While not nearly as smart as it seems to think it is, BASIC INSTINCT is an extremely entertaining erotic thriller filled to the brim with bulge-in-pants inducing scenes. It doesn't exactly have heart-stopping suspense, but there are certainly enough clever mystery elements present for you to enjoy. Although, don't expect to be bowled over by realism - this is an over-the-top presentation, through and through. If you can't suspend your disbelief, you'll probably have a hard time watching the flick. And if you're a prude, then this movie will probably give you a heart attack.
By far the strongest element of this flick has gotta be Sharon Stone, as well as her... uh, you know... Her vertical smile. Her Gutted possum. Flesh flaps. Split peach. Fur burger. Bearded axe wound. -- OK, enough of that. Sorry. Anyway, my point is that she looks good, acts good, and I'm sure tastes good as well. Her only competition is the always great Michael Douglas. Luckily for her though, she's got the boobs, so naturally she comes out on top (sometimes literally!). Basically, if you're looking for a good time, and want to see a really hot chick screw around with people's minds, then BASIC INSTINCT will definitely peak your interest. Float your boat. Tickle your fancy. Light your fire. -- OK, enough. I really gotta stop doing that.
This edition also features the "Director's Cut" of the film. I haven't seen the regular version, so I'm not entitled to comment on which one is better.
Commentary (with director Paul Verhoeven and director of photography Jan de Bont): An interesting commentary track which doesn't really feature Mr. Controversy saying anything ground-breaking, but does cover some nice ground concerning all of levels for BASIC INSTINCT. The duo chat it up about the technical aspects of production, the story, and the actors. Certainly worth a listen.
Sharon Stone DVD Introduction (0:14): A completely pointless intro which simply features Stone saying, "Welcome to the DVD of BASIC INSTINCT."
A Conversation with Sharon Stone (12:47): A pretty interesting extra featuring Stone discussing the widely known interrogation scene, what she did to get the part, and other elements of the film. Worth a watch for fans of both the film and Stone.
Screen Tests (8:53): There are two here, the first featuring Sharon Stone and the second with Jeanne Tripplehorn. They're cool if you're interesting in seeing what the actresses did to get their parts.
Blonde Poison: the Making of Basic Instinct (24:17): A fairly intriguing featurette which includes interview footage with Paul Verhoeven, as well as discussions about gathering the cast, filming the movie, and people's reaction to it. Check it out.
Cleaning Up Basic Instinct (5:07): This humorous extra allows you to see how the movie looks and sounds when it's been cleaned up for broadcast television. Cool and funny.
Storyboard Comparisons (7:33): There are three scenes to check out. The first is the car chase, the second being one of the sex scenes, and the third being for the movie's finale.
Also included are four Previews.
On the actual DVD side of things though, I only suggest picking this one up if you don't yet own a previous version. There have been so many different special editions for this it's starting to become heavy competition for the EVIL DEAD series. This particular "Ultimate Edition" actually features fewer extras than the previous one (although the missing extras are hardly important). Sort of a wasted effort, if you ask me.