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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Return Of The Pink Panther, The

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 39 (June 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer and production notes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Artisan Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 60741
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1975
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Blake Edwards
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the slapstick comedy, The Return Of The Pink Panther, Peter Sellers reprieves his role as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau. The priceless Pink Panther diamond is once again stolen. Feeling certain that the heist is the work of the suave Phantom, the inept Closeau sets out to investigate in the country of Lugash. Tracked by Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Lom), Clouseau unleashes crime-busting chaos across all Europe in comical search of the jewel thief. Packed with verbal and physical slapstick, this is one of the funniest movies in this cherished series.

DVD Picture:
When compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 22, the non-anamorphic DVD, viewed in component video, exhibits images that are only slightly sharper with minor improvements in clarity. Otherwise, the picture is lacking sharpness and detail. Aliasing problems are apparent throughout as well as minor pixelization and artifacts. Colors are more naturally rendered in saturation, though dated. Overall, the DVD image quality

The DVD packaging has miscredited the soundtrack as Dolby