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Hogan’s Heroes – The Sixth & Final Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



Hogan’s Heroes had just about done everything it could have with its set-up and The Sixth & Final Season was the wrap-up of the show by the 1970 – 1971 season.  You can see some fatigue with the cast and the scripts, but in syndication, you would not notice as much.  To compare, this is what I had to say about the show and its debut season:





By this time, I was less enthusiastic about what did work and the show quit before it became a mess.  This 4-DVD set has the last 24 episodes and to the show’s credit, they ended with the cast they began with; something which seems rarer these days.  Crane went into obscurity and worse, Dawson became a big game show star on Match Game (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and Family Feud, some guest cast has hit shows (like Bernie Kopell) and the show continued to be popular in syndication until the PC thing kicked in.


Now that the whole series is on DVD, there has been no major revival of interest, but they sold well enough by the season to all be released, so it shows people still like the show.  You can bet this is one show that will never be made into a feature film.


The 1.33 X 1 full frame image continued to be shot on film and though it often holds up very well for its age, the copies here sometimes look poor and ragged, with color fading and maybe less budget money was allotted for these shows.  The shows were still shot by Director of Photography Gordon Avil, A.S.C., at this point too.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sounds good for its age.  There are no extras here, which has been the case for too many of these sets.  With all the success and memorabilia, there should have been more.  What about the comic books, for instance?  The stars did plenty of interviews and some are still alive.  No more interviews?  Oh well.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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