Blu-ray, 3D, DVD: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 23, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterA secret life of the 16th U.S. President is shown in the fantasy movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Starring Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) as Honest Abe, the film is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. The movie tells the story of how, before he was President, Lincoln discovered that vampires were planning to take over the United States and he made it his mission to eliminate them.

Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double), Anthony Mackie (Real Steel), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Rufus Sewell (The Tourist) also star in the film.

Produced by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland), the movie was directed by Timur Bekmambetov, who brought us the 2008 visually interesting action film Wanted.

But despite having those two filmmakers behind the camera, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter got poor reviews from critics. As Fox News critic Justin Craig says, “With the most preposterous of plots, one would expect Lincoln to be funny, but it’s not, it takes itself as seriously as a disease, and therein lies the biggest problem with this film.” Renowned critic Richard Roeper gave the movie a bit more leeway: “Of course it’s ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer!”

The R-rated film grossed $37.5 million when it was in theaters, much lower than the $134.5 million Wanted pulled in and half of the $79.7 million that Burton’s other vampire film this year, Dark Shadows, earned.

Both the Blu-ray/DVD Combo and three-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo (DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D) versions come with lots of special features. Here’s the list:

  • “The Great Calamity Graphic Novel”
  • audio commentary with 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.
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie
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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.