DreamWorks Pictures has officially detailed the Blu-ray releases of director Steven Speilberg's Lincoln, starring Academy Award-winning Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis and Oscar-nominated actors Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, David Strathairn, James Spader and Jackie Earle Haley. Lincoln is distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment and streets on March 26th.
Inspired by the true-life events confronting Abraham Lincoln and his monumental moral and political challenge to amend the United States Constitution to permanently abolish slavery, and based in part on the book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lincoln is a rich and compelling historical and human drama that has been hailed as one of the best film of the year. In-depth bonus features on the film's two Blu-ray releases takes viewers behind-the-scenes of director Spielberg's life-long fascination with Lincoln and the 12 years it took to bring the story of one of history's and mankind's greatest triumphs to the screen. One of the year's most critically acclaimed and best reviewed motion picture dramas of the year, Lincoln is based on a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner and scored by multiple Oscar-winner John Williams.
Lincoln features a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track, and will be available via a 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + Bonus Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) and a standard 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1-disc Blu-ray + 1-disc DVD):
The Journey To Lincoln: Steven Spielberg and his collaborators discuss the challenges and excitement of bringing this story of a complex and very human president to the screen.
A Historic Tapestry - Richmond, Virginia: Spielberg and his team discuss the historical significance of Richmond, Virginia, and why they chose to shoot the film there.
In The Company Of Character: Delve into Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln, and discover the authenticity and openness created by the actors and filmmakers on set.
Crafting The Past: Examine the re-creation of Lincoln's era through authentic period details in production design, costume and makeup.
Living With Lincoln: Follow Steven Spielberg, the cast and crew through the shooting of the film, from the battle at Jenkins' Ferry, through the epic 13th Amendment showdown in the House of Representatives, to Lincoln's tragic end.
In Lincoln's Footsteps: Explore the film's editing, sound design, and the subtle yet poignant musical score by John Williams, and discover how relevant and inspiring Lincoln still is today.
Was surprised (though I know I shouldn't have been) with how much I thoroughly enjoyed War Horse, and Lincoln was just about perfect in every way. It's films like these that should have the Academy take notice and perhaps create a category for Best Ensemble, like I believe the Golden Globes does. Daniel Day Lewis, as always, completely disappears into his role as Honest Abe, and not having seen this film in theaters (I watched a screener) I'm looking forward to all the detail and beauty that this bd will offer!
I do agree with mvfragnito, I could care less about the DVD/Digital copy, never had use them before and never would in the future... Usually these combo packs are thicker which is taking extra space on my shelf that I don't need.
The movie was released by Touchstone Pictures, who are owned by Disney, so this is a Disney release -- Dreamworks was just one of the studios who helped make it. This is evident right in the cover art, it has the border that every other Disney Blu has.
Anyway, never got around to seeing this in theaters and heard good things, so I might give it a buy for a good price.
Digital Bits is reporting that the movie will have "surprisingly low" MSRPs -- $28 (4 disc combo), $24.50 (2 disc combo), and $17.99 for the DVD. So probably under $20 on release with the typical 30% discount from Amazon, etc.
I personally love the digital copy! I like having the option to watch the film in HD whenever I travel or don't want to bother breaking out the blu-ray disk. I could take or leave the DVD copy though. Looking forward to this release.
Looks like the "reporting" from the Digital Bits is wrong on the pricing. Check the listings at Amazon and Walmart. $45.99 list price for the 4-disc set. $29.99 list price for the 2-disc set. Something tells me Disney won't have much trouble selling copies of this film at their usual pricing considering it took in nearly $180 million in the US. When TDB 'reports' something, always be prepared for errors.
@Mr. Cinema, I just read the actually press release, and 'The Bits' has the correct information, Amazon hastn't updated their placeholder prices yet. Which means I'll definitely be picking up the Four-Disc edition.
I loved this movie when Í saw it fairly recently in the cinema. I ordered this today from my favoured US disc importer -- not too many of those around today! Although I have a multi-region player, it canot be hooked up to my LG Region B player/home cinema set-up, so I really hope that this is a multi-region release, otherwise I have to watch it with the normal TV sound. Does anyone know if this release is indeed multi-region?
The Blu-ray is up for pre-order on the German Amazon website, but get this -- the release date is currently 31st December 2013!! Ridiculous! I am not waiting 10 months for a release I can have this month! With such a late release date (even allowing for the fact that the film only opened here in February), I would not be surprised to hear that this movie will probably be pirated to hell this side of the Atlantic... I do not condone piracy in any way and I have never downloaded films from the internet, but such a late release will only encourage such illegal practices.
I'm going to assume the press release is wrong. I seriously doubt Disney, of all studios, is going to have a $28.00 list price for a 4-disc new release. By comparison, Dick Tracy's list price is $26.50.