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The Return of the Pink Panther

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The comic genius of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers meet again in The Return of the Pink Panther. The "Pink Panther Diamond" is stolen with only one clue left behind - a white glove, the trademark of the world-renowned jewel thief, The Phantom (Christopher Plummer). Believed to be retired, he immediately becomes the chief suspect on Inspector Clouseau's list. Wanting to clear his name, The Phantom sets out to find the real thief and sends Clouseau bumbling along on a false trail. Inspector Clouseau's antics finally push his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, over the edge and he sets out to murder Clouseau to be rid of him once and for all! It's non-stop laughs in this timeless comedy masterpiece, hailed as the funniest in The Pink Panther series.

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009IW8OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of the Pink Panther" on IMDb

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You read it here first! I've been anxiously awaiting a release of the Return of the Pink Panther for years to replace the original Artisan DVD, which was horrendous. (Side note: I wish Amazon would stop mixing old reviews from old releases long out of print with the new re-released DVDs!!!! So most of the reviews here, especially the negative ones, refer to the previous Artisan DVD.)

The previous release was not anamorphic and the transfer was from an ancient low-resolution master. This time around, we get a vibrant anamorphic transfer from Universal that is light-years ahead of the previous release. Film grain is still very much visible, but that is the result of the film stock, not a result of careless mastering. However it is never offensive and I think just adds to the old-school charm of this movie. The color and contrast finally have a vibrant punch that closely matches the quality of the other Pink Panther DVDs from MGM. The sound is also a vast improvement, with enhanced dynamics and fidelity, though never hiding the film's age.

I only give it 3 stars out of 5 because this release is completely stripped down to just the movie... no bonus material, not even a theatrical trailer. A real disappointment because even Artisan's horrible release included it. I would have expected such material from a Universal DVD. But nevertheless, this is quite possibly the last time we'll see this movie looking this good in a long... long time. So go out and buy it before you miss out on this most possibly the funniest in the Panther series!
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The best thing about this film is that it returned Peter Sellers to the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau under Blake Edwards' direction after Alan Arkin's single portrayal in 1968's INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU directed by Bud Yorkin. More importantly it did not only return Sellers but it also instituted the Pink Panther and Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in a legitimate film series instead of just a few sporadic sequels and it launched a huge cinematic rebirth and phenomenon. Unfortunately this film seems to lack the magic of 1964's THE PINK PANTHER and the sophistication of A SHOT IN THE DARK. Christopher Plummer replaced David Niven as Sir Charles Lytton in this film. Plummer is good but it seems a shame since Niven reprised his role later in 1982's TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER and 1983's CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER, which were made after Sellers' death (in 1980) in an attempt to revive the series without him. Catherine Schell as Claudine Litton lacked the charisma of earlier leading ladies Capucine and Elke Sommer. On the plus side, Sellers is brilliant as Clouseau as are Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk as Kato back and featured prominently in the rest of all the subsequent Pink Panther films. Much needed and returning is a score composed by Henry Mancini a very integral component of this series. THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER has some very good comic sketches and a very good opening jewel heist but the script just doesn't seem to be a very cohesive force. However, better things were yet to come. As for the DVD, the quality is just average. For me, the picture quality is just too soft. The MGM prints of the other Pink Panther films on DVD are much crisper.
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After an eleven-year absence, Inspector Jacques Clouseau returned for Blake Edwards' THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER in 1975. The project was originally planned as a 26-part miniseries for the British ATV, then as a "Movie of the Week", before Edwards decided to turn it into a feature film. The result is another outrageous entry in the PINK PANTHER series, though it seems rather weak when compared with the first two films.

The plot finds Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) investigating the theft of the Pink Panther diamond. A glove found at the scene of the crime suggests that The Phantom is responsible, and so Clouseau sets out to prove that The Phantom - a.k.a. Sir Charles Litton (Christopher Plummer, taking over for David Niven) is the man behind the crime. Meanwhile, Litton is out to prove his own innocence and find the true criminal.

Though it's nowhere near as artistic as 1963's THE PINK PANTHER or 1964's A SHOT IN THE DARK, THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER is one of the series' funnier entries, thanks to some great slapstick humor and verbal wit from writers Blake Edwards and Frank Waldman. Naturally, Sellers is great. Plummer makes a fitting substitute for David Niven, though the real charmers are Catherine Schell as Lady Litton and Herbert Lom as Clouseau's increasingly loony boss. Once again, Henry Mancini contributes a creative and classy score.

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER is a great comedy that will leave you laughing the whole way through, and though it's not as delightful as THE PINK PANTHER or as artistic as A SHOT IN THE DARK, it's one of the most enjoyable entries in the PINK PANTHER series.
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Make no mistake, this is not the same sort of movie as the original "Pink Panther". David Niven, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale are long gone, and, whereas the original had a large dose of sophistication, wit, and style to go along with some classic slapstick from Peter Sellers, this addition to the franchise is entirely a vehicle for Sellers. The change is not necessarily a negative, but the product is much different. Christopher Plummer replaces Niven and Catherine Schell takes Capucine's role. In addition, Herbert Lom (as Clouseau's boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus) and Bert Kwouk (as Cato) have joined the mayhem. The animated Pink Panther and Henry Mancini's musical theme are still here to help maintain continuity.
Again, the changes aren't necessarily a negative. It simply depends on what you're looking for. A quick look at the other reviews here will show that some even prefer this sort of "Pink Panther" movie to the original. Personally, I wouldn't go that far. This isn't quite the stylish classic that the original was. Sophistication and subtle wit are gone and the underlying plot is stretched a bit thin. It begins with another theft of the fabulous "Pink Panther" (supposedly the world's largest diamond). This time, it has been cleverly snatched from a museum in the fictional country of Lugash. Given his past success in recovering the diamond, the local authorities request the services of Clouseau to get it back once again. The retired Sir Charles is the prime suspect.
Sellers performs his brand of slapstick with brilliance. Observe the edgy relationship with the increasingly twitchy Inspector Dreyfus, Cato's efforts to keep him alert and prepared for trouble, the scene with the blind man and the monkey, and his attempt to bug Sir Charles' phone.
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