There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them. If the previous sentence evoked a knowing smile more than outright confusion, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Shout! Factory has announced the six-disc Blu-ray set of Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection Starring Peter Sellers will be made available on June 27, 2017 as part of the Shout Select line. This is the definitive, must-own complete set of the classic movie comedy series that’s been in demand by fans for decades. It’s now available for pre-order at Amazon and ShoutFactory.
And if you’re a fan of Henry Mancini’s masterful scores for this film series like I am, you can find two of them available right now in 96/24 hi-res over on HDtracks: The Pink Panther: Music From the Film Score Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini and The Return of The Pink Panther.
The legendary Peter Sellers stars as the irrepressible and incompetent Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this six-film collection, which includes The Pink Panther (1964), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975),The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), each directed by Academy Award winner Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria, Breakfast at Tiffany’s). For the first time in any home entertainment release, all six Clouseau comedies are available together in a single collection, with four making their debuts on Blu-ray. The set comes with a 24-page book with an essay by animation historian and film critic Jerry Beck. Bonus features will include new interviews with cast and crew members, audio commentaries, rare theatrical trailers, TV spots, stills galleries, and more.
One of the most influential comic actors of all time, with a legacy of brilliant performances in films such as Lolita, Being There, and Dr. Strangelove, Academy Award nominee Peter Sellers is well-remembered for his iconic role as Inspector Clouseau, whom he first portrayed in The Pink Panther. In 1980, Sellers spoke with Rolling Stone about the character’s origin, recalling, “So I think Clouseau will have a nice big mustache and I shall play him with great dignity because I feel that he thinks he is probably one of the greatest detectives in the world. From what I gather from the script, he is a complete idiot, but he would never want anyone else to know that. . . . He was a fool who was shrewd around fools.”
Audiences adored the bumbling detective, and a phenomenon was born. The movies showcase a magical combination of Blake Edwards’ directing, writing, and producing skills; Peter Sellers’ verbal and physical antics as Clouseau; sparkling performances from, among others, series staples Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, André Maranne, and Graham Stark; Academy Award winner Henry Mancini’s sophisticated and slinky musical scores; and glorious animated opening and closing credits starring that fantastic feline — The Pink Panther.
As Beck writes, “Rarely has any movie series been as beloved and acclaimed by critics and audiences. The movies featured clever scripts, ingenious acting, plots that rivaled those of the James Bond films, and some of the best physical comedy ever filmed. At the heart of it all was the immortal collaboration between Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers.”