IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Trance'

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:33 Written by  iamrogue
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IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Trance'

Have you ever wanted to participate in a high-stakes art heist?  How about go down a hypnotic rabbit hole of secrets, distortions, and illusions within your own mind?

Now that Trance is available on Blu-ray, you can vicariously do all that and more, tripping balls on a whacked-out thrill ride right from the comfort of your own home or the convenience of your preferred portable device.

The new film is a whirling dervish of style and narrative loopiness, just as you'd expect a thriller from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to be.  The acclaimed director reunites with his Transpotting screenwriter John Hodge, as well as cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, with whom he collaborated on 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours, among others.

Trance stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Atonement), Rosario Dawson (Ten Years, Sin City), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Irreversible).

McAvoy plays Simon, a fine arts auctioneer caught up in a heist to steal "Witches in the Air," a Francisco de Goya painting worth $28 million.  When the heist goes wrong and the painting ends up being missing in action, Simon receives a grievous head injury that leaves him unsure just what happened and how.  In order to figure out what is afoot and find the invaluable work of art, Simon visits a professional hypnotherapist played by Dawson.  As they attempt to mine Simon's subconscious for clues, it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems and no one, not even Simon himself, is free from mystery.

To spoil Trance any further would be a shame, as the narrative unspools with many an unexpected turn.  So seek out Trance to uncover its secrets.


As of this Tuesday, July 23rd, this wholly unique and mind-boggling thriller is available on Blu-ray DVD. The Blu-ray edition features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, while that same theatrical cut is in standard definition on DVD. Both include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers, compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

On Blu-ray, Boyle and Dod Mantle's hypnotically slick visuals are presented in top-notch 1080p high definition, while DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 ensures that every sound reverberates perfectly.

Additionally, the Trance Blu-ray offers up a plethora of special features.  First up, "The Power of Suggestion: Making Trance," a length behind the scenes documentary divided into four distinct parts: Kick Off, Danny's Film Noir, Hypnotheraphy, and The Final Rewrite.  "Danny Boyle Retrospective," then, boasts interviews with the director and others chronicling how much of his filmography tackles and subverts different genres, leading to an elaboration on how Trance incorporates many divergent genre elements.  There's also Eugene, Spencer Susser's singular short film who receives a laptop with unusual capabilities.

Finally, a batter of deleted scenes can help viewers parse some of the mysteries in the film, while a theatrical trailer and sneak peeks round out Blu-ray disc stacked with bonus material.

Trance is now available to purchase on Blu-ray at a retailer near you.


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