Last Of The Mohicans (Animated)
Sound: C Extras: D Main Program: C
Yet another very simple-but-child-safe adaptations of
major literary classics have been issued by Koch Vision just to have them on
the market in inexpensive basic DVD editions.
Mark Twain’s The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (from 1984) and
Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (from 1978) were the first and are reviewed
elsewhere on this site. That leaves us
looking at a very short version (47 minutes) of The Last Of the Mohicans
(1975) and this time, the case identifies it correctly as a Hanna-Barbera
production. It is likely a
co-production, because that catalog is owned by Warner Bros. and they would
have it otherwise. It is easily the
best of the three.
The 1.33 X 1 image is not as color poor as the other DVDs,
but still poor enough and to say both productions chop the classics is putting
it mildly, but along with the aged Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has some background
noise throughout, though it seems all adaptations of this work are doomed
audio-wise on DVD. Even Fox’s DTS
edition of the Michael Mann feature film was warped. There are no extras except other Koch Vision previews at the beginning
of the DVDs unless you go to the menu.
- Nicholas Sheffo