Movie Review: OVERLORD (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

OVERLORD was directed by Julius Avery from a screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Bokeem Woodbine and Mathilde Ollivier. Overlord was produced by J.J. Abrams.

On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realize that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.

Overlord takes place in World War II and follows a small group of American soldiers that parachute into Nazi-occupied France after their plane is shot down. The main characters are Private First Class Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and Corporal Ford (Wyatt Russell) who don’t really see eye to eye when it comes to certain things, especially the dreaded situation they find themselves in now. The small group has a target in the area they must reach and this is where they end up meeting Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier), a young French woman who becomes a helpful ally who’s able to assist them in completing their dangerous mission.

Boyce, Ford and the rest of the guys also meet Wafner (Pilou Asbaek), a sinister SS officer who becomes the team’s worst nightmare once everything is revealed inside the church compound they infiltrate. Boyce makes the discovery that the Nazi’s have a mad scientist who’s experimenting on bodies and turning them into mutated zombie super soldiers. They also find out first hand that it’s nearly impossible to stop these creatures once they’re resurrected from the dead. The war against the Nazis becomes much more complex as they try to complete their mission and even though this task is accomplished not all of them make it out alive.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Overlord that’s a mashup of this action-packed war movie that transforms into a full blown horror show as it plays out. I reviewed a movie called Frankenstein’s Army a few years ago and this one feels like a distant cousin to it because they’re both insanely fun watches in their own respectable ways because they both deal with Nazi freakshows. The concept for Overlord is an interesting one because it mashes up the war with zombies which is a crazy combination. The cast did a fantastic job with their characters that are fun to follow, from the emergency jump from the plane in the beginning, to their fight for survival against these creatures in the end. They didn’t hold back anything when it comes to the violence so there’s all kinds of blood and gore with some wicked cool special effects to go along with it all. Julius Avery and company have delivered a wild and crazy vision of war and horror that moviemaniacs will hopefully enjoy as much as I did. Overlord will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on February 19th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Audio 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Audio 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Special Features: The extras include six in-depth making of featurettes with the cast and crew that take the viewer behind-the-scenes in The Horrors of War.

  • Creation (11:04)
  • Death Above (07:18)
  • Death on the Ground (09:16)
  • Death Below (06:25)
  • Death No More (12:19)
  • Brothers in Arms (05:03)
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