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The Pink Panther Film Collection (5 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1976]

David Niven , Robert Wagner , Blake Edwards , Carolyn F. Russell    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: Blake Edwards, Carolyn F. Russell, John Cork, Ken Kramer
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Carolyn F. Russell, Frank Waldman, Geoffrey Edwards
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 496 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BZND6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A five-disc box set, including five films and extra features:

  • The Pink Panther
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Trail of the Pink Panther

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Audio tracks are in English, French and German.

Subtitles are English and German for the Hard of Hearing, plus Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.


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211 of 213 people found the following review helpful
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Having read other reviews who trashed this set for not including 'Return of the Pink Panther', while I agree that it's a shame we couldn't have the COMPLETE set as the box claims, 'Return' wasn't included for the simple reason that MGM do not own the rights to this film, as it was made by Lew Grade's ITC company and not by MGM/UA. Grade wanted to make a Clouseau live-action TV series but director Blake Edwards convinced him to make it into a film. When the box office bells rang loudly, MGM were suddenly convinced that the series had life and produced the films you see in this box set. It is misleading for them to label it as a limited edition complete series however, and 'Return' is absent from the new documentary, so Clouseau's comeback is incorrectly regarded as 'Pink Panther Strikes Again'!
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.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still an Essential Collection 30 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
Like many of the reviews so far, it is disappointing that Return of the Pink Panther is not in this collection. But it was never destined for this box set - Return is licensed to a completely different distributor. Lets hope it will be released soon with a restored & remastered widescreen DVD release.
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!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set,Just don't watch"Trail Of......." 27 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
As has been said so often in these reviews,why do we have no "Return of....."and yet have to tolerate the really bad(and worse not funny) "Trail Of......."?
This with the exception of "Trail Of....."is a GREAT set.
Why does everyone put "Trail Of......"down?Well, since you ask(and even if you don't),I shall tell you!
In 1982(2 years after the death of Peter Sellers)for whatever strange and misguided reason,Blake Edwards decided to make another Pink Panther movie.Yes,I know his star was dead,but that didn't stop our Blake.He cobbled(literally) together old PP outakes,new scenes made to shoe horn in with the old,and flashbacks from old PP scenes.Sadly considering that Peter Sellers is not in many of them, and the ones he is in are not that funny (if they had been they would have been in the PP films they were made for).
The joins show too,the scenes sometimes fit very awkwardly together and those actors who WERE in the originals suddenly look older in the newly shot scenes.
Blake Edwards should hang his head in shame for the disrepect this does to the memory of Peter Sellers,if he intended it as a tribute(which is indicated as such at the start of the film) it's a strange way of expressing it.If he did it for the money then that is worse.
I would say buy the set,which is worth the money.Watch "Trail of........"
after the other films, just to see how a director can destroy a wonderful idea with a final self inflicted shot!
Lynne Frederick's(Peter's widow) sued Blake Edwards for $14.5 million,I don't know if she won,but she certainly deserved to.
Mind you Blake Edwards didn't learn,in 1983 he made"Curse of the Pink Panther"which didn't have Clouseau in it at all.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars where is it? 31 Jan 2006
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Format:DVD
I LOVE the pink panther movies - they have a real innocent silliness about them which makes me cry with laughter every time.
However, the Return of the Pink Panther is very much the best of the films and where is it? it ought to be on the ultimate collection surely!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great comedy moments 9 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Like everyone else I was disappointed to find that the Return of the Pink Panther was left out of this (you will find the explanation for this in another review). The Return is one of the better films (who can forget the sequence involving Clouseau's bungled break-in to Lady Litton's hotel room?) and I prize my VHS copy. Nevertheless this set is still worth buying - the quality of the DVDs is good and the packaging imaginative.
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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