Posted by Rich on January 04, 2000 at 04:07:09:
In Reply to: Happy 2000, and Reflections on DVD posted by Myrrh on January 02, 2000 at 18:46:16:
Hi there, Myrrh!
Very thoughtful review, and I agree with many of your points, pro & con ...
Two things I do take issue with:
1 - The DVD quality ... When I got my THX version on video, good as it was, there was (and is) a very disturbing low humming during the scene in the Fort where Cora is debating her father & Duncan after Hawkeye is imprisoned. I have never heard anyone else complain of this, so I must figure I have a "defective" tape ... It is very obvious. When I watch my DVD, I see none of the major flaws you, and others, have described. Just some very minor things, which, by the way, I have also observed in other DVDs, to one extent or another. All in all, the quality is SO very good. Just with my TV's speakers (it is stereo) I hear great separation, and clarity, in the sound. Absolutely astounding, and it blows the VHS version away.
2 - Chingachgook's closing words, in my opinion, are not those of a 20th Century Man (or should I say 21st Century??), but rather those from a man with vision. You can go back and read the words of people like Chief Joseph & Tecumseh and read very similar sentiments ... They had a grasp, a firm grasp, of the future of their people. So it is with Chingachgook ... and I think it adds a lot to have this wisdom finally finally come to the fore! It greatly adds dimension to his character.
I do wish Mann hadn't tampered with the Burial Ground scene. I have no idea why he did. Yet, the first time I watched it, I didn't even notice the difference, other than Hawkeye's added words! The rest of the changes, it seems to me, were done to make a more realistic & focused film. Funny how all the re-enacters I've heard from so far on this subject LOVE the changes. When the film was first released, I think it was geared towards mass audiences, thus the more flamboyant Hawkeye ... and it worked, no doubt about it! Loved it! Now, he had a chance to play and re-work without that being such a great concern. It still works & I still love it!
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