'The Pink Panther'
Well, no, it isn't -- not for the current incarnation of Steve Martin, anyway. This is the guy who's been coasting for the better part of a decade, the blithe cheque-casher who's made two "Cheaper By the Dozen" movies, and the one with
The other Steve Martin -- the gifted writer, graceful physical comic and versatile actor, the guy who still yearns to be taken seriously in projects like "Shopgirl" and "Novocaine" and "The Spanish Prisoner" -- is nowhere to be found.
And so we have this new "Pink Panther," where the slapstick franchise of
The new film follows the formula: A spectacular crime is committed, and the supercilious Chief Inspector Dreyfuss (
Of course, it doesn't work out as planned, and Clouseau becomes a media star, despite his ineptitude in almost every police-related situation. (He's equally at sea in the world of romance, despite the invitations of worshipful secretary
Martin and his "Cheaper By the Dozen" director Shawn Levy line up the pratfalls and malapropisms like good little soldiers, but they're hampered by the sad reality that most of Edwards' elaborate-calamity gags weren't all that funny the first time around, and
In the movie's favor,
Director Shawn Levy contributes a fawning audio commentary, and yammers further about the comedic genius of Martin and his co-stars over about 22 minutes of deleted scenes and an expanded version of Beyoncé's climactic musical performance. Levy can also be seen expounding on his own genius -- and hogging the camera - in two other production featurettes, "Cracking the Case" and "Deconstructing the Panther." He's a little more contained in the "Sleuth Cam" featuretttes, which edit raw behind-the-scenes footage of three shooting days into a trio of little production narratives. It amounts to nothing -- less than nothing, when you include the artificial-sweetener commercial that's apparently a special feature- but at least somebody was paying attention on the set.
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2006
TIME: 93 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: French audio dub; English and French subtitles; audio commentary; deleted scenes; production featurettes; music videos.
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