The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection
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Put on your detective hat as MGM Home Entertainment uncovers the best of the Pink Panther with the Pink Panther Ultimate Collection. One of MGM's largest and broadest appealing film franchises is now in one complete furry box set, including nine film favorites, nine cartoon classics and the quintessential Pink Panther encyclopedia, "Pink Panther, The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town!" written by Jerry Beck. Included in the set is the new collector's edition of the Oscar® nominated film The Pink Panther (1964) starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, who tries to catch a jewel thief who's right under his nose. The 2006 version of The Pink Panther starring Golden Globe® nominee Steve Martin (Father of the Bride) and directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) is also included in the set as well as over 60 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
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Realize that most all of the 1-star reviews here are because "Return" didn't come in this set (How can it, if the studio doesn't own it?), or because of shipping issues, which are vendor/shipper related, and not product related.
Now at the time of this writing I got it from a seller at 65 dollars so getting the 5 "other DVDs" I dont own was still a great bargain to finish off the set.
The surprise was I also got the hardcover 150 page book which I didnt know came with it and a very large outer case. I got lucky that only 1 DVD fell out and was scratched but it still played perfectly even with about ten scratches. Two of the disks had glue on the edges but came off easily. Those were probably the main reasons the set is now so cheap (assuming).
Definitely worth buying even if you own the other stuff I mentioned at first. The "addition" to my collection "Inspector Clouseau", "Son of", "Curse of", "Roland", and "Inspector Vol 2" makes the whole set complete considering some of those Cartoons that I needed to complete the set are not available elsewhere.
So what it doesnt mention "Return of the Pink Panther" openly in the book or the fact that DVD wasnt with the set. Thats not the fault of MGM. Blame Columbia. BTW the book does mention "Return" in some obscure pages, but you have to find them.
Packaging (4 1/2 Stars):
The fuzzy pink cover with the Pink Panther on the front looks & feels nice. It is oversized to fit the book, most likely. The book is coffee table style. It is included with the packaging & very nice. The disc booklet is the problem however. It fits all of the 18 discs you will get, but in order to fit with the coffee table book it is in a booklet type with sleeves to fit the discs. Sleeves make fingerprints & scratches far easier. I had spare d-skins which cover the discs to prevent disc damages, but not included with this packaging. The sleeve-style disc booklet is my only issue with this packaging. (Could be worse & be The Simpson's Season 11 box set.) It is a big package, so will need a special place to store it.
Performance (5 Stars):
If you happened to buy the other box set featuring Peter Sellers, these are the same. Actually all are the same as previous released discs, but "The Pink Panther" 1964 original. It has a pop-up trivia track, & a Blake Edwards commentary. Both are nice extras. All look good, but the sound quality lessens for the less known films. Discs 3, 7 & 8 are stereo, but not 5.1 surround like the other films. All of the cartoon discs are not 5.1 either. Bonus extras are almost nonexistant. Trailers are included & some trivia notes. This set basically includes what was released before in one package. Nothing much new, but for "The Pink Panther" 1964 original extras, Vol. 2 of "The Inspector" cartoons, & "Roland & Rattfink" cartoons. The Jerry Beck book was nice too.
Content (6 stars):
I am a very biased huge Pink Panther fan. All films with Peter Sellers are great to me. The cartoons are great too. I will admit that the non-Sellers' films are weak, but still watchable. No one is Peter Sellers, but Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers is Inspector Clouseau. The others do bravely try. I am a completist. I mostly bought this set for "The Inspector" Vol. 2 cartoons & "Roland & Rattfink" cartoons. Besides the fact that Amazon had a great price that day. The Jerry Beck book is nice to have too. "The Pink Panther" 1964 (Disc 1) is a classic, "A Shot In The Dark" (Disc 2) might be the best film in the set, "Inspector Clouseau" (Disc 3) has Alan Arkin trying to be Peter Sellers & isn't too bad, ((Missing is "The Return Of The Pink Panther", but can be bought separately for not too much)) "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (Disc 4) is more Sellers' goodness, "Revenge Of The Pink Panther" (Disc 5) is the last real full film in the series as Peter Sellers pasted away after it's making, "Trail Of The Pink Panther" (Disc 6) is mainly a tribute to Peter Sellers, "Curse Of The Pink Panther" (Disc 7) has Ted Wass trying to be Peter Sellers, "Son Of The Pink Panther" (Disc 8) has Roberto Benigni trying to be Peter Sellers, and "The Pink Panther" 2006 (Disc 9) has Steve Martin trying to be Peter Sellers. I must mention that not as much trying to be Peter Sellers as all try to be Sellers as Clouseau. The Pink Panther Cartoons (Discs 10-14) are all good to me, but alot of cartoons shorts to choose from. Some are more favorites than others. "The Ant & The Aardvark" (Disc 15) are some good cartoon shorts. "The Inspector" (Discs 16 + 17) are very good. "Roland & Rattfink" (Disc 18) are good too.
In honesty if not for the great Amazon price at the time & "The Inspector" Vol. 2 not out separately, I most likely would not have bought this. It is great for Pink Panther fans, but I can understand how not for all. Besides now the films & the cartoons are out separately in box sets of their own. The old Peter Sellers' Pink Panther Collection might be better for most too. All in all this set reviewed is great, but watch removing your discs. Thank you for reading.
The Return of the Pink Panther is not in the set as the rights are owned by Universal, who refused to lease it to MGM for the box set.
The cartoons are nice although I could care less about those.
Has an interesting book and the case is good for display.
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