Bonus features announced for June’s The Pink Panther Film Collection

The Pink Panther movies allowed Peter Sellers that ability to do the three things he was best at: comedy, disguises and bumbling romance. He was a major star in his trenchcoat solving crimes in the most bizarre ways. When Sellers returned to the role in the ’70s, Jacques Cousteau was an international sensation. People constantly quoted Cousteau lines with the French accent. The only movies that rivaled The Pink Panther were Star Wars and James Bond. Like the Bond series, others have tried to wear the trenchcoat (Alan Arkin & Steve Martin), but only Sellers matters in the role. Now all six of Peter Sellers’ movies are coming to Blu-ray. Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection Starring Peter Sellers comes out June 27. The previous boxsets have been lacking in various ways including missing The Return of the Pink Panther. Now all the movies have been united in the upcoming boxset from Shout! Select. More importantly for fans is a massive amount of bonus features covering all six films. There’s a lot of stuff that didn’t make its way to DVD that fans will be eager to enjoy. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory about the bonus features and more:

FULL LINEUP OF NEW BONUS FEATURES UNVEILED FOR
BLAKE EDWARDS’ THE PINK PANTHER FILM COLLECTION
STARRING PETER SELLERS
 

DEFINITIVE 6-DISC BLU-RAY SET OF CLASSIC MOVIE COMEDIES
ARRIVES JUNE 27 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY’S SHOUT SELECT LINE
 
Los Angeles, CA – A glittering array of new Bonus Features has been unveiled for the definitive 6-disc Blu-ray set Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection Starring Peter Sellers. Arriving June 27 from Shout! Factory’s Shout Select line, this new and long-awaited must-own complete collection of the classic movie comedies is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com.
 
Among the spectacular set’s new Bonus Features are exclusive interviews with dazzling leading ladies Claudia Cardinale, Catherine Schell, and Lesley-Anne Down; exclusive interviews with members of Team Panther including production company chief Walter Mirisch, production designer Peter Mullins, and editor Alan Jones; two audio commentaries by author and film historian William Patrick Maynard; three audio commentaries by Jason Simos of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society; and a 24-page book with an essay by animation historian and film critic Jerry Beck. More jewels are to be found in the extras with long-unseen stills spotlighting cast and crew as they created movie magic, culled from both studio archives and private collections, among them photographer Colin Cadle’s The Pink Panther Strikes Again on-set gallery; and vintage featurettes, TV and radio spots, and trailers including hilarious rare teasers never before available in any home entertainment issue. Also in this set are previously available extras, including audio commentary by Blake Edwards on The Pink Panther.
 
The legendary Peter Sellers stars as the irrepressible and incompetent Inspector Jacques Clouseau in this 6-film collection, which consists of The Pink Panther (1964), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), each directed by Academy Award winner Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria, Breakfast at Tiffany’s). For the first time in any home entertainment issue, all six Clouseau comedies are available together in a single collection, with four making their debuts on Blu-ray, including A Shot in the Dark and The Pink Panther Strikes Again, both presented in new 4K scans of the interpositives.
 
The complete program listing for each disc in the new Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection Starring Peter Sellers 6-disc Blu-ray set is as follows:
 
DISC 1: THE PINK PANTHER
·         NEW An Italian Indian: The Pink Panther Princess – an interview with actress Claudia Cardinale
·         Audio Commentary by writer/director Blake Edwards
·         2003 Featurette – The Pink Panther Story
·         2003 Featurette – Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon
·         2008 Featurette – A Conversation with Robert Wagner: Coolest Cat in Cortina
·         2008 Featurette – Diamonds: Beyond the Sparkle
·         2008 Featurette – The Tip-Toe Life of a Cat Burglar: A Conversation with Former Jewel Thief Bill Mason
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
DISC 2: A SHOT IN THE DARK
·         NEW 4K scan of the interpositive
·         NEW Featurette – Back to the Start: The Origin of the Pink Panther – an interview with production company chief Walter Mirisch
·         NEW Audio Commentary by Jason Simos of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society
·         Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews on The Dick Cavett Show
·         Theatrical Trailers
·         The Pink Panther/A Shot in the Dark 1966 reissue Theatrical Trailer
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
DISC 3: THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER
·         NEW Featurette – A Bit of Passion and Lots of Laughs: an interview with actress Catherine Schell
·         NEW Featurette: an interview with production designer Peter Mullins
·         NEW Audio Commentary by Jason Simos of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society
·         1975 Featurette: The Return of Laughter (The Making of The Return of the Pink Panther)
·         Theatrical Trailers
·         TV Spots
·         Radio Spots
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
DISC 4: THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN
·         NEW 4K scan of the interpositive
·         NEW Featurette – Panther Musings: an interview with actress Lesley-Anne Down
·         NEW Featurette – A Cut Above: Editing the Pink Panther Films – an interview with editor Alan Jones
·         NEW Audio Commentary by Jason Simos of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society
·         1976 Featurette – Clouseau: The Greatest Fumbler in the World (The Making of The Pink Panther Strikes Again)
·         Rare Teaser Trailers
·         Theatrical Trailers
·         TV Spots
·         Radio Spots
·         Photographer Colin Cadle’s on-set gallery
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
DISC 5: REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
·         NEW Audio Commentary by author and film historian William Patrick Maynard
·         Rare Teaser Trailer
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         TV Spots
·         Radio Spots
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
DISC 6: TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER
·         NEW Audio Commentary by author and film historian William Patrick Maynard
·         Rare Teaser Trailer
·         Theatrical Trailer
·         Photo Galleries (studio stills, production candids, theatrical release posters, and vintage lobby cards)
 
Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther Film Collection Starring Peter Sellers is a standout release in Shout Select, a line of movie releases shining a spotlight on the essentials in film.

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