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The Return of the Pink Panther

Peter Sellers , Christopher Plummer , Blake Edwards    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Peter Sellers's third go-around as the prideful but bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau is funny enough, but this 1975 Blake Edwards revival of the Sellers-Clouseau connection is a little weak in comparison to predecessors The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark (both made in 1964). Costar Christopher Plummer actually gets some of the most interesting screen time as a retired cat burglar whom Clouseau accuses of getting back into the business. (If it sounds like there might be a To Catch a Thief vibe mixed in here, you're right.) Herbert Lom is hilarious as Clouseau's psychologically eroding boss, and Clouseau's ritualistic collisions with valet Cato (Burt Kwouk) are great examples of Edwards's delicious comic timing. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly mastered video April 10 2004
No need to comment on the plot which is hilarious, just the DVD picture quality.
While it's in letterbox, the image is fuzzy (as in VHS quality). I suspect that instead of using 35mm film, Artisan Entertainment simply pulled this from a laserdisc and burned it down to DVD. If you see it in a bargain bin it's ok for the kids, otherwise wait for a newer version to be released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Artisan does it again Jan. 24 2004
By Yarby
Artisan has released yet another low quality DVD of a classic movie. Regardless of your feelings about Seller and the "Panther" series, this one is to be avoided, based solely on a non-anomorphic picture with the quality of an EP-recorded VHS tape and sound with a continual hiss throughout.
Hopefully the original studio will see fit to give this movie a decent transfer in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, No Extras March 9 2004
Except for a trailer, there are no real extras on this dvd, thats why it loses a star. The film itself, however, is magnificent. I've noticed a few reviewers that have chosen to point out that the plot isnt as "cohesive" as it was in the original "Pink Panther" or it's legendary follow up "A Shot in the Dark." Phooey. Who cares? I didn't see this movie for the plot anyway - I was there to see Peter Sellers reestablish himself as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and that's exactly what I was given. This movie is painfully funny at times (particularly when Herbert Lom is onscreen as Clouseau's boss, the long suffering Dreyfus), and if the plot is a little weak, all is forgiven thanks to a series of sight gags that are the best of their type since Chaplin did his thing. For those who must have a plot, it goes like this: the Pink Panther diamond is again stolen from a museum in Lugash, and a white glove emblazoned with a letter P is left behind- the sign of the jewel thief the Phantom. Sir Charles Litton (Christopher Plummer, doing an admiral job of assuming the role after David Niven) - the original Phantom, and the one who stole the diamond the first time - is accused of the theft. He is innocent of the crime, though, and sets out to clear his name. While this is going on, the worlds worst detective is assigned to the case at the behest of the Lugash govt. They figure that if he caught the Phantom the first time, Clouseau can do it again. Havoc ensues.
You have to understand, it doesn't matter where he is or what the circumstances, Clouseau walks into a room and literally manages to destroy it within minutes. This leads to some very , very funny moments (my favorite being a scene involving a hapless bellboy, a sauna and some VERY slippery shoes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Comedies You Can Get on DVD! Dec 22 2002
This has been a favorite movie of mine since I first saw it in January 1998, and I'm very proud to have it in my collection. There are few comedies I've seen that are as good as this. It can almost be classified as a suspense comedy. Throughout the plot, you are rushing through Europe at a hurried pace. It's almost hard to keep up with this movie. It delivers and delivers, and the performances by Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom, Catherine Schell and even Burt Kwouk are all excellent, superb, inarguably classic. This is downright the best film in the Pink Panther series, even better than A Shot In the Dark. The things Clouseau gets himself into are just unbelievable, and only Peter Sellers could make them seem believable. This movie's got a little bit of everything-it's smart,..., involved, features outstanding performances and a fantastic, unfaultering plot, as well as superb comedic genius from Sellers that permeates the film. It also has a satisfying and hilarious conclusion that you'll really love. Just WHO DID actually steal the Pink Panther? You may never figure it out until the you are told, but you will still enjoy. THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER is an essential comedic gem that all film fans need to see AND own, especially fans of Petter Sellers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Important for what it accomplished Sept. 24 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars the return
of course it is not a philosophical movie but sometimes it is good to just relax and enjoy a movie.
Published 5 months ago by fernand
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of the pink Panther
This DVD was missing from our collection. We thoroughly enjoyed watching it and intend to watch the entire Peter Sellers series quite often.
Published 20 months ago by Jim McLean
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuisance
I wanted to give you as quick review (at your request) but I find the whole process a nuisance and will not be doing it in the future
Published 20 months ago by Jim Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars DA DUM DA DUM, DA DUM, DA DUM DA DUM DA DUM...
Has there ever been a more catchy theme than Mancini's "Pink Panther?" I can't think of any off hand, and in this third entry in the Clouseau series, the music and the... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Michael Butts
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to middlin' sequel
The movie had a few humorous moments, but I found some of it tedious. Cato and Dreyfus are still a riot. though. Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by K. Gittins
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Clouseau strikes again...
Peter Sellers is great as Inspector Clouseau, with his mispronunciations and bumbling, especially when teamed up with Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who hates... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Joseph H Pierre
3.0 out of 5 stars Vaaaa Vaaaa Voooom
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Published on April 10 2004 by Pen15
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, not-so-great DVD
Peter Sellers was one of the most gifted comic actors of the 1960s and 1970s; Inspector Clouseau was his most beloved role. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Danno
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pink Panther Rocks!
I love the Pink Panther so much that I buy the DVD even if the DVD is horrible. I love the movie too much.
Published on Feb. 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, aweful DVD
Enough has been said about the merits of the movie. But beware, the DVD is of extremely low quality. Looks worse than a VCD pirate and far worse than the VHS, which I also have.
Published on Nov. 28 2003
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