Hogan's Heroes: the Komplete Series, Kommandant's Kollection

Overview

This mammoth DVD set of the complete run, seasons 1 through 6, of Hogan's Heroes supplants an earlier combined issue of the six seasons, but with some important differences that may well leave some fans frustrated and others just plain angry. Paramount Home Video has done a beautiful job with the content, which encompasses all of the previously available special features in the individual season packages, and the earlier 27-disc set combining them all -- and they've added a 28th disc containing a set containing a...
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Overview

This mammoth DVD set of the complete run, seasons 1 through 6, of Hogan's Heroes supplants an earlier combined issue of the six seasons, but with some important differences that may well leave some fans frustrated and others just plain angry. Paramount Home Video has done a beautiful job with the content, which encompasses all of the previously available special features in the individual season packages, and the earlier 27-disc set combining them all -- and they've added a 28th disc containing a set containing a brace of brand new special features. And that's all well and good for those of us who didn't buy the previous complete set, or too many of the separate season packages; but for fans who did purchase any of those earlier issues, this set could seem like the next thing to a bait-and-switch ploy at its worst on the part of Paramount Home Video. But even if one happens to have avoided that pitfall, and this set is wholly new to one's collection, it will still likely represent a study in frustration. On the plus side, the full-screen (1.33-to-1) transfers here are identical to those on the earlier individual season packages, and those were extremely bright, sharp, and crisp. Hogan's Heroes was apparently very well preserved, as the first major hit series on CBS to premiere in color (although the pilot episode, which is presented here in two different versions, was shot in black-and-white). Each episode has been beautifully transferred, and the soundtrack has also been mastered at a healthy volume level. And the audio quality allows one to appreciate one aspect of the production that now comes through, which originally had a subliminal purely impact -- the subtlety of the arrangement used for Jerry Fielding's main title music for the series. From the second episode onward, the opening bars of the title theme feature an electric bass, almost certainly a Fender (and one of the earliest prominent uses of that instrument on television), which is replaced in the next bar and for the rest of the march by a tuba, in the manner of a German-band; the transition from distinctly modernist trappings (circa 1965) over the serious shots of the men at roll-call to pure, goofy, period fun (over shots of some of the zanier conceits of the series) was one of the most subtle aspects of the show in selling it, week after week to viewers for six years, and only became apparent to this reviewer with these DVD issues. All of that is still here, and the 28th disc also adds significantly to the bonus features. The producers have dug up the unedited version of the pilot episode, which runs well over 30 minutes -- not only does the latter include some pretty funny stuff that was ultimately left on the cutting room floor for the syndicated version, but there's also an introduction, set in the CBS costume department, in which Fred MacMurray, Alan Hale, and Bob Denver, all stepping in and out of character, combine efforts to introduce the new season at CBS, with veteran character actor Dave Willock assisting. The uncut pilot is cleverer than the version that has been shown in the decades since, and it's easy to see how creator Albert Ruddy and producer Edward H. Feldman overcame any lingering doubts about a comedy set in the prisoner-of-war camp with this episode. The other major new features are an extended interview with series co-star Richard Dawson, in which he offers some interesting recollections -- he had to re-dub most of his dialogue in the pilot episode into a Cockney accent, because CBS president Mike Dann was convinced that no one could understand the Liverpool scouse accent he'd used; and he was also asked to read for the part of Colonel Hogan, which was a disaster. Parts of his interviews are welcome and informative, but one heartily wishes that his contribution could have been made a decade earlier, because Dawson is very clearly not in the best of health, nor is his memory all that it should be, and the point of some stories seems lost, at least to us -- it's also a little puzzling that while he talks at moderate length about star Bob Crane, and co-stars Robert Clary, Werner Klemperer, Larry Hovis (to excess about the latter's penchant for practical jokes), and John Banner, and even mentions series regular Leon Askin, he apparently had nothing to say about the cast's two African-American players, Ivan Dixon and Kenneth Washington. Series creator Albert Ruddy explains its origins and evolution, as well as matters such as defending it against a lawsuit by the authors of the play Stalag 17. And the cast's appearance on The Hollywood Palace, with host Bing Crosby (who owned the company that produced Hogan's Heroes), is entertaining; there's also a digital transfer of Mad Magazine's parady the series, and a couple of on-air promos; and a season one episode as adapted for German audiences. The set is all so enjoyable, that it's a shame to have to go into the other major flaw in the set. Apparently, some genius at the Paramount Home Video art department didn't think that regular jewel case-type packaging was good enough. Instead, the package relies on pockets to hold the DVDs -- the problem with this design is that a third of the discs were not put into their receptacles, and so rolled out onto our table and our floor when opened, and the bonus DVD was heavily scratched coming out of the new package, though it did play properly after a couple of passes. So those ordering this set on line should be cautioned about what to expect.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Alternate, extended version of the series' pilot with a rarely seen introduction; Clip from CBS' fall preview show "Seven Wonderful Nights"; Photo montage with Hogan's Heroes theme song performed by Bob Crane and His Band; Digital version of "Hokum's Heroes" Mad Magazine parody; New interviews with Richard Dawson and series co-creator Al Ruddy; Alternate season 1 episode from Germany; Hollywood palace clip featuring Hogan's Heroes cast; 1968 and 1969 "Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series" Emmy awards victories by Werner Klemperer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2009
  • UPC: 097361430140
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Restored / Repackaged / Bonus DVD / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 7:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,131

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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Infromer
   Hold That Tiger
   Kommandant of the Year
   The Late Inspector General
   The Flight of the Valkyrie
   The Prisoner's Prisoner
   German Bridge is Falling Down
   Play All
Disc #2 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Movies Are Your Best
   Go Light on the Heavy Water
   Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights
   Happiness is a Warm Sergeant
   The Scientist
   Hogan's Hofbrau
   Oil For the Lamps of Hogan
   Play All
Disc #3 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Reservations Are Required
   Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13
   Happy Birthday, Adolph
   The Gold Rush
   Hello, Zolle
   It Takes a Theif... Sometimes
   Play All
Disc #4 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Great Impersonation
   The Pizza Parlor
   The 43rd, A Moving Story
   How to Cook a German Goose With Radar
   Psychic Kommandant
   The Prince From the Phone Company
   Play All
Disc #5 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Safecracker Suite
   I Look Better in Basic Black
   The Assassin
   Cupid Comes to Stalag 13
   The Flame Grows Higher
   Request Permission to Escape
   Play All
Disc #6 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Hogan Gives a Birthday Party
   The Schultz Brigade
   Diamonds in the Rough
   Operation Briefcase
   The Battle of Stalag 13
   The Rise and Fall of Sergeant Schultz
   Hogan Springs
   Play All
Disc #7 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   A Klink, A Bomb and a Short Fuse
   Tanks For the Memory
   A Tiger Hunt in Paris Part 1
   A Tiger Hunt in Paris Part 2
   Will the Real Adolf Please Stand Up?
   Don't Forget to Write
   Klink's Rocket
   Play All
Disc #8 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Information Please
   Art For Hogan's Sake
   The General Swap
   The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery
   Praise the Fuhrer and Pass
   The Ammunition
   Hogan and the Lady Doctor
   Play All
Disc #9 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Swing Shift
   Heil Klink
   Everyone Has a Brother-In-Law
   Killer Klink
   Reverend Kommandant Klink
   The Most Escape Proof Camp I've Ever Escape From
   Play All
Disc #10 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Tower
   Colonel Klink's Secret Weapon
   The Top Secret Top Coat
   The Reluctant Target
   Play All
   Special Features
      Gag Reel - Edited by Bob Crane
      Patricia and Bob Crane Wedding Film With Audio Commentary by Patricia Crane (Sigrid Valdis)
      Bob's 8MM Home Movies on Hogan Set With Audio Commentary by Patricia Crane (Sigrid Valdis)
      CBS Promo 1
      CBS Promo 2
      Jello/Dream Whip Commercial With Carol Channing
      The Leslie Uggams Show
      The Lucy Show - "Lucy & Bob Crane" 1966
      "Air Force Now" Hogan's Cast Segments
      Bob Crane US Air Force Recruitment Spot 1
      Bob Crane US Air Force Recruitment Spot 2
      Bob Crane Radio Material
      Photo Gallery
Disc #11 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Crittendon Plan
   Some of Their Planes Are Missing
   D-Day at Stalag 13
   Sgt. Schultz Meets Mata Hari
   Funny Thing Happened On
   Casanova Klink
   Play All
   Photo Gallery
Disc #12 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   How to Win Friends and Influence Nazis
   Nights in Shining Armour
   Hot Money
   One in Every Crowd
   Is General Hammerschlag Burning?
   A Russian is Coming
   Play All
Disc #13 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Evening of the Generals
   Everybody Loves a Snowman
   The Hostage
   Carter Turns Traitor
   Two Nazis For the Price of One
   Is There a Doctor in the House?
   Play All
   Photo Gallery
Disc #14 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Hogan, Go Home
   Sticky Wicket Newkirk
   War Takes a Holiday
   Duel of Honor
   Axis Annie
   What Time Does the Balloon Go Up?
   Play All
Disc #15 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Lebeau and the Little Old Lady
   How to Escape From a Prison Camp Without Really Trying
   The Collector General
   The Ultimate Weapon
   Monkey Business
   Drums Along the Dusseldorf
   Play All
   Special Features
      Werner Klemperer on the Pat Sajak Show
      Lebeau and the Little Old Lady Photo Gallery
      Photo Gallery
Disc #16 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Clearance Sale at the Black Market
   Klink Vs. the Gonculator
   How to Catch a Papa Bear
   Hogan's Trucking Service... We Deliver the Factory to You
   To the Gestapo With Love
   Man's Best Friend is Not His Dog
   Never Play Cards With Strangers
   Play All
Disc #17 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Color the Luftwaffe Red
   Guess Who Came to Dinner?
   No Names Please
   Bad Day in Berlin
   Will the Blue Baron Strike Again?
   Will the Real Colonel Klink Please Stand Up Against the Wall?
   Man in a Box
   Play All
Disc #18 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Missing Klink
   Who Stole My Copy of Mein Kampf?
   Operation Hannibal
   My Favorite Prisoner
   Watch the Trains Go By
   Klink's Old Flame
   Play All
Disc #19 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Up in Klink's Room
   The Purchasing Plan
   The Witness
   The Big Dish
   The Return of Major Bonacelli
   Happy Birthday, Dear Hogan
   Play All
Disc #20 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Hogan Goes Hollywood
   The Well
   The Klink Commandos
   The Gasoline War
   Unfair Exchange
   The Kommandant Dies at Dawn
   Bombsight
   Play All
   Preivews
Disc #21 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Big Picture
   The Big Gamble
   The Defector
   The Empty Parachute
   The Antique
   Is There a Traitor in the House?
   At Last - Schultz Knows Something
   Play All
Disc #22 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   How's the Weather?
   Get Fit or Go Fight
   Fat Herman, Go Home
   The Softer They Fall
   Gowns by Yvette
   One Army at a Time
   Play All
Disc #23 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Standing Room Only
   Six Lessons From Madame Lagrange
   The Sergeant's Analyst
   The Merry Widow
   Crittendon's Commandos
   Klink's Escape
   Play All
Disc #24 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Cuisine à la Stalag 13
   The Experts
   Klink's Masterpiece
   Lady Chitterly's Lover (Part 1)
   Lady Chitterly's Lover (Part 2)
   The Gestapo Takeover
   Play All
Disc #25 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Kommandant Schultz
   Eight O'Clock and All is Well
   The Big Record
   It's Dynamite
   Operation Tiger
   The Big Broadcast
   Play All
Disc #26 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   The Gypsy
   The Dropouts
   Easy Come, Easy Go
   The Meister Spy
   That's No Lady, That's My Spy
   To Russia Without Love
   Play All
Disc #27 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   Klink For the Defense
   The Kamikazes Are Coming
   Kommandant Double Life
   Hogan's Double Life
   Look at the Pretty Snowflakes
   Rockets or Romance
   Play All
Disc #28 -- Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series
   "The Informer" Extended Pilot With Introduction
   Promo #1
   Promo #2
   Clip From CBS' Fall Preview Show "Seven Wonderful Nights" (1965)
   Clip From "Hollywood Palace" Featuring the Cast of Hogan's Heroes
   Richard Dawson Remembers - The Early Days
   Richard Dawson Remembers - The Cast
   Richard Dawson Remembers - Fond Memories
   Photo Montage With Hogan's Heroes Theme Song Performed by Bob Crane and His Band
   Werner Kelmperer at the Emmy Awards (1968)
   Werner Kelmperer at the Emmy Awards (1969)
   A Conversation With Albert S. Ruddy Co-Creator of Hogan's Heroes
   Digital Version of "Hokum's Heroes" Parody From MAD Magazine
   "The Safecracker Suite" With Albert S. Ruddy Introduction
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