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The Pink Panther Film Collection (The Pink Panther / A Shot in the Dark / Strikes Again / Revenge of / Trail of the Pink Panther) (1964)

David Niven , Peter Sellers , Blake Edwards , Carolyn F. Russell  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Elke Sommer, John Byner
  • Directors: Blake Edwards, Carolyn F. Russell, Friz Freleng, Gerry Chiniquy, Hawley Pratt
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Bob Kurtz
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 520 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AG01M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pink Panther Film Collection (The Pink Panther / A Shot in the Dark / Strikes Again / Revenge of / Trail of the Pink Panther)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes five films in all-new transfers with 5.1 audio:
  • The Pink Panther (1964)
  • A Shot in the Dark (1964)
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
  • Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
  • Bonus disc:
  • "The Pink Panther Story" behind-the-scenes documentary
  • "Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon" documentary
  • Collection of award-winning original cartoons: "The Pink Phink," "Pink, Plunk, Plink," "Psychedelic Pink," "Pinkfinger," "The Ant and the Aardvark," "The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation"

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Cue the Henry Mancini music and watch out for Cato--the gist of the Pink Panther series has been gathered in a six-disc boxed set. At the center of it is Peter Sellers's incarnation of inspector Jacques Clouseau, a hopelessly bumbling detective with a genius for resting his hands in the wrong place (on the surface of a spinning globe, for instance) and mangling the English language.

Writer-director Blake Edwards cast Peter Ustinov as Clouseau in The Pink Panther, but Ustinov dropped out just before shooting began. Edwards (who recounts this story in a spotty commentary track included here) and Sellers bonded over their affection for Laurel and Hardy, and immediately transformed the character of Clouseau into a walking sight gag. The first film has a delicious swinging sixties vibe, while jewel thief David Niven, Claudia Cardinale, and Capucine occupy as much screen time as Sellers. Sellers really hits his stride in A Shot in the Dark, an elegantly funny tale of Clouseau sleuthing out a murder investigation. This one introduced Herbert Lom, as the increasingly frazzled Inspector Dreyfus, and Burt Kwouk, as Clouseau's houseboy-nemesis Cato. Sellers and Edwards, whose relationship was stormy, put Clouseau aside for over 10 years, until a trilogy of mid-1970s comedies restored the character to commercial (and dare we say cultural) primacy.

Unfortunately, the very funny comeback picture, Return of the Pink Panther, is absent from this set due to rights issues with the studios involved. The Pink Panther Strikes Again has Dreyfus going bananas and targeting Clouseau; Revenge of the Pink Panther puts Clouseau in a hilarious series of disguises, climaxing in a wonderfully mounted sequence in Hong Kong. (Throughout the series, the calm, classical staging of gags by Blake Edwards reminds you of what a lost art this has become.) Trail of the Pink Panther looks better now than it did when originally released in 1982, shortly after Sellers's death; it's a batch of unused Sellers routines from previous pictures, strung together with a loose plot. In other words, it's a "deleted scenes" extra, and quite funny at times.

Subsequent efforts Curse of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther are neither included nor mentioned. A half-hour documentary gives pleasant memories from Edwards, but feels incomplete. The cartoon Panther gets his own 11-minute mini-doc, plus six cartoon shorts including the Oscar-winning "The Pink Phink." --Robert Horton

Product Description

Disc 1: THE PINK PANTHER Disc 2: REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER Disc 3: THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN Disc 4: A SHOT IN THE DARK Disc 5: TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER Disc 6: BONUS DISC

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Old Friends, They're Always Great To See! July 14, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of "The Pink Panther" series from childhood, I was ecstatic that this set was being released, as the films are otherwise out of print on DVD (although luckily I still have my trusty VHS copies in reserve). I am tempted to give the set five stars simply because it is a wonderful day to see these films back in print, but realistically I had to take it down a notch as there a couple of negative considerations, the most obvious of which, of course, is the absence of "Return of the Pink Panther" from the collection, ostensibly because of legal hang-ups. Whatever the cause, the absence of the first of the 1970s-era "Panthers" is sorely missed. The other minor negative is the relative absence of special features on the movie DVDs, although the original "Pink Panther" has a wonderful trivia track. I would have really loved commentary tracks with Blake Edwards and some of the actors. I am somewhat ambivalent on the extremely unusual packaging the set comes in. It is hard to adequately describe the case, but suffice it to say that removing half of the DVDs is annoyingly difficult, although it looks very stylish.
On the positive end, you get four great "Panther" movies and the bodged-together "Trail of the Pink Panther", plus a disk of extras. Some people have dismissed the extras disk as inconsequential, but I rather enjoyed it. I particularly liked the documentary "The Pink Panther Story" which was heavy on interviews and insight. I had no idea that Sellers hated "A Shot in the Dark", whereas I (and many others) think it is a perfect movie in every way.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection but...... October 29, 2004
By Serrano
Format:DVD
This is a great collection but there is a big problem, it did not include the best film of the series, "The Return of the Pink Panther (1974)", with this film the collection would have been "Perfect"
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent package, but missing essential material! January 24, 2005
By Dave Y.
Format:DVD
I was very excited when I heard they were releasing a Pink Panther collection on DVD. So much so that I held off on buying any of the currently available individual DVD titles. The day the set arrived I raced home to watch... and disappointment struck.

In the first place, the set does NOT contain RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER; one of the best/funniest in the series (in my opinion). I now understand this was because of legal/copyright issues, but still a major disappointment. If you buy this set, you will need to go out and purchase Return separately to have all the Sellers' renditions of the film.

Secondly, the other (non-Sellers) films in the series are not included. I wasn't too disappointed about this because Peter Sellers is, in my opinion, what made the Pink Panther series so great, but the other films are pretty decent as well (and this is supposed to be a Pink Panther collection, not necessarily a Peter Sellers collection). Son of the Pink Panther was a box office dud, but one of my personal favorite non-Sellers' Clouseau movies. Roberto Benigni, who played Clouseau's son was just great! And the movie, in general, had the feel of one of the older Panther films. It also featured the brilliant Herbert Lom (Chief Inspector Dreyfus) and Burt Kwouk (Cato Fong); both a pleasant surprise! Curse of the Pink Panther is also not included in this set, which had a brilliant soundtrack.

Thirdly, the extra features are duds! And there's only slight mention in the commentary of Alan Arkin's film, Inspector Clouseau, and absolutely no mention of Steve Martin's upcoming rendition.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Films Of Any Time April 18, 2004
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MOVIES: Within this collection are some of the funniest movies ever conceived by man. Not only did these movies spawn off the Oscar winning cartoon that is known worldwide and is still being shown on Cartoon Network today, it also created a model for new generation "screwball" comedy (well in 1964) that can be seen in films today. Characters such as Harry and Marv from the first two Home Alone films follow this formula. The characters Leslie Nielson plays in almost all of his satires are all modeled after Peter Seller's Inspector Clouseau. This character is so perfectly crafted that it will have you rolling around in laughter. Peter Sellers is a legend of comedy, a brilliant comedic actor. The way this character is, is that he is the most clumsiest, reckless, and graceless person there is and he always tries to recover from everything he does by acting serious about it. The collection includes all films except for The Return of the Pink Panther, Curse of the Pink Panther, and Son of the Pink Panther. Return of the Pink Panther should be there but is owned by another distributor, Curse of the Pink Panther really has nothing to do with the series since it does not star Peter Sellers, and Son of the Pink Panther was an abysmal. These classic films are the funniest you will ever see, if you have never seen them I highly suggest this collection. The title "Pink Panther" was never intended as a cartoon but actually was referring to the diamond in which the bumbling inspector was to find because within the diamond there was a minor flaw that resembled the shape of a panther and the diamond had a pink hue so that's how it fits together. So, all in all every collection should have this sitting on the shelf for you will never see a better comedic performance in past, present, or future. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic collection.
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Published 11 days ago by Paul H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful
Published 1 month ago by Heather Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
That movie is great
Published 1 month ago by Patricia G. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by matthew blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection!
Buy it and laugh often! Great collection!
Published 2 months ago by Lady in Red
5.0 out of 5 stars They say laughing is good for the soul
They say laughing is good for the soul. If you need humor in your life, drop one of these in your player. I always enjoyed Peter Sellers as an actor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin F Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is it?
I absolutely LOVE the old movies with Peter Sellers. I've wanted to get the series for a long time, and now I can finally enjoy it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you rate a five star item the second time you rated it. Still...
A no brainier!The y just took a successful film and converted it to a DVD. Why shouldn't it continue to be a five star?
Published 2 months ago by Jarhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Sellers was a genius
I love watching Peter Sellers comedy. He is a natural comic. His lines were funny and his actions was funnier. If you are in down mood, checkout a Pink Panther film.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Hardie
5.0 out of 5 stars Does your dog bite?
Peter Sellers is the only one who can play the Pink Panther! These are great movies and funny to boot. Will leave you in stitches for hours!
Published 2 months ago by Chris Daniels
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