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Arriving in stores on DVD, Blu-Ray and Blue-Ray 3D is Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter. Obviously from the title you can tell what this movie is about. Imagine a world with Vampires and the only person who can stop them is the 16th president of the United States of America. Obviously there is a lot more story to it than this, but the basic jist is that good Old Abe was probably packing a small axe in his famous black hat.
Following the life of the president from his childhood all the way through to his assassination, I am fairly certain that you wont mistake this movie from the one being made by Steven Speilberg. With that said, I doubt Spielberg’s Licoln will be spinning an axe around chopping vampires in half. So in my mind, it’s a give and take.
Honestly, there were two reason why I wanted to see this movie: 1) The director Timur Bekmambetov. Mr. Bekmambetov is a master of action movie, directing one of the more innotive and entertaining films in the last couple of year: Wanted. While he isn’t going to win any Oscars, Timur does set the scene quite well to allow Abraham to kick butt to the fullest extent. You are going to have to suspend belief for the entire movie. Timur’s expertise is the impossible (for example: making bullets curve in Wanted) and but if you are in for watching a visual spectacle with a ton of syle then you are in good hands.
2) Before I watched the film, I had read the book by Seth Grahame-Smith (yes, there is actually a book about Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter and by the writer of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies) and I was interested in how the producer Tim Burton and the afore mentioned Timur would be able to translate all the ridiculous things that happened in the book into a full length feature film.
Overall, my impression is while visually this film can be very fun, especially in 3D, the story doesn’t really stay coherent. It almost suffers from split personality as it cannot really reconcile the historical truth with the crazy and cartoony world of vampires. With that said, it is great for some fun action and vampire scares so close to Halloween.
The Blu Ray has some addition features including:
● The Great Calamity Graphic Novel
● Audio Commentary with Writer Seth Grahame-Smith
● The Making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
○ Dark Secrets: Book to Screen
○ On the Set: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
○ Vampire Hunting: Fight Choreography
○ The Art of Transformation: Make-Up Effects
○ A Visual Feast: Timur Bekmambetov’s Visual Style
● “Powerless” Music Video by Linkin Park
All these extras help to flesh out the story from the movie as well as bring you closer to the movie making process. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be available everywhere on October 23, 2012.
Disclosure: We received a review copy of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This post represents my unbiased opinion.