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The Last of the Mohicans [DVD] [1971]

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  • Actors: John Abineri, Kenneth Ives, Philip Madoc, Patricia Maynard, Joanna David
  • Directors: David Maloney
  • Producers: John McRae
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S3996U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,870 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes of the much-loved BBC mini-series adapted from the best-selling book by James Fenimore Cooper. Set in upstate New York during Britain's so-called French and Indian War in 1757, the series follows the heroic adventures of Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo (Kenneth Ives) and his Indian companions Chingachgook (John Abineri) and Uncas (Richard Warwick), Chingachgook's son and the true last of the Mohican tribe.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 April 2009
Format: DVD
Coming from a period when BBC literary adaptations were - at least partially - getting out of the studios and shooting more on location, often on a moderately lavish scale, this rather enjoyable series was the kind of prestige production that used to be a key fixture of late Sunday afternoons on the channel but seems never to have been repeated. Given a decent enough budget for location filming in Scotland and even allowing part of a fort to be built there, the ample running time (nearly six hours) allows it to include many supporting characters and plot developments that have always been dispensed with in the big screen versions, and while it's not entirely faithful to James Fennimore Cooper's classic novel, it does have the room to take in more of his reflections, giving it a bit more depth than other adaptations.

Not that there aren't failings: the difference between the location filming in 16mm and the tape for the studio scenes is very noticeable, the French forces besieging Fort William Henry don't exactly fill the screen (there's a very sad shot of a single cannon in a field), the stuntwork often feels a bit polite and overly cautious and, unsurprisingly for the day, Mohicans and Hurons alike are played by white actors 'browned' up with coffee beans. Yet if you're willing to give it time and aren't expecting a lightning pace, it still works surprisingly well, and in Philip Madoc's vengeful Magua it offers one of 70s TV's best villains.

While Acorn's DVD includes all the original episodes in their 45-minute versions (the show was re-edited to 13 half-hour parts for the US), the original masters were destroyed by the BBC long ago, so the quality is acceptable but not as good as on many of the BBC's own remastered titles.
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Having watched this as a child, I was delighted to find that it had been released on DVD. With eager anticipation, and fond memories of this television programme, I ordered it, and couldn't wait to watch it again. However, it turned out to be a rather disappointing experience, and probably a memory that was better left in the past.
The story vaguely resembled the original book, but not so you would notice. No use of native american actors in the lead red indian roles - but lots of fake tan. This is nothing like the more recent screen adaptation of this classic novel. It does however, portray more truly the love interest of Uncas and Cora - rather than Hawkeye and Cora - as in the recent screen adaptation - which is refreshing. Don't expect lots of realistic fight scenes/locations (think it was filmed in Scotland), but then it was probably filmed on a very low budget, and probably aimed at a rather more innocent audience, not yet into the flashy/violent television of the current day.
Very much for those wanting to revisit fond memories of watching Sunday night television in their youth.
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Let's get the old guy revisiting his youth bit out of the way first - yes I remember avidly watching this series back in 1971.... And I cannot agree with those who say that these old series were slow because this one rattles along at a good pace whilst giving us good chunky dialogue, well ok, monologues by Hawkeye that fill in necessary detail. The action scenes are well done if you allow for the absence of blood - well this was family afternoon TV and on a Sunday! The characters are well-drawn and the photography work around the forests and waterways of Scotland is excellent. I did not notice any issue with the quality of the DVD picture and indeed it has a natural look to it. Whatever the budget was the sets look pretty good and only on a few occasions do you come across obvious studio scenes. You do need to make allowance for the numbers of Indian tribesmen and British /French troops but most of the action involves small-scale fights and the finale does the producers and director credit with a fairly large-scale set-piece. For the PC crowd you cannot fault the representation of the native views. Good acting by all concerned and the make-up crew worked wonders - and let's not apply current PC to the use of Caucasian actors as it would be difficult to find genuine Mohicans or Hurons to play the role of indigenous peoples. One of the better "old" series and it stands the test of time.
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I remember this TV series when it first went out on BBC. I was enthralled with it then and decided to buy the DVD when I saw it. I was not disappointed! My husband remembered it also and we watched it over 3 or 4 viewings. It still held up against more modern filming techniques and was very watchable. I had long forgotten the ending as I never did get round to actually reading the book, but once again I was heartbroken. Whatever happened to John Abineri and Richard Warwick? I think Kenneth Ives is still working in tv. Thank you Amazon for allowing me to relive one of my most enjoyable tv moments.
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Bit biased about this as John Abineri (Chingachgook) was my uncle and he got nominated for an EMMY for this. It is a good story a little dated. Prefered it to the Daniel Day-Lewis film version. This version is a mini series so it goes into more detail of the original story by James Fenimore Cooper.
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