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Severance [DVD] [2006]

Danny Dyer , Laura Harris    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, Toby Stephens, Claudie Blakley
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7J0K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,783 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If a weekend of team building exercises in the woods sounds like your personal idea of torture, spare a thought for the poor pen pushers of Severance. As if the obligatory paintball and trust exercises weren’t enough, there’s a killer lurking outside their cabin--a killer holding a grudge against the unsuspecting employees of Palisade Defense...

Severance is one of the best British horror movies to come out of the last couple of years. It’s smarter than it has any right to be; screenwriter James Moran neatly sidesteps the numerous clichés littering the genre, balancing eye-watering gore with almost surreal humour, while Creep helmer Chris Smith’s assured direction sells even the daftest (and cruellest) moments.

Smith also draws great performances from a talented cast, including Dead Like Me’s Laura Harris, Black Adder’s Darling Tim McInnerny, and Danny Dyer of Mean Machine and The Football Factory.

Horror fans will lap this up; those lacking an iron stomach might watch some scenes from behind laced fingers, but will appreciate the fast-paced action and black humour nonetheless.--Sarah Dobbs

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Ever since Bram Stoker gave Count Dracula a Transylvanian lineage, Eastern Europe has been a familiar setting for horror tales. 'Severance' continues the tradition by turning a corporate retreat in a Hungarian forest into a bloody game of whack-a-mole. (Team building and paintballing are so last year.) Our unsuspecting moles are a grumpy group of pencil-pushers employed by an international weapons manufacturer who find themselves marooned in a rundown lodge. Outside are land mines, bear traps and balaclava-wearing commandos; inside are spiders, rotting floorboards and a file cabinet with dusty records of the attackers, who are either asylum escapees or Balkan war criminals. Kind of a Hobson's choice, really. Briskly directed by Christopher Smith (who also contributed to the screenplay), 'Severance' overcomes its narrative deficiencies with inventive bloodletting and no small amount of wit. (A scene involving resourceful call girls and a lifeline made of lingerie is particularly impressive.) ...Severance

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 2 May 2011
By Meowwww
Honestly never laughed so much in my life! This film is just hilarious.. Danny Dyers character makes the film.. You need to see it to believe just how unbelieveably funny it is.. It is somewhat "daft" But thats what makes it great.. Im not usually a fan of comedy horrors but you just need to watch this! Guaranteed laugh out loud film! Xo
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all! 18 Dec 2006
The plot is nice and simple. A (predominantly English) sales division working for a multinational weapons corporation are sent on a team building exercise in Hungary only to find themselves stuck in a dense forest where they are being hunted by a merciless European gang.

While Severance doesn't do anything particularly wrong, there are of course a couple of faults. Any work environment has to have some pretty unlikeable characters so it's unavoidable to feel less sorry for some when the killings start. Toby Stephens is undoubtedly one of the finest actors around, but he's yet to play a role in a successful film that really does him justice. Utterly capable and ever reliable Tim McInnerny (of legendary Blackadder fame) is amiable enough, but it's Danny Dyer that gets most of the punchy one-liners as the part-druggie, part-chav cheeky chappie he's grown accustomed to playing. Thankfully, cute Laura Harris hasn't been cast as the 'is she or isn't she the villain all along?' as it's really time she ditched that and moved on.

The two distinct genres don't always make for a happy marriage and eventually the tone shifts over to deadpan. At least one line is stolen from elsewhere but there's a couple of shots that felt like homages rather than plagiarism. There's more than enough laughs and nasty moments to fill both audience preferences. The fast pace means Severance doesn't risk outstaying a welcome, the special effects team did a great job and the camera work is suitably snappy. The only real risk is hype as anyone expecting anything other than a night out with a few grim moments and some genuine belly laughs will leave wondering what the fuss is about. Try to avoid thinking about where these guys took their inspiration from too as that wouldn't do anyone any good either. A solid 3 star experience that hopefully has some extra bits come home-entertainment time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy 7 Feb 2009
Black as pitch; this mid-noughties offering from director Christopher Smith involves a group of dysfunctional employees of Pallisade weapons manufacturers, who are sent to a remote forest in Hungary on a team-building weekend. Led by oily loser Tim McInnerney, the team soon realise that they are being hunted and their pursuers are using the very weapons that they are employed to sell. Toby Stephens is well-cast as the arrogant Harris; the execrable Danny Dyer plays oversexed drug-user Steve and an assortment of C-listers make up the ensemble cast.

The film treads an awkward line between comedy and horror - like Shaun of the Dead it occasionally melds the two genres successfully, but unlike Simon Pegg's modern classic it misses the target more than it hits it. McInnerney is as good as ever; Dyer is as obnoxious as ever, and the rest of the cast are merely `cannon-fodder'. It is hard to like any of the cast and difficult to feel any pathos as they are gradually slaughtered. The film does have a couple of great moments - such as when the team discover that they are eating a pie containing human flesh, or when McInnerney attempts to bully the Hungarian coach driver and is subsequently humiliated. Other than that it is pretty ordinary.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment 6 Dec 2006
I recently invested in an unlimited pass for the cinema and have since tried to see as many films as possible. I can safly say that this is one of the best so far next to Scorcese's "The Departed".

Good performances all round, a good script and overall good pacing make this film never boring. It may be a tad predictable in the 'whos gonna die next' kinda way and the romantic subplot, but the fun is in seeing how it unravels. There are some genuinely funny moments which contrast nicly with some truely horrific ones. It is also very aware that it is a horror film underneath the comedy but nicely bypasses the pitfalls that so many horror films fall into.

The adverts claimed it was 'the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead' and there is certainly no lie there. Some people may even prefer this.

Great film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 4 Sep 2013
Just finished this, and I didn't expect it to be a comedy, I expected it to be violent like Football Factory, only because of Danny Dyer. But it's hilarious and got violent and gory moments. I don't see how anyone can not like this film, it's comedy genius. Danny Dyer is by far the main reason to watch this and makes the movie as hilarious as it can be. I recommend this to any horror and comedy fan, but more Comedy because even though it seems like a horror/thriller, I see it more as a comedy. Definitely a must have for your collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!! 28 Jan 2010
This is a fantastic horror film with lots of comedy thrown in. Its is very gory at times, but this all adds to the fantastic scary storyline. I rented the film to watch and then had to rush out to buy it to add it to my collection. This is a must see movie for any true comedy or horror fan. One of the best films to come out in recent years.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you go down to the woods today 11 Sep 2008
Poor Captain Darling. He really should have stuck with Blackadder. Heading off on a management weekend with a druggie, a blueblood, a chap who's so anally retentive he almost packs the kitchen sink and a couple of other characters, all his good intentions go to pot as people start dying in suitably unpleasant ways. What fun it is too. Girls ripping their bras off in order to escape from the pit, badly made SAM missiles removing an unfortunate passenger liner and a girl who knows that you should always make sure the bad guys are actually dead. You don't just knock them over, you pick up the largest rock you can and make quite sure of it. I want her on my team. If you like your dismembered body parts served up with a hefty dose of humour this is the film for you. And if you're invited on a team building exercise to Hungary, forget your toothbrush - pack the Uzi.
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