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The Return of the Pink Panther
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The comic genius of Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers meet again in The Return of the Pink Panther. The "Pink Panther Diamond" is stolen with only one clue left behind - a white glove, the trademark of the world-renowned jewel thief, The Phantom (Christopher Plummer). Believed to be retired, he immediately becomes the chief suspect on Inspector Clouseau's list. Wanting to clear his name, The Phantom sets out to find the real thief and sends Clouseau bumbling along on a false trail. Inspector Clouseau's antics finally push his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, over the edge and he sets out to murder Clouseau to be rid of him once and for all! It's non-stop laughs in this timeless comedy masterpiece, hailed as the funniest in The Pink Panther series.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Hopefully the original studio will see fit to give this movie a decent transfer in the future.
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).Read more ›
Again, the changes aren't necessarily a negative. It simply depends on what you're looking for. A quick look at the other reviews here will show that some even prefer this sort of "Pink Panther" movie to the original. Personally, I wouldn't go that far. This isn't quite the stylish classic that the original was. Sophistication and subtle wit are gone and the underlying plot is stretched a bit thin. It begins with another theft of the fabulous "Pink Panther" (supposedly the world's largest diamond). This time, it has been cleverly snatched from a museum in the fictional country of Lugash. Given his past success in recovering the diamond, the local authorities request the services of Clouseau to get it back once again. The retired Sir Charles is the prime suspect.
Sellers performs his brand of slapstick with brilliance. Observe the edgy relationship with the increasingly twitchy Inspector Dreyfus, Cato's efforts to keep him alert and prepared for trouble, the scene with the blind man and the monkey, and his attempt to bug Sir Charles' phone.Read more ›
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My wife and I have many fond memories of seeing the 'Pink Panther' movies at the theatre years ago. We also appreciate the humour of the era in which they were made and the comedic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce Cowan
As always Peter Sellers is just magnificent - a movie you can watch over and over and still get sick laughing. Herbert Lom as the doomed police chief is also very very good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ann Hadaway
This is actually the 4th film in the pink panther series after The Pink Panther(1964), Shot in the Dark(1965) & Inspector Clouseau(1968). Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. D.
The item arrived in perfect condition, and I'm very pleased with my order.Published 17 months ago by Amélie Gravelle
of course it is not a philosophical movie but sometimes it is good to just relax and enjoy a movie.Published 22 months ago by fernand
This DVD was missing from our collection. We thoroughly enjoyed watching it and intend to watch the entire Peter Sellers series quite often.Published on Jan. 15 2013 by Jim McLean
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 futurePublished on Dec 27 2012 by Jim Brown
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