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Basic Instinct 4K UHD Unboxing

Paul Verhoeven’s iconic neo noir Basic Instinct gets a stunning 4K release for StudioCanal. Featuring one of cinema’s most loveably deadly femme fatales in the shape of a height of her powers Sharon Stone, Basic instinct is a typically Verhoeven film; over the top, packed with scandal and gorgeously pulpy. If film noirs of the ‘40s caused a stir Verhoeven set out to cause a tsunami. 

We took a look at the gorgeous new Limited Edition 4K UHD set from StudioCanal.

About the restoration:

The aim was to create an image just as crisp as audiences had enjoyed in 1992. The first step was to scan the 35MM image negative of the film in 4K DPX LOG 16 bits on Scanity – but the restoration team at Hiventy Laboratory in Joinville-le-Pont noticed a problem with the negative.  STUDIOCANAL project manager, Sophie Boyer, explains – “we quickly realized that the negatives corresponded to the short version of the film. In addition, some shots from the most erotic scenes were censored in the United States. We went looking for these cuts: their negatives had disappeared, but we found them in the internegative. Thanks to this, we were able to restore the full-length version of the film, the only version that Paul Verhoeven wanted to have restored.”

All damages on the negatives were identified: stains, scratches, dusty shots and instabilities. DIAMANT film software was used to remove these defects.  The laboratory undertook over 100 hours of manual removal of the dark stains.  Light filtering was applied to remove the superficial defects, with particular care taken to retain the grain and the texture of the original image. The film was colour graded for theatrical, home entertainment and 4K HDR release using previous digital releases and 35MM prints as a reference. The colour-grading required a painstaking homogenization between the different versions (the European cut vs. censored versions). The sound was similarly restored – the dynamic of the mixes was improved and the sync checked throughout, with corrections made using Protools plug-ins for a 5.1 + 2.0 version, from sources 3324.

SPECIAL FEATURES available on Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook:

  • New documentary – Basic Instinct: Sex, Death & Stone
  • New featurette – An unending story – Scoring Basic Instinct
  • New – Trailer         
  • Making of featurette – Blonde Poison
  • Cast & Crew interviews featurette
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Screen tests
  • Audio commentary by Paul Verhoeven & Jan de Bont
  • Audio commentary by Camille Paglia

BASIC INSTINCT IS AVAILABLE ON 4K UHD COLLECTOR’S EDITION, STEELBOOK, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL JUNE 14TH

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