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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: May 26 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B001O5LVV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,414 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f4e7b4c) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3773a8) out of 5 stars Stealing Lincoln's Body March 24 2009
By Daniel Siciliano - Published on
Very informative documentary. Most people have no idea what our 16th president's body went through until it's final resting place some 30 years AFTER his assasination. Did you know that the original "Lincoln's Tomb" had to be rebuilt due to faulty construction, or that the president's body was buried in the basement of the tomb (not in the vault above) for over a decade for fear of another attempt at stealing it! This film goes into great detail about how the body was preserved, the journey across Amercia and the plot to steal it.Digital reconstruction of the body in the casket and of Lincoln himself. A must for history buffs, Lincoln historians and those just curious. Well worth it!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4ec1f8) out of 5 stars Most Unique Oct. 15 2009
By WCrandall - Published on
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This is the most unique Lincoln program I have ever seen. Using modern "Motion Capture" animation technology, (think Tom Hanks in Polar Express) Lincoln literally comes to life like never before. (excepting the various Lincoln shows at Disneyland and Walt Disney World) They used real images of Lincoln in a computer and had an actor in a "motion capture suit." The result is the most interesting, unique and maybe even startling video I have even seen.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f377d08) out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for Any Lincoln Buff!! May 5 2009
By Robert A. Simons - Published on
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I loved this gem of history past but what is really facinating is the technology used that made Mr. Lincoln "come to life". We see him walking down the White house staircase, walk down the street tipping his hat to people as they walk by and, along with his wife Mary, sitting in the box at Ford's Theatre at the moment of his assassination by a pistol shot to the back of his head at the hand of actor John Wilkes Booth. It is just like seeing actual clips of Lincoln bringing him to life (and death) again. This is a "Must Have" for the collection of any admirer of our sixteenth president who died just five days after saving the union of the United States after four years of a bloody Civil War. *****
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f377744) out of 5 stars One of the Best Documentaries Nov. 13 2011
By Robin Boone - Published on
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As a lifelong fan of Abraham Lincoln, I had to get the book as soon as it came out. The narrative is richly detailed and informative and fascinating - there's so much, in fact, that the documentary couldn't encompass it all.

Something not much remarked on by other reviewers here (at least that I could find) is how funny many parts of this documentary are. I think Lincoln himself would have laughed out loud at the humor. The humor is aptly placed - it centers largely on the mind-bogglingly inept criminals at the heart of this story. Example: one of the criminals specialized in counterfeiting...nickles? Think Keystone Cops, and you'll have an idea.

Of course, book and documentary alike are tender and touching when it comes to Lincoln and the people who loved him. The narrative is respectful of the history, and as noted by others here, the technology used to bring the story to life is interesting (but never overwhelms its purpose).

This is one of our favorite documentaries on television, and every time it comes on, whatever the hour, we stop to watch it again...we're watching it right now, in fact, while I write this review.

For anyone who thinks history is boring, this is the documentary that could change their mind. We viewers are lucky that such care, attention, and intelligence was devoted to putting this film together.

Book and documentary alike are HIGHLY recommended! They complement each other perfectly - and the author is not only an excellent writer, he also one of the many delightful, deft and knowledgeable historians who appear in the documentary!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f377810) out of 5 stars Fascinating Dec 19 2009
By Connie - Published on
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This documentary about a foiled attempt to steal Lincoln's body is a little-known blurp in our history. The 1870s were a turbulent time in this country, as Reconstruction wrapped up yet hatred remained between North and South.

Any fan of Lincoln would love this documentary because of the topic. This documentary isn't so much about Lincoln's life retold yet again, but rather about his death and (afterlife) shown from a new perspective. Who would think to imagine what it must have been like to transport his decaying body via railroad through the Midwest, as it slowly starts smelling the boxcar? Or the process of embalming his body, a new science at the time? This documentary is the last possible documentary one could have made without being redundant.

I plopped this DVD in "just to check it out" and was glued to the screen from the start. The graphics in this documentary, especially seeing Lincoln so life-like was like watching him get killed up-close all over again. The assassination scene is quite gruesome as his body slumps to the lower left and toward Mary. This is an eerie yet fascinating simulation of what Lincoln was like in his final days on earth, and the near absurd plot to steal his body. I am still amazed anyone would think of robbing a grave for someone's bones.

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