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  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OHCO1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Nominated for 12 Oscars and winner of BAFTA Best Actor- Daniel Day-Lewis.

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As with the great John Ford (Young Mr. Lincoln) before him, it would be out of character for Steven Spielberg to construct a conventional, cradle-to-grave portrait of a historical figure. In drawing from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, the director instead depicts a career-defining moment in the career of Abraham Lincoln (an uncharacteristically restrained Daniel Day-Lewis). With the Civil War raging, and the death toll rising, the president focuses his energies on passage of the 13th Amendment. Even those sympathetic to the cause question his timing, but Lincoln doesn't see the two issues as separate, and the situation turns personal when his son, Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), chooses to enlist rather than to study law. While still mourning the loss of one son, Mary (Sally Field) can't bear to lose another. Playwright Tony Kushner, who adapted the screenplay, takes a page from the procedural handbook in tracing Lincoln's steps to win over enough representatives to abolish slavery, while simultaneously bringing a larger-than-life leader down to a more manageable size. In his stooped-shoulder slouch and Columbo-like speech, Day-Lewis succeeds so admirably that the more outspoken characters, like congressman Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) and lobbyist W.N. Bilbo (James Spader), threaten to steal the spotlight whenever they enter the scene, but the levity of their performances provides respite from the complicated strategising and carnage-strewn battlefields. If Lincoln doesn't thrill like the Kushner-penned Munich, there's never a dull moment--though it would take a second viewing to catch all the political nuances. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Iain S. Palin on 30 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
It's January 1865 and Abraham Lincoln is worried. Not about his voters, he's been convincingly re-elected. Not even about the Civil War, which is clearly heading towards Union victory, although he would dearly like to cut short the slaughter. No, slavery is on his mind. His Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed the slaves in rebel territory and apparently set the ball rolling to end it forever in the USA - but Lincoln knows that after the war this and other measures he took may be subject to legal scrutiny and could be reversed. Not only would this be a great wrong, it would render futile the sacrifices made so far and sow the seeds of future conflict. So he has to secure an amendment to the US Constitution outlawing slavery once and for all.

This film is not a bio-pic about a great man, nor a history of a great war, nor an account of the ending of a great evil. It's about one episode which brings together all three, and in a surprisingly intimate manner. If the Constitution is to be amended both houses of Congress must approve the change by 2/3 majorities and it must then be ratified by at least three-quarters of the individual states. The Senate has passed the measure, the states will ratify, but first it must get through the House of Representatives where Lincoln does not have the necessary votes (but does have some inveterate enemies). Basically the film is about how the gets it through.

That makes the film sound a bit like an episode of "The West Wing" and yes, viewers will detect similarities: the engrossing political lobbying, manoeuvring, and horse-trading are all there, leading up to a dramatic final vote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 19 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
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I love films that aim to illuminate and portray a period in history as accurately as they can. Lincoln is a prime example of this and while I fully understand that this film can be experienced as an overlong dull affair, to me it is a historical drama that ticks practically all boxes.

Let's get the obvious out of the way. Daniel Day Lewis's performance is stellar. The level of dedication he brings to his roles is awe-inspiring and here he does something extraordinary. He gives character and humanity to someone that only exists on paper. There is a certain collective awareness of what kind of man Lincoln was and Day Lewis taps into that with astounding conviction. There was always the risk that Lincoln would be turned into a mythical character and even though at points it felt like that was going to happen, it never goes out of bounds making Lincoln very human indeed.

The supporting cast is amazing, with Tommy Lee Jones giving one of his most impressive performances ever. I was also very impressed with Sally Field. She has a tough role and she injects it with intelligence and a powerful fierceness. She matches Day Lewis in every scene they share.

My worries around Spielberg directing it were thankfully unfounded. I hated War Horse and was very afraid it this would travel the same route. It didn't. At all. It is a classic film with a classic touch and I actually found it surprisingly devoid of the usual manipulations used by Spielberg.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 3 Sep 2014
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As someone who has a keen interest in history, as well as being a fan of both Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis i was looking forward to this a great deal. I found the film interesting and easy to watch without being boring or overly long, it is fascinating concentrating on one element of the Lincoln presidency rather than trying to cram everything into one film, it concentrates fully on charactor rather than using the civil war to put in battle scenes or action it instead uses the story of the civil war to show what it is that drives these men forwards.
The performances are excellent throughout the cast, with a mesmerising turn from Tommy Lee Jones in danger of stealing the movie. However above all else this is another Daniel Day Lewis masterclass in the art of inhabiting a charactor. Not once through the film did i believe i was watching acting, which is the highest complement there is for a film actor.
I would recommend this to anyone even slightly interested in history or politics.
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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 2 July 2013
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Lincoln is the Republican president at the peak of his powers in the last few months of his life when he was about to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution through the House of Representatives to abolish slavery.Speilberg has covered 80 pages in a 500 page script by Tony Kuchner, that highlights this episode, from Goodwin's Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,in the dying days of the Civil War.The president(Day Lewis) has quoted back to him the end of the Gettysburg Address by a feisty black soldier,setting up the framework for the establishment of racial equality.The film is replete with muted interiors, dark colours by Speilberg's cinematographer Kaminski.Lincoln himself is often shot in shadow or in silhouette.The streets and yards in the capital or in Petersburg are grey,dirty,desolate.This forms part of his trilogy of films(Color Purple,Amistad )on the black experience in America.

Republicans were then the progressive party,Democrats believed negroes inferior to the white race, that abolition will prolong the war.The Republicans urge the passing of the amendment before the war ends(lest the readmission of the Southern States into the Union block abolition), the radical Republicans,led by the outspoken abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens(Tommy Lee Jones),will seek immediate black enfranchisement.Day Lewis gets under the skin of the character,breathing life into the sculpted monument,by deflating his pomposity with jokes,stories, telling anecdotes,pitching the voice in an upper register,cutting short his speeches.His public life is balanced by his tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary(Field) and eldest son Robert(Gordon-Levitt),whose decision to enlist mortifies his mother.Lincoln needs the wholehearted support of his cabinet,especially William H.
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