The Last of the MohicansDirector: Michael Mann
Michael Mann's muscular adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been/i>… See more details below
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Michael Mann's muscular adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Although there are no supplemental materials to speak of, the transfer does an exquisite job of presenting this visually breathtaking film.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, stereo, THX-Supervised Mastering]
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Cast & Crew
|Lon E. Bender||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Randy Edelman||Score Composer|
|Jim Erickson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Guerra||Art Director|
|Doug Hemphill||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Richard Holland||Art Director|
|Chris Jenkins||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Trevor Jones||Score Composer|
|Simon Kaye||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Larry Kemp||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Wolf Kroeger||Production Designer|
|Paul Massey||Sound/Sound Designer|
|James G. Robinson||Executive Producer|
|Mark Smith||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Elsa Zamparelli||Costumes/Costume Designer|
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [:13]
2. The Deerslayers [:58]
3. The Cameron House [:42]
4. A Call to Arms [1:37]
5. The New Major [:56]
6. The Scotsman's Daughter [2:39]
7. The War Party [1:54]
8. To Fort William Henry [3:55]
9. The Faces Of War [2:30]
10. A Stirring in the Blood [3:21]
11. The Siege [2:51]
12. Magua's Hate [1:10]
13. The Look of Love [2:17]
14. A Run to Fort Edward [3:42]
15. Final Decisions [5:16]
16. The Escape Plan [2:38]
17. Lovers [6:48]
18. Sedition [2:06]
19. The Whole World's on Fire [1:37]
20. Terms For Surrender [2:40]
21. Magua's Pain [3:05]
22. The Defeated [2:39]
23. Magua Strikes [3:12]
24. Escape [2:27]
25. The Falls [3:05]
26. Stay Alive [4:13]
27. Trophies of Honor [3:12]
28. Hayward's Choice [2:15]
29. To Save Alice [6:16]
30. A Father's Revenge [3:18]
31. Last of the Mohicans [2:33]
32. End Titles [2:10]
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Someone else wrote that there were 2 things wrong with the directors cut of the dvd release. I agree 100% with that person's opinion and will not repeat them here. There is a 3rd reason and is in what I thought to be one of the most poignant scenes in the movie: When the 3 ''heroes'' of the movie are running up the stony mountainside to rescue the women. The original theater release has a song by Clannad, ''I Will Find You'' playing. It is perfect for that scene. The haunting beauty of the song almost contradicts the scene, yet doesn't.... it was such a perfect song for that scene. And on the dvd, they left the scene, but changed the song. The disappointment hit me like a ton of bricks when I noticed it, because I have seen this movie at least a dozen times. I guess I will have to stick with watching the video....
For the most part, the editing choices praised or chided by other reviewers tend to balance themselves out...some additional footage is valuable while - as one viewer noted - excellent lines by Daniel Day-Lewis ended up on the editing floor. However, the most jarring editing choice was that of eliminating entirely the compelling song, 'I Will Find You' (by Irish group Clannad), from the scenes in which Hawkeye, Chingachgook, and Uncas track the Huron war party who have taken the Munro sisters. Rarely do vocal pieces work so powerfully to reinforce the on-screen action, and it is unfortunate that the producers saw fit to make this particular editing choice. In all, however, this remains a riveting tale, highlighted by the dramatic and breathtaking photography of Dante Spinotti.
Last of the Mohicans, the original cut, is one of the best movies ever. However, I was disappointed in this version. I do not understand why the wonderful song "I Will Find You" by Clannad was dropped. I also found this ending a little too long. I watch my old VCR version rather than this one. Sad.
The movie itself, as originally presented, in movie houses & on VHS, rates 5 stars. Unfortunately, in the director's cut, the beautiful song by the group Clannad, "I will find you", was cut. For that reason, this particular DVD version deserves a 2 star (disappointing) rating. This specific loss lessened the movie, & is a real disappointment. A director's cut should enhance a movie, not take away from it. Although almost the same, the ending in the original VHS was more powerful... crisper; the new DVD ending kind of drags. I was replacing my VHS copy with DVD. But now I'll hang on to the VHS version. I'll still watch it, because it's a favorite, but now only on VHS. I'll also keep looking to see if they ever do a DVD with all the music intact. If they do... I'll snap it up in a minute. The original VHS version has one of the most beautiful scores ever presented in a movie. This DVD was a let down.
I was so disappointed when I watched this dvd. The beautiful song by Clannad, in Native American tongues, was cut out. WHY???? The video version is better, and I highly recommend that instead. The soundtrack was gorgeous, but more so with that song. Thumbs down for that cut!
So I'm not the only one who finds more was subtracted than added in this "extended version" . . . I loved this movie back when VHS was still cutting edge, and I had fond memories of the music and gritty action. Some years went by, and I finally decided to add Last of the Mohicans to my DVD collection. And what do I find? Some mildly interesting additions - Duncan's skirmish outside the fort is fun - but in other places, scenes removed or edited for no discernable reason. Where did the wonderful song "I Will Find You" go? Why did he take out Nathanial's repartee when Duncan has a gun pointed to his head during the river escape? And what was wrong with Chingachkook's (spelling? . . .) coup de grace on Magua at the end? These might seem like small things but taken together they make for a very different movie from the one I enjoyed years before. I sincerely hope another "director's cut" becomes available otherwise, I'm gonna have to dig out my VHS player and find the original, because this new cut is certainly not the best version of the movie.
I don't understand why the Clannad song was cut and the remastering of the audio seems to be maligned as well. It's either that or several excellent lines were cut. Still enjoyed the film though. James Fenimore Cooper’ epic tale of Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his Native American father Chingachook (Russell Means) is retold in a visually stunning remake by Michael Mann. The setting is during the French and Indian War and the heroine Cora Munroe (Madeline Stowe) is being escorted, along with her sister Alice (Johdi May) by Major Duncan Heywood and a Mohawk scout named Magwa (Wes Studi) to rendezvous with their father, Col. Munroe (Maurice Roeves) at Fort William Henry. Along the way, an Indian raiding party ambushes their party. Hawkeye, his Mohican Brother Ingclaus (Eric Schweig) and Chingachook come to their aid and lead them to the fort. A romance blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye as they travel through the colonial villages to the Fort and soon become inseparable to the point that Hawkeye stays behind at the Fort after helping the local militia to leave the Fort to protect their homes against the orders of the Colonel to face the music for his actions. This is an old fashioned romantic adventure with a beautiful soundtrack featuring an amazing song on the original cut by Clannad that should have won an Oscar, breathtaking cinematography, tense action and a deep sense of respect for the history of the period and for Native Americans as well. R- Violence
Hadn't seen the whole thing except near the end. Finally saw this all the way through and it was intense especially near the end. The music is really good, same for the acting.
I remember going to see this movie for the first time on the 'big screen' 9 years ago. Seeing it in full digital surround sound and DVD was better than the first in the comfort of my own house. If you have seen it before, see it again! If you have never seen it, don't worry about missing the 'big screen' with this title.
Although the movie does not follow JFCooper's book, it is an excellent love story between two people who meet under difficult circumstances. DDLewis gives a fantastic performance as a wilderness scout. His performance as a lover is equally moving. The kiss scene melts my socks right off of my feet! My father always told me that it's not what one sees with ones eyes, but what one sees with their minds that makes a story sexy. I would encourage anyone who would like to curl up with a great movie and a box of popcorn to see this movie. I give it five stars plus!
It doesn't follow Fenimore Cooper but be glad for that. It was adapted perfectly for film. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors of his generation and he shows it in this movie. The story is very touching and you will find yourself glued to the screen the whole time.
but the DVD is mediocre. Normally I enjoy Director's cuts. But in Last of the Mohicans, two Very Bad Things happen in the director's cut. 1) all of Daniel Day-Lewis' really cool lines are cut out. The director felt that those sharp-witted lines made him seem not likeable enough... that it gave the anti-hero too much justifyable reason not to like Lewis' character. but that leaves scenes hanging with strange tension and weird cuts... especially when you are expecting the cool line to be delivered and the scene just shifts. 2) The added scenes, designed to give a bit more of the historical background of the battle, actually hurt the pace of the film. The editing of the theatrical release kept the film moving at a breath-taking clip, but the added scenes drag the film down. It's still a visually stunning film with a great soundtrack, but the story itself suffers greatly from the new cut. I hope that SOMEDAY I will be able to get a DVD of the theatrical release.
You really need to see this movie? Have you ever seen Signs? Or any other action packed movie? Well, if you have, just to let you know, this movie is great. It's full of action and mysterious characters. You'll love it!!!!
The Last of the Mohicans is an amazing movie. It takes you to these brilliant places in the world, and in you emotions. I loved the soundtrack, it is like no music I've ever listened to before. Being Native American myself, It really hit me close to home when they showed in the movie how Native Americans were treated back then, and how their word was useless to some people. And the love scenes were amazing, Lewis and Stowe did a really fantastic job on showing how much they loved each other and how they were going to keep loving each other even under the difficult situations. GREAT MOVIE!! GIVE IT FIVE STARS!!!! WATCH IT!!!!
I remember when I first got the DVD from Barnes & Noble.com. I used to wake up at 4:30 every morning so I could watch it before I went to school. I can't do that anymore b4ecause the people in my house complain. But I still love it.
I loved the movie. I have been watching it since i was a little kid, but it wasn't untill i hit 7th grade that i understood the movie. i thought that the plot was great and the acting too. I am now in 10th grade and reading the book and I love it. I do find some parts difficult to understand, but after seeing the movie, I understand parts that others wouldn't.
This is probably the only modern movie about the French and Indian War that has good merit. Even though it's a fictional story, many things were very well-done and historically-correct. The soldiers, officers, militia, uniforms and equipment were very nicely done, and they show how warfare was applied in the 18th Century, with the siege, the British and French negotiations, even the ambushes and individual fighting scenes. Aside from it's historical correctness, the movie has a great soundtrack, and the acting is very enjoyable. Great cinematography too. The only stupid, corny thing is Daniel Day-Lewis shooting off two big rifles, one in each hand, and hitting two moving targets while he's running up a rocky path. As a Revolutionary War reenactor, I can attest to the weight and bulkiness of such weapons which would make such usage virtually impossible, not to mention the fact that he assumes that every gun is loaded, cocked, and ready to fire. Otherwise, this is an awesome movie.
While this remains a great film with an excellent story, music score, and photography (impressive landscape views, enjoyable especially if you have been to North Carolina's Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountain region), I have to agree that the cuts are quite irritating if you know the film in its original version. It seems that the director wanted to push new scenes into the film while not going beyond the 2-hour limit of a single-layer DVD. Too bad, let's see if there will be a "Classic Cut" version on DVD some time. Obviously, the audience would appreciate it!
Although I don't have the politics of John Wayne, I occasionally like to watch movies that he would believe in that are not from "independent films." In a film that is quite atypical from the modern violence thrillers of the big cities filled with cynicism, this one was one was a love story that was quite stormy with a great climactic fight and music to lead the way.
This was a very good movie. It is part of my collection. I would recommend it to anyone.
By the end of the film, I am in tears yet in deep thought about how it was back then. I sometimes continue to cry thinking about what happened to the Native Americans and how nice yet simple it was during that time. Now the acting....was amazing! It doesn't feeling like acting, you can actually feel like your there watching this happen. The music is also great, empowering in many ways. A truly beautiful film.
I absolutely love this movie. I remember when it first came out and told my parents I wanted to see this film. Eventually I did and so far there hasn't been a film this amazing or touching. The whole scenery of this film, as well as characters and theme are truly amazing. The movie keeps you on your toes from beginning till end. The end is extremely sad and even mind bobbling. I loved this movie so much that I decided to read the book and it wasn't anything near the movie. It's a first for me to say I loved the movie more than the book. This is a movie well worth 2 THUMBS UP as well as a place in your movie collection. I've seen it a billion times and still counting. It's a movie I will never get tired of. I love the courage of these characters even the romance in a place so beautiful but totally out of control in war.
Amazing scenery. One of Daniel Day Lewis's best performances ever. Music to die for. I rarely see movies more than once and I've seen this one 6 times. I had to have it in my library.
A very old story. Read the book as a child (many times over) and always got a lot of visuals and faces in my head when doing so. Watching the movie vas just SO much better! The visuals are not only better - They are amazing. Very few movies can compete with the colours, the movements, the lighting of The Last of the Mohicans. Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent but in this movie, compared to some of his others, he is surrounded by actors that equals his performance. A minor masterpiece.