S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Steven Spielberg, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,890,320,455 bytes
Feature Size: 41,759,176,704 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.12 Mbps
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
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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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