Basic Instinct (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Seriously? A keeper for prosperity and the first movie to break the conservative movie value system. Also great acting and suspense.Published 25 days ago by Eugene S.
It is wonderful thriller. I first saw it when this moie hit the theaters///about a hundred years ago.
Then again I watched it night before last. Read more
Though the movie has some raw scenes, the intrigues played through the entire film keep you spell-bound. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ingeborg Reinecke
This is one of those movies that must be watched periodically. This was a replacement for the original that failed due to disc-rot, so I have seen the movie several times and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary L Fisher
I love this movie. It feels like Paul Verhoeven studied his Hitchcock and brought a team of very talented filmmakers together to make the ultimate Hitchcockian inspired sex... Read morePublished 1 month ago by benjamin bannister
Classic movie. Quality of the Blue-Ray is good. Price is nicePublished 1 month ago by John Armstrong
Surprisingly boring. Little plot, sex scenes so repetitious they get downright silly with crazy screaming, writhing, & fake violence alternating with car chases & more car chases... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.A. Schneider, author of the Embryo series and of the psychological thriller FEAR DREAMS
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