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The Pink Panther (1964)

David Niven , Peter Sellers , Blake Edwards  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Brenda de Banzie
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Maurice Richlin
  • Producers: Dick Crockett, Martin Jurow, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pink Panther" on IMDb

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Meet Inspector Jacques Clouseau - the bumbling French detective whose career is one gigantic bananapeel. Showcasing the comic genius of Peter Sellers, this "delightful caper" (Leonard Maltin) brimswith "winning charm" (The Film Daily) and clever slapstick. David Niven, Robert Wagner and Capucineco-star in the sidesplitting film that launched one of the greatest comedy series of all time! Arriving at an Italian ski resort with a large diamond known as the Pink Panther, Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale) encounters the suave Sir Charles (Niven), who also happens to be the notorious jewel thief The Phantom. Can Clouseau (Sellers), the clumsiest inspector ever to trip over a case, stop SirCharles' plot...or will The Phantom steal the "cat" and leave Clouseau holding the bag?

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No! Not The Stradivarius! July 1, 2004
Format:DVD
This, the first of the exquisite Pink Panther series, is an amazing film. To know that originally Peter Ustinov was cast to play Jacques Clouseau as a straight, inept French detective is a sobering thought. After Ustinov dropped out, of course, Peter Sellers got the role and after consultation with Blake Edwards, decided to make him not only inept, but also bumbling and accident prone, a characterization that defines how we think of Clouseau today. This film is interesting in that since it is the first of the series it is interesting to see the origins of the character, and how different he is here than in later 'Panther' films. Here is clumsy and prone to pratfalls, but is less flamboyantly slapstick than in the later films.
The film also stars the wonderful David Niven, who plays the perfect suave English thief, and a very young Robert Wagner as his equally debonair nephew. Female stars are the beautiful Claudia Cardinale and Capucine, two of the top European actresses and models from the era.
The movie is a bit more sedate than the later films in the series, but still is one of the funniest movies of the sixties. 'A Shot In The Dark', also released in 1964, as the first sequel, began the transformation to the later formulas with additions such as the wonderful Herbert Lom. 'The Pink Panther' does introduce the animated 'Pink Panther' short for the first time, as well as the often imitated, never duplicated title theme. Other viewers will have their own favorite scenes, and the costume party is surely one of the highlights of the film, but for my money the best scenes in the film revolve around Clouseau trying to woo his wife by playing his Stradivarius violin, over many protestations.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray vs. DVD February 26, 2011
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Another reviewer has correctly observed that the Blu-ray has been produced not in the expected 2:35.1 ratio, but 2:20.1. (The review at Bluray.com noted that the aspect was 2:20.1, so this was not a surprise to me.) I own both the DVD and, more recently, the Blu-ray versions of this wonderful film. Doing a random comparison of scenes, it is clear that the Blu-ray version has been cropped very slightly at the top and/or bottom and at the sides. I did not detect any vertical stretching (noted by the other reviewer)in the scenes I observed. The Blu-ray is a handsome step up from the DVD in quality. IMDB indicates that Pink Panther prints were produced in both 2:20.1 and 2:35.1 Perhaps MGM had a reason for using a 2:20.1 print for the Blu-ray. In any event, I don't believe that it affects any critical content and the images are not distorted. This great comedy looks better than ever on Blu-ray.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deliciously funny December 17, 1999
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This first Pink Panther movie is as good as the next "A Shot in the Dark." Both are excellent films, with a sound story, a creatively hilarious and smart screenplay, a well-developed set of characters, and a unique style of filming that elevates "slapstick comedy" to the highest level of sophistication. there are so many quotable lines that are well-worth to write them down as you watch the movie. The soundtrack song "Meglio Stasera(It had better be tonight)"is excellent and written to fit perfectly into the theme and mood of the film. Fran Jeffries sings it very well to a crowd of people by a fireplace, and she is as delightful as this scene itself. Claudia Cardinale and Capucine show style and charm in their roles. The title sequence runs over 7 minutes and it is as good as the movie itself. The 60's represent, in my opinion, the highest point in fashion and general pop culture which truly reflects the highest level of sophistication and taste; in this context, this movie is one of the movies that best represent the 60's. I agree with the other viewer that this movie should figure in the 100 Best movies of any list. The DVD is great with the finest picture quality; check the trailer because it is hysterically comical and very original, not the case of modern movie trailers. This movie is ideal for a cozy evening with friends and your favorite martinis. I just wish there were a special DVD edition with Director Blake Edwards' commentary on separate track, and of others involved in the making of this masterpiece.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First is always best May 4, 2006
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Those reviewers who claim that the original movie is not as funny as the later Cleauseau movies from the 70's are both right and wrong at the same time. It really depends upon what type of sense of humor the viewer has. The original movie does not involve all the non-stop slapstick that the later films did. In fact, the first movie is not really an Inspector Cleauseau movie. The inspector has limited screen time, which is good, because although Seller's depiction of the inspector is at all times magnificient, like all good things he is best in small doses. The later movies strained to make him constantly funny for 100 minutes, whereas he is given short, but very funny scenes in the original movie.

The Pink Panther was actually meant to be, and is, a sophisticated sexual farce, European style. The humor is more verbal and situational, less physical. And it is true the movie is liesurely paced, but that makes it all the more enjoyable. The later movies are frantic in comparison, assualting the viewer instead of seducing him.

Don't get me wrong, I like the later Pink Panther movies, and Sellers is aways fun to watch even when the writing for his character is not up to par. But I think the first move is more of a thinking man's comedy, with classic lines like "I'll have your stripes!" (said to a policeman at a masqerade ball who is in a zebra costume), or the lengthy scene in which David Niven and Robert Wagner are both in gorilla costumes driving their getaway convertible sports cars through the Italian countryside. My own opinion is that this is much more humorous than "I am an officer of the loo".

But each to their own tastes.

Taking this movie on its own, and not comparing it to later Pink Panther films, I like it for it's sophistication, it's 60's style class, for Mancini's incomperabe music and for the beautiful Claudia Cardinale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars silly
The music was good. I had forgotten how silly Peter Sellers was in the movie.
Published 5 days ago by 31238
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny
Published 9 days ago by W. D. Hutchins
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not one of the best of the series, but worth a watch
Published 11 days ago by Joan Duclow
5.0 out of 5 stars If the price is right get it
The actual 1st Inspector Clouseau film was A Shot in the Dark and not to be missed by anyone a fan of the character & actor/comedian. Read more
Published 18 days ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie, I forgot how good these movies were, Thanks for your quick service.
Published 19 days ago by R. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars It started off really, really slow at first and ...
It started off really, really slow at first and next to impossible to follow the plot. But everything started coming together about halfway through, along with the real comedy.
Published 23 days ago by Daniel Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars not as funny
not as funny as the 1st time we saw it times change I guess
Published 29 days ago by Robert E Schulz
1.0 out of 5 stars the sequel (Return of the pink Panther) was fantastic - perhaps Peter...
This movie is awful - why they decided to make a sequel based on this is puzzling.
However, the sequel (Return of the pink Panther) was fantastic - perhaps Peter Sellers best... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Foreman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Product had scratches on product.
Published 1 month ago by olbyr
1.0 out of 5 stars We love it. When it initially was released in 1964 ...
My wife and I have watched this movie over 25 times. We love it. When it initially was released in 1964 we saw it
and even today we look for it on TV. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Billie L Nichols
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