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The Last of the Mohicans [Blu-ray] [1992]

  • SKU: 1253698
  • Release Date: 10/05/2010
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (413 out of 426)

    Special Features


    • All-new director's definitive cut of the film
    • Commentary by Michael Mann
    • All-new making of the Last of the Mochicans featurette

    Synopsis


    The Last of the Mohicans
    Director Michael Mann based this lushly romantic version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel more on his memory of the 1936 film version (starring Randolph Scott) than on Cooper's novel (in fact, Philip Dunne's 1936 screenplay is cited as source material for this film). Set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, the story concerns Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), the European-born adopted son of Mohican scout Chingachgook (Russell Means). Hawkeye and his party, which also includes the Mohican Uncas (Eric Schweig), joins up with a group of Britons who have recently arrived in the Colonies. The group consists of Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) and her younger sister, Alice (Jodhi May), who are rescued from a Huron war party by Hawkeye. Hawkeye's band accompanies them to the British Fort William Henry, which is being besieged by a French and Huron force. The fort falls to the French, and Colonel Munro (Maurice Roeves) surrenders to French General Montcalm (Patrice Chéreau). The terms of the surrender are that the British merely abandon the fort and return to their homes. However, the French's bloodthirsty ally, the Huron warrior Magua (Wes Studi), has made no such agreement, and, as the British retreat from the fort, he plans to massacre them in a terrible Huron attack. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Daniel Day-Lewis
      Daniel Day-Lewis - Hawkeye
    • Madeleine Stowe
      Madeleine Stowe - Cora Munro
    • Russell Means
      Russell Means - Chingachgook
    • Eric Schweig
      Eric Schweig - Uncas
    • Jodhi May
      Jodhi May - Alice Munro



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 426 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful film marred by murky picture quality

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      ARCO
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      **This review is specifically for the current (2010) Blu-ray edition, not the film itself or other formats/versions.** I've seen this film at least a dozen times, including its original theatrical run and I consider it one of director Michael Mann's best. I finally found this title at Best Buy for cheap, and now I know why. This is probably the worst transfer I've ever seen on Blu-ray in terms of overall clarity and brightness. It's simply far too dark, making it nearly impossible to discern what's going on at times (particularly during nighttime and indoor scenes). I understand the film—as with much of Mann's work—was originally shot in low or natural light conditions, but this is certainly not the way I remember it being presented in theaters. On the audio front, this film is still has some standout sequences (the cannon volleys during the siege at Fort William Henry are absolutely ground-shaking), but long-existing source issues (listen to the all-too-obvious sound design work whenever water is present in the background) have never been fully resolved. Trevor Jones's orchestral work soars throughout the film (yes, even unnecessarily so at times), and lends the proper urgency to the foot chase sequence at the end of the film. Overall, I'm disappointed with how this Blu-ray looks. That's only one part of the equation, but it's a crucial one for me. Others may have different setups, and therefore different opinions, but all things being relative, this is hands down one of the worst Blu-rays in my collection. I can't recommend picking it up if you've never seen the film, and certainly not if you're a longtime fan.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Historical American fiction

      Posted
      jooltim
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      Michael Mann has directed, in my opinion, one of the great pieces of early American literature and turned it into a very believable and exciting film, staring Daniel Day Lewis, and supported by an excellent cast of Native Americans and characters from the original JF Cooper story. Everything about this film is first class, including the performance of Wes Studi as the twisted Magua, and Steven Waddington as the British major who damages his own honor for love, only to have it restored in the end at the greatest of costs. The scenery in this movie is exquisite, i think having been filmed in the Hudson River valley, where I believe is the setting for Coopers book. if you like American history, and a great story, you need to watch this movie. Last but not least, the Musical score is the icing on the cake as the music is so well matched to the era, that it makes you fell as though your watching an event as it happens over 250 years ago. It is, in my opinion, one of the best movies ever made.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good movie, though not like the book

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Last of the Mohicans is an old-school adventure story about a white man named Hawkeye who lives in the indian world and comes to the aid of two white British women and their British soldier escort when they are threatened by an evil indian named Magua. The film loosely uses the story of the book. Parts of it are completely faithful, and in these scenes, it is a great pleasure to see James Fennimore Cooper's highly descriptive vision brought to life. However, the story has been altered significantly, partly to simplify it, but in ways that take away much of that original story's ambiguity and 19th century cultural repression, making this a good adventure tale, but not much more. The major gripe I have with this release is the fact that it is not anmorphic, meaning that it isn't optimized for 16:9 televisions. This means that the black bars are hardcoded as part of the picture and thus the picture looks stretched on this tv format. Also, the subtitles for the parts in indian languages are hardcoded onto the lower black bar, making it impossible for you to adjust your image to make the film fit your screen. Unfortuanately, since this is the best release of this film available, if you really want it, you'll have to cope. It is a worthy film, and I still recommend it. Just know that the technical aspects of it could be better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great film

      Posted
      Rocky
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      One of my all-time favorite movies with one of my all-time favorite actors. However, and as many others have already pointed out, this DVD disgraces the story, the cast and the original movie. The soundtrack is so totally erratic, difficult to hear during passages of dialogue and then overwhelming during dramatic battle scenes, so that the viewer is required to constantly intercede w/volume control as the storyline progresses and/or use subtitles to understand conversation. Composition and lighting are often poor making it difficult to follow the action onscreen. The original dramatic Clannad soundtrack which complements the sweeping beauty and spectacle of the natural setting has suffered on this video as well. It is just a shame that a better effort was not made to bring this literary classic to life as a DVD & Blu-ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Only the Original is Worth Buying

      Posted
      ChickenEagle

      The Last of the Mohicans is my all-time favorite movie--that is in the original format. The DVD sold in the US is the Director's Cut and leaves me with disgust and outrage. The war at the fort is now way too long and my most favorite moments have now been deleted and replaced with counterfeit moments. The music does not even seem to flow the same way. I went to Wal-Mart the other day and found a DVD just entitled The Last of the Mohicans, but don't be fooled. Notice carefully that whoever packaged it is obviously feeling the heat of those like me that feel the same way. They carefully place a paper over the what is truly the original. It is the worse-than-awful Director's Cut. If you want the best edition, buy the VHS version if you can find it or the version from Great Britain which is owned by Warner Brothers not Fox. Even with the lesser quality of the VHS over a DVD, you still will walk away with a far better deal.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie!!

      Posted
      taurustexan

      Can't believe this movie is finally being brought to Blue Ray. This is the best version of the James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel. The acting is superb and the action screens are incredible. Another great feature of the movie is the fantastic music score by Trevor Jones & composer Randy Edelman. It becomes as much of the movie as the film itself. I highly recommend buying the soundtrack also. Do yourself a favor and buy this film for the special women in your life its a true love story wrapped around the incredible historic events that make the up the first few years of the birth of our nation. This is a true classic motion picture, finally coming to High Definition Blue Ray...I can't wait.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent!

      Posted
      StarGirl
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      I saw this in the theaters when it came out and loved, loved, loved it! Drama-filled, love, action, adventure--and history! They don't make musical scores like this anymore. I recently visited Lake George and had to see this movie once again. From reading many reviews both here, on Amazon, and elsewhere, it seems the theatrical version is no longer available in the U.S. The first director's cut, "director's expanded edition" received terrible reviews. Apparently, too many scenes were cut out that viewers were looking forward to seeing once again, and lengthier historical-based scenes were added. This last "director's definitive cut" seems close to the original. I only noticed one of the cuts, and it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. If you've never seen the original, then it won't matter anyway. A worthwhile purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Michael Mann Masterpiece

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      Iwannablike
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      Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper about events surrounding the Revolutionary War in the Adirondack Region of upstate New York. This is the area that I grew-up in and currently live in, so the beautiful mountain scenery depicted was like I was going on a weekend hike. For the historians, 1757 Fort William Henry seige and subsequent massacre is depicted with the French and local militia and Indians vs. the British and their Indian allies are highlighted. This is not a movie for the youngsters, with much graphic violence- but most agree historically correct for the descriptions of the events. The acting is superb across the board with Daniel Day-Lewis in the starring role. Great action flic even if you don't care about the historical connections.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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