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"The Last of the Mohicans" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

In Colonial America, during the French-Indian War, Cora Munro (Madeline Stoew) and her party are ambushed by a group of Huron Indians.  Most of their party is killed but she and a few others are saved by a group of Mohicans, including Hawkeye (Daniel Day Lewis) who isn't a native Mohican, but has been raised by them his whole life.  As they lead Cora and her party to safety, the become entangled in a battle that they want nothing to do with, but will have to choose a side in.

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 1992, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 54 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Madeline Stowe
  • Directed by Michael Mann
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Though I've been a huge Michael Mann fan since I first saw Heat in theaters, I had never gone back to see Last of the Mohicans until now.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the film more than I had expected to.  The one issue I'd really have with it, and it's one that applies to many other films, is I'd like to see a period movie where the lead female isn't the free thinking rebel of the time that doesn't want to go along with marriage and having a husband selected for her, and wants to think for herself.  Yes, I know these people existed, and they are probably far more interesting characters than those who don't fit into that mold, but it seems that every lead female character now fits into that exact role.

Technical

The opening shots of Mohicans had me worried as the shot of the mountains looks a bit soft, but once that was past, I was continually impressed with the image.  The red coats of the English soldiers were a dark, deep red, with detailed gold trim that really stood out.  Shadow detail was good, which is important as a lot of the film was naturally lit and so scenes in the forest can be very dark compared to your average film.  It isn't the sharpest film, but it is probably how it was originally shot.  The soundtrack left a little bit more to be desired unfortunately.  Battles scenes contained great bass from cannon shots, and a wonderful front soundstage, but virtually no use of the surrounds at all.  When I should have been completely envelloped in the action, I was left a passive spectator by having all the action confined to in front of me.  However, the score from the film was marvelous and sounded wonderful on the Blu-ray.

Extras

Commentary from Michael Mann, a Making Of featurette, and the original trailer.

The box set includes a book with on-the-set photos, reproductions of original lobby cards for the film, a TV appearance with Alec Guinness and William Holden, a copy of the film on DVD, and some additional featurettes.