Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald Kimble (Willem Dafoe), a police detective, questions Bateman about the disappearance of Paul Allen (Jared Leto), whom Patrick murdered several days earlier. As Kimble stays on Bateman's trail, Bateman's mask of studied, distant cool begins to fall apart. American Psycho also features Reese Witherspoon as Bateman's girlfriend, as well as Samantha Mathis, Chloe Sevigny, and Guinevere Turner; the latter also co-authored the screenplay. Controversy followed the production from the start, when speculation that Leonardo Di Caprio would play Bateman sparked concerns that he would lure preteens to an R-rated movie. Di Caprio soon bowed out of the project, and original leading man Bale was reinstated. Later, a group of Toronto residents attempted to block filming in that city after Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo claimed that Ellis's novel inspired his murder spree.~Mark Deming
This is an amusing movie, got some gore, but overall entertaining and brings back memories of the late 80s/early 90s.
The audio was a little weird with the output misaligned from the lips. Kind like the old Martial Arts Theater movies.
Classic movie and a must own in 4k. This is one of my all time favorite movies so needed to own it in the best format. It has never looked better in 4k format and there are plenty of small details on many scenes that were not as noticeable before viewing it again. I highly recommend it.
It's been so long since I have seen this film that I had forgotten what a brilliant dark comedy it is, something I didn't appreciate as much when I was younger. This is up there with Network and Natural Born Killers as far as social satire goes. The UHD disc is sublimely beautiful, blowing the old Blu-ray and DVD versions out of the water.
I'm a huge fan of the movie, we've watched American Psycho once or twice a year for many years from VHS, to DVD to blu-ray. It never gets old, always amuses, and as it grows on you the perplexing horror becomes a quite quotable and entertaining mix of character psychology and humor, in an 80's culture time capsule.
The American blu-ray was never a very good transfer of the 35mm film, but the UHD absolutely destroys every other release by light years. The gains in detail are immense, and you see so much more of the film, whether it's the settings, the costume work, the hair and skin... it really brings the film to life in a new way, given how integral these elements are to the people and places in it.
Can't recommend it enough. If you're a fan of the movie it's a must see, and if you're in any way interested in movies with a bit of wit and semi-indie sensibilities, it's worth taking a chance on.
Movie is an all-time classic and I would rank the picture quality as "reference quality" 4K. However, the bottom of my case was cracked. Which is why I dropped a star. Not a big deal, the movie plays flawlessly which is what matters.
Not even kidding but I didn't like this movie all that much when I was younger. Like I was too stupid to truly grasp a lot of what they were attempting yet as I got older and watched it back again, and again, and again I ended up loving this a lot.
The entire movie is one dark comedy that has all these layers to it that you can peel back and debate on what's happening and what the meaning behind certain little scenes meant. I genuinely laugh out loud whenever I watch this now and appreciate it more than I could have ever guessed especially after all these years later.
Seeing it all in 4K let alone Patrick Bateman going on about music (which had a much deeper meaning to it than him just being a fan of the bands and the albums but that's a story for another time) then slaughtering people left and right never looked so good.