Griffith Masterworks 2

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Overview

To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points, including Lincoln's tragic romance with Ann Rutledge Una Merkel, allegedly cast because of her resemblance to Griffith favorite Lillian Gish, his lawyer days in Illinois, his contentious marriage to Mary Todd Kay Hammond, his heartbreaking decision to declare war upon the South, ...
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Overview

To date, this D.W. Griffith epic is the only talking-picture effort to encapsulate the entire life of Abraham Lincoln, from cradle to grave. The script, credited to Stephen Vincent Benet, manages to include all the familiar high points, including Lincoln's tragic romance with Ann Rutledge Una Merkel, allegedly cast because of her resemblance to Griffith favorite Lillian Gish, his lawyer days in Illinois, his contentious marriage to Mary Todd Kay Hammond, his heartbreaking decision to declare war upon the South, his pardoning of a condemned sentry during the Civil War, and his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth expansively portrayed by Ian Keith. This was D.W. Griffith's first talkie, and the master does his best with the somewhat pedantic dialogue sequences; but as always, Griffith's forte was spectacle and montage, as witness the cross-cut scenes of Yankees and Rebels marching off to war and the pulse-pounding ride of General Sheridan Frank Campeau through the Shenandoah Valley. Thanks to the wizardry of production designer William Cameron Menzies, many of the scenes appear far more elaborate than they really were; Menzies can also be credited with the unforgettable finale, as Honest Abe's Kentucky log cabin dissolves to the Lincoln Memorial. As Abraham Lincoln, Walter Huston is a tower of strength, making even the most florid of speeches sound human and credible; only during the protracted death scene of Ann Rutledge does Huston falter, and then the fault is as much Griffith's as his. Road-shown at nearly two hours including a prologue showing slaves being brought to America, Abraham Lincoln was pared down to 97 minutes by United Artists, and in that length it proved a box-office success, boding well for D.W. Griffith's future in talkies alas, it proved to be his next-to-last film; Griffith's final effort, The Struggle was a financial disaster.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • UPC: 738329064525
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 11:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,996

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
D.W. Griffith Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: The Avenging Conscience
1. Opening Titles [1:23]
2. An Indulgent Guardian [1:42]
3. Into Manhood [3:51]
4. The Wanderers [3:02]
5. Forbidden Love [4:37]
6. At the Party [4:57]
7. Midday Frolic [2:46]
8. A Heart Embittered [4:23]
9. The Last Aching Look [2:44]
10. The Evil Thought [3:53]
11. The Plan [2:55]
12. The Spider and the Fly [4:40]
13. The Witness [3:57]
14. Covering His Tracks [5:26]
15. The Spectre [5:56]
16. Coming Unraveled [2:27]
17. The Avenging Conscience [3:26]
18. Pursuing Fate [6:16]
19. The Vision [3:48]
20. The Stand-Off [2:41]
21. Ending It All [2:33]
22. Awakening [2:59]
23. A Welcome Visitor [:54]
24. Paradise [3:04]
Disc #2 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Abraham Lincoln/The Struggle
1. Opening Titles [2:02]
2. The Prologue [3:06]
3. With Child [1:23]
4. Story of a Man [4:22]
5. Young Love [7:25]
6. Unbearable Loss [2:47]
7. The Cold, Cold Ground [2:34]
8. Undaunted [2:50]
9. A Chance to Dance [4:56]
10. The Fugitive Groom [2:02]
11. On the Stump [6:35]
12. Gathering Clouds [1:08]
13. The White House [3:27]
14. A Nation at War [4:18]
15. Dispatches [3:23]
16. The Deserter [8:40]
17. Freedom Day [4:33]
18. Maneuvers [6:32]
19. Standing Ground [4:22]
20. Battered, Broken [3:42]
21. United, Free [3:01]
22. Conspirators [3:47]
23. The Ford Theatre [4:43]
24. Immortal [1:52]
1. Opening Titles [1:42]
2. 1911 [3:06]
3. 1923 [5:58]
4. Paternity [2:47]
5. The Daily Grind [5:07]
6. The Bounce [4:12]
7. Lookin' Funny [6:20]
8. A Swell Party [6:57]
9. The Escapee [5:05]
10. The Morning After [3:10]
11. Getting Tight [3:39]
12. Dames [2:59]
13. The Love Nest [7:11]
14. Down and Out [4:02]
15. The Skids [4:49]
16. Delirium [4:26]
17. Reunion [2:47]
18. Tough Work [2:44]
Disc #3 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Sally of the Sawdust
1. Opening Titles [:57]
2. A Family Divided [5:39]
3. The Easy-Going Circus [6:44]
4. After the Crowds [3:56]
5. "Hey Rube!" [4:15]
6. A Proper Family [2:03]
7. The Wanderers [6:56]
8. A Hot Time [6:38]
9. Green Meadow Carnival [2:17]
10. Pilgrimage [8:29]
11. The Persecution [3:36]
12. Carnival Follies [3:49]
13. After Hours [4:38]
14. The Dance Recital [5:18]
15. Sally in Her Splendor [3:15]
16. A Private Dance [4:42]
17. Pinched [6:27]
18. Pop to the Rescue [4:37]
19. Her Day in Court [4:30]
20. Car Trouble [7:13]
21. Busting Out [6:54]
22. Pop's Wild Ride [6:11]
23. The Judge's Opinion [3:34]
24. A New Game [1:21]
Disc #4 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Way Down East
1. Opening Titles [3:46]
2. Home, Sweet Home [3:32]
3. The Bridge Whist Party [7:32]
4. Bartlett Village [2:22]
5. The Tremont Ball [3:11]
6. The Fox [4:15]
7. Aunty's Place [4:14]
8. Evil Plans [4:34]
9. The Bridal Suite [2:30]
10. Simple Life [5:26]
11. A New Hope [1:29]
12. His Old Ways [2:38]
13. A Tender New Reason [6:36]
14. Anna and Her Shame [3:39]
15. The Baptism [1:55]
16. The Cold Hand [2:20]
17. Pilgrimage [4:27]
18. Arrivals [7:30]
19. Kate's Homecoming [3:32]
20. Sanderson Comes Calling [4:49]
21. David and Anna [2:53]
22. Part Two: Opening Title [2:12]
23. A Rural Idyll [3:48]
24. A Clumsy Courtship [3:38]
25. A Winter Chill [2:57]
26. The Sewing Circle [5:33]
27. Hope of Forgiveness [3:38]
28. The Warm-Up [7:34]
29. The Interloper [3:25]
30. The Ugly Truth [4:17]
31. The Squire's Inquiry [4:53]
32. Cast Out [6:46]
33. The Storm [2:21]
34. The Sugar Camp [3:30]
35. The Ice Break [6:08]
36. A New Day [5:33]
Disc #5 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: D.W. Griffith - Father of Film
1. Opening Titles [5:41]
2. A Family Heritage [4:26]
3. Called to the Stage [4:14]
4. At the Helm [4:05]
5. New Approaches [3:03]
6. Realizing His Value [3:27]
7. Dreaming Big [2:15]
8. The Clansman [5:44]
9. War! [6:15]
10. Race, Hatred [5:35]
11. A Riotous Reception [4:00]
12. Lingering Effects [3:27]
1. Opening Titles [2:32]
2. An Epic Evolves [3:04]
3. Great Expectations [7:21]
4. Unparalleled Editing [4:50]
5. The Great War [3:49]
6. Hearts of the World [5:57]
7. Broken Blossoms [3:51]
8. Performance [2:55]
9. Brute Force [4:31]
10. Way Down East [2:04]
11. The Ice Floe [7:14]
12. Passages [4:30]
1. Opening Titles [1:11]
2. Orphans of the Storm [7:03]
3. Growth and Change [6:09]
4. America [5:48]
5. Isn't Life Wonderful [6:14]
6. The Sorrow of Satan [3:49]
7. Problems Producing [1:34]
8. Abraham Lincoln [1:57]
9. The Struggle [4:28]
10. Looking Back [2:26]
11. Proper Recognition [2:20]
12. Twilight [9:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: The Avenging Conscience
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Edgar Allen Poe (sic): 1909, 7 Min., Directed by D.W. Griffith
      Notes On the Piano Score for The Avenging Conscience by Martin Marks
Disc #2 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Abraham Lincoln/The Struggle
   Abraham Lincoln: Play Film
   Abraham Lincoln: Scene Selection
   Abraham Lincoln: Special Features
      Scene Comparison: The Assassination
         The Birth of a Nation (1915)
         Abraham Lincoln (1930)
         Historic Photograph
      Prelude to "The Birth of a Nation"
      Original Pressbook
      Subtitle Options
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
      Image Gallery
   The Struggle: Play Film
   The Struggle: Scene Selection
Disc #3 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Sally of the Sawdust
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Original Trailer
      Introduction by Orson Welles
      Image Gallery
Disc #4 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: Way Down East
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Lottie Blair Parker's Play
         Notes On the Play
         Souvenir Program Book
      Excerpt of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (Edison)
         Play Film Clip
      Souvenir Program Book
      Notes On the Musical Score
      Image Gallery
Disc #5 -- Griffith Masterworks 2: D.W. Griffith - Father of Film
   Play All
   Episode Guide
      Episode One (1875-1915): Play Episode
      Episode One (1875-1915): Scene Selection
      Episode Two (1915-1921): Play Episode
      Episode Two (1915-1921): Scene Selection
      Episode Three (1921-1948): Play Episode
      Episode Three (1921-1948): Scene Selection
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