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The Pink Panther claws its way onto Blu-ray

The Pink Panther

Preview by Jack Foley

EXPRESS the power of pink as the legendary high-class cat makes his first Blu-ray appearance with The Pink Panther (1963) Blu-ray Special Edition on February 9, 2009, from MGM & Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

As Steve Martin reprises his role as Inspector Clouseau with the cinema release of The Pink Panther 2, now is the purr-fect opportunity to re-discover the original classic film that a generation of people grew up with and loved.

The Pink Panther (1963) stars Peter Sellers and tells the hilarious adventures of bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau and his attempts to locate the Pink Panther diamond.

Written and directed by Blake Edwards, the film’s memorable theme music was composed by Henry Mancini.

The Blu-ray release contains a host of fantastic brand-new special features, including a director’s commentary, a 30 minute featurette about the Pink Panther story, and a conversation with former jewel thief Bill Mason.

In addition, the following Pink Panther films will be released individually on DVD for the first time: – The Pink Panther (1963) – The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark – The Pink Panther Strikes Again – Revenge of the Pink Panther – Curse of the Pink Panther – Son of the Pink Panther – Trail of the Pink Panther

The Pink Panther (1963) introduced the cartoon character of the same name in the opening credits sequence.

Its popularity spawned a series of animated short films starring the mischievous and iconic pink-inked feline – the movie industry’s hippest cartoon star!

Released on DVD for the first time on February 9 is The New Pink Panther Show Season 1 (RRP. £29.99), a superb four disc set containing 40 episodes of the classic cartoon show.

Also released on the same date is The Pink Panther and Friends Triple Pack (RRP: £24.99), which contains 51 hilarious seven minute episodes, including The Inspector V1, The Inspector V2 and The Ant and the Aardvark.

The Pink Panther (1963) Blu-ray Special Edition is Available on 9 February 2009 from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Pink Panther Blu-ray special features: Blake Edwards audio commentary; The Pink Panther trailer (3 mins 30 secs); The Coolest Cat in Cortina: Robert Wagner (10 mins 52 secs); Diamonds: Beyond the Sparkle (6 mins 52 secs); The Tip Toe Life of a Cat Burglar: A Conversation With Former Jewel Thief Bill Mason (9 mins 42 secs); The Pink Panther Story (30 mins); Beyond the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon (10 mins).