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Stone Helps Revamp 'Instinct'

22 Jan, 2006 By: John Latchem

With a sequel due in theaters, Lionsgate is taking another look at the original Basic Instinct, this time focusing on its star, Sharon Stone.

Basic Instinct: Ultimate Edition streets March 14 (prebook Feb. 15) from Lionsgate at $24.95 and includes an introduction from Stone, an exclusive interview with the actress and a commentary track.

The Ultimate Edition will be the third DVD release of the Paul Verhoeven-directed film, but the first edition featuring Stone's involvement in the special features and commentary.

Stone plays a sexy author of mystery novels who is investigated for murder by a homicide detective played by Oscar-winner Michael Douglas, and, after an infamous interrogation scene, ends up seducing him. The DVD features the previously released unrated cut of the 1992 erotic thriller, which grossed $117.7 million at the box office and made the then-34-year-old Stone an international sex symbol.

“The timing was right to have her record an interview and introduction for the [Ultimate Edition], as she was working on the sequel and I would imagine that she was recalling a lot from her experiences filming Basic Instinct as a then-unknown actress,” said Lionsgate marketing director Chela Johnson. “After hearing what she said about ‘the scene' during the interview, this is a can't-miss for fans.”

Stone will reprise her role as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2, a thriller from Michael Caton-Jones due in theaters March 31 from Sony Pictures. In the film, Tramell finds herself investigated by Scotland Yard and once again lures the lead investigator, played by David Morrissey, into a seductive game.

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