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Lincoln DVD Review

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DVD Review by Kam Williams

Daniel Day-Lewis Deliver’s Oscar-Winning Performance as the Great Emancipator

At the beginning of his presidency, Abraham Lincoln invited three of his political opponents to join his Cabinet to form a so-called “Team of Rivals” with the hope of preserving the Union. But the challenges proved to be insurmountable as the Southern states seceded anyway, leading to the outbreak of The Civil War.

By late 1864, much blood had been spilled and the sides seemed as bitterly divided as they had been at the start of the conflict. Even holding the contending factions inside the surviving coalition together came courtesy of compromise, which explains why the Emancipation Proclamation freed the Confederacy’s slaves but none in any of the Union’s four, remaining slave states.

Based on Harvard historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 944-page opus “Team of Rivals,” Lincoln telescopes tightly on the last five months of the Great Emancipator’s life, a period during which he was desperately devoted to both abolishing slavery and reuniting the country by ending the Civil War. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film landed a dozen Academy Award nominations and landed Daniel Day-Lewis the Oscar in the Best Lead Actor category.

The stellar supporting ensemble includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, James Spader, David Strathairn, Gloria Reuben, S. Epatha Merkerson, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, Jackie Earl Haley and Bruce McGill. The character-driven drama basically revolves around Lincoln’s twisting elbows to get the two-thirds vote in Congress necessary to pass the 13th Amendment ending slavery.

This means most of the movie focuses on his exercising his powers of persuasion, promising (sometimes with his fingers crossed) whatever it takes to induce reluctant fellow Republicans and adversaries from across the aisle to support his historic measure. The President is helped in this regard by his Secretary of State, William Seward (Strathairn) who, in turn, enlists the assistance of Congressmen Bilbo (Spader), Latham (Hawkes) and Schell (Nelson). And already counted on for their votes are longtime liberals like Thaddeus Stevens (Jones) and James Ashley (David Costabile).

This flick doesn’t feature any epic battle scenes or even Lincoln’s assassination, but simply lots and lots of talk scenes. The conversation-driven production winds what passes for tension around the fait accompli of whether or not the president’s bill will pass.

While watching talking heads exchanging dialogue borrowed from “Team of Rivals” might delight history buffs, it’s unfortunately likely to test the patience of the Average Joe. Is it still worth the investment? Yes, but not if you’re expecting anything more than a poignant portrait of Lincoln’s last days, time spent as a marked man making his appointed rounds en route to his rendezvous with destiny.

Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for gruesome images, brief profanity, ethnic slurs and an intense scene of war violence.
Running time: 150 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks Home Video
4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: The Journey to Lincoln; An Historic Tapestry – Richmond Virginia; In the Company of Character; Crafting the Past; Living with Lincoln; and In Lincoln’s Footsteps.

To see a trailer for Lincoln, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiSAbAuLhqs

To order a copy of the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00AZKCU7G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

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