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Basic Instinct [Blu-ray] [1992] [US Import]

Michael Douglas , Sharon Stone , Paul Verhoeven    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Joe Eszterhas
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Louis D'Esposito, Mario Kassar, William S. Beasley
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2007
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O5B4C4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The take-no-prisoners sex thriller from 1992 now stands as a milestone in the career of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, but in the hands of director Paul Verhoeven Basic Instinct is an undeniably stylish and provocative study of obsession. In the role that made her a star (and showed the audience a little more skin than she intended), Sharon Stone plays the cleverly manipulative novelist Catherine Tramell who snares San Francisco detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) with her insatiable sexual appetite during the investigation of her boyfriend's murder. Tramell is the prime suspect, but the plot twists and turns until Curran is trapped in a dangerous cycle of dead ends and unsolved murders, never sure if Tramell is committing the crimes or if it is some other, unknown suspect. With a plot that keeps viewers guessing, Basic Instinct is the work of a director who is clearly in his element. --Jeff Shannon

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Thrilling, Captivating... 4 July 2004
Almost everyone has heard of Basic Instinct. However, its tag of 'erotic thriller' has put many people off watching it. To these people, I would say, get over it, and have a good look at this film, because it is superb. Yes, the sex scenes are very graphic, but the story is so captivating that you'll be able to get past them and anjoy this for what it is... a good suspense thriller.
Sharon Stone stars as Catherine Tramell, a novelist, whose boyfriend is stabbed to death with an ice-pick. This killing was exactly the same as one described in Catherine's latest book. You are then left wondering. Did Catherine recreate the events of her book and kill her lover, or did someone else, someone who wanted to ruin Catherine, carry out the deed in question?
Michael Douglas is the cop invstigating the murder, however, it is only too soon before he is seduced by Catherine. It's suspense all the way until the end, where, even then, you aren't sure, who really is the murderer.
If thrillers are your thing, then go and watch this DVD. A word of warning though. This is not one for kids and teenagers...
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Ghostface VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, my rating is basically 5 stars for the movie and 2 for the Blu-ray presentation.

The main reason? The picture. I just don't believe this has been remastered at 1080p. I have original projection reels of this movie in my collection and they still look cleaner and sharper, which they shouldn't. Basic Instinct has incredibly good cinematography, but the Blu-ray image is SOFT. Meaning there must be anti-aliasing happening because the image is not sufficiently detailed to fulfil 1080p. It was really something of a disappointment. Yes, it looks okay, but not for a second is this the best is could look. What's more, it's from Optimum, who usually really are quite good with their material.

The audio is fine, and Goldsmith's beautiful score is not damaged by the poor treatment other aspects of the movie have suffered.

There are no extras. Not even the feature-length Making Of has been included. There is a picture option which allows you to follow their instructions on getting the best picture they believe possible out of this disc. Well, ignore it. You know yourself what looks sharpest and most vibrant, and for me it was NOTHING like what they were suggesting.

I find this release to be a big disappointment, given how popular the film was and, despite it's often sleazy reputation, it really is a finely crafted thriller with lush, warm cinematography, Goldsmith's last great score, great editing and Verhoeven's slick direction. It's too bad the Blu-ray doesn't give it the respect it deserves.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant erotic thriller 19 Dec 2005
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
With all the controversy over this film long past it is now possible to appraise it‘s great strengths, brilliant screenplay, great dedicated performances, direction and photography absolutely spot on.
Sharon Stone literally becomes Catherine Trammel the bi-sexual, brilliantly manipulative and devious woman who uses her sexuality to dominate men. Michael Douglas as Detective Nick Curran is a perfect foil, attempting to limit her dominance and making desperate efforts to remain impartial in solving the grisly murders.
Trammel’s lesbian lover Roxy (Leilani Sarelle) is perfectly cast, the commentary incorrectly states this is her only film, if fact she has a long filmography.
But especial mention must go to George Dzunda as Gus Moran playing one of the great buddy roles as Curran’s assistance, the scene where he is drunk at a western music bar is the best portrayal of a drunken man I have ever seen.
Finally there is Jeanne Tripplehorn as Dr Beth Garner the police psychiatrist and ex lover of Curran, hers is a difficult role in the middle of the action and is completely convincing. The sex scene with Douglas in which she only partially complies is a gripping example of the narrow line between rape within a relationship and consent.
The long sex scenes between Stone and Douglas seem over choreographed by today’s standards, with a tendency to providing artistic nude studies rather than erotic action.
If you can take this tough gritty subject matter the beautifully transferred DVD with it’s generous extras is for you. At the end nothing is completely certain except “Basic Instinct 2” is due for release in March 2006, and one wonders how Sharon Stone will reprise this role at the age of forty six.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Sexy....Still Superb 16 July 2002
Whilst it seems to be the current trend for critics to constantly say how silly they now feel, 10 years on, for getting so worked up over THAT scene, Basic Instinct has in fact lost none of its magic. It is a timeless classic, yet highly underrated.
Yes, it was the leg crossing scene that made this film infamous, but it is such a sexy, tension filled thriller for the whole duration. There is something about the film that cannot be put into words, that no matter how many times you watch it, you feel the same amount of emotion that you did the first time.
Basic Instinct has unfortunately been lumbered with the 'erotic thriller' tag which has become a Friday night standard on Channel Five. However, the film is much, much more than titillation. There's a fantastic murder mystery plotline which would not be out of place in any of the Hitchcock classics which clearly influenced it, and all the actors are great (and I'm no Michael Douglas fan, so trust me :))
The DVD is a gorgeous package. A double disc set with postcards thrown in. Every making-of fact you would want to know is on this disc - and more!
Look past the infamous scene and see this film for what it really is - a true modern classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paranoid, much? Verhoeven strikes gold again
Coming off of Robocop and Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven was Mr Hollywood in the early 1990s- and he struck gold once again with this sexual ultra violent thriller, Basic... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars No hoh subtitles can ruin this film
Sharon stone is wonderful as Catherine tramell an evil, vicious bitch of a woman with loose morals and even looser dresses. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
most of the films in which michael douglas plays a leading role are well acted by the characters and the plots are quite distinctive in the crime genre.
Published 5 months ago by john p stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic!!
This is a fantastic film which keep you watching all the way through and it is filled with suspense and intrigue as the film gos on, a genuinely superb film!!
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Instinct
Very very good criminal story with sexy outfit. Sharon Stone is sensational, Michael Douglas is also coping very well. Classic movie.
Published 8 months ago by Marko
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good value fore money. A film we hadnt seen for many years and wanted to watch again. Still good in 2013, even if it was made in the 1990s
Published 9 months ago by Sharon
1.0 out of 5 stars Region 1 and of no use to me in australia
Most of the DVD's I have purchased are compatible but this one (i.e. Region 1 ) can not be played in Australia
Published 10 months ago by michael drake
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy
It's quite fun. It's sexy, it's wrong and it's interesting. It's not fantastic, but it's a great watch! actors have great chemistry
Published 10 months ago by Amy Slatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story
Such an underrated story in my opinion.

Sharon Stone gets her beaver out in this film and every time the film is referenced, that is the focal point. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure neo-noir worthy of deeper delving.
"I'd have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill him the way I described in my book. I'd be announcing myself as the killer. I'm not stupid. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Spike Owen
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