The Pink Panther (2006)

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Released 4-Jul-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary-by Director Shawn Levy
Deleted Scenes-with optional audio commentary by Shawn Levy
Additional Footage-Alternate Opening Title Sequence
Music Video-Beyonce "Check on It"
Music Video-Beyonce "A Woman Like Me"
Trailer-Assorted promotional trailers
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 88:55
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Shawn Levy
Studio
Distributor
SONY Pictures
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Steve Martin
Kevin Kline
Beyoncé Knowles
Jean Reno
Emily Mortimer
Henry Czerny
Kristin Chenoweth
Roger Rees
William Abadie
Scott Adkins
Dexter Bell
Monty C. Floyd
Chad Gabriel
Case ?
RPI $34.00 Music Christophe Beck


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English Alternate Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Hindi
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Unfortunately, The Pink Panther is yet another Hollywood remake that falls somewhat short of what it could have been. This film marks the 10th Pink Panther film and an attempt by Columbia Pictures to reboot the franchise for a new generation.

    The film follows the typical Pink Panther formula. In this case the prized Pink Panther diamond is stolen in broad daylight in front of tens of thousands of cheering fans at a soccer match. The chief of police calls in the inexperienced and woefully inept Clouseau with the idea that he'll fall flat on his face while the chief of police solves the crime himself. Clouseau bumbles along, inadvertently drawing closer to the key suspects with no real clue of what is going on until the crime gets solved.

    On paper, the cast is certainly impressive; Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Kevin Kline, Emily Mortimer and Beyonce (definitely the weakest link). Unfortunately, none of them have much of a script to work with.

    The inept Inspector Clouseau is played by Steve Martin. It's hard to believe this is the once comedic genius of Saturday Night Live and The Jerk. Put simply, he disappoints. He does a killer French accent that is amusing and you see glimpses of his brilliance in a few scenes but nothing like what Peter Sellers could deliver. No new ground is covered in his formulaic portrayal of what is arguably a screen legend. Martin also co-wrote the screenplay.

    Jean Reno plays the straight, serious cop to contrast Martin's bumbling fool and does an admirable job. Kline is brilliant... given the material. Definitely an under-rated comedic actor. Mortimer is amusing in a limited role, but a major complaint is Beyonce. Who are these Hollywood executives that think music divas can act? I didn't mind her in Austin Powers, but found that every time she was on screen she looked uncomfortable and out of place.

    The result is an uneven film where the funniest moments can all conveniently fit into a 2 minute theatrical trailer. If you have seen the trailer, then you have seen the only really amusing moments in the film. Ultimately the film is just another one of those middle of the road Hollywood films which seem to churn out every week. The premise started out with a lot of potential but the execution is just plain sloppy. Hopefully the sequel will turn out better. On a budget of $80US million the worldwide box office came in at around $160 million. Not a smash hit, but definitely enough to warrant Columbia greenlighting a sequel.

    Kids will get a lot of laughs, but anyone over 12 years old or so will find it a bit disappointing.. Perhaps my expectations were set too high - don't go into it expecting Peter Sellers or Blake Edwards' combined genius and you will probably find a few laughs that make it worthwhile.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This PAL disc has the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    Overall the transfer looks quite good. It was an extremely clear transfer that was enjoyable to watch.

    Colours were bright and most of the outdoor shots were extremely vibrant. The stadium scenes almost made me feel like I was there. Skin tones were realistic and natural.

    Black levels and shadow detail were good.

    There were no signs of grain.

    Thankfully there was no edge enhancement or film artefacts.

    I was quite impressed with the video transfer.

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Audio

    The main track was a very competent English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s).

    Dialogue was clear and easy to listen to.

    There were no sync or drop out issues.

    The film has a pretty good soundtrack by Christopher Beck which of course uses Henry Mancini's classic theme. Beck's pieces are often heavily inspired by previous films but nevertheless add a 21st century twist. Some pieces are over the top, but add a lot to spice up the film. The music comes through sounding good and adding a lot to the viewing experience.

    Like most comedies it is a very front heavy soundtrack, but surrounds are used from time to time.

    There was no sub-woofer usage.

    There is also an English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) track.

    Subtitles include English, English Alternate Subtitles, English for the Hearing Impaired, Dutch and Hindi.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Audio Commentary

    A commentary by Director Shawn Levy. Amusing, but it can get a little difficult after awhile. It's quite self-congratulatory and all he does is praise everyone "Steve is so ____________ (insert flattering adjective), Beyonce is so ___________" Too much back slapping and stating the obvious, no analysis. You get the picture.

Deleted Scenes

    Eleven deleted scenes in all with optional director's commentary. Most were deleted for obvious reasons or are simply extensions of scenes left in the film.

Alternate Opening Title Sequence

    Runs for 3:30 with optional commentary by the director. Interesting but nowhere near as good as the one they used in the theatrical release.

Featurettes

Sleuthcams

Music Video

    Beyonce with two songs; Check on It and A Woman Like Me.

Trailer

    Trailers for Cutting Edge: Going for Gold, Open Season, Yours, Mine and Ours, Zathura and Adventures of SharkBoy and LavaGirl

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The R1 and R4 releases are virtually identical except that the R1 has a Sweet n' Low commercial featuring the Pink Panther and different trailers to our release.

    Choose on price.

Summary

    Overall this film has fun moments but had so much more potential than was actually realised.

    The video is great.

    The audio is good too.

    Special features are solid.

    A great DVD for a middle of the road movie.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Monday, September 04, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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