Cinephiles love to point out Peter Sellers chameleon-like talents by citing his works with Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb) or the first rate Being There as proof. Sellers’ most accessible work, however, comes from his fruitful collaboration with director Blake Edwards, and on June 27 Shout! Factory is releasing the 6-disc Blu-ray set The Pink Panther Collection as part of its Shout Select line.
As part of the Shout Select line, the collection contains the films The Pink Panther, A Shot In The Dark, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther and Trail of the Pink Panther. With Sellers’ passing in 1980, Trail of the Pink Panther (released in 1982) features footage of Sellers (he and Edwards were working on another Panther film before he passed) that’s interwoven into the movie.
The collection comes with a 24-page book with an essay from film critic Jerry Beck plus new interviews with cast and crew, audio commentaries, still galleries and TV spots. Though it would have been great to have included 1983’s Curse of the Pink Panther, which centered on the disappearance of Clouseau, the franchise will always be known as Edwards and Sellers’ creative journey, so the omission is definitely understandable.
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