Hogan's Heroes - The Complete 2nd Season
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Seemingly in response to wide-ranging outrage over the show's misunderstood premise (a Mad magazine parody at the time was brutal), there are some bracing dramatic moments that cut through the comedy. In "Operation Briefcase," Hogan is recruited to assist an attempt to assassinate Hitler. Hogan disdainfully tells the German plotter, "It's the least you can do, considering you're the same bunch of guys who put him in business." In the episode "Will the Real Adolf Hitler Please Stand Up?" Hogan explodes at one of his men when he imitates Hitler. "Imitating that nut in Berlin," he fumes. "It's not all that funny." But somehow, Hogan's Heroes is, thanks to Crane and Klemperer ("You talk about two people born to play a part," remarks Valdis), not to mention John Banner as the jowl-cheeked buffoon, Sgt. Schultz, and the rest of the crack ensemble, including real-life concentration camp survivor Robert Clary as LeBeau, Richard Dawson as Newkirk, Ivan Dixon as "Kinch," and Valdis herself, who debuted this season as Klink's secretary, Hilda, she of the scene-stealing tight sweaters and low-cut peasant blouses, and whose chief dialogue consisted of "Col. Hogan to see the commandant." The extras are a retro blast. The most bizarre is a commercial in which Carol Channing is smuggled into the barracks to enjoy a Jello dessert with Hogan and company. --Donald Liebenson
- Rare home movies
- Audio Commentaries
- Cast appearances on TV shows, in commercials and original promos
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33: Hogan Gives a Birthday Party
34: The Schultz Brigade
35: Diamonds in the Rough
36: Operation Briefcase
37: The Battle of Stalag 13
38: The Rise and Fall of Sergeant Schultz
39: Hogan Springs
40: A Klink, a Bomb and a Short Fuse
41: Tanks for the Memory
42: A Tiger Hunt In Paris (1)
43: A Tiger Hunt In Paris (2)
44: Will the Real Adolf Please Stand Up?
45: Don't Forget to Write
46: Klink's Rocket
47: Information Please
48: Art for Hogan's Sake
49: The General Swap
50: The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery
51: Praise the Führer and Pass the Ammunition
52: Hogan and the Lady Doctor
53: The Swing Shift
54: Heil Klink
55: Everyone Has a Brother-in-Law
56: Killer Klink
57: Reverend Kommandant Klink
58: The Most Escape-Proof Camp I've Ever Escaped From
59: The Tower
60: Colonel Klink's Secret Weapon
61: The Top Secret Top Coat
62: The Reluctant Target
Thanks to TVTome.com for the above list.
By its second season, HOGAN'S HEROES lost its top ten spot in the ratings, but maintained a very respectable position in the top 20s. This was no easy feat for a World War Two sitcom. John Banner is just as loveable as Sergeant Schultz. During the second season there was increased professioal rivalry between Banner and Klemperer in each episode. In the end, Schultz, even when he is in the background of a shot, always steals the scene with his boyish expressions.
True to all Season Two DVD releases, HOGAN'S HEROES boasts special features including home movies taken on the set with narration by Sigrid Valdis. There are also some promotional spots by Klemperer and short clips of cast appearances on other shows. Additionally the opening DVD selection menu has more graphics and sound effects. The quality of the DVD release is exceptional.
Realize too that this show is 40 years old. Its historical setting makes the sitcom timeless. HOGAN'S HEROES continued its Bing Crosby Production schedule at Desilu studios and the outdoor lot adjacent to Gomer Pyle and Mayberry. Note too that most of the outdoor episodes are supposed to be taking place in the wintertime.Read more ›
I too was amazed -- after not having seen the syndication of the show in over 20 years -- at how good Werner Klemperer, Bob Crane, John Banner et al really were; they were such comedic geniuses. Their timing and acting was so convincing, no matter how farcical their schemes. Moreover, the concept of Hogan's Heroes was in itself a clever premise for satirising the Nazis.
All of the shows have been digitally remastered, albeit pan and scan format. The sound is in Dolby 5.1 (mono). Only the filmlet extras, i.e. the gags, Bob Crane-Sigrid Valdis' wedding, Jello/DreamWip commercial with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggums appearance, Air Force recruitment ommercials and two promo spots with Gary Moore-John Banner and the entire cast, are in their original condition. There are also a number of radio interviews. Nevertheless, they are wonderful additions of the show for fans.
With so much jocularity going for it, I can't wait to watch the other episodes on this 5-DVD set, which incidentally is packaged in three slim DVD cases. There's also a nice synopsis of each show on all of the cases. Based on the few shows I've seen of "Hogan's Heroes: Season Two" I've already placed my order for "Hogan's Heroes: Season One", and quite possibly "Hogan's Heroes: Season Three".
The programme was, and remains, absolutely hilarious! "Hogan's Heroes: Season Two" is one hearty laugh after the after...a genuine feel-good show for the whole family.
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I already have the complete series, but I bought this as a Christmas gift, and I understand it is being very much enjoyed!! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kerri Brown
If you don't love this show, you are on the wrong side of the war ^^.Published 1 month ago by Matt (Stormy)
This arrived as it was described. This a gift for a good friend of ours since he really loved the first season.Published 2 months ago by Peppermint Patty
Packaging looks just like retail outlet. Purchased for gift, so hopefully all DVDs work properly.Published 2 months ago by Brandon Bacorn
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