However, the picture quality throughout this set is superb, beautifully shap and clear images, with remastered surround sound stereo so you can enjoy Henry Mancini's seductive theme music coming from all the speakers. Best of all, the films are presented in their original anamorphic widescreen scope. The extras are impressive too, with an all-new documentary, a 1978 TV special and 'The Unknown Peter Sellers'. Blake Edwards also provides an interesting audio commentary over 'The Pink Panther'.
'Trail of the Pink Panther' isn't a classic in the series but deserved to be included as a tribute to Peter Sellers genius, and a reminder that no-one else could (or should) play Clouseau.
All in all, while it would have been more perfect if 'Return' had been included, this is still a highly collectible and impressive set.
Like many, the inclusion of Trail raises a few questions. I do not object to it being in the collection, but then why didn't they include the follow up movie Curse, which would more neatly complete the series. Ok, it may not have Peter Sellers, and isn't one of the gems of the series, but at least it has more of a plot than the Trail clip compilation.
The other alternative would have been not to release Trail in the package but to create an extended edition of Strikes Again with the additional Peter Sellers footage Trail contains. The reason for this is that all the PS footage from Trail comes from unused out-takes from Strikes Again.
Anyway, despite this, and a flimsy cardboard & easily damaged presentation box, the other movies in the series featured in this collection are absolute classics. My own personal favourite - Revenge!
For me this is not a series but rather two groups of films: The Pink Panther and Shot in the Dark which have a definite 60's feel to them and then the three '70s films (the absent "Return", "Strikes Again" and Revenge") which are essentially a vehicle for Sellers in various costumes. The Trail of the Pink Panther is hopelessly disjointed and simply an embarrassment - it should really have been scrapped and certainly not made part of this collection (interesting/sad fact - it was David Niven's last film - he was rapidly succumbing to Motor Neurone Disease at the time and all his lines had to be dubbed as his voice was so weak).
Despite all this there are some classic moments, not least in "Strikes Again" with Clouseau's attempt to get into the castle where the mad Dreyfuss is holed up (the muttered "swine moat!" as a soaked Clouseau pulls himself once more out of the moat gets me every time) and the tooth pulling sequence in the same film.
Don't take these films too seriously as they don't stand up to much criticism. Despite dodgy scripts Sellers' brilliance shows through, albeit in a series of glimpses.
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