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Lincoln [VHS] (1992)

Jason Robards , James Earl Jones , Peter W. Kunhardt  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Glenn Close, Richard Widmark, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Directors: Peter W. Kunhardt
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 4
  • Studio: PBS Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: June 9, 1998
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303359221
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Documentary about Lincold and the times of his rise to Presidency.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This series which originally aired on ABC in 1992 is an excellent documentary about Abraham Lincoln. Using period pictures and the words of Lincoln and his contemporaries, this series produced by the Kunhardt family covers the full span of Lincoln's life, focusing primarily on his Presidency.
The only difficulty one might have is that the video often jumps around through Lincoln's life. One moment they are talking about the Emancipation Proclamation and slavery issues and then the video jumps back 5 years to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
Overall, though, the series is well-produced and has wonderful narration, photography, and includes discussion by Lincoln historian David Herbert Donald.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Well-done documentary October 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I was lucky enough to have bought the companion book before I saw this documentary. Once I saw it, I had to have it. This is THE definitive Abraham Lincoln biography. Not only does it show us the Abe we all remember from grade school, but the videos do a great job of showing us the many levels of Lincoln: the man, the husband, the father, the President, the lawyer. Can't say enough good things about this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of a man being great when greatness was needed August 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
There is no doubt that the two greatest presidents of the United States were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Differentiating between them is reduced to a matter of personal taste rather than historical significance. One was present at the birth of the nation and the other was president at the time of greatest internal trial. Despite the vast differences in their origin and societies, both men shared one powerful characteristic, that of humility. Even though he was urged to march at the head of his army and seize power, Washington did something that few in history have ever done. He resigned his commission and gained power via the ballot box. Lincoln clearly exercised more executive power than any other person who has ever held the office, and yet he risked being turned out of office by carrying out the presidential election of 1864. His plans for the gentle reconstruction and reintegration of the Confederate states also demonstrate his firm grasp of reality. It is a rare thing when conquered peoples are to be treated so generously.
This combination of Lincoln's personality traits are the main theme of the tape. His persona shows through and you cannot help but like him, even after the passage of so many years. You also learn that he was a relatively untested national politician when he took the oath of office, yet he proved more than worthy to the challenge. In this respect, he has much in common with Harry Truman, who also was untested when he became president.
While the issues of the war must be dealt with, as they were so much a part of Lincoln's presidency, they are relegated to a necessary backdrop to the explanation of how Lincoln performed as president. His handling of an occasionally disloyal cabinet was a masterful stroke of how you put ambitious men in their place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and very entertaining. January 26, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
***** I found this 4-series biography set to be ONE OF THE BEST BIOGRAPHIES I HAVE EVER SEEN. There was more information about Abraham Lincoln in these videos than the shorter,and less interesting, A&E or History Channel versions. The presentation was done very tastefully and thoroughly. The pictures and theme music seem historically accurate.Also,the voices of James Earl Jones and Jason Robards literally gave me the chills for their perfect portrayals and narration.Also, no one voices a better Mary Lincoln than the one-and-only Glenn Close. On a whole, the video was excellent. These videos even entertain children of all ages.

The downside is that this edition is no longer in production, and only available in VHS format. So, if you get your hands on a set of these videos, I'd suggest you hold tight.

I highly recommend, without hesitation!!
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