THE PINK PANTHER FILM COLLECTION REVIEWED
“The Pink Panther Film Collection” begins super weird. I’m not sure how many people remember the first film in detail, but I’ll break it down. The first film opens on Inspector Clouseau as the ultimate cuckold. Two thieves are either screwing or trying to screw his wife. The poor Princess Dala tries to use his protection, but he keeps botching it. David Niven steals a ton of focus, but Clouseau wins the day. It wasn’t until “A Shot in the Dark” that Clouseau found his footing.
Dealing with his valet Cato and his superior Dreyfus, Clouseau starts to loosen the baggage of his debut. He’s becoming an eccentric yet effective detective. Bounding between outright assaults and saving innocents, this Clouseau has become a Master Detective. Naturally, United Artists fails to capture on Sellers in the role. Alan Arkin would fill in for a spot in the late 1960s, but it would be 11 years before Sellers returned to the Pink Panther. Meanwhile, a generation of kids would grow up believing that the real Pink Panther had cartoons and his branded line of insulation.
I remember when I discovered the Pink Diamond angle and it blew my damn mind. But, I was 8. Batman printed high-top Converse sneakers used to blow my mind. Everyone should enjoy Pink Panther day today and enjoy the lesser seen movies. While Shout has won the day, folks should also pick up the two random films that Kino dropped today. Good times are to be had by all. I didn’t know there was a Pink Panther movie featuring Blossom’s dad and Roger Moore. This is something major, people. This is big.
- Still Gallery
- TV Spots
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 MONO audio tracks
RELEASE DATE: 6/27/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 94%94%
The Plot Thus Far
Star Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards combined their talents for the original “The Pink Panther” (1964), as the fumble-footed French Inspector Jacques Clouseau goes on a mission to track an elusive jewel thief who’s stolen the fabulous title diamond. David Niven, Capucine, Robert Wagner, and Claudia Cardinale head the list of suspects. Inspector Clouseau returns for “A Shot in the Dark” (1964), which finds him clearing a maid of one murder after another. With Herbert Lom, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, and Burt Kwouk as Kato. In “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1975), Clouseau is in the country of Lugash, where the famed jewel is once again nabbed and a white glove is left behind. With Christopher Plummer, Lom. Sellers returns in “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1976), as Clouseau blunders his way through another caper, and Inspector Dreyfus (Lom) works through his compulsion to do in Clouseau. In his final appearance as the maladroit detective, Sellers stars in “Revenge of the Pink Panther” (1978), which follows Clouseau on a mission to crack a heroin ring. With Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber. “Trail of the Pink Panther” (1982) uses outtakes and never-before-seen footage to tell the tale of a reporter searching for a missing Clouseau. Joanna Lumley co-stars.