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Basic Instinct [Blu-ray] [1992]

  • SKU: 1878092
  • Release Date: 02/24/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

    Special Features

    • "Blonde Poison" documentary on the making of the film
    • Audio commentary with director Paul Verhoeven and director of photography Jan De Bont
    • Audio commentary with feminist critic and noted author Camille Paglia
    • "Cleaning Up Basic Instinct" a montage comparing the TV version to the theatrical version
    • Storyboard comparisons
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Original screen tests


    Basic Instinct
    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. Despite the fact that the scene ends with a bloody icepick murder (horrifyingly realized by makeup artist Rob Bottin), Hermes scarves quickly sold out at stores nationwide. This seeming paradox is at the heart of the film's appeal, as it mixes perverse sexuality and erotic bloodshed in a manner common to European thrillers (director Paul Verhoeven had done it himself in 1979's marvelous De Vierde Man) but mostly taboo in America. The plot concerns Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a successful bisexual mystery writer who may also be a ruthless murderer. Everyone close to Catherine dies, and troubled policeman Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) must find out why. In the process, Nick becomes sexually involved with both Catherine and police psychiatrist Beth Gardner (Jeanne Tripplehorn), while the bodies begin piling up and Catherine turns the cat-and-mouse game around on Nick. Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas -- who was paid $3 million for the script -- keep the tension ratcheted up throughout, even during the frequent sex scenes, which carry a violent edge reminiscent of the Italian thrillers of Dario Argento. The film's most notorious scene, a police interrogation in which Catherine makes drooling idiots out of her captors by revealing that she is not wearing underwear, became a cultural touchstone and was widely imitated and parodied. Sharon Stone, meanwhile, was embarrassed to the point that she claimed Verhoeven had aimed lights on strategic locations without her knowledge. George Dzundza and Dorothy Malone co-star. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Michael Douglas
      Michael Douglas - Detective Nick Curran
    • Sharon Stone
      Sharon Stone - Catherine Tramell
    • George Dzundza
      George Dzundza - Gus
    • Jeanne Tripplehorn
      Jeanne Tripplehorn - Dr. Beth Gardner
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      Denis Arndt - Lieutenant Walker

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A movie that scared a generation


      "Every once in a while, a film comes along that so pushes the envelope of what is permissible to say and show on-screen that it changes the rules for all that follow it. Such cinematic touchstones don't have to be particularly good, but they do have to capture the cultural zeitgeist in such a way that our perception of the film becomes inseparable from its attendant controversy." This is such a film, and the transfer is great. fans of the movie will not be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      guilty pleasure


      This in-your-face thriller is probably the best guilty pleasure film ever made! A volatile police detective (Michael Douglas) becomes involved (to say the least) with a novelist (Sharon Stone) who's the number one suspect in the murder of her lover. No, this is not as dramatically satisfying as other Paul Verhoeven works like Robocop and Total Recall, but the two leads give it plenty of energy. If this film is trash, it's the most watchable trash there is.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very underrated movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Most people look at this film as just a way to see certain shots of Sharon Stone. (I think you know what I mean Lol).. But it is actually a really good suspense thriller that is well written and nicely directed. The music throughout the film also adds nicely to the suspense..

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Quality: Excelent


      If you are a fan of the movie and you loved it in theater you will love this release. It's a great quality disc, the picture is great, it looks amazing in 1080p. I've always liked this movie (it's the director's cut too!) and I've enjoyed every minute of it watching it on our big screen HDTV. You won't be dissapointed.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast Action Thriller From Start to Finish

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      A classic thriller restored to blu-ray quality. Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone play off each other in as Sharon has her break-out role. The extras are great to help bring the movie full cycle and provides the director insight.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My favorite movie of all time!!!!


      Looks Great.... only enhances movie viewing ....all extras are great. San Francisco Looks wonderful!!!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good thriller movie.

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      Good thriller movie. Good thriller movie. Good thriller movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A shocker

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      Sharon stone plays the villainess great, Michael douglas is awesome, also check out malice

      I would recommend this to a friend

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