Panther Returns After Long Absence

Peter Sellers plays the indestructible, inept and irrepressible Inspector Jacques Clouseau in Blake Edwards’ “The Return of the Pink Panther,” the second-highest-grossing film in the Pink Panther movie franchise.

This third teaming of Edwards and Sellers on a Pink Panther film has not been available on DVD for several years, and is not included in any Pink Panther boxed set collections. Fans can now finally complete their Pink Panther film collection with this 1975 comedy favorite, which is being released to coincide with this winter’s theatrical release of the new Pink Panther movie starring Steve Martin.

(Watch for more Pink Panther release announcements very soon. It seems that everybody wants to re-release their Pink Panther library titles to capitalize on the publicity for the new flick.)

With an all-new digitally re-mastered picture, “The Return of the Pink Panther” will be available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 10th.

The movie costars Panther regulars Herbert Lom (as the high-strung Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus), Burt Kwouk (karate-chopping Cato Fong), Andre Maranne (beleaguered Sgt. François Duval), Graham Stark, Herb “Serge” Tanney, and of course (in the witty credits sequences) the animated renditions of the Pink Panther and Inspector Clouseau. Joining the cast for this outing are Christopher Plummer and Catherine Schell.

The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen (2:35:1) and while the picture may have been remastered the audio will still be just plain old Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Subtitles will be available in English, Spanish and French. The Suggested Retail Price for “The Return of the Pink Panther” will be $14.98 (with the street price a more realistic $10).