Killing Lincoln Blu-ray Review

Killing Lincoln Blu-ray Review

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.

Title: Killing Lincoln

Release Date: June 11, 2013

About the Movie:

Narrated by Oscar winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott (Unstoppable, The A-Team) & Ridley Scott (Prometheus, American Gangster), KILLING LINCOLN delivers a thrilling perspective into the criminal mind of John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators. Watch the conspiracy unfold on Digital HD May 21 and Blu-ray and DVD June 11 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment – just in time for Father’s Day!

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, KILLING LINCOLN is the suspenseful, eye-opening account of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While some aspects of the plot to slay Lincoln and cripple the newly forming union are widely known, much more of the history unfolds in this insightful thriller. As John Wilkes Booth becomes increasingly obsessed with removing Lincoln from office, a secret faction of conspirators forms, and ultimately empowers Booth to carry out an event that will change America forever. Narrated by Oscar® Winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, this historical masterpiece stars Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) in a spectacular turn as President Lincoln.

KILLING LINCOLN recounts one of the most dramatic events in American history and details how one gunshot changed the country forever. The movie premiered on the National Geographic Channel and was seen by 3.4 million people, making it the most-watched broadcast in the network’s history. This epic chronicle is the first in a trilogy of books written by Bill O’Reilly and his researcher and partner Martin Dugard that will be adapted for the screen with National Geographic and Scott Free Productions. The second in the trilogy is “Killing Kennedy,” a riveting chronicle of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The final installment in the trilogy is “Killing Jesus,” which follows the events leading up to the crucifixion.

The KILLING LINCOLN Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with extra features and additional content that takes the viewer deeper into the shocking events surrounding the unthinkable tragedy.

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary featuring Executive Producer and Screenwriter Erik Jendresen
  • An Interview with Author Bill O’Reilly
  • Uncovering the Truth: The Making of Killing Lincoln
  • Lincoln In Virginia

My Review:

In grade 11, students in geography and photography classes took a trip to Washington D.C. One of the places we visited was Ford’s Theatre. I remember taking a picture of the gun used to kill President Lincoln and standing beside a life size wax figure in his likeness and remarking how tall he was. 

Going into watching Killing Lincoln, I knew a little bit of the historical background. I’d watched the movie, Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day Lewis and I knew how he died. What I did know, though, was really anything about the man who killed President Lincoln: John Wilkes Booth. 

I never really gave him much thought to be honest. I just figured he was some crazy person. Killing Lincoln demonstrates what was going on in John Wilkes Booth man and his motive. I learn that he does have his reasons (though I still think he’s nuts) and he really doesn’t differ from the political zealots of today.  

I also saw the planning and preparation that went into John Wilkes Booth plan to kill the president. This was an organized effort and an attack that also had other victims. Again, I did not know about that either. 

Tom Hanks did a phenomenal job narrating the documentary. I liked how he explained what was happening and gave the viewer the inside scoop on the scene. 

Of course, I knew what the outcome was going to be. However, I enjoyed watching the events leading up to it. Even after Lincoln was assassinated, the movie continued to show us what happened to John Wilkes Booth afterwards.

Though I’m not much of an American history buff, I did enjoy Killing Lincoln. I think it would appeal to people who enjoy history and those who don’t know much American history.

Killing Lincoln Official Study Guide

Killing Lincoln Official Study Guide

Stacie Vaughan

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