The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 92 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French/Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean
Starring: Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, John Cleese, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Music by: Henry Mancini (theme), Christophe Beck
Written by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Steve Martin
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 23, 2009
"Inspect the unexpected"
Steve Martin returns to the scene of the fun as the brilliant, bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this side-splitting slapstick comedy for the whole family! When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther diamond, Clouseau is assigned to a dream team of international detectives who are under pressure to bring the master thief to justice before he strikes again. Co-starring Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin and John Cleese, The Pink Panther 2 will steal your heart...and keep you laughing!
As a big fan of Peter Seller's Inspector Jacque Clouseau I wasn't overly accepting of Steve Martin's reprisal after seeing 2006's The Pink Panther. Unfortunately this installment didn't change my perspective despite a great ensemble cast. Whereas the earlier film used more dialogue and situational comedy this film uses a more physical style humor to illicit laughs. Occasionally it pays off but in most cases its slapstick/spoofs just come off as derived and hammy. I like Steve Martin and while I am not crazy about this role there is a certain amount of charm that he exudes onscreen. The plot revolves around the theft, investigation and attempted recovery of a variety of priceless artifacts from around the world, including the French Pink Panther diamond. A multicultural investigative Dream Team is assembled and goes in search of the master thief known as the Tornado. There were a few fun moments, like the one in the Italian restaurant, involving the dropping wine bottles or the exchange of quips between Closeau and Pepperidge (Alfred Molina) during their first meeting. I was surprised to see the cast of notables featured here. I thought that Jeremy Irons was seriously underused. Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer reprised their roles from the first film. I like Emily Mortimer as Nicole and enjoyed the innocent interplay between her and Closeau. I have to say that I had a hard time seeing Leon, The Professional (Reno), singing a silly song about jojoba shampoo. The film's lighthearted plotline and character driven comedic antics did provide a few chuckles but overall I felt that it relied too heavily on a standard premise and trying to be physically funny rather combining that with clever writing, and better utilization of its strong cast. It is a harmless and mildly entertaining film but not a very memorable one.
The rating is for some suggestive humor, brief mild language, and action.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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The Pink Panther 2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 mbps.
This is a near reference video presentation that boasts plenty of high level detail, strong contrast, deeply saturated colors, and three dimensional acuity. Blacks are punchy and stand out when onscreen with mixed content. Visual perspective in low lighting and darkened areas is estimable. The combination gives dark scenes appreciable depth. Images are dynamic, boldly colorful, clearly drawn, eye catching and perfectly suited for the source material. The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has adequate dynamic range and detail rich clarity that enables the detection of subtle background sounds within the acoustic environment created by the surround mix. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. Low frequency effects aren't intense but the subwoofer is kept busy as it works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the low level bass and punchy impact during several sequences featured in the film. The music score along with well integrated discrete and ambient sound effects plays an intricate role in this fun and sometimes active surround mix that enhances its level of enjoyment. Henry Mancini's superlative theme opens and closes the movie and sounds incredible. I could just sit and listen to it all by itself. I found this lossless surround mix to be excellent overall and appreciated its attention to detail and lack of ostentatious.
- Gag reel - 3 minutes
- (HD) Drama is easycomedy is dangerous - 7 minute featurette
- (HD) A Dream Team like no other - 14 minute featurette
- (HD) Master thief - Global crime showdown - interactive trivia game
- Bonus Disc 1: DVD containing 27 classic Pink Panther cartoons
- Bonus Disc 2: Digital Copy - Contains a standard definition version of the film that can be downloaded from a compatible PC to a portable media device
The Pink Panther 2 is a sequel to the 2006 remake of the original Pink Panther films which starred Peter Sellers. While I appreciate Steve Martin his portrayal of this beloved character doesn't' compare to Sellers'. This script adds more comedic physicality as well as a great supporting cast but ultimately it lacks the originality and spark of the classic films. It looks spectacular and sounds great on Blu-ray Disc and I appreciated Fox's inclusion of the classic Pink Panther cartoons (which I used to watch as a child on Saturday mornings). Two production featurettes, a gag reel, interactive trivia, and a Digital Copy round out the remaining bonus content. If you liked the last film or are a Steve Martin fan this is worth a purchase. Otherwise I would recommend a rental at best.
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