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American Psycho (Uncut Version) (Killer Collector's Edition) (2000)

Christian Bale , Justin Theroux , Mary Harron  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (943 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, ChloŽ Sevigny
  • Directors: Mary Harron
  • Writers: Guinevere Turner, Mary Harron, Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producers: Alessandro Camon, Chris Hanley, Christian Halsey Solomon, Clifford Streit
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Collector's Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (943 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009A40ES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Psycho (Uncut Version) (Killer Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director/Writer Commentary
  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Postcards from the '80s
  • On-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancé (Reese Witherspoon). 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.

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177 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I think my mask of sanity is about to slip." November 8, 2005
By Dave
Based on Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel American Psycho, this film tells the story of an 80's yuppie named Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) who works on Wall Street by day and kills people by night. Like the often misunderstood novel, the film is more of a dark social comedy than a real horror story. Bateman dresses and talks like all the other wealthy, young Wall Street crowd, and thus mistaken identity plays a big part in his getting away with gruesome murders again and again. Bateman's own grip on reality begins to blur over time and at various times throughout the movie it's quite obvious that Patrick's view of reality is a sick, homicidal dream of endless torture and killing. Even when Bateman confesses at one point, no one listens or seems to care. Everyone has their own agenda and the main concern of Bateman's friends is which extravagant restaurant to dine at next, or getting the latest and greatest business card to impress one another.

Casting Christian Bale was a brilliant choice by director Mary Harron, who almost got fired from the project because of not choosing Leonardo DiCaprio for the starring role. I honestly don't think anyone could've captured Patrick Bateman's personality more flawlessly than Bale, who gave an extraordinary, chilling performance. And casting Reese Witherspoon as the prissy, bubble-brained Evelyn, who's engaged to Bateman but knows nothing of his psychotic, homicidal behavior, was a perfect choice. Much of the dialogue in the film is taken directly from Ellis' book, and the horrific violence of the book was toned down considerably, with much of it taking place off camera.
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217 of 241 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sharp satire of yuppies October 28, 2000
No doubt about it, Mary Harrion's "American Psycho" is definitely not for every taste and audience demographic. The good news is, perhaps, that the film is nowhere near as gruesome and gory as both its subject matter and its controversial nature would lead one to believe. In fact, its tone of ironic comic detachment helps to de-emphasize the more sordid aspects of the material and to instead highlight the film's bitingly satiric message.
Set in the mid-1980's, "American Psycho" casts a scathing eye on the then-brand new, up-and-coming group of 20-something executives known as "yuppies." Patrick Bateman, the psycho of the title, is a man who literally seems to have everything - stunning good looks, a fantastic physique, a beautiful fiancé, a diploma from Harvard and a successful career as a Wall Street executive. Yet, alone of the young men with whom he consorts, Patrick flatly admits to us in voice-over narration that he is literally an empty-suit - that his perfectly maintained outer appearance, seemingly well-ordered social routine and empty, superficial personal relationships merely mask the moral emptiness that lurks at the core of his soul. Much of the complexity of Patrick's character comes from the fact that he seems, paradoxically, to be both obsessed with the idea of conforming to the values of the world he lives in, and, at the same time, being strangely conscious of their unreality and meaninglessness. Thus, we see him becoming almost emotionally unglued because he fears he will not be able to reserve the proper table at a posh upscale restaurant or because he feels that one of his corporate buddies has a more impressive looking business card than he does.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil in a Pinstripe Suit. September 28, 2002
Whether we know it or not, many of us have co-workers who are just like Patrick Bateman. On the outside they exude confidence, style, and success, and they know exactly what to say and when to say it. But on the inside lurks a fragmented soul ready to snap at any given moment. Welsh actor Christian Bale, in one of the best performances you will ever see, brings to life Patrick Bateman, the Wall Street yuppie who works at Pierce & Pierce by day and is a serial killer by night. In adapting the controversial and unpleasant book by Bret Easton Ellis, director Mary Harron purges much of the violence and misogyny that made the novel one of the most despised and misunderstood pieces of literature in the last 20 years. What remains is the book's twisted sense of humor. This isn't a slasher film but rather a clever satire on the yuppie lifestyle of the late 1980s. Speaking in a pitch-perfect American accent that recalls a game-show host, Bale perfectly embodies his character physically and emotionally. His performance makes you simultaneously laugh at, pity, and fear Bateman. Jared Leto is also good in his brief role as Paul Allen (in the book it's Paul Owen; why his name is changed in the film, I don't know); ChloŽ Sevigny also stands out as Patrick's timid assistant, and Reese Witherspoon shines as his clueless and self-absorbed fiancee. This is the unedited version, which has a few additional flashes of nudity in one of the sex scenes. The difference is so minimal, you'd hardly notice it, showing how uptight the MPAA can get when it comes to editing films. Nonetheless, "American Psycho" is a disturbing but clever film that was one of the best of 2000. It comes highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars blah
its a very superficial movie about the life of a sociopathic killer. not a whole lot of character or storyline depth
Published 2 days ago by Steve Meyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
Sad that I won't be able to get the time back that I wasted watching it! I expected more than what I got!
Published 3 days ago by Patrice DeLeon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites to start my Blu-ray collection
I have recently begun buying movies on Blu-ray instead of the traditional DVD. This is in my top 10 favorite movies so I won't write too much on the movie itself and its also 14... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Zachary K. Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I found this movie disturbing, but, given the title, that was probably the whole point of the movie! I would actually give it 2-1/2 stars, but I had to round up
Published 8 days ago by cda idgirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
We had just watched the movie Hitchcock and wanted to watch Psycho. Amazon doesn't carry Psycho, and this movie came up as a choice. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kirk Daniel Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
the whole movie was unrealalistic, poorly done, b grade at best, just a very pathetic movie, i am so glad that it was free...
Published 11 days ago by pap
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain stupid.
I could only stand about 20 minutes before i shut it off. Just so stupid. Nobody i knew talked like that in the 90's or when ever this came out.
Published 17 days ago by Rex B.
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
The perfect movie for when you are feeling like a psycho. Also has a great soundtrack with Whitney Houston and Huey Louis and the news.
Published 18 days ago by renegade FSU
4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of crazy
Christian Bale is wild AND crazy in this role about a rich neurotic in the big city. He surely is an American Psycho as he goes creepily through his life inside and outside his... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Cheryl L Petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining!
I liked it. it was a little different entertainment wise for me. Very entertaining & amusing. But good. I recommend it to others.
Published 22 days ago by ada moretti
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Get the Austrailian Blu-ray instead!
Is the uncut Oz version similar to the US uncut version ?
Apr 19, 2010 by Kamil Othman |  See all 2 posts
Missing scene? Shoe tying...
I just watched this movie off of HBO and a sneaker tying scene wasn't in it. It certainly says some interesting things about his character, though.
Aug 16, 2007 by Francis Turturici |  See all 5 posts
different versions?
I think that somewhere there is simply a typo. I do not think there is another "uncut" version. I'm sorry if I'm incorrect, but no one else has bothered to post.
Sep 2, 2008 by A. Jackson |  See all 4 posts
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