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Directed by George B. Seitz
USA
1936

 

Randolph Scott has one of his best roles as Hawkeye in this exciting film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's often... filmed novel. During the brutal French and Indian War, Hawkeye is prevailed upon to escort Major Duncan Heyward (Henry Wilcoxon), and the two daughters of Fort William Henry commander Colonel Munro (Hugh Buckler) -- Alice (Binnie Barnes) and Cora (Heather Angel) -- to safety through enemy lines. Hawkeye is assisted by his Indian friend Chingachgook (Robert Barrat), and Uncas (Philip Reed), Chingachgook's son; the two are the last survivors of the Mohican tribe. During their travels to the fort, Alice falls in love with Hawkeye, while Cora falls in love with Uncas. But along the way, the band is continually harassed by the demonic Huron Indian Magua (Bruce Cabot). Magua causes the deaths of Cora and Uncas, while the British are attacked by the Hurons and the French and forced to flee Fort William Henry. Hawkeye is taken prisoner by the brutal Hurons and Maj. Heyward must organize a band to rescue Hawkeye before he is tortured to death.

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Theatrical Release: August 13th, 1936

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Distribution Henstooth Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:31:30 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Henstooth Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2012

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Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

Henstooth follow up their other 3 recent Dumas-classics-to-DVD (The Count of Monte Cristo , The Man in the Iron Mask) and The Corsican Brothers.) with the brilliant 1936 film version of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.

Unfortunately, this is not quite up to the standard of the above-noted digital releases. The contrast is acceptable but the image has artefacts and is exceedingly flat and video-like. Grain shows through and there is minimal marks and speckles but perhaps dual-layering would have benefited the SD transfer. I must say, the presentation was still enjoyable - largely on the strength pof this highly remarkable film. 

There are no extras but the region 1, NTSC, DVD has optional English subtitles supporting the relatively weak, but audios, dialogue. I think this film is worthy of more, but alas - this seems the best we have in this format. A very worthy and enjoyable movie with the great Randolph Scott - keep your a/v expectations in check by vintage film fans should be thrilled with the film experience.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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