Overlord (Blu-ray) UK Criterion


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.

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Special Features

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
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
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