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Basic Instinct
     

Basic Instinct

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Director: Paul Verhoeven,

Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza

 

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The single disc of this erotic thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone contains two versions of the movie -- widescreen and standard pan-and-scan. The widescreen version is presented in a special matted format that preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the movie's original theatrical release. The soundtrack has been digitally mastered to crisp Dolby Digital

Overview

The single disc of this erotic thriller starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone contains two versions of the movie -- widescreen and standard pan-and-scan. The widescreen version is presented in a special matted format that preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the movie's original theatrical release. The soundtrack has been digitally mastered to crisp Dolby Digital 5.1 sound -- all the better to hear the frequent heavy breathing on the screen. Other special features include production notes, the film's trailer, and cast and crew bios. Unfortunately, no commentary track of any kind is included. The disc also contains Descriptive Video Service, which makes it accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Editorial Reviews

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Yes, Sharon Stone uncrosses her legs and shows the world. . .well, metaphors aren't really appropriate here. If you don't know about the 1990s' most scandalous single second of film, then you probably might want to watch Basic Instinct just to stay up on your cultural knowledge. The film is indeed scandalous: It's hard to argue that it doesn't toe the line on soft-porn, and it's easy to see why the film sat so uneasily with many lesbian- and gay-rights supporters. What's more, Basic Instinct's mix of graphic sex with violence raised the ire of the few film and social critics who hadn't already weighed in on the matter. Assuming a morally neutral stance on the controversy, however, this is a darn good thriller. Director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Esterhas, the team who would later give birth to the monstrous Showgirls, demonstrate many of the skills they displayed in their more acclaimed films. And it would be unfair to remember Stone's career-making performance as merely minutes of flesh. It's hard to imagine anyone who could play her calculating, stark, and stunning character better. In a thematic sense, she fulfills the oft-paraphrased, debatably sexist notion that men may control the world, but a capable woman can control any man. The ending is a bit of a cheat, and may leave the viewer feeling manipulated. However, a thriller's job is to engross its viewers with an engaging mystery, and in this respect, Basic Instinct is very successful. Assuming you're not easily shocked, you will most certainly enjoy it -- and depending on what you're, um, looking for, keep in mind that the unrated version has even more scandalous shots.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
What makes Basic Instinct a guilty pleasure is the shameless and stylish way Verhoeven lets rip with his own basic instinct for disreputably alluring entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1997
UPC:
0012236044307
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:09:00

Special Features

English captioning; Interactive menus; Scene access; Production notes; Cast and crew bios; Theatrical trailer; Descriptive Video Service for the visually impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Detective Nick Curran
Sharon Stone Catherine Tramell
George Dzundza Gus
Jeanne Tripplehorn Dr. Beth Gardner
Denis Arndt Lieutenant Walker
Leilani Sarelle Roxy
Bruce A. Young Andrews
Chelcie Ross Captain Talcott
Dorothy Malone Hazel Dobkins
Wayne Knight John Correli
Daniel Von Bargen Lieutenant Nilsen
Stephen Tobolowsky Dr. Lamott
Benjamin Mouton Harrigan
Howard Feuer Actor
Jack McGee Sheriff
Bill Cable Johnny Boz
Mitch Pileggi Internal Affairs Investigator
Mary Pat Gleason Juvenile Officer
Freda Foh Shen Berkeley Registrar
William Duff-Griffin Dr. Myron
James Rebhorn Dr. McElwaine
David Wells Polygraph Examiner
Bradford English Campus Policeman
Irene Olga Lopez Maid
Juanita Jennings Receptionist
Michael David Lally Detective
Peter Appel Detective
Michael Halton Bartender at County Western Bar
Keith McDaniel Featured Dancer
Eric Poppick Coroner's Guy
Byron Berline Doo Wah Rider
Julie Bond Hand Puppet Model
Stephen Rowe Internal Affairs Investigator
Adilah Barnes Nurse

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
William S. Beasley Associate Producer
Mark Billerman Art Director
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Louis D'Esposito Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Howard Feuer Casting
David Forrest Makeup
Gary Goldman Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Alan Marshall Producer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank J. Urioste Editor

Scene Index

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0. Jump to a Scene
1. Opening Credits [2:45]
2. Johnny Boz and the Ice Pick [1:28]
3. A Retired Rock 'n' Roll Star [2:58]
4. His and Her Picassos [1:06]
5. Roxy [1:13]
6. Catherine Tramell [3:43]
7. Therapy Session [2:11]
8. The Facts [1:45]
9. Love Hurts [:27]
10. A Devious Diabolical Mind [2:07]
11. The Prime Suspect [4:23]
12. Interrogation [5:12]
13. Beating the Machine [2:43]
14. Black Jack Shooter [3:14]
15. Her Favorite Patient [3:10]
16. Shrunk in the Head [1:00]
17. Following Her Lead [5:14]
18. Hazel Dobkins [1:30]
19. Rough Edges [4:44]
20. Confidential File [2:00]
21. Friendly Little Therapist [2:36]
22. Shot at Close Range [1:21]
23. Curran Suspended [3:21]
24. A Possible Wacko [1:13]
25. A Shooter without a Gun [1:31]
26. What Do You Want...Catherine? [4:30]
27. Catherine at Play [3:23]
28. Basic Instinct [4:13]
29. "You Like Watching, Don't You?" [2:08]
30. The Beach [2:30]
31. An Old City Cowboy [3:40]
32. The Black Lotus [4:13]
33. Psychiatric Evaluation [1:58]
34. Consoling Catherine [2:18]
35. No Luck with Women [1:25]
36. Fixing Her Family [2:05]
37. School Records [:34]
38. Hanging out with Murderers [1:18]
39. Who is Lisa Hoberman? [:59]
40. College Experiments [2:16]
41. What Happened at Berkeley [2:25]
42. A Second Chance [2:02]
43. A New Twist [2:05]
44. Some Kind of Joke [2:09]
45. Long Lost Roommate [1:25]
46. Gus Gets In [2:03]
47. Somebody Has to Die [1:46]
48. The Pieces Fit [2:54]
49. Minks and Rug Rats [4:53]
50. End Credits [4:51]
Jump to a Scene
0. Jump to a Scene
50. End Credits [4:51]
1. Opening Credits [2:45]
2. Johnny Boz and the Ice Pick [1:28]
3. A Retired Rock 'n' Roll Star [2:58]
4. His and Her Picassos [1:06]
5. Roxy [1:13]
6. Catherine Tramell [3:43]
7. Therapy Session [2:11]
8. The Facts [1:45]
9. Love Hurts [:27]
10. A Devious Diabolical Mind [2:07]
11. The Prime Suspect [4:23]
12. Interrogation [5:12]
13. Beating the Machine [2:43]
14. Black Jack Shooter [3:14]
15. Her Favorite Patient [3:10]
16. Shrunk in the Head [1:00]
17. Following Her Lead [5:14]
18. Hazel Dobkins [1:30]
19. Rough Edges [4:44]
20. Confidential File [2:00]
21. Friendly Little Therapist [2:36]
22. Shot at Close Range [1:21]
23. Curran Suspended [3:21]
24. A Possible Wacko [1:13]
25. A Shooter without a Gun [1:31]
26. What Do You Want...Catherine? [4:30]
27. Catherine at Play [3:23]
28. Basic Instinct [4:13]
29. "You Like Watching, Don't You?" [2:08]
30. The Beach [2:30]
31. An Old City Cowboy [3:40]
32. The Black Lotus [4:13]
33. Psychiatric Evaluation [1:58]
34. Consoling Catherine [2:18]
35. No Luck with Women [1:25]
36. Fixing Her Family [2:05]
37. School Records [:34]
38. Hanging out with Murderers [1:18]
39. Who is Lisa Hoberman? [:59]
40. College Experiments [2:16]
41. What Happened at Berkeley [2:25]
42. A Second Chance [2:02]
43. A New Twist [2:05]
44. Some Kind of Joke [2:09]
45. Long Lost Roommate [1:25]
46. Gus Gets In [2:03]
47. Somebody Has to Die [1:46]
48. The Pieces Fit [2:54]
49. Minks and Rug Rats [4:53]

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Basic Instinct 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no other film that really applies to itself the term erotic thriller like Basic Instinct. Sharon Stone gives an exalent performance as a pressumed murder. Throughout the movie, she does a wonderfull job acting very sexy, having control over all the events taking place, and never letting her guard down. This is definetely one of the most controversial films, and one of the most important movies of all time. After all, who doesn't remember that one scene where she is being questioned? (I sure do!) If you enjoy good performances, a good story, and good cast, you should definetely buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to see Basic Instinct 2 to appreciate how good this really was. Sharon, Sharon, why couldn't you have just kept up this acting pace instead of just letting yourself go in later flicks. Suspense Here. Wow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago