The flesh seduces. Passion kills.

Basic Instinct is a 1992 American crime thriller about a violent cop investigating a brutal murder case possibly involving a manipulative and seductive female writer. And then there’s that infamous interrogation scene…..

The film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man; Starship Troopers; Showgirls; Total Recall; RoboCop) to a screenplay by Joe Esterhas (Jade; Showgirls; Jagged Edge).

The Carolco Channel+ production features Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Deni Arndt, Leilani Sarell, Bruce A. Young and Chelsea Ross.

New 4K version:

Studiocanal UK releases a 4K restoration of Basic Instinct. The film has been restored from the original 35mm negative and directed by the director himself, with invaluable contributions of bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. As in 1992, Basic Instinct redefined the erotic thriller sub-genre and remains a must-see for audiences around the world.

The 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital collector’s edition will be released in the UK on the 14th. June 2021 published. Characteristics:

Blu-ray Disc 1 :
Feature
Audio commentary with Camille Paglia
Audio commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Jan de Bont
Basic Instinct: Sex, Death and Rock

Blu-ray – Disc 2 :
Endless Story – dubbing of Blondes Grundgift
– interviews with cast and crew Feature
Comparison of stories (love scene – car chase – murder in elevator)
Screen Tests (Sharon Stone x 4 – Jeanne Tripplehorn x 1 )

4K UHD Training:
Feature
Audio commentary with Camille Paglia
Audio commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Jan de Bont
Basic Instinct: Sex, Death, and Stone
Endless Story – The Basic Instinct Soundtrack
Blonde Gift – Cast and Crew Interviews
Story Comparison (Love Scene – Car Pursuit – Elevator Killer)
Screen Tests (Sharon Stone x 4 – Jeanne Tripplehorn x 1)
Booklet
Poster
Art Cards

 

Plot:

Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) is a hard-working detective with a weakness for beautiful women and dangerous relationships, and Catherine Trumell (Sharon Stone) is a stunning and mysterious novelist with a talent for seduction whose relationships often end in death. As the sole suspect in a controversial murder case the detective is investigating, Catherine stirs up Nick’s suspicions and passions, and soon he becomes involved in his most dangerous contact…..

Reviews [click on links to read more] :

…it seems that, as usual, female sexuality is the source of all evil in Basic Instinct. But it is also true that Verhoeven finds human sexuality fascinating and uses it in all its forms to seduce his audience. It challenges audience prejudices caused by Stone’s bisexuality. He helps though, and towards the end of the film, after a few nice misses, you don’t want to go all the way. Austin Chronicle, 27. March 1992.

…There are too many holes in the story, and aside from the A-list of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone and the sexual allegations, the film would never have been as popular as it is now. But as an erotic thriller it is excellent, and Sharon Stone’s steamy nude scenes are among the most memorable erotic scenes of the past two decades. A scene from the film

The few intriguing interludes (such as Nick’s partner falling into a rather obvious trap) diminish the audience’s interest, and Basic Instinct fails to fully justify its two-hour running time, making the film a slick, stylish, and generally unsatisfying thriller from a hilariously erratic director. Movie reviews

I remained interested and guessing until the final shot, which showed that all my efforts were in vain, as the guilt or innocence of the characters flipped a coin based on evidence that could be read either way. The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it’s just worthless junk with holes filled in it. Roger Ebert, 20 years old. March 1992.

The actors and characters:

Michael Douglas… Detective Nick Curran-Sharon Stone… Catherine TramellGeorge Dzundza Gus MoranJeanna Tripplehorn… Dr. Beth GarnerDenny Arndt… Lieutenant WalkerLaylani Sarell… Roxy HardyBruce A… Young AndrewsChelsea Ross… Captain TalcottDorothy Malone… Hazel Dobkins. Wayne Knight… John CorrelliDaniel von Bargen… Lieutenant… Nielsen (as Daniel von Bargen) Stephen Tobolowsky… Dr. LamottBenjamin Mouton… GarriganJack McGee… SheriffBill Cable… Johnny Boz…

Technical details:

127 min | 128 min (not rated)
Technical color
Aspect ratio : 2.39 : 1
Audio : Dolby SR | LC-Concept Digital Sound (France)

Fun facts:

Joe Esterhas received the then unprecedented sum of $3 million for his script.

Trailer [1080p HD]:

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