Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

20th Century Fox presents
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

British Officer: You call yourself a patriot, a loyal subject to the crown?
Hawkeye: I don't call myself subject to much at all.

Review By: Dan Heaton   
Published: January 11, 2001

Stars: Daniel Day Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Other Stars: Wes Studi, Jodhi May, Stephen Waddington
Director: Michael Mann

Manufacturer: CMCA
MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence, sexuality
Run Time: 01h:56m:42s
Release Date: January 23, 2001
UPC: 024543010883
Genre: action

Image Transfer
Audio Transfer

DVD Review

Hawkeye (Daniel Day Lewis) rushes through the woods in pursuit of an unseen entity. His adopted Mohican father Chingachgook (Russell Means) and his Mohican brother Uncas (Eric Schweig) quickly follow him through the forest. A rousing score plays in the background, and it emits a tone of importance and grandeur. When they reach their prey, which is only a single deer, the payoff may seem silly, but it is still interesting and visually stunning. Director Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat) injects the entire story of The Last of the Mohicans with this sense of immediacy and scenic majesty. In this opening scene, he uses no dialogue for several lengthy minutes, and instead utilizes the scenery and score to draw us immediately into the story.

During the French and Indian War, the British are waging vicious battles on several fronts and are losing. The French have allied with Indian tribes, including the warriors of the Huron, and things look bleak. Cora and Alice Munro, the beautiful daughters of Colonel Edward Munro, are on track to meet their father at Fort William-Henry. Unfortunately, a Huron war party attacks the soldiers accompanying them. Luckily, Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Uncas save them from almost certain death. This inaugurates an exciting adventure across the scenic landscape and through numerous dangerous situations. During this journey, Hawkeye and Cora (Madeline Stowe) fall deeply in love, and they must strive mightily to remain together and stay alive, "No matter what occurs!"

Based on the well-known 1826 novel by James Fenimore Cooper, this historical epic features a wide-sweeping story that encompasses a major event in Early American history. It also takes a more intimate look at a group of characters brought together by circumstance. Major Heyward (Steven Waddington) loves Cora, and he does not take kindly to a savage American gaining her love. He also possesses a true love for England, though, and shows his courage with one, life-saving act. Uncas is a soft-spoken young man who was educated both in school and in the wild. His quiet tenderness for Alice (Jodhi May) adds emotional weight to what could be a simpler, one-note love story. The enemy of the picture is Magua (Wes Studi), a vicious Huron warrior with only one sinister goal. However, even his evil nature springs from complex past experiences with the British soldiers.

Michael Mann has directed only a handful of films in the past decade, so his name is hardly mentioned among the ranks of premier Hollywood directors. However, each of these three films stands as one of the best films of its respective year. Heat intimately explores the lives of both the police detective and the criminal. By the conclusion, it is difficult to choose whether to root for Al Pacino's raucous cop or Robert Deniro's mild-mannered villain. Heat also contains one of the most chaotic shootouts in movie history. The Insider took the story of a former tobacco executive and a 60 Minutes television producer and turned it into a suspenseful potboiler. Without a single shot fired, Mann created one of the best edge-of-your-seat thrillers in recent years. Last of the Mohicans also utilizes his abilities to direct believable emotional drama in almost any situation. While the love story probably happens too fast and is a bit far-fetched, he makes it feel real and immediate.

The success of this film relates directly to the immense talents of its impressive cast. Prior to this film, Daniel Day Lewis had never before played a role of this type. The casting works surprisingly well, however, with his acting talents adding weight to every line he speaks. Madeline Stowe does not receive many roles on this level, and she takes advantage of the opportunity. Cora is a stunning woman, but her power comes from within her heart. Wes Studi stole Geronimo from renowned acting talents like Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall, and this role once again proves his prowess. Magua's motives are understandable, even if his methods are brutal and bone-chilling. The rest of the cast all perform remarkably, especially Russell Means as the powerful Mohican elder Chingachgook.

It surprises me to hear film lovers whom I respect describe Last of the Mohicans as boring, dull, and uninteresting. I find it impossible not to be drawn into this sweeping adventure even after repeated viewings. The story told here is universal, and speaks above love, honor, and family. The action occurs at a ferocious pace through numerous exciting scenes, and the melodic score carries the story to a higher level.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A-


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio2.35:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: The Last of the Mohicans is the type of film that deserves the premier visual treatment. Countless beautiful scenes of magnificent scenery exist throughout this epic adventure. The original release disappointed numerous fans with its lesser nonanamorphic transfer. On this disc, however, Fox gets it right with one of the best transfers available on any DVD to date. The bright colors of the wide, expansive scenery succeed wonderfully and are awe-inspiring. When Hawkeye leads the party on canoes over a waterfall, we're right there with them, due to the gorgeous visuals. I noticed virtually zero defects in this transfer, and give Fox high marks for providing this film's numerous fans with the appropriate visual form.

Image Transfer Grade: A


Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0English, Frenchyes
Dolby Digital

Audio Transfer Review: The Last of the Mohicans won the Academy Award® for Best Sound in 1993. The remarkable 6.1-channel DTS track on this disc showcases the wonderful sound effects and score of this film. The gun shots and cannonballs explode with force and power from all elements of the sound field during the French siege. While Hawkeye rushes to save Cora from the Huron warriors, the stirring score energizes the film. The music and sounds are a crucial element of this story, and this DTS track helps to create a wonderful filmgoing experience.

The 5.1-channel Dolby Digital track also does a nice job of bringing the score through the entire sound field. There's nothing bad about this transfer, but it pales in comparison to the DTS track. The sounds are a little less crisp and clear, and don't provide the same energy. However, this track still is recommended and will not lessen the impact of the film. The disc also contains a 2.0-channel Dolby track.

Audio Transfer Grade: A


Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 32 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
Packaging: Amaray
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: RSDL

Extra Extras:
  1. Brief cast list
Extras Review: This "Director's Expanded Edition" includes new scenes, and it also has removed certain shots from the original theatrical version. I watched the original version of this film a few months ago, and it's not that easy to discern the differences. Often, Mann has revised an existing scene by adding a new shot or slightly extending it. Notable changes include the removal of the Clannad song during the famous "I will find you!" scene and a lengthier speech by Chingachgook in the finale.

The only other extra is a brief cast list containing the major characters in the film. I could consider the DTS track an extra feature, but this still would not take Fox off the hook. It's sad that a film of this quality and interest would lack a feature commentary or any documentaries. The commentary choice probably comes from Michael Mann, who also has shied from one on Heat and The Insider. I consider him one of the better filmmakers of recent years, and would love to hear his thoughts on the film. While talented directors such as David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson embrace DVD, it's unfortunate that others like Mann still stray from utilizing the advantages of the medium.

Extras Grade: D+


Final Comments

The Last of the Mohicans is filmmaking on an epic scale with sweeping landscapes, heart-wrenching emotions, and large-scale battles. Fox's new relase of this film features a nearly pristine anamorphic transfer and a top-notch DTS audio track. While it still lacks suitable extras, I highly recommended this DVD due to the power of the film and its revamped sound and video. Michael Mann has created one of the best historical epics in recent years, and it is a worthy addition to any collection.


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store