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The Pink Panther (1963)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available as part of the "Pink Panther Film Collection" DVD set.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/co-writer Blake Edwards Rating:5.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on September 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
The aged Edwards proves a reluctant commentator who admits to being uncomfortable with the whole process of half-watching a film while trying to talk about it, equating it with patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time!
So this is one track that would clearly have benefited from a moderator or even a co-commentator who also worked on the film. Which is another problem as almost all of the main cast are now dead, making Edwards very nostalgic and bringing an air of melancholy to proceedings.
It seems he liked everyone on the film - the nearest he gets to criticism is describing Capucine as "a sweet pain in the ass" - so he has no dirt to dish. This is at least qualified in the case of Peter Sellers whose first appearance he greets with "There he is, the enigma of my life", later stating that Sellers "gave me my best and worst times in the film business" and candidly admitting it was "greed as much as anything" that kept bringing them back together.
The increasingly long silences are broken occasionally by glimpses into Edwards's film-making methods and how he works with his actors, and he does liven up a bit when he finally gets to point out his homage to Hitchcock's 'Foreign Correspondent' (something he says no-one had picked up on before), but he still sounds genuinely relieved when the final scene approaches...
So a middling offering which underlines the fact that the rise of commentary track simply came too late for some films/directors.
Reviewed by badge on May 25th, 2011:Find all reviews by badge
This really is a wasted opportunity: here we have the director who worked with the fascinating, complex Peter Sellers more than any other (and not only as 'Clouseau') and is in the position to provide some insight into working with the man, yet there is barely anything to be said. If you're interested in checking out the PANTHER commentary for the above reasons then you're better off finding Joseph McGrath's enthusiastic commentary for THE GREAT McGONAGALL, which is full of candid material about Sellers (and fellow 'Goon' Spike Milligan).