American Psycho (2000) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

American Psycho 4K (2000) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mary Harron
Starring: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas
Rated: UR/Region O/2:35/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films

Patrick Bateman is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fianceƩ. 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, the film 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.

It’s hard to believe that American Psycho was made all the way back in 2000. It is almost as hard to believe that the lead would go on to play one of the best versions we’d see of Batman. Still, this is a movie that takes a few interesting turns and it feels like the deeper in the movie we go the deeper we go into the downward spiral that is Patrick Bateman’s (Christian Bale) sanity. A lot can be said about the tone and themes of the film, but just calling it as it is, American Psycho is just one of the best films of this lifetime. It has style, it has smarts behind it, and it doesn’t shy away from taking a moment or two to shock you as you watch. We watch this character as he becomes less and less human in a world full of less and less emotional people. We see him go crazy and on a killing spree and even when we see things like Bateman see an ATM machine ask him to feed it a cat, we’re never too sure just what is real and what isn’t. The best way to enjoy a movie like this is to think about it later but enjoy it for what it is as you are in the motion of watching it. Because a film like this isn’t one we see every day.

This movie seems to offer it all. We have a great plot, we have a great cast, and we have some very violent moments that go on to become some of your favorite scenes. If you’ve never seen this film before and picked it up for the upgraded 4K release, then you will find yourself in for a treat with what you see in this film. Now, I had the old the Blu-ray of this before this was released and I traded it in when I found out this was being released. This leads us to some good news/bad news. The good news is the 4K disc looks great! I found a lot of improvement over the old Blu-ray release that was (if I’m to be honest) not that good looking. The bad part is if you only have a Blu-ray player this won’t do you much good because it seems to be the old disc just packed with the newer 4K one. I’m afraid I am unable to post screenshots of the 4K disc, but I’ve attached Blu-ray pics here. Rest a sure my % grade for the transfer at the bottom is for the 4K ONLY and not the Blu-ray disc.

Extras

– NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
– Previously Recorded Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
– Audio Commentary with writer Guinevere Turner
– Deleted Scenes with optional director Audio Commentary
– “The ’80s: Downtown” Featurette
– “American Psycho: From Book to Screen” Featurette
– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION
– DOLBY ATMOS TRACK
– Optional English SDH, Spanish subtitles

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 95%