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On the DVD
As always, the Criterion Collection did extensive research to provide Overlord with a wealth of informative supplements. Director Stuart Cooper and actor Brian Stirner share the DVD's feature-length commentary, and Overlord's historical context is thoroughly explored, beginning with "Mining the Archive," in which the Imperial War Museum archivists provide background history on the archival footage that director Stuart Cooper so carefully integrated into his narrative. "Capa Influences Cooper" is a photo essay in which Cooper explores the influence of legendary war photographer Rober Capa on the visual and emotional content of Overlord, and this emphasis is further supported by "Cameramen at War," a newsreel tribute to wartime photographers and newsreel cameramen, featuring some of the Imperial War Museum's most spectacular footage from World War II. "Germany Calling" is an amusing example of archival propaganda (produced in 1941 by the British Ministry of Information and briefly excerpted in Overlord) which ridicules Hitler's Nazi regime by synchronizing Nazi rally footage so a silly British melody. "A Test of Violence" is Stuart Cooper's 1969 short tribute to the bleak, war-themed paintings of Spanish artist Juan Genovés; it was this film that led Cooper to create Overlord. Also included is Stirner's dramatic reading of journals by two Scottish D-Day soldiers whose experiences parallel those of Stirner's character in Overlord; the film's original theatrical trailer; and a 30-page booklet with an Overlord essay by Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization by Cooper and cowriter Christopher Hudson. --Jeff Shannon
"It sounds silly, but this war has killed so many people already.
Other than some air raid film, however, most of it depicts the massive preparations that had to be carried out in order to prepare for the invasion.
The director chose too many intense action scenes out of the old footage and filmed too many subtle and quiet moments with the new actors.
Blending masterfully the documentary films of World War II with the dramatic and symbolic story of private Beddows from basic training to the horrific D-Day experience of the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dimitrios
The movie is well made, but the story is annoying. The protagonist seems like a dingbat from the start. I wanted to slap him myself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marvelous Mal
Great Upgrade to High-Defination. Film Depicts Both Sides of the War. (i.e. Allies Vs Axis Armies) should be Mandatory Veiwing for All History Students.Published 3 months ago by John Ford
Done in 1975 this movie follows the life of one British Soldier up to D-Day. It shows some military hardware I never knew existed (there were a lot of experimental equipment that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard H. Burk
Visually, I was able to suspend my disbelief that segments of film were genuine 1940's footage and others were hired actors in costumes 30 years later. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mr. contrarian
I echo the words of one reviewer who said this movie has a dreamlike quality---the images resonate long after the film is over! Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Scott Benkel
The Bottom Line:
This combination of narrative film and archive footage (some of which is spectacular) won't enter any list of the best war films of all time but it's... Read more
I really do not get this at all. I was sucked in by all the great user reviews and the fact it was in the Criterion Collection. I watched it wanting to like it. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Eric Sanberg
The film, shot deliberately in black & white, opens with a young man in England leaving home for boot camp. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Loves To Read