I had seen this movie when it first came out on video and was kind of surprised honestly at how good it was. During the craze of vampires (Twilight, etc.) and Abraham Lincoln biographies, Seth Grahame-Smith created a story blending these two things together after his success with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which took a lot longer to get a movie and is nowhere near as good). For $5, this was absolutely worth another watch and adding to the collection as a fan of horror flicks.
I've read parts of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and it's definitely much drier than the film is. During the special features and movie commentary, you hear the author explain how the idea of this book basically spawned the film. He wrote most of the book while getting the film started up at Fox and is why there's more action & the like in the movie. They also added a lot of the action scenes and even a few of the characters to give the movie more of a story that a viewing audience can follow. They do this well without damaging what already existed for the movie, especially because the book was being written during this process.
This film is what happens when you take a good, corny idea seriously and play the balancing act perfectly. The director does a fantastic job of making this a non-stop action/horror thrill-ride, but also not straying too far away from the legend of Lincoln. I particularly love the way they tie in race issues and slavery to the overall vampire story, it's quite inventive and doesn't really pull away from either subject. There's a very fine line here with this either being too silly or too serious and everyone involved seemed to have a good grasp on what this film was. I think Ben Walker does a fantastic job of making Abraham Lincoln believable in this context, and really capturing what makes this movie tick.
Something like this easily ends up sitting in the bargain bins, but it's entirely worth the purchase if you're even somewhat interested. There's a lot of great talent in the movie, including a few familiar faces. Great character actors including Anthony Mackie (who in the commentary they say isn't "quite a star yet" and boy didn't they find out), Rufus Sewell, & Dominic Cooper. Also, Axe Fu is quite the treat to watch on screen. There's a lot of CGI in the film but it's done really well and some 5+ years later doesn't feel completely outdated. Even the director's signature speed ramps do not come off as annoying or out of place.
A good helping of special features here, though most of them use the same clips when talking about different aspects of the film which is kind of boring. The feature commentary on disc is always good, though it's from the writer of the screenplay and author of the novel, not the director. Benjamin Walker was interesting to listen to about his perspective on the role, and the director Timur Bekmambetov definitely has an eye for stories like this one. Case was in good condition, came with both Blu-ray disc and DVD disc (which doubles as a digital copy). I believe this came with a digital code too as the movie is in my MoviesAnywhere, but I cannot remember.