What editions are available?
- Theatrical Cut (112 min.)
- Director’s Expanded Cut (117 min.)
- Director’s Definitive Edition (114 min.)
Director Michael Mann is certainly no stranger to releasing director’s cuts of his films. The Last of the Mohicans from 1992 is the only film of his where he has released two separate director’s cuts. The director’s expanded cut was released on DVD in the US in 1999 and the director’s definitive edition was released on Blu-ray in 2010. The theatrical cut was released on DVD in Europe and South-America but has still not seen the light of day on Blu-ray anywhere in the world. The film site Collider did an exclusive interview with Mann in 2015 where he’s talked about The Last of the Mohicans:
Collider: I’m curious about deleted scenes in general with your films. Miami Vice, you did a director’s cut that was released on Blu-ray. With deleted scenes for this or your previous films, are you a fan of certain deleted scenes never seeing the light of day?
Michael Mann: No. There are films I’ve done where I never changed a frame- Heat, Insider. Other films, it’s been serial and I don’t care about when.. If I see something that could be better and there’s a new digital format and a reason to fix it, I’ll fix it. The best version of The Last of the Mohicans is the one that came out a year and a half ago. Hands down, it is the best version of the picture, ever. I’m more mature about stuff, whatever it is.
Source: Collider, “Michael Mann Talks Blackhat, His New Edit of Ali, The Last of the Mohicans Director’s Cut, Changing His Films After Release, Agincourt, and More”
The director’s preferred edition: Director’s Definitive Edition
Comparison of the editions with courtesy of Movie-Censorship.com