HOGAN?S HEROES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON focuses on a group of American soldiers, led by Colonel Hogan (Crane), who are confined in a Nazi prisoner of war camp called Stalag 13 during World War II. While trapped in Stal... more »ag 13, the inmates conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders. Because the Germans, led by the bumbling Colonel Wilhelm Klink (Emmy AwardŽ-winning actor Klemperer), are often gullible, the real strength of Hogan?s men are the elaborate ruses and sometimes dangerous lengths they will go to complete their mission.« less
"Hogan's Heroe's will continue on DVD with the complete second season, this season should consist of the next 30 episodes of the show. Unlike season one however the second season will have some awesome bonus features including episode commentaries, bloopers, rare home movies, and the casts appearances on TV shows, in commercials and the original promos. It seems that Paramount may be changing their ways with their TV shows on DVD sets and start including bonus features like other studios do. Here is a list of the episodes that will be included in this release.
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."
Hogan's shenanigans (no spoilers within)
TPKyteroo | The Lab or MN when I must , LOL | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"They say that humor is the best medicine for what ails you. They are not kidding. When I need a boost, I plug in Hogan's Hereos and find myself in fits of laughter. I found out from a friend of mind, that the German's actually love this show. Even though the sitcom is not an accurate portrayal of WWII (it was not meant to be), it still serves it's purpose well in providing a humorous look at something that otherwise would be sad. My favorite scenes, with out spoilers, is whenever Le Beau speaks to the dogs and scolds them and gets them to do what he needs them to do. One time, Le Beau sent the dogs away saying that it was not time for him to be found yet. Another good scene is when Kinchloe impersonates a German Kommandant. Richard Dawson even had the chance of doing a very bad impersonation of Klink over the phone to give orders to the gate guards. It was hillarious. All truth being told, I'd have to rate the entire series as 10 stars. I saw it way back when, and saw it now, it still pops a gut! I would have to admit that my telling of the funny parts is not so funny. So, give it a try, I am sure you'll love it! "
Captives with a Captive Audience
Kevin R. Austra | Delaware Valley, USA | 04/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season Two picks up where Season One left off. The only significant change was that Sigrid Valdis joined the cast permanently as Klink's secretary. Valdis guest starred in an earlier Season One episode. One of the things that makes Season Two so enjoyable is that there are no significant changes in plot or characters. Hogan and his men continue to foil the Nazis while at the same time protecting Klink from being sent to the Eastern Front.
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. For the most part the series succeeds in portraying cold climate with oily gray smoke coming from metal chimneys, white powder scattered on the ground and sometimes on the foliage, and actors clasping themselves as if they were in freezing cold. However, lush green deciduous vegetation in the background betrays a warmer climate.
Yes, HOGAN'S HEROES does have a laughtrack. The laughtrack is the same as used in most Desilu/Paramount hosted television series. The same laughtrack was used until M*A*S*H ended its television run. Not bad for recorded laughter. You also have to admit that most multi-set and outdoor sitcoms fared better when equipped with laughtracks. Remember how HAPPY DAYS slipped downhill after they began including a studio audience?
HOGAN'S HEROES is a television show that you can watch over and over again. The fact that the show ran for six years, when all seasons are eventually released, guaranties that you will not grow tired of the episodes. "
A genuine feel-good show for the whole family
Breyel | MALAYSIA | 03/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
I watched just four episodes of "Hogan's Heroes - Second Season" last night, and I must say what I have viewed already convinces me the show has lost none of its charm since I first saw it, way back in 1966. Even my 16 year old daughter was pleading to watch more of the zany antics from the cast of Stalag 13; she couldn't stop laughing.
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.
Same entertaining comedy, this set has some nice extras
A. Burchfield | Conway, Missouri USA | 12/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"30 fun episodes of Hogan and his men outwitting the Nazi's at every turn, often using the Germans against themselves. I don't think a new show out today would survive using this format but Hogan's Heroes will be around for years to come. If you've got season one, or you just remember watching episodes on TV you already know that somehow the writers managed to take a serious subject and get laughs out of it, often while simultaneously tackling serious topics. Hogan and the gang are always pulling something over on the Nazi's, Sgt. Schultz often in on it even though he doesn't want to be. #1 "Hogan gives a Birthday Party" is a good example the way the gang uses a German bomber to bomb their target, along the way kidnapping the General who was so sure he knew how Hogan's mind operated (and taking Schultz along for the ride). #13 "Art for Hogan's sake" is another example of this with Burkhalter having stolen a French painting to give to Herman Goering. LeBeau steals it on impulse and Hogan figure out a way to get to Paris (telling Klink that LeBeau destroyed the painting)to have a forgery done to replace it. Schultz gets pulled into that one too, and all the higher ups get fooled. #1 has a commentary by Patricia Crane, "Sigrid Valdis"/"Hilda" this season, while #13 has one by Robert Clary. These are interesting enough (and run almost constantly through each episode) but I found myself having a hard time watching the episode and listening to the commentary (while it's running the show dialog is muted)at the same time, you may want to shut your eyes to the program and just listen to the commentaries. Disc 5 has the real value in the extras with some old home movies Bob Crane shot on set (worth the most for Patricia Crane's commentary), a blooper reel set up by Bob Crane himself (It's faded and scratchy, obviously not restored), the Crane's studio sponsored (and filmed at the studio) wedding, a couple of commercials(too bad today's actors won't do such things, these are fun), two or three TV appearances (even better condition on these than the show itself) and some other items including a couple in which Bob Crane, as Hogan, did some Air Force recruitment bits- these two were aimed at women which I found to be very interesting. Only three more months until Season three comes out, I hope it's as good as this set."