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Basic Instinct 1992

This cold, stylish erotic-thriller grossed over $100 million at the box-office despite vigorous protests at its depiction of gays and women. The shocking opening sequence features a graphic sexual encounter involving a rock-star bound with a white Hermes scarf by an unidentified blond woman.

Starring:
Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
Supporting actors George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, Chelcie Ross, Dorothy Malone, Wayne Knight, Daniel von Bargen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Benjamin Mouton, Jack McGee, Bill Cable, Stephen Rowe, Mitch Pileggi, Mary Pat Gleason, Freda Foh Shen, William Duff-Griffin
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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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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Format: DVD
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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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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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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