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The Pink Panther (Special Edition)
The Pink Panther (Special Edition)
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Avg. Customer Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars(based on 83 reviews)
Sales Rank: 11
Category: DVD

Director: Shawn Levy
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Studio: Sony Pictures
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures
Label: Sony Pictures
Format: Ac-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), French (Dubbed)
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 92 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 043396117907
EAN: 0043396117907

Release Date: June 13, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: February 10, 2006
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
If anyone could step into the huge shoes of comedic genius left by Peter Sellers as bumbling French policeman Jacques Clouseau, it's Steve Martin. Sellers made Clouseau a true icon of character and comedy in five Pink Panther movies in the '60s and '70s; Martin has arguably already attained Sellers' rank as an entertainment talent, so it only makes sense that he became Clouseau's heir apparent for the inevitable screen resurrection. This updated story of the priceless eponymous diamond purloined under mysterious circumstance and pursued with Keystone Cop-like antics by Clouseau is a frivolous yet winning pastiche of physical gags and riffs on Clouseau's hilariously impenetrable accent. A famous French football coach (Jason Statham in cameo mode) is wearing the stone, set as an engagement ring for his pop star fiance (Beyonce Knowles). But before a packed stadium crowd of thousands, the ring disappears from his finger as he falls dead from a poisoned dart. The wisp of a plot is secondary to the pratfalls of Martin's prim, prissy, and utterly inept Clouseau. He's brought onto the case by France's top cop (a drolly sophisticated Kevin Kline) who wants Clouseau to fail in a scheme to make himself a national hero. Even in a world where jokes about Viagra, flatulence and other familiar sophomoric subjects are required, Martin makes his Clouseau singularly memorable. You'll be fully expecting Clouseau to shatter priceless antiques, mangle his pronunciations (hamburger, anyone?), and prevail in the end, but Martin carries it off, giving homage to Sellers at the same time that he remakes the character in his own image as a comic master. --Ted Fry

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2 out of 5 stars Steve Martin is hilarious in this weak remake   June 22, 2006
Steve Martin (The Jerk, Roxanne) fills the shoes of Inspector Jacques Clouseau who is put on the case of the missing Pink Panther diamond which was stolen from a murdered coach named Yves Gluant, played by an uncredited Jason Statham (The Transporter 1 & 2, Snatch), by Chief Inspector Dreyfus played by Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In & Out) who wants him to fail the case. Clouseau gets a partner Gendarme Gilbert Ponton played by the awesome Jean Reno (The Professional, The Da Vinci Code) who accompanies Clouseau on his case. Pretty weak remake only has the hilarious & funny performance by Steve Martin who makes his role his own which is great with some funny moments and nice support from Jean Reno. Beyonce Knowles (Austin Powers 3, Fighting Temptations) is miscast in her role as Xania and it's so is Kevin Kline which is a bit of a disappointment. Martin trying to say Hamburger in that accent was hilarious as was the scene where he eats one. There's an awesome uncredited cameo by Clive Owen (Sin City, Closer) who plays Nigel Boswell/Agent 006. Also starring the lovely Emily Mortimer (Formula 51, Scream 3), Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible, Cement), Kristin Chenoweth (RV, Bewitched) and Roger Rees (Game 6, Robin Hood: Men In Tights). It was a kick to also see Jean Reno dance. It was weird but memorable. Too bad for this one is all I have to say.

3 out of 5 stars What Happened!!!   June 21, 2006
I really did not enjoy this until the last part...when they were dressed in disguise to catch the killer and they were dressed in the same design as the drapes...and when they almost got caught and had to act like dancers for the entertainment...that was about the funniest for me in this...not sure if I would see this again!!!

1 out of 5 stars kinda stupid   June 21, 2006
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

uh this movie was ok not the best movie i've seen better though this one was more of a waste of time mostly. it was interesting at first but then it got dumb...dumber...and then it was the dumbest movie ever! i'd say if you want a steve martin movie go rent cheaper by the dozen one or two or planes,trains and automobiles. this was just plain stupid and a waste of time for the cast and crew to make it.

4 out of 5 stars Martin never equals Sellers, but Martin + Kline comes close!   June 20, 2006
I was pretty reluctant to view the new film because, I love the original series with Peter Sellers. In my opinion, the first "Pink Panthers" are some of the funniest films ever made.

While Steve Martin alone does not match Peter Sellers' comedic genius, Steve Martin and Kevin Kline make up a great duo. They were several times when I lost myself laughing uproariously. The film is worth viewing just for the two of them.

The plot: France's well-beloved soccer coach is killed just 3 weeks before the French Medal of Honor. The chief Inspector of International Police (Kline) realizes he cannot take the case. So he brings in Clousseau, thus depriving a remote French village of their idiot, and sets him on the case planning to take over at the last minute and solve the crime. To his surprise and undoing, Clousseau stumbles into the solution.

2 out of 5 stars Not for children   June 19, 2006
  1 out of 3 found this review helpful

This version of the Pink Panther should have warnings about language and highly sexly suggestive scenes. I don't want to hear the "b" word or others while watching movies with my kids. I also don't want to see a woman wrapping her legs around Martin's head, or other scenes that were meant to suggest sexual positions and sex. Come on! Did Martin think "the kids won't get this one" while he wrote it in?

The original Pink Panther movies were wonderful, and don't need half baked Hollywood remakes. Peter Sellers and David Niven had no equal, and, as much as I like Steve Martin, he doesn't come close to Seller's version.

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