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Celebrated shows Rome and Surface hit shelves midmonth along with comedic offerings 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Jeffersons, among others. Also, this week distinguishes the truly devoted from The Simpsons' fan base with the simultaneous release of a regular and a special edition season-eight set. Which will you choose?
Aug 09, 2006
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This week's Roundup brings good news for fans of Andromeda, The Cosby Show, Three's Company, and more! Animation addicts will love great sets from The Flintstones, Underdog, and The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour. This week's list is long, so check it out now!
Mar 07, 2006
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The Brady Bunch

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Leon Askin, best known to the world as Hogan's Heroes General Albert Burkhalter, died at a Vienna hospital on Friday. He was 97 years old.
Jun 07, 2005
Leon Askin has died at 97

Hogan's Heroes actor Leon Askin passed away on Friday, June 3, at the age of 97. Askin was most famous for his Heroes role of Nazi General Albert Burkhalter, but he also appeared in several other TV shows and Hollywood films.

Askin was born Leo Aschkenasy in Vienna on September 1, 1907. He studied acting at night school and held day jobs as a bookkeeper and salesman until he began to find steady work as an actor, but World War II put a halt to his early career. Askin was thrown out of Vienna's Dumont Playhouse for being Jewish, fled twice to Paris to avoid Nazi persecution, spent time in a French internment camp, and lost both parents to concentration camp deaths.

In 1940, Askin managed to reach the United States. He served in the Army Air Corps until the war ended and he could resume his acting ...

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There's no shortage of new releases this week to choose from, so you're sure to find something that suits your fancy. Spend this first week of June inside catching up with such classics as Seinfeld and CHiPs, or delve into something different, such as Rescue Me or The Dead Zone. Don't forget to relive the finest moments of Chappelle's Show with this week's Best of release.
Jun 01, 2007
June 5, 2007 DVD Releases
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Rescue Me

The Complete Third Season

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Episode 24 Season 6
Rockets or Romance
Aired
4.4.1971
Episode 23 Season 6
Look at the Pretty Snowflakes
Aired
3.21.1971
Episode 22 Season 6
Hogan's Double Life
Aired
3.7.1971
Episode 21 Season 6
Kommandant Gertrude
Aired
2.28.1971
Episode 20 Season 6
The Kamikazes Are Coming
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2.21.1971
Sgt. James (Ivan) 'Kinch' Kinchloe
Col. Wilhelm Klink
Sgt. Hans Schultz
Col. Robert E. Hogan
Cpl. Peter Newkirk
Set in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, Hogan's Heroes is lightly based on the play/film, "Stalag 17." Hogan's Heroes focuses on the exploits of five main prisoners of war (Hogan, LeBeau, Newkirk, Carter & Kinchloe who, while under the cover of being typical prisoners of war, are really secretly doing their best to sabotage the German war effort through whatever means necessary. They communicate regularly with the outside, easily move throughout the camp and outside to town by using numerous tunnels, and have all the munitions, money, and uniforms to do pretty much as they please. While the enemy is often gullible, easily fooled or downright incompetent, the real strength of Hogan's men is the elaborate ruses and sometimes dangerous lengths they will go to in order to complete their missions. These missions included regular sabotage, helping prisoners escape, and aiding the underground opposition. The more elaborate tasks include immobilizing battalions, confusing the German general staff, and kidnapping important scientists. The silly Germans of Stalag 13 are the head Sergeant (Schultz) and the camp Kommandant (Klink). For those who only know the show peripherally, it is dismissed as being produced in poor taste because of the horrors of WWII, but this show takes place in a POW camp run by the German Luftwaffe and not the SS or Gestapo. The exploits of Hogan's heroes were often based on real POW stories from WWII. Leon Askin as General Burkhalter, Howard Caine as Gestapo Officer Major Hochstetter, and Bernard Fox as British Colonel Crittendon appear as recurring characters to cement the show's ensemble cast. Enjoy the show.moreless