It's a daring move to remake classics, and the original "Pink Panther" film, as well as "some" of its sequels are classic. But, Steve Martin agreed to assume the Peter Sellers role in an updated, less funny(in every way)version of "THE PINK PANTHER" several years ago. While it wasn't dreadful, it certainly wasn't very good, but it made good money at the box-office.
The sequel, "PINK PANTHER 2" makes the previous film play like "CITIZEN KANE!" A super-thief, "The Tornado," has stolen priceless historical artifacts, "The Magna Carta," etc., and Inspector Dreyfus, believing the "Pink Panther" diamond will be next, is forced to put clumsy Detective Jacques Clouseau(Martin) on this case, pin-pointing the true identity of the thief, in the process, and recovering his loot. A team of top investigators has also been created, led by Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, a beautiful Aishwarya Rai and a Japanese electronics wizard. These members from different nations end up working alongside Clouseau, against Dreyfus' wishes, and intended hilarity does "not" ensue. Things are obviously in trouble, when in addition to the already great cast, a poorly developed character is created for Lily Tomlin, just so she can add more potential for humor. It's potential never realized. It will be hard for anyone over 10 to laugh during "PINK PANTHER 2" and all of its mind-numbing old, unfunny bits. Slapstick can be funny, but only when masterfully done, and that's not the case here. There's plenty of slow scenes building up to one dumb bit after another!
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. Colors are outstanding throughout, and typically vibrant. Blacks aren't inky, but deep enough to convey fine detail in darker scenes. There are only a handful of scenes that appear flat, and most offer "jump-off-the-screen" depth. A great looking transfer!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While one wouldn't expect a comedy mix to require much in the way of surrounds, directional effects are used frequently, and with more aforethought than the script! Discrete effects at least signal to the audience what gag was supposed to be funny, when it misses. Most of the mix is front-focused, but surrounds kick in occasionally, and music, dialogue and effects are well balanced.
FOX has packaged this release into 3 discs, the blu-ray, a dvd with 27 Classic Pink Panther cartoons(almost 3 hours worth!), and a Digital copy of the film. The blu-ray offers a gag reel, featurettes and an interactive trivia game.