Basic Instinct


ID:                   PILH-1002

Price:                20,000 yen

Discs:               2

Sound:              B-Mode

Running Time:   2:03

Released:          Pioneer

From IMDb


Former rock star and San Francisco nightclub owner Johnny Boz is found murdered in his bed. Detective Nick

Curran is assigned to the case; he has a history of alcoholism and drug abuse although he is clean now. The prime

suspect is Catherine Tramell, an attractive and manipulative novelist who had been seeing Boz for a while. Police

psychiatrist Beth Gardner (who happens to be Nick's ex-girlfriend) is brought in on the case when it is discovered

that Boz's murder was copied directly from one of Catherine's novels. Nick starts to get too involved and

everyone seems to be a suspect.

Warm, very warm looking.  Colors are a bit over saturated, but still pleasing in this format nonetheless.  Additional detail is apparent over the DVD versions, but isn’t considerable, as the film has a soft look to it.  Film like, but not HDTV sharp.


Flesh tones all have a greenish tint to them whether the scene is indoors or out (generally this phenomena is on indoor scenes).  Compression artifacts are present through out the film, but come across mostly as graininess and not the mosquito effect. 

The sound is very familiar to the NTSC laserdisc track.  Music is focused on the left/right speakers, with dialog coming out of the surround channel.  Low frequency effects are present but not used very much.  There is minimal surround activity.

If you like this film I can’t not recommend it.  It does excel over the DVD version, but not by a lot.