Basic Instinct (Unrated Director's Cut)

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  • Rated: Unrated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Slipcovered Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 16:9
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Closed Captioned - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Video Introduction - Sharon Stone - Star
    • Audio Commentary - Paul Verohoven - Director, Jan De Bont - Director of Photography
    • Behind the Scenes - Screen Tests
    • Documentary - BLOND POISON
    • Production Interviews - Sharon Stone - Star
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Trailers
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Were you ever engaged in any sadomasochistic activity'"--John Correli (Wayne Knight) to Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) during interrogation
"Exactly what did you have in mind, Mr. Correli'"
  - Catherine
"There's no smoking in this building, Ms. Tramell."--Correli
"What're you going do' Charge me with smoking'"
  - Catherine

Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten53%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 62

Upright63%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 131,857
Rating: 2/4 -- Call me a prude, but it's not sexy watching an erotic thriller in which every time a couple does it, one of them gets it with an ice pick. I don't care how many firmly toned tummies and tushes are bared. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Mar 25, 2013
...[A] red-hot, dangerously modern romance [that] will never be accused of not knowing how to get an audience's attention....[Stone is] chilling...
New York Times
Mar 20, 1992
The harsh, politically incorrect truth about Basic Instinct is that it's a tantalizing, suspensefully correct thriller. Full Review
Orlando Sentinel
Mar 25, 2013
Verhoeven tries mightily to come across as a twisted Hitchcock, but, like his leads, he's too sick and confused to succeed. Full Review
Hartford Courant
May 29, 2018
Rating: 1/4 -- Verhoeven does not explore the dark side, but merely exploits it, and that makes all the difference in the world. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Mar 25, 2013
Rating: 2/5 -- Basic Instinct is a reminder of the difference between exhilaration and exhaustion, between tension and hysteria, between eroticism and exhibitionism. The line may be fine, but it is real enough to separate the great thrillers from the also-rans. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Mar 25, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- The result may be flimsy, but it goes out and grabs you from the start. Full Review
Sky Cinema
Mar 25, 2013

Product Description:

This steamy thriller to end all steamy thrillers stars Michael Douglas as Nick, a boozy San Francisco police detective who finds himself drawn to the prime suspect in a murder case--manipulative, sexually uninhibited novelist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone). Catherine's latest book features a murder uncannily similar to the one Nick is investigating, and as the pair engage in a mating dance of dangerous one-upmanship, more murders occur, all described in her current work, about a boozy cop in love with a killer. Nick's psychiatrist (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and cop partner (George Dzundza) are both worried about him, and Catherine's jealous lesbian lover (Leilani Sarelle) may be trying to kill him, but Nick is just too turned on to care.

Director Paul Verhoeven shows an admirable lack of restraint in this ludicrously enjoyable thriller, a sort of postmodern noir with Joe Eszterhas's script coming off like Mamet by way of Penthouse. Stone and Douglas exhibit fine chemistry (and most of their bodies), and there's some lovely Bay Area scenery courtesy of cinematographer Jan de Bont (who went on to direct films such as SPEED and TWISTER). Wayne Knight (Newman from SEINFELD) and Mitch Pileggi (Skinner from THE X-FILES) are precinct heads who question Catherine in the infamous leg-crossing scene.

Plot Synopsis:

While investigating a mysterious death, San Francisco cop Nick Curran finds himself in a deadly triangle with three beautiful but dangerous women. One of these women, Catherine Trammel, a murder mystery writer who seduces prototypes for her characters, is high on the list of suspects--and her next story is about a cop who falls for the wrong woman.

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  • UPC: 012236188483
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