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While REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER ($25) isn't the best installment in the long running comedy series, it remains enjoyable thanks to Peter Sellers’ funny performance as the continually bumbling Chief Inspector Clouseau. In REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER Clouseau is believed dead at the hands of an infamous drug lord named Philippe Douvier (Robert Webber). The news of Clouseau's death has one beneficial result; it restores Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) to sanity. Unfortunately for Dreyfus, reports of Clouseau's death are greatly exaggerated, with the very much alive Clouseau on his way to Hong Kong to take down Douvier. Also along for the ride is Douvier's discarded mistress Simone Legree (Dyan Cannon), who would like nothing better than to kick Douvier when Clouseau takes him down. The cast of REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER also features Burt Kwouk, Robert Loggia, Graham Stark and André Maranne.

MGM Home Entertainment has made REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER available on DVD in both wide screen and full screen presentations on opposite sides of the disc. I can't recommend the full screen presentation, since it crops away far too much of the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio. However, the 16:9 enhanced wide screen transfer is a knock out, making REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER the best looking disc in the entire PINK PANTHER series. Now if MGM could only be inspired to bring THE PINK PANTHER and THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN up to the same level of anamorphic enhanced beauty. Anyway, REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER has a very sharp and very well defined image. Color reproduction is very good, especially the flesh tones, which appear exceedingly healthy. Both the black level and contrast are excellent throughout the presentation and shadow detail is quite good. Neither chroma noise or digital compression artifacts offered any sort of problem on this terrific looking DVD.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack has a rich, full sound that is clearly evident on the Henry Mancini score. Dialogue reproduction is always clean and intelligible- a real plus for a comedy. A French language soundtrack has also been provided on the DVD, along with English and French subtitles.

The interactive menus are relatively simple, yet feature animation, music, sound effects and full motion video. Through the menus one can access the standard scene and language selection features, as well as a theatrical trailer.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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