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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2D Blu-ray

post #1 of 17
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Watched this one over the weekend on 2D Blu-ray.

I understand a lot of people raved about the original book this movie is based on despite the silly premise. My opinion of the movie based on the trailer made it look pretty silly as any initial opinion of the concept might garner. However, the movie is vastly better than such impressions may lead most people including myself to believe although this flick is far from a "great" movie.

The strengths are the basic story and how with a straight face it cleverly ties in Civil War era United States, slavery and Lincolns' personal history with... well... vampires. The male leads are good to fair, maybe a bit young and too present day in some speech and behaviors, and the makeup done on Benjamin Walker as older Lincoln in the last 3rd of the film looks a bit too pasty and fake at times.

The big problem with this movie is the portrayal of Abe Lincoln - IP Man with an Ax. All the logic/physics-defying battle scenes are full of green screen wire-fu and ax twirling gymnastics that would make Donnie Yen envious. The movie works for the most part when it's not a action/battle scene. But when you have sequences like the heroes leaping around and over burning trains falling off flaming bridges in comically over the top fashion, the movie fails big time.

The Blu-ray presentation is good, but there's a number of scenes that are very dark (which I think would be problematic for the 3D version) and the overall volume seemed lower than a typical recent theatrical release. A lot of the movie is presented in a very desaturated look which may be off-putting to some viewers. Definitely worth a rental but not a blind buy recommendation.
post #2 of 17
Thanks for the good words, I`m going to give it a try. TY
post #3 of 17
Positive review on hidefdigest - http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/7414/abraham_hunter.html
Sounds like fun.
post #4 of 17
I want it.
post #5 of 17
Ill be definitely looking out for this one.
post #6 of 17
This film was rubbish.
post #7 of 17
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This film was rubbish.

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I thought this was a very entertaining film Frank! What is wrong with you? tongue.gif
post #8 of 17
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I thought this was a very entertaining film Frank! What is wrong with you? tongue.gif

Lol I was really looking forward to it but I just did not like it. There is only one DayWalker smile.gif
post #9 of 17
Anybody see the 3D version?
post #10 of 17
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Lol I was really looking forward to it but I just did not like it. There is only one DayWalker smile.gif

You have a very good point! biggrin.gif
post #11 of 17
i watched this over the weekend. over-the-top o' plenty but fun. turn the volume knob up and the expectations knob down and you will be fine smile.gif
post #12 of 17
Dying vampire plantation owner, after horse stamped fight:

there's thousands of us here...we will take over this country...and they will come for for you now...just ask your friend, Henry...hahahaha

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Anybody see the 3D version?

Yes, at the theater after which I never need to see it again in any format.
post #14 of 17
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Anybody see the 3D version?

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Yes, at the theater after which I never need to see it again in any format.

I agree completely. Just got done with it. It'll go up for sale along with my Amazing Spiderman steelbook.
post #15 of 17
good popcorn flick and the 3d version has good depth and some decent popouts here and there
post #16 of 17
Hello Speed...where's the silver...WHY DID YOU LIE TO ME?!

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Seriously though, I have the 3D version, maybe you have to get that to appreciate the fight scenes in this movie. The 100 MPH horse stampede fight, the slavehouse rescue, and the big train battle at the end are worth the disc alone. The director used a slow motion camera technique during the fighting that really looked awesome in 3D.

Its just certain touches he used, like the heroic music playing at the end atop the train as Abe and his buddy are axing vampires left and right! The heroic music gets louder as Abe is winding up for a big axe swing to deliver the final blow and save the day! But a hand reaches out from the fog, Adam the leader stops Abe's axe swing by grabing the handle, the heroism music haults, and villany music starts biggrin.gif!

This movie is a keeper in my book!
Edited by AndreHD - 12/11/12 at 11:26pm
post #17 of 17
Frankly, I rented this because I’ve got the hots for Zooey Dechanel and her father was the cinematographer; Caleb Deschanel.

I suppose it might be natural to try to find something relatable in a storyline of a movie (or maybe I’m a bit of a freak in that regard) and while that sometimes just isn’t feasible as I might have expected with this movie – it actually shocked even me to find a kinship.

I would have to agree that the premise of the movie is rather absurd, but it’s a MOVIE. A Civil Rights Fighting hatchet man – doing battle against evil bloodsuckers. It was rather entertaining despite seemingly so absurd that it couldn’t possibly be.

Impeccable cinematography btw. Really, very impressive work! LOL
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