Blu-ray, DVD Release: Young Mr. Lincoln

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 9, 2018
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: Criterion

Few American historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star collaborations embody classic Hollywood cinema as beautifully as the one between John Ford (The Quiet Man) and Henry Fonda (My Darling Clementine).

Young Mr. Lincoln from 1939, their first film together, was Ford’s equally poetic and significant follow-up to the groundbreaking western Stagecoach, and in it, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career, as the young president-to-be as a novice lawyer, struggling with an incendiary murder case.

Photographed in gorgeous black and white by Ford’s frequent collaborator Bert Glennon, the biographical Young Mr. Lincoln is a compassionate and assured work and an indelible piece of Americana.

Criterion’s editions of the classic drama include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
* Omnibus: John Ford, part one: director Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
* Talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
* Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker’s grandson Dan Ford
* Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
* An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

Buy or Rent Young Mr. Lincoln

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.