Monday, November 16, 2020

MVD Entertainment Group Preps Blu-ray And DVD Editions Of Writer/Director Arto Halonen's Murderous Trance For Release On Feb. 09

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Intense, mind-ripping and based on actual events, MVD Entertainment Group announced this past week that writer/director Arto Halonen’s Murderous Trance will be available as both DVD and Blu-ray product offering on Feb. 9.

Arto Halonen is a renowned, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and he certainly toyed with the idea of telling the story of a sociopath and convicted criminal Björn Schow Nielsen as a straight-forward documentary.   But the tale of this mastermind villain was simply too juicy for that, so he put out the word for A-list actors to participate in a dramatic retelling of Nielsen’s diabolical “Moriarty-like” crime.  

Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari, Breakthrough, The Lincoln Lawyer, A Beautiful Mind) took on the role of Nielsen, who had been sentenced to prison for crimes during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.   While there, he started planning the perfect crime — seriously, the perfect crime — and to accomplish that he hit up the idea of using the power of hypnosis.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Nielsen zeroed-in on fellow convict by the name of Palle (Cyron Melville — Love and Rage, A Royal Affair, Fighter), took the impressionable young man under his wing and began practicing hypnotism on him.   But it was more than that, it was a sort of mind control.  

Both are released from prison, the war is long-since over, it’s now 1949/1950 and it is time to turn the page on the past.   Nielsen had programmed Palle, with “suggestions” that would put him into a trance … and the crime, murder, with Palle the murderer and Nielsen the puppet-master.

This is all true.   Palle walks into a bank, robs it and then murders two bank tellers at point blank range.   He is caught and has no idea of the crime he has committed.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Enter our “Sherlock Holmes” in the case, a true case, in the form of detective Anders Olsen (Pilou Asbæk — as Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, plus such films as A War, Silent Heart, A Hijacking, etc.), who questions Palle and sees something “amiss” in the crime.  

Murderous Trance becomes a suspense-thriller as the cat and mouse game of the investigation of the “perfect crime” unfolds.   Olsen recruits Dr. Dabrowski (Rade Serbedzija — The Liberation of Skopje, The Saint … as Prince Kuragin in the Downton Abbey cable series), a hypnotist to help him unravel the mystery.

But, it is even more devious than it appears as Nielsen has set his sights on detective Olsen in a most-sinister way (we will not give that plot point away here).   Let’s just say that if you love a mystery, Murderous Trance is one dark alley of a thriller … on DVD and Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group on Feb. 9.

As to bonus goodies, there are a series of four featurettes under the banner “Mystery of Hypnosis,” plus two additional featurettes — “Tom Silver: Hypnotist on Murderous Trance” and “The Making of Murderous Trance” — and four separate video sessions with cast members Josh Lucas, Pilou Asbæk, Rade Šerbedžija and Sara Soulié.


DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey



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