The Pink Panther
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Sellers is Inspector Clouseau of the Paris police, a complete bungler whose wife is two-timing him with the very jewel thief he's been assigned to catch.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 14-AUG-2001
Media Type: DVD
The history of film comedy would have been much altered if Peter Ustinov had stayed in the role of Jacques Clouseau, the bumbling French police inspector in The Pink Panther. But Ustinov dropped out, the role went to Peter Sellers, and a classic character was born: suspicious, blundering, with a pompous little mustache and a sometimes impenetrable accent, Clouseau was always one step behind everybody else in the room. The Pink Panther introduced Clouseau hot on the trail of a famous jewel thief (David Niven), who may be planning to make off with an expensive gem known as the Pink Panther. Set in a European ski resort, this bubbly comedy is a wonderful dose of '60s style, from the famous Henry Mancini theme music to the presence of two of Europe's top sex symbols of the era, Claudia Cardinale and Capucine. The film also introduced the popular cartoon Pink Panther, slinking around to Mancini's music in an animated credits sequence. The film's success brought a follow-up, A Shot in the Dark, also released in 1964; after 11 years, Sellers and top comedy director Blake Edwards (10) returned with three more sequels. --Robert Horton
- 8-page booklet featuring the cast and crew's uproarious on-and-off-camera antics
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I wanted to also add that I've seen a small bit of the re-make with Steve Martin. Small, because after three or four scenes, it became clear just how poorly he was in doing Clouseau's character. Initially, I thought it had to be some kind of joke or possibly a horrible mistake.
The original Pink Panther is and probably always will be one of a kind.
These transfers are good as I would ask considering they can't perform archival frame by frame repair.
"Return" was never a favorite, but in Bluray upscaled to 4k the gags are hysterical. I'm on "Strikes Again" as I write this and the dentist scene should pass a kidney stone!
There are oodles and oodles of extras. More than most. Buy it before it is gone.