The Pink Panther (2006) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || PG - 93 minutes - $28.95 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer(s): Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards (characters); Len Blum and Michael Saltzman (story), Len Blum and Steve Martin (screenplay)
Cast: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Beyonce Knowles


Theatrical Release Date: February 10, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Music Video
  • Trivia Track
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Arabic, Indonesian, Dutch

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.::THE FILM::.

So I have a date in about twenty minutes after typing this up, and it takes me thirty minutes to get to where I need to meet her at. Any of you mathematicians out there probably have figured out Iím not going to make it, so Iíll just act like I got really busy with school or something, sheíll never know the difference. Of course, thatís considering if she doesnít read this review of The Pink Panther starring incredibly not funny Steve Martin and Beyonce Knowles.

Detective Closeau (Steve Martin) is a bumbling detective that no one thinks highly of around the police station. That is, until one day when Yves Gluant (Jason Statham) is killed mysteriously at a soccer game and his rare diamond, the pink panther, is stolen from his corpse. The head of the police force Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) decides to bring in Closeau to investigate the murder and bring back the diamond safely, as well as the killer of Gluant.

This of course is to shield the press from the real detective work that is going on by Dreyfusís best police force, as though Closeau is the worst officer in the world. Itís made obvious that he is though from the start with stupid antics that arenít worth mentioning because they set the tone of the film to be so unfunny that itís not even believable. Yes, this movie is the exact opposite of funny. A funeral has more laughs than this film does, but, moving on.

To make sure that Closeauís investigation goes the right way, Dreyfus suggests that Ponton (Jean Reno) tag along with him to make sure that he doesnít get anywhere in the case to buy his officers more time to solve the murder and theft. The first stop on the new duoís list is to interview the mistress of Yuri, Xania (Beyonce Knowles).

A few more incredibly unfunny scenes later, it turns out that maybe Xania does have something to do with the ringís disappearance as well as the murder of her supposed lover Yuri. But somehow Closeau gets distracted while he visits New York about saying the word ďhamburgerĒ in a bit that is painful to watch. I actually fast forwarded five minutes to avoid it, itís painful, trust me.

So Closeau and Ponton are getting closer to who the actual killer is as well as the theft of the famed pink panther diamond, when they lose track yet again somehow for another pointless plot twist. Can the duo find out who the killer is? Will Steve Martin ever make you laugh once? Does the killer even matter? Yes, no, and no.

This movie is so trivial I donít understand why it was even made. There are absolutely zero funny parts in it, Steve Martin over acts his role the entire movie, and the rest of the cast deserved a heck of a lot better than it got with this monstrosity. The script is just plain awful, as the jokes are old and outdated. Itís disappointing to know that the franchise of The Pink Panther was revived for this (and it turns out a sequel was recently made that tanked in theaters) and will probably die off after this one as well.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary by Director Shawn Levy: Levy discusses how hard it was to make the film, and how much influence Steve Martin had on the script. Note to Levy, next time do not let Martin anywhere near the script until he has to read his part.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (24 minutes): There are a ton of deleted and extended scenes that didnít make it into the film. They donít really add too much to the movie nor are they funny.

Multiple Featurettes (41 minutes): This consists of three different features that include interviews with cast and crew and a little bit about the back history of the pink panther and the film. If you were a fan of the pink panther back in the day then this might be a bit interesting, but all others probably wonít be into these features. Thereís also a few features that deal with the soccer set-up as well as the final scene of the movie.

Music Video for Beyonceís ďCheck It OutĒ (4 minutes): Fans of Beyonce will be happy to know the music video is available to watch, but since I donít care for the song it didnít really appeal to me.

Extended Beyonce Performance ďA Woman Like MeĒ (4 minutes 30 seconds): Yet another Beyonce song and music video for fans. Once again, I didnít enjoy this one either.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Code Pink: A neat little feature that plays throughout the movie, so if you want to see what it does then I recommend putting this option on first so you arenít forced to watch the film again. The pink panther shows up and gives you trivia throughout the film.

BD-LIVE: Your standard BD-LIVE feature that lets you view trailers of other SONY films.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

While the movie was filmed mainly outside in France, you wouldnít be able to tell accurately due to major issues with color and contrast. The film at some points has a fairly dark atmosphere to it, and colors appear a bit washed and faded out throughout. Flesh tones were also a bit weak, which was disappointing to say the least. Other than those issues, it does have a few beautiful moments as the background scenery when not plagued by the previous issues described that makes it a gorgeous looking film. Itís not perfect, but it does have its moments.

On the audio side of things, itís just about as comparable to the video in terms of quality. Although the movie is a comedy and heavily dialogue influenced, there isnít a ton of action to judge the sound levels. Dialogue is rather low and inconsistent, which isnít a bad thing not being able to hear Steve Martinís attempt at humors. Even the scenes like the opening one at the soccer stadium donít sound as good as they probably should. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is rather disappointing, as though surround usage is barely engaged for most of the flick.



.::OVERALL::.

I canít recommend you stay away from this flick anymore than by saying ďjust please stay away from this movie.Ē There is absolutely no jokes to be had, the acting is really over the top and isnít believable for a second, and finally itís not worth your time. The extras may be big, but the audio and video are fairly sub-standard for a Blu-ray release. This is one panther to put back in the cage and walk the other way from.