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  • Actors: Gaby Hoffman
  • Directors: Tony Stone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023BZ64Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Severed Ways" on IMDb

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In the 11th century, Vikings, Native Americans, and Irish monks collide on the shores of North America in a historical epic adventure of exploration, personal glory, and religious dominance. Abandoned by a Western exploration party and stranded in the New World, two lone Vikings struggle for survival while still in the grip of their Norse ways. eaturing an icy black metal soundtrack including Burzum, Morbid Angel, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

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The camera work in the beginning, although i can appreciate creativity.
Brenda
Orn and Volnard (don't ask me which is which) are two young Norsemen who have embarked on an expedition to North America with other members of their tribe.
Roland E. Zwick
This....was... a waste of time... Wow...2hrs of my life I will never get back.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on August 15, 2009
Format: DVD
***1/2

As I was saying just the other day, you simply don't see enough good, old-fashioned Viking dramas these days, do you? Then, lo and behold, what should appear but "Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America" to help fill the void and make us all wiser as to just how brutal and savage life could be at the turn of the last millennium (the movie is set in 1007 A.D.). However, let it be noted for the action fans in the audience that "Severed Ways" is, if anything, an "art" Nordic drama, a documentary-style, largely wordless cross between "Quest for Fire" and "The New World" - with even a bit of "The Blair Witch Project" thrown in for good measure (the palsied camerawork is what reminds us most of that film).

Orn and Volnard (don't ask me which is which) are two young Norsemen who have embarked on an expedition to North America with other members of their tribe. When their compatriots are killed in a battle with some natives called Skraelings, the two strapping lads flee to the forest where they hide out, search for food, build a makeshift shelter and fight off packs of ravenous animals. They also encounter a couple of Christian monks and more of those dreaded Skraelings. Heck, there's even a doe-eyed squaw named Abenaki who drugs and kidnaps one of the boys and makes passionate love to him in her thatched wigwam.

I must admit I kind of admire the sheer lunacy of producer/writer/director/editor Tony Stone's vision (he also plays Ork, which makes him pretty much a one-man show on this film).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 28, 2009
Format: DVD
"Severed Ways"
Directed by Tony Stone
(Magnolia Films, 2009)
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NOTE: Spoilers below
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It is amazing to realize that Viking explorers came to North America over a thousand years ago -- fully five hundred years before the Spanish, French and British colonized the continent. This film is set in the era of the Viking expansion, in the year 1007, when a Viking landing party near Newfoundland falls afoul of a band of "skraelings" (Indians), and leaves two men behind when the skraelings attack. The two castaways pull themselves together and decide to hike cross-country to seek the Viking settlement of Vinland; along the way they confront two aspects of the new, future world -- the unknown frontier and a new religion, Christianity, which (in this script, at least) now challenges the "old ways" of the Norse gods of Odin, Thor, et. al.

The movie is an ode to the mythologized Viking spirit which has been seized on by some metalheads as an emblem for their music, but even with this seemingly blunt premise, the film has a surprisingly meditative feel. Although some of the hand-held effects are trying, overall the cinematography is sweeping, evocative and expressive -- the scenes of nature and the endless woods of the Eastern seaboard are continually arresting, and the illusion of these two men being stranded in the 11th Century wilderness is convincing. There is very little dialogue (and all of it is dubbed into Nordic dialect) with most of the story being told visually, with surprising effectiveness.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Studienkollegin on September 18, 2011
Format: DVD
The spoken soundtrack of this movie is in Swedish, not Old Norse. It is recycled from Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" and has nothing to do with the subtitles. This is why it does not sync up. Adds some atmosphere and rather amusing if you do understand Swedish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on April 27, 2013
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I love watching films that have some historical reference or fact. Even if they're brutal and bloody. I was really looking forward to watching this film. After all I hail from these barbarians. I can normally get through any film. Despite how slow and awkward it goes. The camera work in the beginning, although i can appreciate creativity. I do not appreciate severe repetition ..ok we see the stones moving, next.

Then came the slang. "we're toast if we stay here" ..I had to go read the title again 'The Norse Discovery of America'. ok it's not a comedy..lets stick w/ the reality.

Then there came the s*** in the woods. No literally, s***ting in the woods. That ws as far as I could go. I understand the desire to offend and shock the audience. I understand wanting to express your creative flow because you can. But there has to be some moral compass in which you guide yourself. Yes we get it, we've all s*** in the woods or our ancestor has. There's no reason we need to see it. I simply took it as a sign that it represents what the feeling of the maker of this film thought of his work and I stopped watching.

I'm sure even mentioning it is giving people the desire to see it. But maturity is as maturity does.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tommy D on July 27, 2009
Format: DVD
Stoked its finally released on dvd. Saw this at Angelika and it rocked. This is really an excellent film-nothing else like it out right now. The reasons to like Severed Ways are pretty much the same reasons that some of its critics don't get it. Yes, it is a Viking flick that is neither a swashbuckling/love story nor a Monty Python skit. That is a GOOD THING! It picks up on a footnote from a Viking saga and imagines two young Vikings left behind and lost in America. They struggle to survive. They work. They attempt to WALK home and into Viking lore! Its shot in Newfoundland and it's retardedly beautiful. Even some critics were saying it's worth it for that alone...others got bored by this which is totally lazy... Also, this film is a breathe of fresh air. A lot of new films have a huge script about a cool dude crying about his girlfriend in a bar and there are a bunch of telephone calls and then in the end everybody breaks out their guns and heroine. BIG FREAKING DEAL--seen it all before! Rest assured there is none of that garbage in this movie and finally there is a film breaking the mold. You actually get a singular film experience, something to talk about- maybe even argue about. The depiction of natural beauty is not SW's only epic aspect. It also shows the clash of civilizations in a thoughtful way. There are several carefully scripted vignettes in which these vikings talk about, remember and confront both the rise of Christianity in Europe, and their fears of the skraelings(Native Americans) These confrontations become very real when strange monks and skraelings cross their path. You will be caught off guard by the alternately brutal and tenderhearted ways all of these characters behave with each other. Won't spoil it, but it's not what you expect.

Soundtrack: also epic.

It's a meditation on the impossible.

MAKE MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS
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