BASIC INSTINCT (1992) New posters, trailer and 4K release news

 

‘Flesh seduces. Passion kills.’

Basic Instinct is a 1992 American mystery thriller about a violent male police detective investigating a brutal murder – one that might involve a manipulative and seductive female novelist. And there’s that infamous interrogation scene…

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man; Starship Troopers; Showgirls; Total Recall; RoboCop) from a screenplay written by Joe Eszterhas (Jade; Showgirls; Jagged Edge).

The Carolco-Canal+ production stars Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, and Chelcie Ross.

New 4K release:

Studiocanal UK is releasing a 4K restoration of Basic Instinct. It has been restored from the original 35mm negative and supervised specifically by the director himself, “with invaluable input to the bonus material from Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. As boundary-pushing today as it was in 1992, Basic Instinct redefined the erotic thriller subgenre and remains a must-see for audiences globally.”

A choice of 4K UHD Collector’s Edition, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital will be released in the UK on June 14th 2021. Special features:

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

Blu-ray – Disc 2:
An unending story – Scoring Basic Instinct
Blonde Poison – The making of Cast and Crew interviews featurette
Storyboard comparisons (Love scene – Car Chase – Elevator murder)
Screen tests (Sharon Stone x 4 – Jeanne Tripplehorn x 1 )

4K UHD Disc:
Feature
Audio commentary with Camille Paglia
Audio commentary with Paul Verhoeven and Jan de Bont
Basic Instinct: Sex, Death and Stone
An unending story – Scoring Basic Instinct
Blonde Poison – The making of Cast and Crew interviews featurette
Storyboard comparisons (Love scene – Car Chase – Elevator murder)
Screen tests (Sharon Stone x 4 – Jeanne Tripplehorn x 1)
Booklet
Poster
Artcards

Plot:

Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) is a hardboiled detective with a weakness for beautiful women and dangerous relationships and Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone as ) is a stunning, enigmatic novelist with a talent for seduction and a history of relationships that end in death. As the only suspect in a controversial murder case that the detective is investigating, Catherine ignites Nick’s suspicion and his passion, and he soon becomes involved in his most dangerous liaison yet…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …it seems that female sexuality, as usual, is the source of all evil in Basic Instinct. But it’s also true that Verhoeven finds human sexuality fascinating and he uses it in all its forms to seduce the audience. He challenges the preconceptions of an audience titillated by Stone’s bisexuality. He overplays his hand, however, and by the end of the film, after a few too many cute misdirections, you just won’t want to go all the way with him.” Austin Chronicle, March 27, 1992

” …it is riddled with far too many gaps in the plot and other than it features an A-list cast of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone as well as being sexually charged it would never have been as popular as it is. But as an erotic thriller, it excels and the steamy scenes featuring Sharon Stone naked are some of the most memorable erotic scenes of the past couple of decades.” The Movie Scene

“The smattering of admittedly engrossing interludes (eg Nick’s partner walks into a fairly obvious trap) does buoy one’s diminished interest on an all-too-sporadic basis, and yet Basic Instinct isn’t, by the time its action-heavy finale rolls around, entirely able to justify its 2+ hour running time – which ultimately cements its place as a slick, stylish and generally unsatisfying thriller from a distressingly erratic filmmaker.” Reel Film Reviews

“It kept me interested, and guessing, right up until that final shot, which revealed that all of my efforts were pointless since the guilt or innocence of the characters was a flip of the coin, based on evidence that could be read both ways. The film is like a crossword puzzle. It keeps your interest until you solve it. Then it’s just a worthless scrap with the spaces filled in.” Roger Ebert, March 20, 1992

Cast and characters:

Michael Douglas … Detective Nick Curran
Sharon Stone … Catherine Tramell
George Dzundza … Gus Moran
Jeanne Tripplehorn … Doctor Beth Garner
Denis Arndt … Lieutenant Walker
Leilani Sarelle … Roxy Hardy
Bruce A. Young … Andrews
Chelcie Ross … Captain Talcott
Dorothy Malone … Hazel Dobkins
Wayne Knight … John Correli
Daniel von Bargen … Lieutenant Nilsen (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Stephen Tobolowsky … Doctor Lamott
Benjamin Mouton … Harrigan
Jack McGee … Sheriff
Bill Cable … Johnny Boz

Technical details:

127 minutes | 128 minutes (unrated)
Technicolor
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1
Audio: Dolby SR | LC-Concept Digital Sound (France)

Fun facts:

Joe Eszterhas was paid a then-unheard-of sum of $3 million for his script.

Trailer [1080p HD]: