Hogan's Heroes: The Komplete Series, Kommandant's Kollection [28 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.8
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 31)

Special Features

  • 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
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Filmed in black-and-white, the opening episode of Hogan's Heroes swiftly establishes the series' premise, wherein American POW Col. Robert Hogan (Bob Crane) and his fellow prisoners are shown running a terrifyingly efficient Allied espionage operation right under the noses of their stupid German captors, Col. Wilhelm Klink (Werner Klemperer) and Sgt. Hans Schultz (John Banner). A couple of details in the pilot episode would be altered in the subsequent color installments: prisoner Andrew Carter (Larry Hovis), identified as a lieutenant in the opener, was later "demoted" to sergeant; and (Leonid Kinskey), cast as Russian POW Vladimr Minsky, would be removed as a regular character once the series proper got under way. Fans of the series will notice that Klink is more nasty and Schultz less stupid in season one than in subsequent seasons; also, Klink's curvaceous blonde secretary is not Sigrid Valdis as Hilda, but instead Cynthia Lynn as Helga. Introduced during the series' first season are such recurring characters as Klink's fatuous superior officer General Burkhalter (Leon Askin), Kathleen Freeman as Burkhalter's Wagnerian sister Gertrude, and Bernard Fox as British POW Colonel Crittenden, whose slavish dedication to rules and regulations -- not to mention his stunning ineptitude -- bids fair to mess up every one of Hogan's missions to which he is assigned. Howard Caine, later cast as irascible SS officer Major Hochstetter, shows up during season one as a different character on the episode titled "Happy Birthday, Adolf." And in another episode of note, "The Prince from the Phone Company," Ivan Dixon, the series' only African-American regular, is allowed to stretch his acting muscles in the dual role of Sgt. Kinchloe and an African potentate.

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Crane - Col. Robert Hogan
  • Werner Klemperer - Col. Wilhelm Klink
  • John Banner - Sgt. Hans Schultz
  • Robert Clary - Louis LeBeau
  • Richard Dawson - Peter Newkirk

Overall Customer Rating

4.8 out of 54.8
31 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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