American Psycho (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

A wealthy new york investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202894549
UPC 031398203469
UPC 14 00031398203469
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/4/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
New York City
Satire
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A cunning indictment of the materialism of the 1980s, AMERICAN PSYCHO is Mary Harron's (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL) and Guinevere Turner's (GO FISH) deft interpretation of the dark and violent Brett Easton Ellis novel of the same name. Christian Bale (VELVET GOLDMINE) plays Patrick Bateman, the personification of the "me" culture of Ronald Reagan's 1980s. Imprisoned in an inane corporate existence fueled by status symbols, small talk, and gossip, Bateman begins a bloody reign of terror on nearly all that cross his path. The film's gray and navy mise-en-scene is filled with chilly, vacant streets, hard-edged skyscrapers and cold interiors flecked with the latest technological gadgets and designer flourishes. Mary Harron's camera glides through these spaces with the undisturbed detachment of a shark. Bale is a razor sharp Bateman whose cool, predatory grace is only matched by the equally indifferent corporate world in which he lives. Even during its most hideous scene, when a naked, chain-saw-toting Bateman goes on a screaming rampage, AMERICAN PSYCHO manages to project a cold indifference that has terrifying undertones. Harron's film is a frightening denunciation of a consumer culture gone amuck with greed, materialism and a lack of nearly any charity whatsoever.
Reviews
Premiere "...Dead-on, kitsch-free period detail and a wonderfully agitated performance by Bale..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental | 10/01/2000 p.88
Variety "...A satire of conspicuous consumption..." p.34
Film Comment "...A mordantly funny and agreeably blatant satire with genuinely subversive bite..." 03/01/2000 p.72
Sight and Sound "...An ingenious adaptation....Excellent direction and a set of self-effacing performances..." 05/01/2000 p.42
Box Office "...AMERICAN PSYCHO is really brilliant in the way it takes the viewer inside Bateman's world..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 04/01/2000 p.218
Entertainment Weekly "[D]irector Mary Harron impressively mines the dark social comedy from this scathing satire of the 1980s." 06/24/2005 p.148
Directors
Mary Harron
Actors
Joshua Lucas
Reese Witherspoon
Samantha Mathis
Jared Leto
Cast & Crew
Andrew Marcus - Editor
Andrzej Sekula - Cinematographer
Bret Easton Ellis - Based On Novel By
Chloe Sevigny - Actor
Christian Bale - Actor
Guinevere Turner - Screenplay
Jared Leto - Actor
Jeff Sackman - Executive Producer
John Cale - Original Music By
Joseph Drake - Executive Producer
Josh Lucas - Actor
Justin Theroux - Actor
Mary Harron - Director
Mary Harron - Screenplay
Reese Witherspoon - Actor
Samantha Mathis - Actor
Willem DaFoe - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 20346
UPC 00031398203469
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review First and foremost, the movie takes a scathing look at the "me first" mentality of the mid-to-late-'80s. In fact, one of the reasons the film works so well is because of a take no prisoners attitude. We are given a gallery of despicable, amoral characters to observe. Anyone who identifies with them needs to consider seeking immediate psychiatric help...In the recent tradition of movies like Fight Club and The Sixth Sense, American Psycho employs a surprise ending. There is enough ambiguity about the last act revelations that one can interpret them in more than one way, but the most likely choice forces the entire movie to be re-interpreted through a different filter. In retrospect, the film holds together no matter which approach you accept, and the seams never show.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It's just as well a woman directed "American Psycho." She's transformed a novel about blood lust into a movie about men's vanity. A male director might have thought Patrick Bateman, the hero of "American Psycho," was a serial killer because of psychological twists, but Mary Harron sees him as a guy who's prey to the usual male drives and compulsions. He just acts out a little more...When Bateman kills, it is not with the zeal of a villain from a slasher movie. It is with the thoroughness of a hobbyist. Lives could have been saved if instead of living in a high-rise, Bateman had been supplied with a basement, a workbench and a lot of nails to pound.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Bale,Christian
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Rolling Stone Mesmerizing!
The New York Times Dazzling!
The Village Voice Smart and scary!
Time Magazine A movie you shouldn't miss!

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