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  • Actors: Sean McGinley, Gerard McSorley, Andrew Scott, Kelly Reilly, Darren Healy
  • Directors: Robert Quinn
  • Producers: Dead Bodies (2003)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sunfilm Entert.
  • Run Time: 83.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V2D8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Surround ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Surround ), German ( DTS 5.1 ), German ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dead bodies is an Irish thriller that begins when Tommy accidentally kills his girlfriend, frightened of the repercussions he enlists his best mate to help him hide the body instead of calling the police. This act sets off a chain of events that spiral out of control for Tommy as he is not only chased by the police, he is betrayed and disowned by his friends and finds himself battling his guilty conscience.
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I won't give an exact number of how many people bite the dust, but, for some reason, I expected it to be more. However, that's just my minor gripe. I actually enjoyed this film immensely.

It's about a layabout boyfriend whose girlfriend shouts at him one too many times. A horrific accident later and he's left working out the best way of disposing of a body (and there may be one or two more bodies to follow after that).

Most reviews touch on Danny Boyle's classic `Shallow Grave,' as there are a few comparisons, but Dead Bodies isn't simply Ireland's answer to Boyle's first classic. Also, as others have mentioned the film does start off quite cheeky, almost as if it's trying to set the tone as a comedy. However, the comic feel starts to slowly dwindle as the bodies start to pile up (in not a very big pile). Therefore some people seem to lament the lack of quick-fire humour that the opening half hour displays.

The humour is well-written, so I can understand people missing it. However, if you just let it go and accept that the film ventures into something much darker then you should get something out of it.

It's one for people who like `whodunits' who know who did it from the off.
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It's quite a slick enjoyable ride of a film. There are some twists and moments of comedy and it kept me interested throughout. Comparisons have been made with Shallow Grave, if I'm being honest I would say that it lacks some of the quality & drama of Shallow Grave, but it is still worth watching on it's own merits. Not a classic, but it's a decent enough film and is a good evenings entertainment for just a few pounds.

It's worth noting that Amazon lists the film as lasting 58 minutes, whereas the DVD states a running length of 88mins which is much more accurate.

A real bonus here is the DVD extras, where there is the inclusion of a 30 minute subtitled short film about an assasination at a hotel, the mystery unravels & it's a good little story which I enjoyed as much as the main feature. I don't always look at the extra's, but if you buy this DVD it really is worth a look at this one.
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Quite a good black comedy aided by an interesting and attractive female lead. The story has some good twists. The acting is very good. There would have been five stars but the sound track was overbearing and not necessary. It took some of the enjoyment away (as was the case in another qulaity production 'Proof'). There was just no need for the excessive noise.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a7aefc0) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0x9b279830) out of 5 stars A little of this, a little of that (and some dead bodies, too) 19 May 2011
By phreejax - Published on Amazon.com
There are a coupla different styles in this movie, which I guess some viewers may find disjointed ... but it worked for me.

The first 20 minutes are just plain funny, highlighted by Katy Davis as Jean, the most amazingly self-obsessed, annoying and hilarious character I've seen in a while. But, after Jean has a little accident, the movie becomes more serious ... though with some moments and dialogue that reminded me a bit of Guy Ritchie.

The last half of the flick is pure thriller, very well done and not at all predictable. You will NOT be bored.

You also get to see the wonderful Kelly Reilly (Viv) in a fairly early role ... she's beautiful, and she definitely can act. Sadly, I suspect her days of low-budget thrillers now is past, so you'll have to settle for this one. For later roles, check her out in "Eden Lake" and "Sherlock Holmes."

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a9a867c) out of 5 stars Don't Let This One Get Buried 15 Sept. 2006
By R. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a gripping drama in which the various characters keep revealing deeper, darker layers to their personalities.

The main characters are of the "trainspotter" generation - involved in partying hearty. But mature viewers who enjoy an Agatha Christie mystery will find just as much to identify with here.

All the acting is superb. The lead actor sets the dark chain of events in motion when he confesses to his buddy that he killed his girlfriend - accidentally, during one of their regular bouts of disaffection. He enlists his buddy's help in disposing of the body. When he finds that the secluded spot he picked as a burial site is already occupied - by another corpse - things get dangerously complicated for everyone involved.

There are surprises and jolts all along these characters' paths. Although the script is generally literate and well-crafted, there are several loose ends to contend with.

I think though that the main loose end was left dangling intentionally. That is the introductory voice-over narration the main character delivers. He refers to the grisly death of his dog in the opening sequence. This revelation, alluding to dark motives and indifference, sets the tone for the whole movie. However, it constitutes perhaps the biggest mystery of all. It will leave you guessing exactly how this little death fits into the larger, pervasive villainy that's the subject of "Dead Bodies."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b27ba14) out of 5 stars I'd give it a "C" 21 Feb. 2008
By Green Manalishi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The first 45 minutes had all the excitement of a Beverly Hills 90210 episode. Maybe not that much. When the main guy goes to bury his dead girlfriend and lo-and-behold finds another dead body in the ditch he's just dug, you know believablity is not going to be a high point in this movie. The series of unbeleivable scenarios is just beginning to unfold however, and at a rate that's much quicker than the first 45 minutes. The unbeleivablity would have been more forgivable if other elements had been more interesting, but those other elements were missing for me. OK, the second half was at least an improvement on the first in terms of generating interest. Not a terrible movie, but not a great one either.
HASH(0x9a86042c) out of 5 stars Dead Bodies 4 Jan. 2015
By Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have been watching the most recent Sherlock Holmes you will have discovered Andrew Scott playing Moriarty. He is absolutely REMARKABLE. Therefore as is part of my "Movie / tv hobby I searched out something else I could see him in. This was the first. Dead Bodies is a truly slick murder mystery. Hard to guess the end even for those of us that are pretty good at it. Treat yourself. Seems like his films are mostly produced by an Irish film production company. I hope to see much more of him. P.S. You can also find him in Bachelor Weekend. Something of a sweet surprise of a film.
HASH(0x9a860c48) out of 5 stars surprisingly good 17 Feb. 2015
By Evil_Asch - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly low budget but very well paced, decently written and competently performed. The one flaw is that none of the characters are particularly likeable. The lead is a self indulgent petulant man-child too lazy and disinterested to end a clearly terrible relationship with his equally selfish narcissistic girlfriend, his best friend who is a carpet with a car and a fundamental lack of sense, even the cops are repellent. The film walks a fine line between obnoxious characters and interesting plot. Well worth viewing, particularly for any Andrew Scott fans.
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