I can't think of a better extra to any DVD release this year than the Camille Paglia commentary for Basic Instinct. Tracks with filmmakers are great (and insightful) but a track with a passionate fan always has a certain energy and excitement that filmmaker commentaries (focusing on anecdotes and technical matters) lack, making me reconsider films I originally dismissed. Like the Roger Ebert track for Dark City (another film I didn't care for on first viewing), Paglia brings her unique insight to point out subtle details (the use of nature imagery, the power dynamics of the sex scenes, the comparisons with Vertigo, the role of the Catherine Trammel character in the larger schema of the femme fatale) that the casual viewer can easily miss. Just because a film is a big Hollywood production aimed at a mainstream audience does not mean that there is no artistic skill involved. I am a defender of Verhoeven's Starship Troopers for its subtle social commentary and clever use of small, seemingly throwaway details, but had never noticed the same in Basic Instinct. Verhoeven's films are so glossy and over-the-top that they are all too easily dismissed. Fascinating!