Pink Panther 2, The

Featured In Issue 142, September 2009

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MGM Home Entertainment
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The Pink Panther 2 is the sequel to the The Pink Panther, based on the 1964 original starring the legendary Peter Sellers and the films of Blake Edwards. After a thief known as "The Tornado" allegedly steals a variety of precious items, including France's beloved pink panther diamond, an "international dream team" of detectives band together to crack the case. Slowing down the process is the team's blundering French leader, Inspector Clouseau (Martin), the highly intelligent officer who has a way of missing the obvious, until he somehow stumbles onto the truth. (Gary Reber)

Special features on Disc One include a gag reel, the featurette Drama Is Easy...Comedy Is Dangerous (HD 07:43), the Master Thief-Global Crime Showdown! trivia game, and A Dream Team Like No Other (HD 13:56) with cast and crew. Disc Two contains 27 classic Pink Panther cartoons spanning nearly three hours of animation. Disc Three is a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p AVC picture quality is terrific, with excellent contrast, deep blacks, and vibrant colors. Hues are rich and warm and pop, yet fleshtones are perfectly natural. Shadows are well delineated and reveal fine gradations of light. Resolution is excellent, with fine textures and facial features revealed in close-ups. Still, the picture is sourced from 35 mm film, with a touch of fine grain. Visually, there is plenty for the eyes to partake, and the imagery is bright and colorful, exhibiting a cheerful look that is sure to please. The scenes in Rome and Paris are beautiful and inviting. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ soundtrack opens with an incredibly wonderful recording of a full jazz orchestra playing the famous Henry Mancini theme to an animated credit sequence. What a beautiful recording, exhibiting a high-fidelity dynamic presence with a wide and deep soundstage. The entire orchestral rendering throughout is, likewise, dynamic and dimensional, with a healthy surround presence. Sound effects are directionalized and aggressively positioned in the surround channels. At times the soundfield is holosonic® and effectively enveloping. Bass extension is deep, with .1 LFE energy that punctuates the effects. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack presentation that works well with the slapstick
storytelling. (Gary Reber)