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Last of the Mohicans, TheR1

    In November 1999 this movie was released in Region 1 as an "Expanded Director's Edition" with a non-16x9 enhanced transfer and four extra minutes of footage (which according to some reviews were clumsily edited back into the movie). In December 2000 this was replaced with a new DVD boasting a 16x9 enhanced transfer and the addition of DTS sound. Both versions are without extras.

    In Region 4 we appear to have been given the original theatrical version.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

  • Animated menus.
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound track.
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound track
  • English closed-captioned subtitles.
  • DTS sound track.
  • Four minutes of extra footage.

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

  • Theatrical Trailer.
  • Music only sound track.
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 sound track.
  • French subtitles.
  • Italian subtitles.
  • German subtitles.
  • Italian for the hearing impaired subtitles.

    Based on the information that I have been able to read about the Region 1 DVD, the four extra minutes of footage add very little to the movie, other than four extra minutes. It seems that a number of scenes have been slightly extended, and a few extra snippets have been returned to the movie. The Region 1 disc also reportedly suffers from the same transfer problems as our version. For audiophiles, the DTS option is worth considering, but most Region 1 reviews claim very little difference between the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS tracks. Thus, I would favour the local release for its affordability, and most importantly, its superior PAL image.