AMER­I­CAN PSY­CHO

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THE CON­TRO­VER­SIAL 2000 film Amer­i­can Psy­cho from co-screen­writer/direc­tor Mary Har­ron ( Alias Grace) was based on the novel by Bret Eas­ton El­lis. Set in the fast-paced 1980s, it fol­lows the priv­i­leged, hand­some, and nar­cis­sis­tic Wall Street ex­ec­u­tive Patrick Bate­man (Os­car win­ner Chris­tian Bale) who is all about greed and self-ag­gran­dize­ment. By day he builds on the for­tune and ma­te­rial things he has al­ready ac­cu­mu­lated, but at night the eviler de­mons in­side slip out to par­take of a dizzy­ing ar­ray of sex and vi­o­lence. The re­straint in di­rec­tion shown by Har­ron, and the bril­liant per­for­mances by the cast, evoke the sick­en­ing psy­che of a se­rial killer along with the cul­ture of yup­pie ex­cess that de­fined the ‘80s. The com­bi­na­tion makes Amer­i­can Psy­cho a sig­nif­i­cantly more com­plex thriller and slasher film than much of what passes for that to­day.

Amer­i­can Psy­cho was orig­i­nally shot on Su­per 35 film with Panav­i­sion cam­eras and ar­rives on 4K Ul­tra HD Blu-ray in a 2.35:1 framed for­mat with Dolby Vi­sion HDR. The im­age looks good, with nat­u­ral film grain, inky blacks, and only some slight shadow crush in a few scenes. Wide color gamut and high dy­namic range does won­ders for the var­i­ous Man­hat­tan night scenes: shad­ows look nu­anced, street lights pop, and the lamps in apart­ments and restau­rants dis­play a nat­u­ral glow.

The film’s Dolby Atmos (com­pat­i­ble with Truehd 7.1) mix is the sole sound­track op­tion. Over­head speak­ers carry an abun­dance of at­mo­spher­ics that re­ally as­sist in build­ing ten­sion. The ‘80s pop tunes fill the Atmos speak­ers over­head and spread across the front and sur­rounds, but the most ef­fec­tive use of the im­mer­sive mix is when Chris­tian

Bale’s voiceover takes on a “voice of

God” ef­fect to make it sound like he is in your head—or you’re in his head.

While there isn’t too much low-end ex­ten­sion, the sound­track is punchy enough through­out.

Lion­s­gate brings the “Un­cut

Ver­sion” of Amer­i­can Psy­cho to 4K

Ul­tra HD Blu-ray with three au­dio com­men­taries, in­clud­ing a newly recorded com­men­tary with direc­tor and co-writer Mary Har­ron. Other spe­cial fea­tures in­clude twelve min­utes of deleted scenes in HD, a fea­turette on 1980s fash­ion and cul­ture called The 80s: Down­town, and a 50-minute doc­u­men­tary,

Amer­i­can Psy­cho: From Book to

Screen. A Dig­i­tal HD copy and reg­u­lar

Blu-ray disc ver­sion of the movie are also in­cluded.

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