TITLE: HOGAN'S HEROES - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005 (Paramount Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 762 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Rare home movies, bloopers, audio
commentary, Cast appearances on TV shows and original
promos. (Approximate runtime in total: 30 minutes).
HOGAN'S HEROES fans fall in line.... for a second
season of hilarious laughs featuring the wacky World
War II POWs, known as Hogan's Heroes! Join Colonel
Robert Hogan (Bob Crane) and his gang of men (Larry
Hovis, Robert Clary, Richard Dawson and Ivan Dixon) as
they come up with even more dangerous and elaborate
ruses underneath the not so watchful eye of Colonel
Klink (Werner Klemperer) and his very bumbling
sidekick, Sgt. Schultz (John Banner). It's a mess of
laughs with all 30 season two episodes of the
top-rated, hit television sitcom in this five-disc DVD
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Season Two, again, boasts several memorable and
hilarious episodes. I'll only list a few. "Hogan Gives
a Birthday Party," "Operation Briefcase," "A Tiger
Hunt In Paris" (Parts 1 & 2), "Klink's Rocket," Art
For Hogan's Sake," "The General Swap," "Hogan And The
Lady Doctor," "The Most Escape Proof Camp I've Ever
Escaped From," The Tower," and "The Reluctant Target."
Some special guests this season include veteran actor
James Gregory, known for "The Manchurian Candidate"
but probably better known as beloved Inspector Frank
Lugar from the television hit, "BARNEY MILLER." Also
making an appearance was, now, well-known television
actor, the late Parley Baer.
The cover art is once again a colorful design that
features a grayish-blue backdrop with barbed wire. The
top of the box features pictures of Schultz and Klink
with a larger picture of Hogan while the bottom
portion features the rest of the regular cast in what
looks like press photos from certain episodes. It's a
very nice cover and it's almost exactly like the first
season's cover. The back features more or less the
same design. The case is like many Paramount releases;
slip covers (think thin pack discs inside of a box).
Each individual box features pictures of each cast
member (two on a cover) with the same design used for
the main box. But for this set, they've sliced it down
to just three cases and the first two cases hold two
discs, while the third case only holds disc 5. Case
1/Disc 1 features Hogan and Schultz and Episodes 1-7
while Disc 2 features Hogan and Klink and episodes
8-14. Case 2/Disc 3 features Klink and Hogan and
episodes 15-20 and Disc 4 features Newkirk and LeBeau
and episodes 21-26. Case 3/Disc 5 features Schultz and
Carter and episodes 27-30 as well as all of the
special features included on this set.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu screen has undergone a huge overhaul.
For the better! It's more animated and features brief
video clips from the episodes. It's very "military"
themed and over the menu is a cool spotlight that goes
back and forth over the menu screen. There is a music
that plays continuously throughout and it's the
military style drum beating (heard in the first few
seconds of Hogan's Heroes opening credits). This is a
much better design than Season 1's. The main menu that
pops up has an immediate list of the episodes you can
select. There is also a "Play All" feature.
Video and Audio Quality:
For a show that's nearly 40 years old from the
premiere date, the video is very good. The audio, like
on most older show sets, was low, but not nearly as
low as some older sets, so it may require you to
increase the volume on your TV a bit. But there were
no major issues to be concerned with on this set. And
on this set, closed captioning is available but there
were no Subtitles made available, or any type of
language selection, for that matter. All episodes will
generally run between approx. 24 and 25 minutes.
You'll get nearly three to four extra minutes you
can't see in syndication! Each episode has the chapter
skip option available.
Unlike the Season 1 release, this set is packed with
extras. I think I died and went to heaven. I complain
endlessly about wanting bloopers, original promos, and
various other special features for other shows I
review. I was thrilled to see so many of those on this
set. Every type of bonus feature you could think of is
here and they are all great--kudos to Paramount for
going all out for this release. Here is a listing of
all the special features you can enjoy on this set, as
well as just a brief description of each (including
runtimes). I don't want to give everything away, now
* Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
Sigrid Valdis (Patricia Crane) gives audio commentary
on episode 33 (first episode located on disc 1) "Hogan
Gives a Birthday Party" and regular cast member Robert
Clary gives his audio commentary on episode 48 (second
episode located on disc 3) "Art For Hogan's Sake".
Patricia Crane also lends her commentary to the
wedding film and Bob Crane's home videos from the
Hogan's Heroes set.
* Gag Reel - Edited By Bob Crane (approx: 5 minutes and 23 seconds)
This is one of the better parts of the set. Bob Crane
had previously edited this set of bloopers together.
It's from his collection, I would assume, and contains
numerous shots of the cast screwing up lines, missing
cues and other hilarious things that make up a
bloopers reel. It was great.
* Patricia and Bob Crane Wedding Film (approx: 7 minutes and 17 seconds)
This is an almost bittersweet bonus feature. What
really drives this home is Patricia Crane's commentary
as the ceremony takes place. You'll see the walk down
the unconventional aisle, the minister reciting the
vows and even the official picture taking. It's a very
nice bonus feature and many fans will probably love
* Bob's 8MM Home Movies on Hogan Set (approx: 5 minutes and 56 seconds)
This is much like the wedding film. But it's on 8MM
video, although it's pretty good. It mostly focuses on
Patricia Crane, who also adds her commentary to this.
It's another great bonus feature.
* CBS Promo 1 (approx: 20 seconds)
It's great they included this, but the promo comes
across as very messy (obviously not at all like
today's promos) and it's almost puzzling why it's
included. It doesn't have a specific episode
mentioning, it's just an average promo. Nice to see,
but I think if possible, they could have picked a
* CBS Promo 2 (approx: 1 minute and 25 seconds)
This is a much better promo than the first one. It's a
black and white one featuring John Banner as a bag
checker for a TWA flight. He is on the top of his game
and does a hilarious job. He talks the ear off of a
passenger who just wants to get his bag onto the plane
and at the very end, he plugs Hogan's Heroes.
* Jello/Dream Whip Commercial with Carol Channing (approx: 2 minutes and 17 seconds)
This ad features the entire cast plugging Jello and
Dream Whip nearly every chance they get. It also
features a brief cameo by Carol Channing.
* The Leslie Uggams Show (approx: 2 minutes and 17
This very brief scene is from the Leslie Uggams Show
and features the entire cast, except for Richard
Dawson and Ivan Dixon. They are in character and
coming up with fake names, using their own in
real-life. It's a nice little appearance. Not sure if
there was more to it than that, since I'm not very
familiar with The Leslie Uggams Show.
* "The Lucy Show" - "Lucy and Bob Crane" from 1966
(approx: 2 minutes and 34 seconds)
This brief clip features all Bob Crane's guest
appearance as himself on "The Lucy Show" and includes
a brief cameo by John Banner in character as Klink.
Lucy, Bob and John were at their finest and I would
have loved to see the whole episode.
* "Air Force Now" Hogan's Cast Segments" (approx: 1
minute and 24 seconds)
I wasn't very familiar with this, but I think the cast
was plugging the movie. It was confusing but I'm sure
fans that are aware of this will enjoy it.
* Bob Crane US Air Force Recruitment Spot 1 (approx: 1
minute and 4 seconds)
It's self explanatory, really. Bob Crane taped an ad
recuriting people for the US Air Force.
* Bob Crane US Air Force Recruitment Spot 2 (approx: 1
It's self explanatory, really. Bob Crane taped an ad
recuriting people for the US Air Force. Not the same
ad as above, a different one, but with the same
* Bob Crane Radio Material (no approximate times)
This was fascinating stuff. It was great to listen to.
I really hedge going into too many details, so go out
and buy the set. This is a very nice bonus feature.
There are several different interviews that take
- (1965) Richard Dawson and Chad Everett on KNX
- (1967) Armed Forces Radio Christmas Show featuring
Bob Crane with Werner Klemperer, Richard Dawson, Larry
Hovis, Robert Clary and Sigrid Valdis (Patricia
Crane). You can go through each name and select them
to listen to their selection.
And finally, a photo gallery featuring several photos
of the cast is featured. The photos were mostly taken
on set with the actors in character and probably used
for press releases about the show.
In conclusion, this set was a complete overhaul from
Season 1. Except the design of the box art, which
remained the same, everything was better. The menu
screen was animated and attractive and the special
features are fantastic. I can't praise Paramount
enough for these changes. I was pretty disappointed
with the first season release but can't contain my
happiness for Season 2. Every company should take note
of how to put out a very good release. Although a lot
of shows do contain loads of bonus features, a lot of
older shows are lacking these elements. Paramount,
which very much disappointed me with Taxi, could
actually teach the others a lesson or two. I
definitely encourage all the fans to go out and buy
this set because it's one of the best revamps of a set
I've ever seen. Great job, Paramount!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 09/17/05
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