nail on the head. I agree that this re-cut version has destroyed a classic. I owned the widescreen VHS and the DVD version is no comparison. Many of the best lines have been taken out. Some of them critical to understanding the motivation of the main characters. The director should be scalped!! I want my money back.

Posted on May 6, 2007, 4:53:41 PM PDT
Alias says:
I completely agree 100%! What are the studio and Mann thinking? He hacked this movie up like Magua on the warpath. All of Hawkeye's little one-liners have been needlessly done away with and music and image cues, so strong in the original, are just a complete mess. Clannad's song is also missing. The soundtrack itself even sounds shakier on this DVD than it does on my 10+ year-old VHS tape. The original cut must be released here in America. This is just an obscene handling of a classic film.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008, 12:09:20 PM PST
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Posted on Jul 8, 2009, 1:24:31 PM PDT
E. Smith says:
This movie is the only reason I have kept my VHS player!! I agree with these posts completely...the "expanded edition" is horrible!

Posted on Jun 26, 2010, 6:39:35 AM PDT
Rick Ansgar says:
Mann has regressed over the years. The editing of Collateral was horrible. I've never seen so many timing errors in scene sequences in a movie. Pure sloppiness.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013, 12:05:43 PM PST
Geeky Girl says:
Thank all of you for posting your comments. This is one of the few movies that i specifically wanted to own on Blu-ray, but your comments have dissuaded me from this purchase. I ordered the Anniversary Edition of Dances With Wolves a few days ago and I can only hope that it didn't suffer this same fate.

Thanks again!
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