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The Party [Blu-ray]
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In one of their few non-Clouseau efforts, director Blake Edwards (Victor Victoria) and star Peter Sellers (What s New Pussycat?) preserve the spirit of the French bumbler in the person of Hrundi V. Bakshi, an accident-prone Indian actor. Brought to Hollywood to play the title role in SON OF GUNGA DIN, Bakshi destroys the film's most elaborate set with his bungling and is banned from the set by the film's producer. But because of an error by the producer's secretary, Bakshi's name is added to the guest list of his next party, an A-list affair. Shortly after arriving, Bakshi begins accidentally dismantling the producer s carefully staged event, destroying a flower bed, knocking a servant through a bay window, and triggering the lawn sprinklers, soaking the his pretentious guests. Sellers is typically brilliant in a film abounding in sidesplitting sight gags with a script by Edwards, Frank Waldman (The Pink Panther Strikes Again) and his brother Tom Waldman (Inspector Clouseau).
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Peter Sellers excelled at playing awkward, fish-out-of-water characters. He nails it once again here, and is surrounded by a cast that supports his antics perfectly. Especially hilarious is his interaction with movie character "Wyoming Bill Kelso", and a naïve, sweet starlet played by Claudine Longet. His trademark physical comedy is woven in and out of the story line, to hilarious effect. The feeling of the movie overall is gut-busting funny, but also for the most part; very good-natured. An exception is Gavin McLeod playing a cliche' Hollywood predator.
I recommend "The Party" most highly for any Peter Sellers fan; and any lover of absurd comedy.
The blu ray has a couple of extra features on the making of the movie, but I am giving the release by Kino Lorber four stars because there are no subtitles, which have been available on DVD and are surely no trouble to put on a blu ray. I will have to reconsider buying any more Kino films due to this policy, along with the fact there are few to none other options on their discs, such as audio options. But for those who don't need subtitles, this blu ray presents this colorful film in beautiful colors.