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SPECIAL FEATURES:
Interactive Civil War Photo Gallery
The Making of a CineCollage Film
Acting in a Green Screen World
The Music of Saving Lincoln
Director/Writers Audio Commentary
Theatrical Trailer
English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
Format: NTSC, 16:9 Widesrceen
Language: English, 5.1 Digital Sound

Based on the true story of Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) and his close friend, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco), Saving Lincoln combines elements of theater and cinema to create a new visual world within vintage Civil War photographs. When the first assassination attempt occurs on the way to Washington in 1861, banjo-playing, pistol-wielding Lamon appoints himself Lincoln's bodyguard. From this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, soothes his friend's tormented soul, and saves him from repeated attempts on his life. Lincoln sends Lamon away on a mission shortly before the fateful night at Ford's Theatre, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. Saving Lincoln has been called "a new and different kind of cinematic experience…truly fascinating" (Film Journal International), as well as "brave, incisive, brilliant and entirely factual" (Harold Holzer, Lincoln author and authority).

"Moving, ingenious, original... an important film that must be seen"
- Michael Medved

"A film with personality...shows the human side of the President"
- Louis Saenz, NPR

"Breaking new ground"
- IndieWIRE

"Visually innovative, superbly acted"
- Jeffrey Lyons

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Amandes, Lea Coco, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison, Creed Bratton
  • Directors: Salvador Litvak
  • Writers: Salvador Litvak, Nina Davidovich
  • Producers: Salvador Litvak, Reuben Lim, Horatio Kemeny
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Pictures From the Fringe
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D4CH1QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William E. Byrnes on June 10, 2013
Format: DVD
While the 2012 film Lincoln was very good, and it was a pleasure sitting in a theater and hearing people laugh at Lincoln's jokes, even if they were one hundred and fifty years old, this film seems to capture something more like the connection Lincoln had to his adopted home in Illinois. I had read Lamon's book Remembrances of Abraham Lincoln, through the Illinois Digital Archive, and it was a fascinating account. As does the film, it begins in the 8th judicial circuit in the 1840s, and follows Lincoln through his career in Congress, the two races for the US Senate in 1856 and 1858, the Presidency and right up to that last encounter. The plaintive statement "and that was the last time I saw my friend", is as heartrending in the film as it was in print.

For me, historical figures are more interesting for their humanity, than the monumental achievements of their careers. Ever since I was a child, I felt more of a connection to Lincoln from a line like "I cannot spare this man, he fights!" than from "four score and seven years ago". This film, like Lamon's book, sees the Lincolns as a family, faced with a terrible tragedy, reflecting the tragedy that befell all families in the years from 1861-1865. They face the end of the nation, with the collapse of the Union, but with the help of Hill's "West Virginia Claw Hammer" they enjoy a spirited rendition of the trials of "old Dan Tucker". In the verse that Mary sings alone, she seems almost a young girl in love again. That's a rare view of the First Lady, that so many film makers have preferred to see as either a spendthrift or a madwoman.
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I am writing this review from the perspective of the history teacher. This may incline you to think that I am going to need a very detailed movie that gets every fact perfect. For my personal preference that happens to be true. I loved Spielberg's 'Lincoln' for that reason. But I also happen to have the equivalent of a masters degree in Civil War studies. As a teacher what I need is a movie to be accessible as well as accurate.
'Saving Lincoln' is an amazingly accessible film. There are scenes where the pain that Lincoln bore pours off the screen. It makes Lincoln human in a way that my students and I would assume others can understand. I asked my students which of the movies I showed this year they liked the best and it was hands down 'Saving Lincoln'. So if you want a movie that shows Lincoln and you don't need a degree in American History to enjoy, you'll like this one.
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This film is a fresh perspective into the life of Abraham Lincoln. The relationship between Lincoln and his loyal bodyguard is full of surprises and strong emotions.
The use of still photographs is an inspired way to tell this epic story and make it look like a film of huge proportions. Hats off to the filmmakers for their creativity and story-telling skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and recommend it to all.
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"Saving Lincoln" is unlike any film you've seen before. The director has created a unique format, combining actual historical images with the dramatic narrative of the story. If you enjoy American History, or if you want to appreciate and understand the life of one of America's greatest heroes, then this film is for you.
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Just finished watching the film Saving Lincoln and some of it's special features. As one who is not a big fan of our country's 16th President, I have to say that this film humanizes him more than any other portrayal that I've ever seen, and makes it easier for me to view him simply as a man, rather than just as a tyrant. Though it likely won't change my opinion of "Honest Abe" entirely, it might make me reflect more kindly upon him after I've had further time to reflect on the viewpoint of history that this film presents.

The reason that it so marvelously portrays Lincoln as an actual flesh & blood man, rather than a god-like hero or a demon of Biblical proportions, is because it tells the Abe Lincoln story from the perspective of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln's self-appointed bodyguard & close personal friend. The film portrays the friendship between Lincoln & Lamon almost like the friendship shared by David & Jonathan that can be found in the pages of Scripture.

Another aspect of this film that makes it so very good is the way that it was filmed. As the movie's Wikipedia entry tells, "[it] was shot on a green screen stage, with a technique known as "CineCollage" used to create interior and exterior locations. Actors, extras, furniture, and props were filmed and combined with period photographs via the CineCollage process, which relied on off-the-shelf visual effects tools." By using this technique, you get to see the actors working in front of the digitally manipulated imagery from the 1860s, thus giving as near a real look at what it might have been like as may ever be possible.

My only critique of the film would be that, in my opinion, all aspects of the film should have been shot in black & white.
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