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Lincoln [Blu-ray]


(Steven Spielberg, 2012)





Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Video: Dreamworks



Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:29:57.029

Disc Size: 45,890,320,455 bytes

Feature Size: 41,759,176,704 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.12 Mbps

Chapters: 20

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 26th, 2013



Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4271 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4271 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English Descriptive Video:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround

Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps




English (SDH), French, Spanish, none



The Journey to Lincoln (9:25)

• A Historic Tapestry - Richmond, Virginia (4:00)

• DVD of the Feature included





Description: 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.



The Film:

Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Sally Field leads a co-starring cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

There are exceptions, of course, and one of them is Steven Spielberg’s splendid “Lincoln,” which is, strictly speaking, about a president trying to scare up votes to get a bill passed in Congress. It is of course about a lot more than that, but let’s stick to the basics for now. To say that this is among the finest films ever made about American politics may be to congratulate it for clearing a fairly low bar. Some of the movie’s virtues are, at first glance, modest ones, like those of its hero, who is pleased to present himself as a simple backwoods lawyer, even as his folksy mannerisms mask a formidable and cunning political mind.

After a brutal, kinetic beginning — a scene of muddy, hand-to-hand combat that evokes the opening of “Saving Private Ryan”— “Lincoln” settles down into what looks like the familiar pageantry and speechifying of costume drama. A flock of first-rate character actors parades by in the heavy woolen plumage of the past. The smaller, plainer America of the mid-19th century is evoked by the brownish chiaroscuro of Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography, by the mud, brick and wood of Rick Carter’s production design and by enough important facial hair to make the young beard farmers of 21st-century Brooklyn weep tears of envy .

Excerpt from A.O.Scott at the NY Times located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Lincoln arrives on Blu-ray from Dreamworks in a dual-layered transfer.  The film itself has many grey sequences with period-piece black, dark, garments.  Indoor lighting is dim, reflecting the era. Outdoor sequences of Richmond showcase some impressive greens and true earthy browns. Aside from one minor instance of visible noise (White House bedroom), the image quality is superb and fully supportive of the Art direction and style. Contrast is rock solid for the 2 1/2 hour film and detail has impressive moments.  The scope is carried well via the 2.39:1 rendering. There are not a significant amount of depth, but more in the bright outdoors than the dimly lit interiors. I have no important issues with the Blu-ray - it supplied a highly pleasing video presentation.


















Audio :

Audio is offered in a more-than-capable DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a robust 4271 kbps. Its power rarely surfaces - maybe more in the stolid score by John Williams which supports energy, enthusiasm and power as the composer strong commend of the music entails. Here is we get subtle depth rising and falling with emotion through the invisible orchestra strings section. There are foreign language DUBs and a English video descriptive track available - as well as optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE (although the enclosed DVD is region 1).


Extras :

There aren't a lot of supplements. We get a video piece entitled "The Journey to Lincoln" running less than 10-minutes with input from Spielberg and Day-Lewis plus a short extra on A Historic Tapestry - Richmond, Virginia discussing capturing the period locations with Production Designer Rick Carter. The package contains a DVD of the Feature.



Almost more than the historical relevance of the topic is the immense craft of creating such a film - so detailed, well perfumed and impacting. Spielberg brings together an incredible combination - and this as well as Lincoln ,the piece of cinema, itself is impressive. I marvel at Day-Lewis and the entire cast, the art direction, the score, how the puzzle is realized... . The Blu-ray produces an impressive viewing - consistent with the theatrical film and the extensive details of the filmmakers. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

March 12th, 2013




About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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