WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Basic Instinct

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD69015WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 10/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul Verhoeven
(Screenplay/Written By): Joe Eszterhas
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Terence Marsh
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(Editor): Frank J. Urioste, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Mario Kassar
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Alan Marshall

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.0:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Basic Instinct is the controversial film that launched Sharon Stone’s career. She stars as Catherine Tramell, an icy, calculating vixen with an insatiable sexual appetite. Catherine becomes the prime suspect when her boyfriend is brutally murdered in a way that mimics a crime described in her latest novel. Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), a tough, but vulnerable detective, becomes obsessed with the beautiful novelist and cracking her case. Would she be so obvious to commit a crime she wrote about? Or, is she being set up by a jealous rival?

LaserDisc Picture:
While the technical production values and presentation quality did justice to the slick visuals in theatrical projection, you really have to ask yourself what happened to this transfer. It has so many problems and inconsistencies in color balance, it has little resemblance to the theatrical presentation except for content.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(no sound review available)
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