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Basic Instinct [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O5B4C4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,353 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
It's alone just worth seeing this if you are a fan of either
Michael Douglas or Sharon Stone since they are
quality actors with such charisma. You can't seriously think of anyone who would have been more ideal to play their roles
in a picture such as "Basic Instint."
In this movie, Nick,(Michael Douglas)the investigator, cant stop himself from playing into her game. I wont tell you what the game is for. Shes such a sophisticated, accomplished bombshell who can lure any guy, ummmm (or certain girls, heehee!)
Surely she wouldnt be bold enough to kill the man in the exact way like she wrote in her book just because she used him. She voluntarily takes a lie detector test, no problem.
Is she the real murduress? Obsessive Nick will do anything and everything to uncover this case no matter what.
"Basic Instinct" is a very smart, steamy exciting thriller that keeps you wondering. You'll be wanting to watch it soon again just to pick up on some things.
I own this standard edition DVD & it gives you the option of
seeing the movie in either full or wide screen which is really
nice. Unfortunately, I have yet to see the collector's edition which has not been out very long.
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Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas open their film with the ultimate oxymoron of love and death: the moment of orgasm coincides with the moment of greatest agony and death. Never before has a film character been killed in the throes of orgasm. Never before has such a wildly creative and controversial opening polarized audience opinion from scene one. Never before has orgasm on film achieved such a scary, cynical, darkly humorous edge with each counter-penetration of the murder weapon. The very concept of doing away with a victim in this way in the first minutes of the film demonstrates the creators' genius -- and their "poor" taste.
But this is only the beginning of a delightfully ironic, even amusing, dance between life and death that forms the twists and turns of Basic Instinct.
Aside from analyzing a film from the infantile and simple-minded level of sex and violence, a great film achieves emotional intensity also with it's carefully photographed and edited "looks", scenes in which the characters glance at each other in fits of non-verbal communication - and Basic Instinct scores 200 percent in this department. Achieved by Verhoeven, cinematographer Jan De Bont, and the cast itself, the "looks" achieve a particularly fine edge when Curran and Gus first encounter Roxy in the "his and hers Picassos" scene in the foyer, and then later Verhoeven and cast up the ante again in the oceanside scene on the deck in which Curran, Gus, and Trammell first encounter each other. The cutting and film score in this area are so beautiful it hurts. This is surely Jerry Goldsmith's finest score, whose power throughout the production is inestimable.
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I realized that I had in fact not actually seen this film when I watched it early last night. I think I must have just seen scenes when I was younger and assumed I had seen the whole thing. There a great deal of gratuitous sex in this film, but there is also a quite a good deal of suspense and old school tension that used to be found in the noir thrillers of the 30's and 40's. I loved Sharon Stone in this. I can now see why she became a star so quickly. Michael Douglas is always good so his brilliant performance wasn't a surprise to me. But the real standout for me was actually Jeanne Tripplehorn. She was incredible. Paul Verhoeven is one of my favorite filmmakers at the moment. He has made so versatile films everything from medieval (i.e. Flesh and Blood) to science fiction (i.e. Starship Troopers, Robocop and Total Recall), sexual thrillers (The 4th Man, Basic Instinct and Showgirls), horror films (i.e. Hollow Man), and war films (i.e. Soldier of Orange). He is a brilliant filmmaker who deserves much more attention.
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Okay, I've read many reviews (too many), and I can see why this movie can offend people. Since I am obviously part of the "target audience" the movie was intended for- male, heterosexuals, I get to appreciate the erotic aspects of the film and not worry about any "political correctness" (What a relief!). Still, I think mature people should be able to look beyond the lack of intellect and focus on the brilliant use of "style" that sets this movie apart from others. The ice pick pen was not a good idea in my opinion, but I still want to keep this movie for future viewings.
I first saw this movie at the theater with very little prior knowledge. What a TREAT! When Sharon Stone's character ties Michael Douglas' wrists to the bed with silk scarves, my heart was beating faster than it has done at any movie before or since. Soft porn? Maybe, but I don't watch X-rated movies, and the adult-oriented movies I have seen late at night on HBO don't excite me like this film. Sharon Stone comes across as evil and a bad representative for women, bisexuals, etc, however, she is stunningly beautiful and her obvious sex appeal mixed with mischievousness is more than most men can resist. I would certainly have played along with her games!
Michael Douglas is effective (as usual) portraying a cop with human weaknesses, trying to do the "right thing" but vulnerable to temptations. I know the smoking scene was overdone, but it emphasized the power Sharon Stone's character possessed over men (and at least one woman- her lover). It is best not to worry about logic or details when watching this because the overall suspense and visual effects, particularly Sharon Stone's performance, prove that style can overcome substance. I felt scared and turned on by the true femme fatale and had no trouble believing I would not be able resist her charms, even though it could get me killed.
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