BASIC INSTINCT 4K BLU RAY REVIEW

It is almost 30 years since BASIC INSTINCT crossed and uncrossed its legs on the wide screen glory. Then, it was a sensation. Was it the director that made it so? Paul Verhoven’s had made a series of well received and rather good films but no it wasn’t him. Was it the stars? Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas? Well the build up to 1992’s sex thriller focused on sexual desire between the two, but no one never eclipsed the success and the other was already a star. It was often simply from young boys slowly scanning through that infamous scene, where yes you can see the hair of Sharon Stones lady part, as she crosses her legs.

Detective Nick Curran (Douglas) has a case like no other. He is tasked with investigating the murder of old rocker Johnny Boz, who has been slain in bed. An ice pick in the eye, one of many wounds. He suspects famed novelist and Johnny’s sex partner Catherine Tramell (Stone). She has a lot on her. Poor attitude and a book written by her that replicates the murder. Problems of desire and obsession mix together as things take a turn when he falls for her. She however is still a suspect and more people are dying.

Sexy, steamy and a little dirty. Some people would and do dismiss this film. It is easy to. BASIC INSTINCT lacks the dark satire of ROBOCOP, the action and craft of TOTAL RECALL. But it peaks as the mountain of neo noir from the age. 90s sex film cross overs were a big thing. Sometimes they didn’t work, as here it falls on poor scripts, this is all lines and no weight. The plotting is idiotic and the third act is steel heavy. However something does raise this up. Stone and Douglas shimmer sex. Verhoeven capitalises on this. He heats it up with hot and sweaty framing indeed. Visually also, Jan De Bont cinematography nails the veneer of LA. It is flashy, cold and very post 80s capitalism.

DISC

So the BLU RAY upscale has made the most of the visual field and De Bont’s work can now be granted credits. It is a study of talent. Rich, strong light scape, cool colour diffusions and really nice stock processes. These all pull off something that deserves more respect than it is given. I would also say to listen to director and cinematographer talking on the commentary. It reveals a clever pairing of ideas about space, tone and the idea of what BASIC INSTINCT is going to be those watching.

EXTRAS

The best on here is the new doc, Basic Instinct: Sex, Death and Stone. Returning to the scenes of the crime, you feel a little uncertain about what will come of it all. Stone speaks of sex and death like a psychologist. This is worth the time to listen to. A female perspective of an act of trauma and its penetration. The other bit that works is An unending story – Scoring Basic Instinct. The score really is very good.

Extras:
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 & Crew interviews featurette
Storyboard comparisons (Love scene – Car Chase – Elevator murder)Screen tests (Sharon Stone x 4 – Jeanne Tripplehorn x 1 )

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

Booklet

Poster

Artcards

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