TITLE: FAN FAVORITES: THE BEST OF HOGAN'S HEROES
Release Date: March 6, 2012 (CBS Home Entertainment)
Packaging: Amaray Case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 8
Running Time: 203 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Mono
Subtitles and Captioning: English subtitles
Special Features: None
Join Colonel Hogan and the rest of the gang at Stalag 13 in Fan Favorites - The Best of Hogan's Heroes! The single disc release, containing eight episodes of the series (as selected by fans), brings the "best" of the 168 episodes to one DVD. Starring Bob Crane, the series takes viewers back to World War II (although the series was produced and aired in the 1960s) where Robert Hogan and his Allied prisoners are captured by Nazis and living in a POW camp. But this is no serious drama about Germany during the war. Instead, the series follows the hilarity of Colonel Hogan and his fellow Allied prisoners always plotting and scheming to undermine the Germans from within.
The release contains eight episodes of the series, all from the first three seasons (four from season one, one from season two, and three from season three). The episodes begin with "The Flight of the Valkyrie," where a new POW in the camp causes complications for Hogan. In "Hogan's Hofbrau," Hogan devises a plan to help out Colonel Klink when he is in trouble, but only because they can count on his ineptness to help with their own schemes. Hogan is determined to make a British air raid be successful in "Happy Birthday, Adolf." In "The Safecracker's Suite," Klink's reunion with an old military buddy is thwarted by the gestapo. Hogan decides to have a little fun with war games staged by a ruthless Nazi colonel in "Praise the Führer and Pass the Ammunition." Hogan is on a mission to stop a deadly German mission in "Some of Their Planes are Missing." In "D-Day at Stalag 13," Hogan once again becomes a hero from inside Stalag 13 on D-Day. The final episode on the release, "War Takes a Holiday," has Hogan and his men convincing the camp commanders that war is over, through fake radio broadcasts and newspaper headlines.
The episodes appear to be unedited, with runtimes as follows:
"The Flight of the Valkyrie" (25:32)
"Hogan's Hofbrau" (25:34)
"Happy Birthday, Adolf" (25:33)
"The Safecracker Suite" (25:31)
"Praise the Führer and Pass the Ammunition" (25:29)
"Some of Their Planes are Missing" (25:23)
"D-Day at Stalag 13" (25:21)
"War Takes a Holiday" (25:24)
The DVD is packaged in a standard Amaray case, with a photo of the main cast members on the cover. There are some episode snapshots on the back, along with a listing of episodes and a very generic series description. All of the episodes are also listed inside the case, along with thorough descriptions and original airdates. As for the disc artwork, there really isn't anything aside from the series logo on a gray background. All of the episode titles are printed on each disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
There really isn't much of a menu here. The main menu has artwork similar to the cover art, and lists all of the episodes, along with a Subtitles option. All of the episodes play once you select the episode, and there are chapters throughout each episode. There is no Play All option on the menu.
Video and Audio Quality:
The episodes on this release, in general, look great. This series has been preserved very well over the decades, and CBS has put considerable effort in remastering these episodes not too long ago, so if you expect only the best from this release, you won't be disappointed. The quality does show some age, but it isn't nearly as bad as it could be. Of course, the audio is presented in the original mono, which isn't all that impressive, but it does the job. Each episode contains English subtitles.
Like other CBS Home Entertainment Fan Favorites releases, there are no special features on here.
There are six seasons of this series, so it can be a bit pricey to own all of them, particularly if you are just a casual fan of the series. I really do think that the episodes on this set capture the "best" of the series, and speaking as a person who isn't really a fan of the series at all, I did find most of the episodes on this release to be fun to watch. So, I think that this particular release is definitely appropriate for some people out there, particularly those interested in seeing episodes of the series without owning the entire series. It is also a decent release to begin with if you have never really seen the series, and want to watch a few episodes without investing in larger sets. But what more can I really say about this release? I know nothing! NOTHING!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 02/29/12
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