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PINK PANTHER 2, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese) is forced to assign Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) to a 'dream team' of international detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, Aishwarya Rai) charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts. He is joined by his partner Ponton (Jean Reno) and by his long time office assistant, Nicole (Emily Mortimer), the object of his awkward affections.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The most important thing I have to say about PP2 is that nothing in this sequel of the remake makes us groan with embarrassment, as several scenes in the first one did. Driven by the same basic 'French Maxwell Smart' concept as the first, with Steve Martin as the uncoordinated Inspector Closeau, PP2 has better ideas and a better story. And some additional fine actors working in key support roles, like Jeremy Irons, Johnny Halliday and Andy Garcia, who plays an ace Italian detective, clashing his ego with Closeau's.

Emily Mortimer is the sweet thing and Aishwarya Rai is the gorgeous mystery woman, while Halliday and Irons plays crucial cameos - both in fine form. John Cleese is wonderfully manic, Alfred Molina is solidly entertaining ... but the key is Steve Martin's caricature. If you like him in this, the film is great fun. If you don't, it's a patchy work.

The pratfalls are (more or less) well disguised stunts, and some of these work quite well, notably a sequence at the fabulous mansion inhabited by Jeremy Irons' character, who is being questioned by the dream team, while Closeau does a bit of creative sneaking around the estate, falling into several accidents, which are caught on the multi camera security system for all to see.

The bubbly sense of fun is there, but something magical that was captured in Blake Edwards' original 1963 Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, David Niven, Herbert Lom and Capucine, is missing. There are moments of tribute to the original (a spinning globe gag, for example) but movies don't work as simply as a recipe to repeat.

DVD special features includes 10 minute gag reel plus two featurettes about the film's dream cast and making a comedy.

Published August 19, 2009



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PINK PANTHER 2, THE: DVD (PG)
(US, 2009)

CAST: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, John Cleese, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai, Jeremy Irons, Johnny Halliday

PRODUCER: Robert Simonds

DIRECTOR: Harald Zwart

SCRIPT: Steve Martin, Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Denis Crossan

EDITOR: Julia Wong

MUSIC: Christophe Beck

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rusty Smith

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 2, 2009

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: 10 minute gag reel plus featurettes about the cast and the comedy

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 19, 2009







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