The Pink Panther 2 (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Mystery
MGM || PG - 92 minutes - $39.99 || June 23, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-06-25


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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: Harald Zwart
Writer(s): Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards (characters); Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (story), Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber and Steve Martin (screenplay)
Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Aishwarya Rai, John Cleese


Theatrical Release Date: February 9, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Gag Reel
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Trivia Game
  • 27 Classic Pink Panther
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean

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.::THE FILM::.

I will say that I actually enjoyed the first Pink Panther. Sure, it was just another Hollywood remake that probably didn’t need it, but Steven Martin was genuinely funny in the role especially if you don’t compare him to Peter Sellers, a comparison that would be unfair. Instead, Steve Martin tried to make the role his own rather than channeling Peter Sellers, and I thought he was effective and funny enough.

And then they made a sequel...

This time around the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) joins a “dream team” of investigators to track down a thief known only as “The Tornado”. “The Tornado” takes valuable and historical artifacts such as a samurai sword or the Pope’s ring (right off his finger). Members of this International squad include Vicenzo (Andy Garcia), Chief Inspector Pepperidge (Alfred Molina) and Kenji Mazuto (Yuki Matsuzaki).

The Pink Panther 2 is more or less the same as the original except the first 45-minutes or so were dreadfully unfunny (I didn’t chuckle once) with only a predictable but eye watering funny bit with the Pope saving this from being a complete waste. Of course, if you hated the first you will loathe this one...

Overall, Steve Martin is basically still playing himself with a stereotypical French accent but this time surrounded by a cast of who’s who like Molina (Spider-Man 3), Garcia (Ocean’s 11), John Cleese (Tomorrow Never Dies) as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, replacing Kevin Kline from the first movie, Jean Reno (The Professional) reprising his role as Ponton, Emily Mortimer as love interest Nicole and Lily Tomlin taking on the role of a woman who tries to teach Clouseau about sexism in the workplace (the new “hamburger” joke for the sequel).

The Pink Panther 2 is not the worst thing around but it is only saved because of one or two scenes, otherwise it is a pretty dull and unfunny comedy, not to mention just a sequel that was not needed or one anyone apparently wanted. Save your money and wait for this to air on TBS.

PROS:
• Steve Martin is very funny in a couple scenes.

CONS:
• 95% of the film is dry and unfunny. • Why cast some good actors in supporting roles when they add very little? • No one asked for a sequel, not even those who liked the first one...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not much in terms of features except for a standard gag reel (3:34; HD), Drama is Easy... Comedy is Dangerous (7:42; HD) about the stunt work and a casting featurette called A Dream Team Like No Other (13:56; HD).

There is also Master Thief: Global Crime Showdown trivia game which is a ** Blu-ray Exclusive **. This game sends you around the world to steal various artifacts by answering questions.

On disc 2 is a digital copy ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** and disc 3 contains 27 Classic Pink Panther Cartoons, a pretty cool addition for those who want a sampling.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Not too surprising, but The Pink Panther 2 actually looks pretty darn good in 1080p high-def (presented in its original 1.85 aspect ratio). Skin tones, all around colors and detail all look great with only a minor amount of pixilation during a night shot, but it was fairly brief and not at all distracting.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track isn’t anything all that impressive but it still does the job between some decent dialogue levels and the heavily used score by Christophe Beck. I was a little disappointed, as much as possible for this movie, that the audio wasn’t a bit stronger especially with the action oriented scenes.



.::OVERALL::.

The Pink Panther 2 joins the legacy of so many other failed sequels, some highly anticipated others not so much, and this one is in that latter category. The film does have a couple funny moments for sure, but when 95% of it is just painful to even get through, you have a problem. Thankfully there will be no more Pink Panther movies – with or without Steve Martin – so for those who did loathe the first, you can thank this sequel for the franchise’s ultimate (and deserved) demise.