Fans of Steve Martin and Kevin Kline(this reviewer is both)can't help but be disappointed with the remake of "THE PINK PANTHER", now available on dvd from SONY. While no one could fill Peter Seller's shoes, as the bumbling, annoying but likeable French Inspector Clouseau, Steve Martin's past examples of great acting and humor, would seem to give him the best chance in honoring this role. Unfortunately, everything about the "PINK PANTHER" series has been dumbed down for the youngest audience. Like the cereal, "Trix", this one's strictly for kids.
Clouseau is investigating the murder of a soccer coach as well as the theft of his "Pink Panther" diamond. Kline plays Chief Inspector Dreyfus, whom has hand-picked Clouseau for this investigation, assuming he'd fail, thus allowing himself to jump in, solve the crime and win the Medal of Honor. Still awake? There's absolutely nothing fresh here. If they're going to get rid of the idea of Clouseau's sidekick Kato, at least make up for this great loss. Instead, another fine actor, Jean Reno, is made to participate in horribly unfunny gags as a different sidekick, Ponton.
The cast is made up of fine talent, and even supporting players are impressive, Beyonce' as beautiful as ever, is given nothing to do, and would've fared better in a "Bond" film! Clive Owen, Kristin Chenoweth and others appear, but aren't given decent enough material to add anything to this disaster.
SONY has preserved the film's correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and the image is flawless. The locations are brilliantly complimented here and detail is impressive in every scene.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which is surprisingly restrained. But, there's virtually no slapstick that works here, so the lack of a sound effects mix doesn't detract from non-existent jokes. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
A variety of extras has been included here. It's a shame that the filmmakers didn't put this much attention into the script instead! A commentary with the director, proves he really doesn't comprehend just how "un"-funny his film really is!
There are numerous deleted scenes, all available with or without commentary. Additionally, there are several featurettes, an alternate opening credit sequence and some segments devoted to Beyonce.