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Overlord (Criterion Collection)

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Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, Stuart Cooper's immersive account of one 20-year-old's journey from basic training to the battle front lines at D-day brings all the terrors and isolation of war to its viewers with jolting authenticity. Overlord, impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick's longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of WWII and a dreamlike meditation on man's smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 204048726
UPC 715515023122
UPC 14 00715515023122
Format DVD
Release Date 4/17/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Cooper,Stuart
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Cast & Crew
Brian Stirner - Actor
Christopher Hudson - Writer
Davyd Harries - Actor
James Quinn - Producer
John Alcott - Cinematographer
Jonathan Gili - Editor
Julie Neesam - Actor
Nicholas Ball - Actor
Paul Glass - Original Music By
Stuart Cooper - Director
Stuart Cooper - Writer
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Overlord" is an ambitious, important experiment that has come to light after three decades of neglect...Cooper's purpose is to show the dehumanizing scale of war (yes, even in the "good" war), where, as the young private writes home to his folks, a soldier feels "like being part of a machine that gets bigger and bigger while we get smaller and smaller until there is nothing left"...The soldier, Tom (a wonderfully green Brian Stirner), is a bit of a cipher -- he's not a very interesting guy, really, even though he seems nice enough. But that might have been Cooper's point -- here is a young man who has not had a chance to become a well-rounded, interesting person. His misfortune is to have been born when and where he was, which in this case meant he is a pawn of history, and another wasted life...There isn't another war film quite like "Overlord."
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and other dramatizations based on D-Day, "Overlord" is an intimate film, one that focuses closely on Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner), who enters the British army, goes through basic training and is one of the first ashore on D-Day. Beddoes is not a macho hero but a quiet, nice boy, who worries about his cocker spaniel and takes along David Copperfield when he goes off to war..."Overlord," whose title comes from the code word for one of the invasion plans, uses archival footage to show the devastation of bombing raids, from above and below. Cooper's cinematographer, the Kubrick favorite John Alcott, used lenses and film stock that matched the texture of this footage, so the black and white film seems all of a piece.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Cooper,Stuart
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dana Stevens, The New York Times ...quiet and thoughtful...disarmingly lyrical and subjective.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice ...a feat of period filmmaking...a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent...

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