Basic Instinct

7.02 h 8 min1992X-RayR
A police detective plays a seductive game of cat and mouse with a manipulative novelist who is the prime suspect in her rock star boyfriend's murder.
Paul Verhoeven
Michael DouglasSharon StoneGeorge Dzundza
English [CC]
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Jeanne Tripplehorn
Mario KassarAlan Marshall
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Nudityviolencesubstance usealcohol usesmokingfoul languagesexual content
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Ben30Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Lionsgate have reissued BASIC INSTINCT on blu-ray again, the old 2008 blu-ray is out of print now
the 2:35;1 HD transfer does look amazing close to 10/10 quality
the sound mix is 6.1 master mix
but tragically not all the extras have been carried over for some stupid reason
BLONDE POISON Documentary, Cleaning up Basic instinct, screen tests, original Theatrical trailer
is on this blu-ray reissue
the 2 audio commentaries from the old Ultimate edition dvd have been carried over but that's all
well of course the Sharon stone interview & sharon stone introduction from the old Ultimate edition dvd
so i give 3 stars for this blu-ray reissue cause not all the extras were carried over
apart from that the HD transfer is excellent
so best to still keep the Ultimate edition dvd just for all the extras
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benjamin bannisterReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well-Written and Well-Made Sexual Thriller
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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 thriller.

At the time of its release, Joe Eszterhas' script prompted a bidding war that would make him the highest paid screenwriter at the time. While some may mock the trashy quality of it, you have to admit it's very enjoyable trashy writing, with a few memorable quotes to fill your life with.

Sharon Stone was born to play Catherine Tramell. It was meant to be. She's a beautiful, blonde, seductress, who's rich, smart, and knows exactly how to work people. Instant iconic character. Everyone else is perfectly fine in their roles.

Jan de Bont, who would go on to make 'Speed' and 'Twister' was the cinematographer for this film. And boy does that man know how to frame and move a camera around. Every shot is done with a purpose, you see what you're supposed to see, you are shown what is supposed to be revealed, and everything is framed beautifully.

Based in San Francisco, the film actually shows us some of the most beautiful locations there. I recently took a trip to San Francisco, and I made sure to stop at some of the same filming locales (I got exact addresses)[see photos]. Whoever did the location scouting picked some of the most gorgeous views of the city and around the city.

The music is perfect for this movie and on its own. Jerry Goldsmith was pushed very hard by the director, and what he's created here is worthy of his nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. I have the [[ASIN:B0000014SR Basic Instinct: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]], and I love the album. There is one track in particular, "An Unending Story," it was playing one day while I was coming home from work; it felt like I was in a movie, that I was being stalked, and I had to look behind me at times just to make sure.

This is a great mystery and thriller, that just happens to have explicit sex in it. You are introduced to a few main characters, which includes a detective, and you're trying to figure out what's going on just as much as he is. Things are played multiple ways so you can consider multiple scenarios. You are taken along for this ride until the memorable last shot, which if you listen to the great commentary track, explains everything.

Yes it has violence, yes it has sex, but it also has a great story, writing, acting, music, and cinematography that pulls it all together. If you've never seen Basic Instinct, you need to make the time and enjoy this mystery thriller. Recommended.
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Shannon FindlayReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tacky and Stupid.
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I'm no prude but I don't like my porn with my murder mystery. It's just tacky and the sex scenes are stupid.
Also, The main character hero cop rapes his ex-girlfriend and then she cuddles with him afterward. If the movie was treating that as a problem it would be one thing, but it's just so nonchalant in this movie, as if it was hot for her to be yelling "no" and "stop it" while he bends her over the couch. So if you needed an example of rape culture, there it is.
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Rafael A. SerraReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sharon Stone looks astonishing!
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This specific edition of Basic Instinct looks amazing, it is the uncut version, it has all the documentaries and behind the scenes that the DVD had.

Sharon Stones looks astonishing!

It’s sad they don’t make this kind of movies anymore.
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Logan SweeneyReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a great film, if you have never seen it
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Bought the unrated directors cut, and it came with almost of the special features did, but is missing a few tiny tidbits that aren't really that big of a deal. This is a great film, if you have never seen it, it is HARD R stuff (nudity and such), but a great film non-the-less. Digital code worked fine. It is one of Paul Verhoeven better films. Worth a watch and has a very iconic scene it. Sharon stone and Michael Douglas are great.
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rdaaamgReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
good sudection movie
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A cop is called to a homicide to find a man who was killed after being intimate with a woman. The detective finds out that the killing is just like one written in a novel and the author becomes a suspect and the cop's lover. She says she did not do the killing but evidence shows that several novels of hers have come true and she becomes the prime suspect. At the end of the movie she does the same thing to the detective by making love but instead of killing him she decides to let him live but we do see the knife on the floor next to the bed.
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librichReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Where most of the attempts to reinvent film noir fail, this film succeeds. The concept of transgression is translated into a modernized setting in a way that embraces film noir values, but at the same time feels utterly non-derivative. Much of the plotting and dialogue is wonderfully complex and subtle, and Verhoeven gives the whole thing a uniquely perverse spin. The music is worth a viewing by itself, as it is stunningly effective. In a film like this, you don't expect a score so lush and romantic, but it works. The film has perhaps two knocks. It is, when all is said and done, a whodunit, and carries all the negatives of that genre, the worst of which is the plethora of hints dropped to implicate this character or that. The other knock is more serious. There is a giant hole in the story which becomes apparent at the very end. From the get-go, Trammel tells Nick that he (the detective in her story) is going to fall in love with the wrong woman and she's going to kill him. And of course the ice-pick revelation at the very end of the film is meant to confirm that. But none of this works. Trammel has spent years orchestrating the perfect crime, committing a string of murders and drawing a net around Garner/Hoberman to implicate the psychologist and put herself in the clear. Having succeeded with all of that, Trammel cannot kill Nick at the end--especially not with an icepick. That would blow the whole thing. Irrespective of that, BI is a great achievement and worth many viewings.

Update 11/10/19: After a number of additional viewings, I might soften my criticism of the hole at the end. Trammel is diabolically rational and devious in engineering the appearance of Garner's guilt. But at the same time, the film does a good job of persuading us that she is a wildly emotional creature and genuinely distraught that all the people around her die. It could be argued that, despite having committed the perfect crime, she's so sick that she might kill Nick anyway, without concern for the consequences.
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MarkReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great suspense/film noir. Stone steals the fil. Great performance. A classic.
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A classic suspense thriller-one of the absolute best. Sharon Stone steals this film from Michael Douglas. Her performance is stellar and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, Drama, which she should have won. Still seems very current. Lots of interesting plot twists, so much so that in the end, the viewer is left wondering who the real killer(s) is.
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