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Overlord

Stuart Cooper

 
Overlord (Criterion Blu-Ray)

13 May 2014

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1975
  • 84 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #382

Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage with a fictional narrative, this immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. Overlord, directed by Stuart Cooper and impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick’s longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.

Credits

DirectorStuart Cooper
Produced byJames Quinn
Original screenplayChristopher Hudson and Stuart Cooper
Photographed byJohn Alcott
Edited byJonathan Gili
Music composed byPaul Glass

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner
  • Mining the Archive, a 2007 piece featuring archivists from London’s Imperial War Museum detailing the footage used in the film
  • Capa Influences Cooper, a 2007 photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa
  • Cameramen at War, the British Ministry of Information’s 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen
  • A Test of Violence, Cooper’s 1969 short film about the Spanish artist Juan Genovés
  • Germany Calling, a 1941 Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in Overlord
  • Excerpts from the journals of two D-day soldiers, read by Stirner
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization by Cooper and coscreenwriter Christopher Hudson

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Overlord: Man Versus Machine

By Kent JonesApril 16, 2007

Few national cinemas have confronted the issue of preparedness for war with the creative . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Overlord: Man Versus Machine

By Kent JonesApril 16, 2007

Few national cinemas have confronted the issue of preparedness for war with the creative . . . Read more »