CRITERION: Young Mr. Lincoln Arrives in January

Criterion has announced a January 9th street date for Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). 

The John Ford-directed drama starring Henry Fonda is making its Blu-ray debut and boasts the usual plethora of bonus features (below) that normally accompany the label's releases. It was initially released on Criterion back in 2006.

Retail for the Blu-ray is $39.95, but is available at for only $31.99 while the DVD retails for $29.99 but can be purchased for the ClassicFlix price of $23.99.

Few historical figures are as revered as Abraham Lincoln, and few director-star pairings embody classic American cinema as perfectly as do John Ford and Henry Fonda. In Young Mr. Lincoln, their first collaboration, Fonda gives one of the finest performances of his career as the young president-to-be struggling with an incendiary murder case as a novice lawyer. Compassionate and assured, this is an indelible piece of Americana.

Includes a 28 page booklet featuring critic Geoffrey O'Brien and an homage to Ford by Sergei Eisenstein.


  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Joseph McBride (Searching for John Ford: A Life)
  • Omnibus: John Ford, part one: director Lindsay Anderson’s profile of the life and work of director John Ford before World War II
  • Talk show appearance by actor Henry Fonda from 1975
  • Audio interviews from the seventies with Ford and Fonda, conducted by the filmmaker’s grandson Dan Ford
  • Academy Award radio dramatization of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and an homage to Ford by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein