March 25, 2017

Michael Mann bringing director’s cut of “Mohicans” to Blu-ray

By Sean O’Connell Before he was Bill “The Butcher,” oil baron Daniel Plainview, or self-obsessed Italian film director Guido Contini, Daniel Day-Lewis stalked through the jungle to play Hawkeye in Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans.”

A definitive, director’s cut of the 1992 adventure will arrive on Blu-ray on Oct. 5.

In the film, Madeleine Stowe plays Cora Munro, the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel who is abducted by Huron warriors. Fortunately for her, a group of three Mohican trappers — including Hawkeye (Day-Lewis), a rugged frontiersman and the adopted son of the Mohicans — comes to their rescue. A passionate romance soon blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye, but many forces test their love as they continue to journey through the Frontier.

Mann has worked on an all-new, definitive director’s cut for this Blu-ray release from Twentieth Century Fox, which also will include new interviews with Day-Lewis.

“The Last of the Mohicans” release is just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever, including the “Alien” anthology, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” William Shakespeare’s “Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge!,” and “The Sound of Music.”

Special features on the “Mohicans” release include:
— All New Widescreen Director’s Definitive Cut
— Commentary by Director Michael Mann
— The Making Of ‘The Last of the Mohicans,’ featuring new interviews with Daniel Day-Lewis
— Theatrical Trailers

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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