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Product details

  • Actors: Michael Elphick, Billie Whitelaw, Ian Richardson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A47GDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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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This DVD release has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait.

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
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Fantastic script laden with timebomb gags that you get a second or two later, oh-so subtle sight gags, notice the way Hitler holds his cup for example, a desperately excruciating plot for the unlucky(?) hero, superb character acting and humour from a great cast, by turns gentle, warm, hilarious and outrageous.

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.

Buy it.

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...
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Private Schulz has been at the top of my "wish list" for television programs to release on DVD for years. I watched this on PBS in the 1980s and made the mistake of recording over my tapes. Checking regularly for availability in the DVD age, I was overjoyed to learn that 2 Entertain would be issuing this. Rather than wait for a Region 1, I ordered from England and the two DVD set arrived quickly.

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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This TV series from 1982 is full of brilliant acting and dialogue. It has some of the funniest throw away lines I have heard in ages. Example: exhausted prostitute "what do you want? I am tired; I haven't been on my feet all day". Ian Richardson is perfect as the ambitious Nazi officer. Overall well worth watching again.
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I saw this on TV when it first came out and bought it mainly out of nostalgia for a time when good programmes were shown on TV. This didn't disappoint second time round. Alphick and Richardson were brilliant in this romp. Who ever thought Richardson could play a comic, incompetent German army officer and do it so well? Elements in this series are taken from fact - the kidnapping in Holland of English officers, the fake clothing coupons and the main theme, the counterfeiting of English five-pound notes using Jewish labour in concentration camps - but given such a twist! Thoroughly enjoyable. My wife who would usually not watch series with anything to do with war absolutely loved it. Picture quality was very good. The colour was also good. No negatives from me. I'll watch this again soon.
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