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Basic Instinct (1992)

Michael Douglas , Sharon Stone , Paul Verhoeven  |  R |  DVD
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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: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078401020X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Basic Instinct" on IMDb

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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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Basic Instinct

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155 of 162 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Basic Instinct is certainly a film that has not only aged well with time, it makes you wish they could still make a sexy erotic thriller this good today. With so much political correctness going on these days, a film like Basic Instinct would never be made quite the same way, had it been made today. Attacked while it was being filmed for it's quote "negative depictions of the Gay community" as well as a so called "date rape" scene, the film became controversial practically the day it became green lit.
Sharon Stone became an overnight sensation portraying the rich, seductive & powerful Catherine Tramell, a role that seemed tailor made for the actress. But in fact director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers) had to fight hard to prove to both Carolco Pictures and actor Michael Douglas that she was in fact the only person suited for the role. Having worked with Stone on his last picture, Total Recall (1990), Verhoeven knew that Stone had something special to give to the part and he finally got that message through to all those mentioned. I'd go so far to say that with the exception of her Oscar nominated performance in Martin Scorsese's Casino, Catherine Tramell is still Sharon Stone's best performance.
So what's the big deal between the R-rated & Unrated versions of Basic Instinct? Basically a little more violence and a little more sex. There's more stabs with the ice pick in the Unrated version (about 3 or 4), more shots of the victim actually being stabbed (courtesy of a man made puppet designed by Rob Bottin) and that's about it for the violence. The added sex has mainly to do with the first encounter between Michael Douglas's Nick Curran, and Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top favorites of all time July 29, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Basic Instinct is a guilty pleasure. I love this film, and have had the Unrated Director's Cut on VHS for many years. I bought the so-called Collector's Edition (included the ice pick pen) a while back and returned it because it missed quite a bit of footage. Recently, I tried again---and this time it was ice pick bingo! (Who needs the pen, anyway?) The Unrated Director's Cut is listed on Amazon as an unrated special edition (Special Edition - Unrated) which "contains scenes the director was forced to cut." There is no image available. You can identify the DVD as Artisan's release, ASIN B00005N919. Make no mistake, THIS IS THE VERSION TO BUY. I also highly recommend the soundtrack on compact disc. Jerry Goldsmith's music is haunting, and one of the best scores ever composed for film.
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126 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's most 'basic instinct' = CASH GRAB. March 14, 2006
Format:DVD
I will dispense with the standard plot synopsis and, for the most part, a review of this movie. 14 years later, most of us looking at a special edition "Basic Instinct" DVD already like it enough to at least show interest in possibly buying this. My question was, is it worth it to replace my old "Basic Instinct" DVD with a new one?

By my count this is the 4th DVD transfer of this film (there was a bare-bones DVD of the theatrical release, then a special edition with extras, then the unrated directors cut special edition with the same extras (that one had the dumb "ice pick box," but was eventually, and is now, available in a standard box whose cover art looks just like all the other releases (including the original VHS release): All white box, torso-and-up shot of Stone and Douglas whith her clawing his back), and now this one that still retains that same image of the stars, but now it is inside the lettering of the title).

I mention this for two reasons.

The first may not matter much to amazon and other on-line shoppers, but here's what happened to me while walking around Best Buy today: I already owned the "bare-bones" version (I picked it up for 5 bucks brand new at least 5 years ago, so this has never been a movie one needed to drop a lot on to own), but I wanted the unrated director's cut I saw advertised in the Best Buy weekend circular. I picked it up off the shelf and saw there was the older '02 special edition release right next to it for $5.99. I was not crazy about spending $15 (not that that is a terrible price, mind you) on a movie I already owned so I decided to go with the '02 version (I'll get to the comparison between the two in a moment - that is reason #2).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Quality DVD Mastering March 16, 2001
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I doubt that Artisan even bothered to remaster this DVD release -- it looks like it was either 1) taken directly from the Laserdisc master or (and most likely) 2) taken from a general release print (not the original print) of the movie. What a shame -- Artisan usually produces some great DVD packages, but not this time. Save your . . . money. . . and wait until a better DVD transfer hits the shelves...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much different than the "IcePick" version April 23, 2006
Format:DVD
This Ultimate Edition could have been the definitive edition, had it been produced a little differently.

First, with the exception of the two new Sharon Stone items, Intro and Commentary, it is the same as the "IcePick" Unrated Director's Cut that came out some years ago. When I mean "IcePick", I'm talking about the release that came in the clear plastic case with a little bonus metal icepick.

Second, the movie's video and audio quality are also the same as that IcePick version. Which means passable, but not great.

This is where my biggest gripe with this item is located. The video and audio quality.

What would have made this a truly "Ultimate" Edition would have been if they had made it a 2-disc edition, one disc with only the movie, and the other all the bonus features. Many current releases do it this way.

As it stands, a one-disc version of a movie that is slightly over two hours (2 hours 8 minutes more exact) along with all the bonus material means that the video bitrate of the movie is limited to no more than an average of 5.0 Mbps.

A 2 hour movie can be encoded at 9.8 Mbps (almost the theoretical maximum) if placed entirely on a DVD-9 RSDL disc.

The difference between 9.8 Mbps and 5.0 Mbps is huge, as long as the source material is high enough quality to take advantage. Since this edition says "newly remastered widescreen version" I would think the original video quality would be such.

In addition, we are still stuck with Dolby Digital 5.1 448 Kbps for the audio. But with the extra storage that comes with a two-disc edition, they could have increased the audio quality to DD-EX 6.1 and DTS 6.1 formats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars watch your instinct.
It was absolutely heart pounding action! Somehow I knew that would be a part two. I have to get the second part.
Published 4 days ago by Jacqueline Strickland
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Great acting and directing keeps you on the edge of your seat. Sharon Stone totally owns all the men in this movie.
:o)
Published 5 days ago by Bill White
4.0 out of 5 stars Water and madness
I thought it was very like a Dexter romance. (Straight white guys are portrayed as monsters all the time, but make a movie with a psycho bisexual in it and everyone loses their... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Layo
5.0 out of 5 stars very well remake of the orginal!
for a remake of the orignal, it was done very well,
the infumous legg cross!!
the show lives up to its billing,
sharon stone was excellent in the movie and she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sefriendlyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars This twisted Sexual Thriller is great!
One of Sharon stones best work it really shows how much desire and sexual manipulation can really let anyone lose everything.
Published 2 months ago by Arturo Del Campillo Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic instinct is unbelievable!!!
What a movie!! Great script, great acting and for sure great chemistry between Douglas and stone. Everything in this film stands out and makes it one of Hollywood iconic films that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Panagiotis Gambranis
5.0 out of 5 stars BASIC INSTINCT
THIS WAS A GREAT SUSPENSE THRILLER! THIS WAS A GREAT MOVIE BECAUSE YOU WERE NEVER SURE IF SHARON STONE WAS GUILTY OR NOT.
Published 2 months ago by DEANNA EGGERS
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Paul Verhoeven
I have seen this film in three cuts and the director's cut is to be recommended. It truly captures and explains the emotional intensity of the two main characters in a way the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John E. King
3.0 out of 5 stars On Basic Instinct
The movie was good, of course only God is Good, but it had a drama detective attitude. Several times the main character, the detective, and in with the other detectives, had a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pat Tam
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Region!
Mistakenly got the USA version - this was not evident at time of purchase. Could only play it on my laptop after first changing region settings.
Published 2 months ago by Mr M P H Merriman
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I've got a defective disc!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
You are not alone! I just bought mine (unfortunately from WalMart.com and not here) and have the same problem! It will not play. I can't return it because it is opened and I don't even live in the USA so I am out of luck. Amazon is much kinder about these things so if I had ordered it from Amazon... Read more
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Will this be the Director's Cut?
cover art says unrated director's cut
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