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"Lincoln" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Capturing the danger and excitement of political intrigue, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln chronicles the final four months in the life of the man regarded as America's greatest President. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, the untold story focuses on a defining moment in Abraham Lincoln's life - as commander-in-chief of a country in chaos; as a husband and father afraid of losing his own son to the war; and as a man guided by his conscience to end slavery. With the Civil War nearing conclusion, President Lincoln fights to convince a fractious Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment that will change the course of history. Facing fierce opposition, he wages a battle of strategy, persuasion, and political muscle to build a coalition out of his team of rivals

Specifications

  • Dreamworks Pictures
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 50 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Focusing on the last few months of the Civil War, this portal of Lincoln and the compromising he had to go through to get the 13th amendment passed is a tour-de-force of acting skills by Day-Lewis. He portrays Lincoln with a war weary soul, yet with the single minded energy to get what he wants. From loving father and devoted husband to shrewd statesman, this movie gives us a look into the life of one of our greatest presidents and a keen insight into how politics played out in 1865 (not unlike the way things are today). The movie gives such an intimate look into this time period, you almost feel like you were there when it happened. This is perhaps the best film I have seen this year. Even though you know how it is going to end, you feel a real sense of loss at the closing, all the same. Highly recommended!

Technical

The picture and sound are exemplary. Everything from lighting, costumes and battles scenes play out on the big screen with wonderful contrasts, colors, details and soundstage. The music is beautiful as well. This is a wonderful movie that is supported by the sound and picture quality to match the story.

Extras

  • The Journey To Lincoln, A Historic Tapestry, Exclusive HD Content:In The Company Of Character , Crafting The Past , Living With Lincoln, In Lincoln's Footsteps (4 disc combo only).