Overlord / Janus Films ; The Imperial War Museum presents ; produced by James Quinn ; a film by Stuart Cooper ; original screenplay by Christopher Hudson & Stuart Cooper ; directed by Stuart Cooper ; a Joswend Limited Production
DVD | Criterion Collection | 2007
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1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 pages : black and white illustrations ; 19 cm.).
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DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.66:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer.
Brian Stirner (Tom), Davyd Harries (Jack), Nicholas Ball (Arthur), Julie Neesam (the Girl), Sam Sewell (the Trained Soldier), John Franklyn-Robbins, Stella Tanner.
Photographed by John Alcott ; edited by Jonathan Gili ; music composed by Paul Glass.
Originally produced as a British motion picture in 1975.
Drafted into the British army, young Tom Beddows leaves his parents and his beloved cocker spaniel and reports for military duty, arriving late because of a German air raid. In training camp, he makes friends with Jack and Arthur. They all wish the war would go away, so they could return to their parents and girlfriends. Finally ordered into combat, a sense of impending doom prompts Tom to write a consoling letter to be delivered to his parents instead of the official military notice. Stoic and fatalistic, he will be among the first troops to land in Normandy at the launch of Operation Overlord, the Allied offensive to push the Nazis out of France.
Opening credits -- Air raid -- Private Beddows -- "I hate this war" -- Nightmares -- Assault training -- Dance -- "Where are we going?" -- Forms and francs -- Letter home -- "I've got nothing now" -- Initiative test -- Closing -- Color bars.
Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature with director Stuart Cooper and actor Brian Stirner]; Theatrical trailer (3 min.); Mining the archive [featurette] (24 min.); Soldiers' journals [audio feature]; Capa influences Cooper [photo essay/slide show] (8 min.); Germany calling [featurette] (2 min.); Cameramen at war [featurette] (15 min.); A test of violence [featurette] (14 min.); booklet includes the essays "Man versus machine" by Kent Jones, "The Imperial War Museum" by Roger Smither, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization, by Stuart Cooper and Christopher Hudson.
Winner, 1975 Silver Berlin Bear Special Jury Prize: Stuart Cooper; Interfilm Award-Otto Dibelius Film Award: Stuart Cooper, at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In English with optional subtitles in English for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Quinn, James, 1919-2008.
Cooper, Stuart, 1942-
Harries, Davyd, 1937-
Alcott, John, 1931-1986.
Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
Joswend Limited Productions.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Title on disc label and container: Overlord : D-Day, June 6, 1944
CC1689D Criterion Collection