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Overlord [videorecording] /
Janus Films ; Waltzing Clouds, Inc. ; presented by the Imperial War Museum ; produced by James Quinn ; original screenplay by Christopher Hudson & Stuart Cooper ; directed by Stuart Cooper.
[New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007.
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
1934121339, 9781934121337
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[New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007.
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Photographer, John Alcott ; editor, Jonathan Gili ; music composer, Paul Glass.
general note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1975.
Special features: Audio commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner; "Mining the archive": a new video featuring Imperial War Museum film archivists detailing the war footage used in the film; "Capa influences Cooper": a new photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa; "A test of violence" (1969): Cooper's short film about Spanish artist Juan Genov├ęs; "Cameramen at war": the British Ministry of Information's 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen; "Germany calling": a 1941 British Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in Overlord; Journals from two D-day soldiers, read by Brian Stirner; theatrical trailer ; plus, a new essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization, by Cooper and Christopher Hudson.
Widescreen (1.66:1, 16:9 enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., restored high-definition digital transfer.
Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam, Sam Sewell, John Franklyn-Robbins, Stella Tanner.
The story of one 20-year-old's journey from basic training to the battle front lines at D-day brings all the terrors of war to its viewers with jolting authenticity. Interweaved with archival war footage.
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Not rated ; Subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
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DVD, region 1; NTSC.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-06-15:
Rarely seen in the states, this unfairly neglected British film follows a young private from basic training to the landing on the beach on D-Day. Director Stuart Cooper seamlessly blends real war footage with scenes shot by John Alcott, the brilliant cinematographer who regularly worked with Stanley Kubrick. Although a little slow-going at times, this interesting hybrid of the fictional and nonfictional gets inside the head of one soldier and shows his dreams. For most collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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