PG Dir: Harald Zwart | MGM | 92 min.
Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
A master thief known as The Tornado was thought to be retired, which put the authorities at ease. After all, The Tornado was a thief of the highest level, able to heist whatever, whenever. But now a chain of high profile thefts has debunked his retirement, with priceless historical artifacts now stolen. Now The Tornado has targeted the Pink Panther diamond, which means the best of the police must be dispatched. The International Police have asked Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) to assign Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin), but he is currently on traffic detail. Dreyfus tries to keep Clouseau off the case, but the bumbling investigator manages to join the team involved. But even with Clouseau hot on the trail, can The Tornado pull off the heist of a lifetime and make off with the Pink Panther diamond?
I like Steve Martin, but man, he sucks in this movie. As if his performance in the previous Pink Panther wasn’t bad enough, he is even worse the second time around. We all know Martin can’t fill the shoes of Peter Sellers, but instead of giving us two idiotic, lame films, just leave the Pink Panther alone. Sellers’ installments were smart and hilarious, thanks to his skills and some great writing, but in these new films, humor is absent. I don’t mind silly, slapstick moments, but The Pink Panther 2 never bothers to set them up, it just throws one flat joke after another. I feel so bad for Martin, as he is just painfully unfunny here. I guess he is more interested in quick cash than bolstering his cinematic legacy. The Pink Panther 2 is abysmal in every aspect, a total waste of time that no one should ever suffer through.
Video: How does it look?
The Pink Panther 2 is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The movie might be bad, but this transfer is great. The visuals look clean and sharp, as expected from such a new release. The detail isn’t always razor sharp, but most scenes look excellent and none appear soft. No issues with color to speak of, while contrast is rock solid. Not much else to talk about, a terrific transfer that never disappoints.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD 5.1 option is better than expected, given the dialogue centered nature of the material. In addition to the music, surrounds are engaged to provide atmosphere and even some power at times. I doubt many will remember the soundtrack, but it is good and a step above most comedic soundtracks. The dialogue is crystal clear, with no issues to mention. This release also includes Spanish, French, and Portuguese language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The first disc has some promotional featurettes, a throw away trivia game, and a gag reel. The second disc is a digital copy, in case you want to torture yourself on the go. The best part of this entire release is the third disc, a DVD that houses 27 classic Pink Panther cartoons. So if you’re stuck with this, at least some good is included.
- (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: AVC
- Audio: DTS HD Master
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 3 Disc Set