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Private Schulz  [DVD]
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A welcome DVD release for the 1981 drama series which won a posthumous British Television Society award for screenwriter Jack Pulman (I Claudius). Set during World War II, Private Schultz tells the tale of a conman involved in a plot to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with fake five-pound notes. It's a darkly comic drama, based on an actual Nazi plan, and it features some excellent British actors in supporting roles; Ian Richardson (House of Cards) plays an incompetent SS officer and Billie Whitelaw (Frenzy) is excellent as a brothel owner.
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Buyers should be aware that the original series was produced in a mixture of video and film which is evident in some episodes (it is explained in the additional notes on the DVD) but the overall qulaity is good.
The series itself is fantastic and has lost none of its ironic and sometimes dark humour with the passage of time. Dealing with incompetence, greed and brilliance on all sides during the war,it often appears that a lovable conman (Schulz) is the only sane and rational person in a world gone mad. As the principal character (Schulz)says at the begining 'it was only a week before the lunatics took over completely'.
The series is interspersed with UK, USA and German newsreel footage which nicely sets the scene where the episodes is to be set during the 1939 to 1950 period.
The performances of Michael Elphick as Schulz and Ian Richardson as Major Neuheim complement each other wonderfully, in addition to which Richardson plays some cameo roles, showing a diversity of talent with a common character theme of incompetence which can only be likened to Alec Guiness in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'
I saw this series on the Beeb back in the 1980's and what I would add is that having watched it again on DVD I now note how good the camera work is, for example Neuheim accusing Shulz of greed with a finger covered in expensive rings (war booty) and adds another dimension to the story themes.
This DVD has been too long coming and I would say that whether you watched it in the 80's or have just heard about it, it is well worth adding to your DVD collection
Certainly this was the wonderful Michael Elphick's finest hour (or six) and Ian Richardson's funniest one.
They didn't make too many like this and as I said above it is simply a real joy to watch it again, for me the first time since it was first broadcast when I was a teenager.
It's also entertaining watching it now to see the many other character actors in the cast who were fairly unknown at the time but who went on to do other things. There are at least four from "Eastenders" and two from "The Bill" among others. Not that either of those shows can ever shine a candle to this on any level.
PS: I've also just watched The Counterfeiters which deals with the same events in an altogether more realistic and serious way. It is stunning and also just has to be seen.
But I'd watch "Schulz" with it's innocence, gentleness and warm humour first, otherwise you'll just be crying too hard...
Although 2 Entertain talks about the quality being the best they could do with the materials at hand, there is no need to be modest. This set receives an excellent transfer.
A brilliant script by Jack Pulman helps along with the fantastic acting from Ian Richardson (playing Major Neuheim and many other characters) and Michael Elphick (Private Schulz) adds up to great entertainment. I'd forgotten so much of the story line, best remembering the ludicrous scene of Schulz parachuting into England as a spy wearing a bowler hat and plus fours. All the other characters are well cast. The music by Carl Davis (including variations on Liszt's tone poem Les Preludes) adds to the enjoyment as does the 23 minute "Private Schulz and Operation Bernhard" documentary which explains some of the difficulties of producing a series like this.
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Well, pretty much anything with Ian Richardson in gets my vote, even if he plays a nazi (amongst other characters!) in this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chunky Monkey
So glad this is finally available. Had such fond memories of it. And what a cast :)Published 2 months ago by a UK customer
Missed it when first shown,well worth a look, good acting quite amusing characters .Published 3 months ago by R. Smith