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4.0 out of 5 stars Private Schulz DVD review, 20 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Private Schulz [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
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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