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Pink Panther Film Collection, The
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Sellers

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Special Features
The (mis)adventures of Inspector Clouseau return to DVD with a six-disc Special Edition featuring five of the "Pink Panther" movies (with upgraded transfers and new 5.1-channel audio remixes, and the first DVD release of "Trail Of The Pink Panther"). Nicely packaged in a multi-fold slipcase, the set includes on Disc 1 ("The Pink Panther") a scene-specific Blake Edwards audio commentary, a trivia track, a trailer, and a "Shots In The Dark" photo gallery. Discs 2 - 5 ("Shot," "Strikes Again," "Revenge," and "Trail," respectively) include the photo gallery and trailer. Disc 6 (the bonus disc) includes "The Pink Panther Story," which offers a look back at the creation of the film series with vintage photos, film clips, and interviews with the many talents involved with the productions including director Blake Edwards, producer Walter Mirisch, stunt double Joe Dunne, and others. The 29-minute documentary was produced by John Cork and Bruce Scivally, the team responsible for the many great James Bond DVD documentaries. Also included is Cartoon Theatre, which includes the 11-minute featurette "Behind The Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon" and six original "Pink Panther" cartoon shorts. The featurette addresses the creation of the cartoon character and includes interviews with Blake Edwards and cartoon co-creator David DePatie of DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. The animated shorts are: "The Pink Phink," "Pink, Plunk, Plink," Psychedelic Pink," "Pinkfinger," "The Ant And The Aardvark," and "The Great De Gaulle Stone Operation." "Inspector Clouseau" (1968), "The Return Of The Pink Panther" (1975), "Curse Of The Pink Panther" (1983) and "Son Of The Pink Panther" (1993) have not been included in the set and (except for "Return") have yet to be released on DVD. The titles as they appear in this set are available (at this time) only in the set. Individual DVDs available are the previously released versions. (Michael Coate)

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(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1006065
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated / PG
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(Retail Price): $69.96
(DVD Type): Six-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 1 & DVD-5 x 5
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(DVD Release Date): 04/06/04
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(Director): Blake Edwards
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Story Synopsis:
A stunning gemstone with the image of a leaping cat inside its facets is the cause of all the hilarious ruckus in the classic comedy, "The Pink Panther." David Niven stars as Sir Charles a.k.a.

DVD Picture:
"The Pink Panther": While the previous DVD release was non-anamorphic, this new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD looks great, with a nicely saturated color scheme offering accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and generally deep blacks. Sharpness and detail are surprisingly satisfying, with nicely rendered textures. Still, the picture can look a little bit dated, with some softer scenes, but the source element is quite clean with few distracting artifacts. There is some minor pixel breakup detected at times, but edge enhancement is not obtrusive with this title. Score: 3.5 "A Shot In The Dark": This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits improvements over the previously released DVD (also anamorphic). One of the biggest differences is noticed in the color scheme, which is warmer and better saturated, while the previous DVD looked dated with brown overtones. Fleshtones can appear a bit ruddy at times, but overall hues are much better balanced. The picture is also considerably cleaner than the previous DVD, with much fewer artifacts noticed. Images are satisfyingly sharp, though some softness is still inherent. Pixelization is occasionally noticed and edge enhancement is also quite limited. Score: 3.5 "The Pink Panther Strikes Again": This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is brighter with better color saturation when compared to the previously released non-anamorphic DVD. Images are often sharp and detailed, and appear smooth and solid. There are a few scenes which seem overly bright, with blacks appearing a bit weak. Otherwise the picture is nicely rendered. Only a few soft scenes are noticed from time-to-time. The source element is clean, with few distracting artifacts and little film grain. Minor pixel breakup is noticed, but edge enhancement is rarely noticed. Score: 3 "Revenge Of The Pink Panther": This new anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is smoother and cleaner, with fewer artifacts than the previous DVD (also anamorphically enhanced). The color scheme appears to be quite similar, offering nicely saturated hues in some scenes, and other scenes that appear a bit washed out. The picture often has an inherent hazy appearance, with glowing whites, but other times images are sharp and detailed, with satisfying textures. There are some flecks of dirt noticed in the source element, but nothing that is considered obtrusive. Edge enhancement is not much of a problem, and there are minimal compression artifacts. Score: 3 "Trail Of The Pink Panther": The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture is nicely rendered, with well-balanced colors that are fully saturated, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Sometimes the picture appears a bit dim. Images can be sharp and detailed, though textures are limited, and there are some scenes with a soft, dated appearance. Finer details suffer from pixel breakup at times, and edge enhancement is also occasionally noticed. The source element is generally clean, with some minor flecks of dirt noticed. Score: 3 (Suzanne Hodges)

"The Pink Panther": Hearing the very recognizable "Pink Panther" theme song for the film in 5.1-channel surround sound is most excellent! The remastered Dolby