DVD review: Lincoln

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The Independent Culture

Rather than being a cradle-to-grave biopic, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is set almost entirely in Washington DC's parlours and debating chambers in the weeks preceding the crucial vote to abolish slavery.

It's a boldly academic and lengthy and verbal drama – so much so that the viewer, like some of the characters, might sometimes find themselves wishing that the president (an Oscar-winning Daniel Day-Lewis) would stop rabbiting on.