Lincoln Bluray/DVD Combo Pack Review
On March 26th, 2013, Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed Lincoln arrived on Bluray/DVD combo pack. Lincoln won a number of awards, including Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance as the 16th president of the United States and Best Achievement in Production Design. Not only does Lincoln boast a cast with highly respected actors and actresses, the screenplay was written by Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner and the music was composed by John Williams. Put all of these people together, and you have a film that people will be talking about for years to come.
Abraham Lincoln is perhaps one of the most recognizable US presidents. I think just about any middle school child can probably recite a line or two from the Gettysburg Address. Out of any US president, Lincoln is the one that I have always been the most curious about.
In Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, we get an intimate portrayal of the president as a husband, father, and political leader. We see him as a man who truly loves his country, but who also loves his family and wants to keep his son out of the Civil War. We see him as a man who is at odds with his own cabinet members, who also want what is best for the country. In this film, Daniel Day-Lewis truly brings Lincoln to life. His Oscar was very well deserved.
Lincoln surprised me in many ways as well. It is heavily filled with dialogue, and is not a movie you should watch on one of those occasions where you just want background noise. It is complex and involving, but it is also accessible for older pre-teens and young teens. I was expecting more war scenes, but most of it happens off stage and the viewer only sees the aftermath. It’s safe enough that teachers will be able to use this film as a teaching tool in history class when discussing this area of our history.
The Journey to Lincoln A short feature in which you’ll learn how Steven Spielberg became involved in the project, and hear commentary from him and the author of the book on which parts of the film were based.
A Historic Tapestry In which the filmmakers discuss why they wanted to film in Virginia. Includes footage of various sets from the film.
In the Company of Character In which Daniel Day-Lewis and other film members discuss bringing Lincoln to life.
Crafting the Past A look at the costumes, make-up, and production design.
Living with Lincoln A journey with the cast and crew through some of the most key moments of the film.
In Lincoln’s Footsteps A look at the music, editing, and sound design of the film.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.