Watched "Lincoln" on Blu-ray this week. My first viewing and went in with pretty high expectations based on well... everything that's been said about the film and the performances. Overall, the movie doesn't disappoint. First and foremost, it's an actor's film and everyone brings there A-game including Spielberg and even John Williams who contributes one of his better (and more subtle) scores of the past couple decades. Daniel Day-Lewis certainly deserved his Oscar but Tommy Lee Jones is excellent in a supporting role and actually has one of the best moments in the film, imo.
It may take a good deal of patience to get through for some viewers bored by long stretches of dialog-driven scenes of political and personal drama but the conviction of everyone behind and in front of the camera almost immediately draws one in. Probably the lone complaint could be that Spielberg manages to inject a young boy perhaps a bit too intrusively into another one of his films.
The Blu-ray presentation looks very good but not really demo material and that's entirely due to how the movie was filmed. At first, the opening scenes seemed very murky, under saturated with almost crushed blacks. It quickly becomes apparent this was clearly the look Spielberg wanted and as the movie unfolds, an almost sepia tone beauty in many shots presents itself. The audio presentation is also good but again, it's a mostly dialog-driven film and it basically comes down to how clear and natural the actors come through in the mix and aside from a few scenes early in the film, no complaints.
Ultimately, this is Spielbergs best film since "Saving Private Ryan" (or arguably the under rated "Munich") and well worth a viewing.