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American Psycho (Blu-ray)

Christian Bale , Justin Theroux , Mary Harron    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas
  • Directors: Mary Harron
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Surround Sound, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fianceť (Reese Witherspoon) and entourage of high powered friends. He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the 80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Did you know I'm utterly insane? 24 Feb 2014
It would be hard to find a more scathing indictment of the 1980s than "American Psycho." You know, that book about the murderous yuppie.

And if anything, the movie is even more wonderfully brutal than Brett Easton Ellis original book -- a scathing, unnerving movie that swings between savage violence and hilariously sick social satire. But what really makes it work is Christian Bale, who is utterly perfect as the titular American psycho. Every smile, snarl and twitch from this man is utterly perfect.

Patrick Bateman (Bale) is the perfect yuppie -- he has a high-paying job and a beautiful fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He dines at all the best restaurants and goes to the best clubs. He keeps his body, New York apartment and wardrobe in perfect condition, and gives detailed descriptions of his designer clothes, beauty products and music collection.

But when his associate Paul (Jared Leto) flaunts a business card that is superior to Bateman's, it sends him into a psychotic rage -- first he kills an old man and his dog, then he cheerily axes Paul to death. A detective named Donald Kimball (Willem Defoe) investigates Paul's disappearance, but doesn't seem to connect Bateman to the man's disappearance despite his many lies.

As the days roll by, Bateman's homicidal urges begin to spiral out of control as he kills more and more people, descending deeper and deeper into his own bloody madness. Will he finally be caught for his crimes, and will his insanity finally swallow him up?

It sounds like a cliche, but "American Psycho" is all about the emptiness of a life without real substance. Every part of Patrick Bateman's life is carefully chosen for the image it gives him.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Psycho" meets "Wall Street". Brilliant. 19 Jun 2003
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An adaptaion of a novel of the same name, American Psycho stars an excellent Christian Bale as the strutting, Narcissistic corporate high-flyer Patrick Bateman (a nod to Norman Bates?), in a mind-numbingly artficial and greed-obsessed mid '80's. His colleagues and acquaintances (and, indeed, Patrick himself, as he admits in the beginning) are completely hollow, devoid of any emotion and concerned only with prestige enhancing finery like business cards and restaurant reservations.
Patrick is different, however, in that he occasionally breaks free of this drudgery by committing deranged and brutal murders (in an almost whimsical fashion). The balance between Patrick's smooth facade and his psychopathic cravings begins to collapse, and this is where we join the movie.
Bale's performance is outstanding. He shows all the characteristics of a serial killer (obsessive neatness, ridiculous over-articulation and a pedantic hyperanalysis of everything from business cards to Phil Collins albums) but in an incredibly subtle and underplayed way, as befits someone who is trying to keep this in check. Interestingly, the one person he can't bring himself to kill might well be the only genuine human being in the film: his secretary (Chloe Sevigny).
As with many films made in the early noughties, there is a twist towards the end which only reinforces Patrick's overwhelming normalness and is completely believable having listened to his opening speech.
A very intelligent and stylish film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feed Me A Stray Cat 30 Nov 2006
By Oz
This movie was rather misinterpreted by the adverts for it when it was released; it is technically a horror film but in truth, it is much more comical than the creepy adverts made out. The story follows successful, nigh-on-perfect Patrick Bateman, a handsome business man who by day lives a tedious life in constant competition with his colleagues over ridiculous things such as who has the best business card and who can get the best reservations. Yet behind this montonous but normal life, Patrick is losing his mind and spends his nights succumbing to an ever-growing bloodlust and paranoia. Christian Bale couldn't have been a more perfect choice for this role; he delivers every line brilliantly. The supporting cast is also spectacular; Jared Leto plays an arrogant, ultimately doomed colleague, Chloe Sevigny is Bateman's shy secretary and the one person who seems to 'get' him. Reese Witherspoon makes brief but brilliant appearances as his fiance. Bateman's murder sprees are much more amusing than they are disturbing (watch out for him running around naked wielding a chainsaw) and provide a few good laughs, as does his obsession with looking good. Any movie that can have the killer taking time to exfoliate and make it work is a winner in my book! The story is highly original; I won't deny that I was completely lost in the last 5 minutes of the film but it's so entertaining I didn't even mind. This is a top quality film made even better by superb acting and directing. Buy it.
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THIS is an american dream in it's nemesis and it is both haunting and horrid yet it rings true in every frame as BATEMAN ,A YOUNG YUPPIE WALL STREET EXEC mystifies you with his ivy league polish ,his designer suits with a perfect fit on chiselled and perfectly sculpted frame with a physique that men will die for ,which he arrogantly dismisses of as 'i look after myself' ,but he also has accessories and they are rather nasty nocturnal tools which are utilized for slicing open his female victims as a sex serial killer .

The idea of a polished ,ultra chic ,sophisticated western man trained to perfection who is the worst fiend in reality is a very painful look at the american dream as it blames the pressures and over riddled social expectations from youth as the reason for their psychotic behaviour as perfection is indeed redundant and inaccessible ,so an easy way out to channel your human energy will be the negativity of evil and here it turns to carnage with bodies piling up in cold storage kitchens in plastic wraps ,while out in daylight in high rise haven Bateman lives a shimmering ,ideal life as the most brilliant inmate of a prestigious financial firm ,ONLY to return to his luxury apartment called sardonically as perfect american gardens which serves as a human abbatoir.

A satire on both humanity and the system that has created the disaffected monsters ,it has humour imbued in every sequence with miniscule details that stun me every time i see it .
Christian Bale as the polished ,picture perfect hunk is hypnotic ,both in and out of clothes as he flaunts his torso and deltoids and sex techniques and finally his prowess with a chainsaw .
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