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Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006 (Paramount Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.99
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 12 hours and 40 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: 6 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Werner Klemperer on "The Pat Sajak Show," "Episode Photo Galleries," and "Series Photo Gallery."


Once again, HOGAN'S HEROES fans fall in line ... for another great season of those crazy captives in Stalag 13! The hit CBS series features Bob Crane as Colonel Robert Hogan, his scheming sidekicks (Robert Clary, Richard Dawson, Ivan Dixon and Larry Hovis). Rounding out the stellar ensemble cast are Werner Klemperer as Colonel Wilhelm Klink and John Banner as Sergeant Hansa Schultz. Enjoy laughs from one of TV's top rated sitcoms with all 30 "Season Three" Hogan's Heroes episodes in this five-disc DVD set!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Season Three has so many memorable episodes. I'll just a few (or not; cause I always say that and then list nearly every episode!): "The Crittendon Plan," "Sergeant Schultz Meets Mata Hari," "Casanova Klink," "A Russian Is Coming," "Everybody Loves a Snowman," "The Hostage," "Carter Turns Traitor," "Is There a Doctor in the House?," "Hogan, Go Home," "Axis Annie," "LeBeau and the Little Old Lady," "The Ultimate Weapon," and "Drums Along the Dusseldorf."

Some notable guest stars this season include Bernard Fox in his recurring role as Colonel Crittendon, Joyce Jameson, Kathleen Freeman, Karl Swenson, Felice Orlandi, Barbara McNair, Bob Hastings, and Nina Talbot (who won an Emmy nomination for her role in the episode "The Hostage").


The cover art continues to be similar in design with past releases. The main color is maroon. 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 two seasons. 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. The first two cases hold two discs, while the third case only holds disc 5. Case 1/Disc 1 features Hogan and Klink and Episodes 1-6 while Disc 2 features Klink and Schultz and episodes 7-12. Case 2/Disc 3 features Schultz and Hogan, episodes 13-18 and Disc 4 features Schultz and Klink and episodes 19-24. Case 3/Disc 5 features Klink and Hogan and episodes 25-30 as well as all of the special feature(s) included on this set.

Menu Design and Navigation:

What was nice is that Paramount kept the new menu they debuted on Season 2. 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 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 an awesome design! The main menu that pops up has an immediate list of the episodes you can select, without having to go through several different screens like some sets just to get to an episode. There is also a "Play All" feature.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video is very good, as you would expect on a re-mastered DVD set. 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. Each episode has the popular chapter skip option available.

Special Features:

* Werner Klemperer on "The Pat Sajak Show" (approx. runtime: 6 minutes)

A very nice inclusion--just a heads up that the whole episode is not available; it is only Werner Klemperer's appearance. The video is in great condition and it was really nice to see an interview with him. He talks about his obsessive compulsiveness in having everything meticulous in his dressing room, among other things. Kudos to Paramount for including this!

* Episode Photo Galleries

This is a nice feature. I'll explain how this works: after certain episodes a photo gallery is offered, in which you can view still shots from the episode. It's very nicely done. These galleries are available for these episodes: "Sergeant Schultz Meets Mata Hari" (Disc 1/Episode 4), "Everybody Loves a Snowman" (Disc 3/Episode 2) and "LeBeau and the Little Old Lady" (Disc 5/Episode 1).

* Series Photo Gallery

It's basically just a set of photos taken on the set of the cast in character (or not). This is a nice inclusion indeed.

Final Comments:

Well, after Season Two's onslaught of so many great special features, this release pales in comparison. It's disappointing. There were so many fantastic bonus features last time. Hopefully Season Four gives us at least a little more selection. The sets are done really well. I have to praise Paramount for that. They are very sleek and nicely designed. The menu screen is very easy to navigate and the photo galleries included as special features are very, very nice. Overall, yet again, a great release by Paramount, but hopefully they can find more bonus features for the next release!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 03/06/06

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