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Pink Panther Film Collection
     

The Pink Panther Film Collection

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Director: Blake Edwards, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

Cast: Blake Edwards, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

 
Straight from the MGM vaults comes The Pink Panther Film Collection, a sharp release that packages together some of the finest moments in history of slapstick comedy. For fans of the dynamic duo of Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards, the set is a dream, with gorgeous remastered prints and revamped audio levels that make each print a pristine element to be enjoyed for

Overview

Straight from the MGM vaults comes The Pink Panther Film Collection, a sharp release that packages together some of the finest moments in history of slapstick comedy. For fans of the dynamic duo of Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards, the set is a dream, with gorgeous remastered prints and revamped audio levels that make each print a pristine element to be enjoyed for endless viewing. Sadly, despite the set's looks, not every one of the duo's Panther films could be included (the third entry, The Return of the Pink Panther, is held up in rights issues). Despite it not quite being as complete as many would like, the set still is something terribly special. First off is the packaging; inside a slipcase there is a puffy faux photo album book which unfolds to display a dual-layered digipack case that holds six discs. Making the packaging even swankier is the lounge-tastic art that adorns the packaging, along with a wild panoramic piece underneath the discs that highlights classic Clouseau moments from the oh-so-hip artist Shag. There's never quite been anything like this set, so collectors beware -- this is one box that you shouldn't miss out on. Each film is presented in a remastered anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture, along with standout 5.1 Surround tracks and, for extra benefit, the original Mono tracks as well. Since so much of the film series' history has been relegated to cut-up TV broadcasts, seeing the full scope of each film is a delight, as is the top quality in which they can now be seen. Particularly benefiting from the remastering are the wild color schemes in which Edwards swathed his sets -- here, they're bright and vibrant, whereas the older copies had long lost their brilliance. The discs also feature each film's original theatrical trailers, along with accompanying photo galleries. Other extras that can be found on the first disc include a fact track and Blake Edwards commentary that, while a little rusty, is packed with stories and anecdotes on the production. The track tends to suffer from the same thing that plagues the supplementary sixth disc, and that is a lack of the juicy behind-the-scenes tales. Edwards often states that he had the best and the worst of times with Sellers, though he never goes beyond that. Mix that with his inexperience with recording commentaries (the last third of the film finds the director almost completely silent), and you have a track that is wonderful on a historical level, but severely lacking otherwise in content. On that same note, the 30-minute "Pink Panther Story" documentary does a fine job of chronicling the first two entries, but simply breezes over everything after that (including the incredibly controversial Trail of the Pink Panther -- the final installment that the duo made two years after Sellers' death -- featuring outtakes and best-of clips). Thankfully, they've also included a juicy featurette on the Pink Panther cartoon series and a collection of six of the animated shorts (including classic "Ant and the Aardvark" sketch). In the end, the set is worth it for enthusiasts of the series and especially collectors who flip over outrageous packaging.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Perhaps the most fruitful comedic collaboration between an actor and a director in Hollywood history, the sublime teaming of Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards resulted in six films, five of which are collected in this superb box set. Sellers originates the Inspector Jacques Clouseau role in 1964's The Pink Panther, a film he dominates even though David Niven is arguably the lead. Niven portrays the dashing jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton, who has his eye on the titular gem and his hands on Clouseau's wife (Capucine), who tips him off when her bumbling husband is getting close. Later that same year, A Shot in the Dark established the series' focus on Sellers, introducing such Clouseau rudiments as his fractured French accent, clueless hauteur, unstable superior officer (Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus), and judo-loving houseboy, Kato (Burt Kwouk). Sellers left the role behind for a decade after A Shot…, but was convinced to don the inspector's trench coat again for the 1975 gem The Return of the Pink Panther, which couldn't be included here because of rights issues but remains available singly on DVD. The Pink Panther Strikes Again is here, though, and many fans agree that this 1976 outing may be the best of the lot. 1978's Revenge of the Pink Panther, the last Panther film Sellers completed before his death in 1980, suffers only in comparison to the earlier classics, as it remains a very funny film. In Revenge…, Clouseau turns master of disguise to track down the gangsters who think they have assassinated him. Rounding out the collection is 1982's posthumous Trail of the Pink Panther. Assembled by Edwards from unused and alternate Sellers footage, Trail may not take the series out on a high note, but it does have its charms. Most notable among these is the future Ab-Fab star Joanna Lumley as Marie Jouvet, a crusading journalist attempting to find the missing chief inspector.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0027616902887
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
8:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new film transfers with new 5.1 Audio; Blake Edwards audio commentary on The Pink Panther disc; Trivia track on The Pink Panther disc; Photo galleries; Original theatrical trailers; "The Pink Panther Story": Behind-the-scenes documentary; Pink Panther Cartoon Theatre that includes a new documentary ("Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon") and six original cartoons ("The Pink Phink," "Pink, Plunk, Plink," "Psychedelic Pink," "Pinkfinger," " The Ant and the Aardvark," "The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation")

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Niven Sir Charles Lytton,Sir Charles Litton
Peter Sellers Actor,Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer Maria Gambrelli
Herbert Lom Chief Insp. Dreyfus,Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
Colin Blakely Alec Drummond
Dyan Cannon Simone Legree
Robert Wagner George Lytton
Capucine Simone Clouseau
George Sanders Benjamin Ballon
Leonard Rossiter Inspector Quinlan
Richard Mulligan Clouseau Senior
Robert Webber Philippe Douvier
Burt Kwouk Cato Fong
Claudia Cardinale Princess Dala
Joanna Lumley Marie Jouvet
Lesley-Anne Down Olga
Tracy Reed Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark Hercule Lajoy

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Pink Panther
1. A Tiny Flaw/Main Title [4:57]
2. A Global Investigation [6:12]
3. Her Annoyed Highness [4:37]
4. An Inspector in Love [4:24]
5. The Crowded Tête-â-Tête [6:18]
6. Her Cold Shoulder [9:14]
7. Goodbye, Virgin Queen [10:21]
8. His Nephew's Uncle [6:34]
9. George's Bad Instincts [3:45]
10. Meglio Stasera/Theories [8:05]
11. Room Enough for Four [6:50]
12. A Glove, a Car, a Culprit [7:35]
13. Night in Shining Armor [8:26]
14. Monkey Business [5:23]
15. Is Dishonesty Genetic? [11:24]
16. Trial of the Century [3:51]
Side #2 -- A Shot in the Dark
1. Shadows/Main Title [8:49]
2. Home of the Rich & Famous [4:57]
3. A Fiery Passion [7:18]
4. Facts, Facts, Facts! [5:52]
5. The In"tear"rogation [6:07]
6. A Global Sticking Point [5:40]
7. Billiards Anyone? [5:43]
8. Right on Cue [7:29]
9. The Naked and the Dead [7:24]
10. In a Jam, a Traffic Jam [5:52]
11. Just Following Orders [6:51]
12. You Dance, You Die [7:03]
13. Time Bomb [5:40]
14. A Foolproof Plan [5:43]
15. A Drawing-Room Discussion [6:05]
16. 'Fessing Up/End Credits [5:38]
Side #3 -- The Pink Panther Strikes Again
1. A Lapsed Psychotic [6:34]
2. Main Title [6:21]
3. Up Periscope [7:29]
4. Floating Over Paris [5:37]
5. Kidnapped! [7:20]
6. The Cook, the Gardener... [6:25]
7. A Queen of a Butler [8:10]
8. Do Not Adjust Your Set [6:51]
9. The Dis-United Nations [4:19]
10. A Killer Oktoberfest [5:56]
11. Egypt's Secret Weapon [7:27]
12. "He Looks Familiar" [5:08]
13. "Does Your Dog Bite?" [7:11]
14. A Dental Emergency [4:04]
15. Knight in Shining Armor [4:39]
16. It's a Blast/End Credits [9:40]
Side #4 -- Revenge of the Pink Panther
1. "I'm Still Strong" [7:06]
2. Main Title/Bombed [7:53]
3. A Fiery Investigation [2:12]
4. "Mr. Chung" [2:12]
5. Servant & Master [8:02]
6. "Do Exactly as I Say" [4:06]
7. A Psychic Rebirth [7:05]
8. Madame Wu's Nookie [5:56]
9. "Back From the Dead!" [4:53]
10. A Washed-Up Affair [3:08]
11. "Salty Swedish Sea Dog" [2:47]
12. Almost Her Last Dance [5:13]
13. The Mistress Tells All [11:44]
14. Godfather in Hong Kong [13:48]
15. One Chase After Another [8:10]
16. "Clouseau Lives"/Credits [4:31]
Side #5 -- Trail of the Pink Panther
1. Main Title/Think Pink [11:09]
2. Fire Starter [9:11]
3. A Slippery Trail [3:24]
4. Master of Disguise [8:26]
5. Leaps and Bounds [2:24]
6. A Simple Request [4:26]
7. The President's Men [1:49]
8. Out of His Hair [2:26]
9. Killer Instinct [4:39]
10. Follow the Leader [9:28]
11. Monkey Business [9:21]
12. A Real Peach [5:49]
13. Bird of Prey [2:44]
14. Chasing the Tail [4:59]
15. This Boy's Life [10:38]
16. Ingenious/End Credits [5:44]

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The Pink Panther Film Collection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection with Peter Sellers as the bumbling, but lovable Inspector Clouseau, is the most enjoyable comedy viewing I have experienced since buying a collection of classic Laurel and Hardy movies several years ago. The characters besides Clouseau, including Sir Charles Lytton, Inspector Dreyfuss, and Kato evolve comedically to the point that they become an integral part of all the Pink Panther films and allow Sellers to absolutely shine in his role as Clouseau. I think these films will become all time comedy classics, if they are not already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when my hubby and I went to see these movies in the theaters. We nearly wet our pants!! I was soooo pleased when our daughter gave us this set! Thirty/forty years later I still think these are some of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen. The only reason I'm not giving this collection a five-star rating is that the funniest (in my humble opinion, "yew kneow") of the series is not included. "Return" is the most hilarious of the Pink Panther series, and for some reason it was left out of this otherwise side-splitting group of movies. Still, the "Does your dog bite?" gag, as well as Clouseau's dentist, Scandanavian sea captain, and his moat at the castle sequence are sheer genius, not to mention what he does to poor "former Chief Inspector" Dreyfus. And what is it with Clouseau and birds??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago