The Pink Panther 2 on DVD and Blu-ray!

Synopsis:
Steve Martin returns to the scene of the fun as the brilliant, bumbling Inspector
Jacques Clouseau in this side-splitting slapstick comedy for the whole family!  When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther diamond, Clouseau is assigned to a dream team of international detectives who are under pressure to bring the master thief to justice before he strikes again.  Co-starring Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin and John Cleese, The Pink Panther 2 will steal your heart…and keep you laughing!

Inspect the unexpected when five-time Golden Globe-nominee Steve Martin*  (Father of the Bride) springs back into action as the blundering French police officer, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in the all-new The Pink Panther 2 available on Blu-ray Disc (BD) with Digital Copy June 23 from MGM Home Entertainment.  Co-starring Oscar-nominees John Cleese** (Rat Race) and Andy Garcia*** (Ocean’s Eleven), Yuki Matsuzaki (Letters From Iwo Jima), Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) and Bollywood sensation Aishwarya Rai (The Mistress of Spices), The Pink Panther 2 is the side-splitting sequel to the worldwide hit The Pink Panther, based on the 1964 original starring the legendary Peter Sellers.  After a thief known as “The Tornado” allegedly steals a variety of precious items, including France’s beloved pink panther diamond, an “international dream team” of detectives band together to crack the case.  Slowing down the process is the team’s leader, Inspector Clouseau, the highly unintelligent officer who has a way of missing the obvious until he somehow stumbles onto the truth.

Packed with amusing adventure for the whole family, The Pink Panther 2 Blu-ray Disc includes a fun-filled three-disc version of the film with bonus disc featuring 27 Pink Panther cartoons and Digital Copy for portable media players.  Fully loaded with all-new bonus features including a gag reel, exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

For something called “The Pink Panther” about a jewel heist, you would expect the Blu-ray release to sparkle, but it doesn’t. The Pink Panther 2 looks rather dull in this 1.85:1 AVC/MPEG-4 high definition presentation from MGM.  It’s like contrast levels were set a bit too low. The picture is also a bit unstable and grain is a little jittery. Flesh tones are far more bronze than they should be at times, as well. The most exciting looking parts of this film, sadly, are the animated opening credits.

The first “Pink Panther” film starring Steve Martin was passable entertainment, but this sequel is a painful disaster as Cousteau bumbles through the film in unfunny ways. I had hoped Martin would have refined his portrayal of Jacques Cousteau for the second outing, but he regressed into a state of absurdity. The Blu-ray release contains less than a half an hour of bonus footage on the Blu-ray disc, but it is technically sound. The only reason I can come up with to purchase this title is for the three hours of vintage “Pink Panther” cartoons contained on one of the bonus DVDs of this three disc set.

Three-Disc Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The Pink Panther 2 Blu-ray Disc (BD) with Digital Copy is presented in widescreen format (FOX TO PROVIDE) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Spanish/French 5.1 Dolby Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles.  Bonus features include:

Disc One
·     Gag reel
·     Drama is Easy…Comedy is Dangerous
·     A Dream Team Like No Other
·     Master Thief-Global Crime Showdown!
 
Disc Two
·      Digital Copy File of The Pink Panther 2 for Portable Players
 
Disc Three
·     Bonus disc featuring 27 Pink Panther cartoons
o   The Pink Phink – 1964 Academy-Award winner for Short Subjects, Animated Films
o   Pink Pajamas
o   We Give Pink Stamps
o   Dial ‘P’ For Pink
o   Sink Pink
o   Pickled Pink
o   Pinkfinger
o   Shocking Pink
o   Pink Ice
o   The Pink Tail Fly
o   Pink Panzer
o   An Ounce of Pink
o   Reel Pink
o   Bully For Pink
o   Pink Punch
o   Pink Pistons
o   Vitamin Pink
o   The Pink Blue Print
o   Pink, Plunk, Plink
o   Smile Pretty, Say Pink
o   Pink-A-Boo
o   Genie With The Light Pink Fur
o   Super Pink
o   Rock A Bye Pinky
o   Pinknic
o   Pink Panic
o   Pink Posies

Two-Disc DVD Specs:
The Pink Panther 2 DVD release features the theatrical version of the film presented in widescreen format (FOX TO PROVIDE) with English 5.1 Dolby Surround and Spanish/French Dolby Surround with English and Spanish subtitles.  Bonus features include:

Disc One
·     Theatrical version of The Pink Panther 2

Disc Two
·     Bonus disc featuring 27 Pink Panther cartoons
o   The Pink Phink – 1964 Academy-AwardÒ winner for Short Subjects, Animated Films
o   Pink Pajamas
o   We Give Pink Stamps
o   Dial ‘P’ For Pink
o   Sink Pink
o   Pickled Pink
o   Pinkfinger
o   Shocking Pink
o   Pink Ice
o   The Pink Tail Fly
o   Pink Panzer
o   An Ounce of Pink
o   Reel Pink
o   Bully For Pink
o   Pink Punch
o   Pink Pistons
o   Vitamin Pink
o   The Pink Blue Print
o   Pink, Plunk, Plink
o   Smile Pretty, Say Pink
o   Pink-A-Boo
o   Genie With The Light Pink Fur
o   Super Pink
o   Rock A Bye Pinky
o   Pinknic
o   Pink Panic
o   Pink Posies

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