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Killing Lincoln (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (2013)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's dramatic, but not exactly a drama; it's factual, but not a documentary; it's a reenactment, but not really a feature film. However you choose to describe Killing Lincoln, based on the book coauthored by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, it is a compelling account of what many would contend is still the most notorious crime in American history. One needn't be an expert to be familiar with the basics of the story: on April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth (portrayed here by Jesse Johnson, son of Don) assassinated Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis's performance in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln pretty much obliterated anyone else's, before or since, but Billy Campbell is very good) while the president was attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. Booth then leapt from the stage, injuring his leg in the process, and was hunted down and killed several days later (a self-important blowhard, he expected to be hailed as a hero; instead, he became a villain to rival Benedict Arnold). But casual history buffs may not know some of the other fascinating details presented here (on- and off-camera) by narrator Tom Hanks. For instance, in a scenario straight out of The Godfather, Booth and his coconspirators planned to kill not only Lincoln but also Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward on the same night; even then, Booth had turned to murder only after first plotting to kidnap Lincoln and deliver him to the Confederate army. Of course, although the filmmakers (including director Ridley Scott and his late brother, Tony) seem scrupulous in their attention to the facts, as a making-of bonus segment makes clear, we can't know for sure if every private discussion is re-created verbatim. Indeed, too much of the dialogue comes across as speechifying instead of normal conversation. But Hanks lends considerable gravitas to the proceedings, the production values are excellent, and although Killing Lincoln tries a bit too hard to be portentous (there are countless variations on "Abraham Lincoln has 11 days to live"), it does a fine job of turning an event with a very well-known conclusion into a tense and exciting thriller. --Sam Graham

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Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While some aspects of the plot to slay Lincoln and cripple the newly forming union are widely known, much more of the history unfolds in this insightful thriller. As actor John Wilkes Booth becomes increasingly obsessed with removing Lincoln from office, a secret cabal forms, and ultimately empowers Booth to carry out an event that will change America forever. Narrated by Oscarr Winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, this historical masterpiece stars Billy Campbell (TV's The Killing) in a spectacular turn as President Lincoln.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on the history channel this weekend February 19, 2013
It's narrated by Tom Hanks. I, being an American history buff, really enjoyed this. A lot of cool facts about Lincoln's last days and about his killer, John Wilkes Booth and the conspiracy to kill Lincoln as well as Sec. of State Seward and VP Andrew Johnson. The actors did a great job and even look like the historical figures they portray. I like it so much that I watched it twice straight through.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
KILLING LINCOLN (Narr./Hosted Tom Hanks, 2013, 120 minutes, for the History Channel and National Geographic) is a deeply enjoyable reenactor's fondest dream. With a stunningly handsome fellow portraying John Wilkes Booth, this documentary lays out the most complex issues leading up to Booth's assassination of our 16th president skillfully.

Tom Hanks offers an almost academic, pitch-perfect narration seated near a nice old table, the way Alastair Cooke used to do Masterpiece Theater introductions. (No fireplace though.) With reenactments and commentary by scholars, this is actually a well rendered educational work. I do not care for education-via-reenactment, as I state every time I get a chance. I think it is tawdry, stupid, badly done, nothing more than a stepping stone for whatever it is stepping on the stones.

Here it is done with panache and respect for Lincoln. While I know this is a total tie-in for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and I do not begrudge anyone that advantage, this documentary has a zest and accuracy that I really enjoyed. I even loved the man who reenacted the presidential photographer Alexander Gardener, who is the same man who reenacted him in a couple of other Lincoln documentaries from this year and last year.

It was just a bit disappointing that the actor who did Lincoln for all of NatGeo's documentaries wasn't in evidence here ... at least I don't think that was him. But then the emphasis is totally on Booth, not on Lincoln at all. If you wish to see the truth as well as know it, or hear it spoken as they probably did at the time, this is your documentary. It ought to be shown at schools, and Tom Hanks deserves some kind of Emmy for his presentation/narration.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie June 17, 2013
By Sue
I saw this movie yesterday and was pleased that it was vey close to the book.

Tom Hanks narrated the movie along with scenes that were acted out very well.

I read the book last year and loved it and now the movie is just as good as the book.

If you are interested in how Lincoln was shot and what happened after that, this is the movie to see. It goes in to detail on how the men plotted to kill Lincoln and two other men one was Andrew Johnson. It also shows how John Wilkes Booth was able to escape so he would not be caught.

I though this was a great movie and is one I will watch over again. There is a lot of information in this movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...could have been better. June 14, 2013
By Paul M.
I read the Killing Lincoln & also American Brutus books and was excited to hear they were coming out with a tv movie. All in all it was good, enjoyed it...but it could have been much much better in my opinion. The best part of the movie is the portrayal of John Wilkes Booth by Jesse Johnson! There is NO actor I've seen that could ever do a better job in capturing John Wilkes Booth on film..he nailed it perfectly and with such talent and ease. If anything, watch the movie to see BRILLIANT acting from this talented man, as he portrays one of the most interesting and discussed historical figures in Booth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the book first September 7, 2013
By Mike
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I read the book first. I wished they put some of the civil war battles that were in the book in the movie. Over all good movie. A little difficult to follow all the characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another documentary disguised as a movie? September 5, 2013
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Although I usually feel docudramas to be too dry, this was both entertaining and eudcational. What a horrible event! but how clearly described and acted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion piece to Saving Lincoln November 6, 2013
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Good companion piece to Saving Lincoln, which covers Lincoln's life. This was a thorough examination of Lincoln's death, but I was more inspired by his leadership and courage during the nation's darkest hours. Also, Saving Lincoln is more of an epic movie, whereas Killing Lincoln is a solid documentary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History September 2, 2013
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This fact based history is perfect for the classroom or consumption of children in the home place. Straightforward telling of the tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a good history lesson but glorifies a loon ball
This is a theatrical documentary of the assassination of President Lincoln. It's also a lot about how John Booth was a cool dude who went mad. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Theodor Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fine movie with a great cast. Watch the special features. They will blow you away.
Published 22 days ago by Philip B. Galbraith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary...
Great to be able to own this on blu-ray... Good documentary...
Published 1 month ago by Lord Vektor
5.0 out of 5 stars Keepsake Lincoln video
Keepsake video!
Published 1 month ago by T. Mayle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was informative based on the factual information of history
Published 1 month ago by John H Merrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary.
Filled with little known information.
Published 1 month ago by Jasen Ulmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not alot new to learn.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Bill O'Reilly wrote a great book depicting the final days of President Lincoln. The producers of the film do just as great of a job putting the scenes to life on the screen.
Published 3 months ago by Kristi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, with 1 small goof.
This is very good & very well done. But there is a small blooper. Not once but twice Hanks refers to Sec. of State Seward as Sec. of "WAR" Seward. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Olexa
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Although parts of Bill O'Reilly's books can be tedious and only marginally historically accurate....this is certainly one of, if not the best treatment of this story I have seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James R Cummings
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