Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage and a fictional narrative, this immersive account by Stuart Cooper 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.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2014]
Edition: Criterion collection
ISBN: 9781604658385
Branch Call Number: FIC Overl
Characteristics: video file,Blu-Ray,region A,rda
1 Blu-ray Disc (84 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not Rated


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Oct 02, 2015

Expecting a BBC quality film, this dull exploitation of one of the most significant events of the 20th Century is chock full of redundant news clips poorly selected and without segues to let the viewer know where the film was going next. Frequently reused scenes of a Lancaster Bomber showing reused scenes of British landmarks, aerial scenes of fields and coastline were offset by frequent clips of soldiers/ordnance (occasionally showing Yankees and not Brits) lining up most of the movie. A "Saving Private Ryan" or "D-Day" movie this is not. Will he win the heart of that girl that he met at a social before going into combat? By the abrupt end of the movie, who could care? Finally, Old_Toto could not believe that the British NonComs were so sweet as portrayed in this film...ever!

Feb 04, 2015

This is a 1975 black-and-white war film written and directed by Stuart Cooper.
Set around the D-Day invasion ('Operation Overlord'), Overlord is a surviving story about a British young soldier.
His meditations on being part of the war machinery, and his premonitions of death is shocking.
The film was entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize.
Director Cooper also includes footage of the London Blitz and bombing of Europe to emphasise the events leading up to the invasion and the comparatively short distance between England and France.
It is a breath-taking and fascinating war film you would love to remember.

Jan 31, 2015

An interesting mix of staged scenes and old archival footage give this story of one young man’s transformation from naive recruit to disillusioned soldier a level of credibility rarely seen in this genre of film. Cooper forgoes all but the barest of storylines and instead concentrates on creating a series of impressions....the emotionally restrained farewells; the impersonal tedium of boot camp; the desperate longing of a wartime crush; and finally, the naked terror of a D-Day landing. The ravages of war are shown in all their stark cruelty yet there are also dreamlike sequences of poetic intensity. Cooper avoids the macho hubris inherent in so many films about war and instead delivers a heartfelt elegy to the thousands of “unknown soldiers” whose stories can never be told.

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