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The Prisoner - The Complete Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite BBC series. I keep coming back!

    Intriguing and creative. When I first saw this series on PBS, I missed enough episodes to make it even more mysterious. Once I saw the whole series, it made sense, but was still intriguing and fun. It is full of symbolism. This series has the makings of a cult classic. This series is about a British man who quits the spy business only to be drugged, captured and placed on an unknown island, assigned a number instead of his name, and forced to live in a village with a bunch of strange characters. He doesn't know which "side" has captured him. He spends most of his time trying to devise an escape and get back to England. Filmed in Portmerian, Wales, a breathtaking backdrop to the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic about society,freedom and the individuals role in establishing themselves as a significant entity that requires to be heard and allowed to be free without fear of punishment.

    This DVD series by Patrick McGoohan has to be the most talked about TV show ever produced. The reason is that it creates a suspenseful puzzle for a hungry and questioning mind to try and solve. A man that has resigned from being a secret agent and looks forward to being free and happy on his own has now been kidnapped and taken to a strange island setting called The Village. Here he must try to find a path to escape all the while being trapped by the supposed leader of the village called Number Two. It becomes clear that escape is about impossible as Number Two uses a high tech device called Rover to subdue The Prisoner, Number Six,and defeat him from becoming what he shouts he is, "I am not a number, I am a free man!"
    The main reason we are told that the Prisoner has been brought to the island is that he has very valuable information locked inside his brain that Number Two wishes to extract for his own purposes. The Prisoner finds out that the people of The Village also have information and are trapped and most have given up on the dream of freedom and a individual way of life. As the series unfolds we get more bits and pieces to try and solve the puzzle before us.
    The main question we can have is this show more about the rights of an individual or is about the right of society to enforce its laws and rules onto the individual? Is the individual a menance to society or is society a creation to enslave the indivdual and program them at will?
    This is the best in a television show that has been produced and it stands the test of time. As I view the episodes I find myself entertained as well as challenged to think, question and reason. How often has that happened in modern television?
    I highly recommend this DVD series it truely is excellent and provides inspiration to think about issues on freedom, the indivdual and society.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the most brilliant T.V. shows of all time.

    In an age of moronic sitcoms and bland uninspiring police shows, we have to go back in time to find something worthwhile. If you want an entertaining show with a lot of depth, you can do no better than The Prisoner. It's mix of allegorical storytelling and intriguing mysteries should give any viewer a bang for their buck. The extras are great too. It is a show that pushed the boundries of television to heights that hasn't really been reached again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who is Number 1

    A series that has mystified me since I first saw it. The tendency is to read to much into what you see. My recommendation is sit back and enjoy. Ask your questions later.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Holds up well

    The Prisoner is one of the best "British Invasion" TV shows of the 60s ... the production values hold up nicely. Not, however, for those who expect no more than mundane conventionality in their entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Engaging, relevant, and disciplined TV. Brains required.

    The first noticable aspect of this series, is that while dramatic, it doesn't shove every detail down your throat, as much recent American TV and movies do. It reminds me of one of my favorite movies, LeMans w/Steve McQueen, in that it has a story to tell, but it paints a broad picture, letting the viewer ingest what they will, rather than bombarding you with overly loud music, jumpy camerawork, and surreal CGI. But the details are there, and exquisite, painting a dramatic, engaging story, while also giving razor-sharp insignt on society, culture, and life, in almost prophetic relevance. This is rich enough to watch many times over, And it's significance will make you wonder what the point of current american movies are, besides advertising and product placement. McGoohan turned down Connery's Bond role, which seems insane from a commercial view, but comments on his vision, his message, and his unwavering committment to speak to us even today, when Bond, as enjoyable as it is, is merely pop culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    long lost favorite!

    I was so excited to see the complete series in one box set! My husband was a fan of this show in his late childhood and has always wished to see it again. What a Christmas present this is going to make! Thanks B and N for helping me locate this treasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the greats...

    Regardless of what PG says, it's a great sequel to 'Danger Man/Secret Agent'. ALL conspiracy shows are based on and measured against this one (and none come close). If you don't 'get it', just enjoy the ride. And it's not one episode per dics, it's 2. Be Seeing You...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How would I know that a show .....

    I first saw The Prisoner in Georgia at the age of 10. It was the best ever and I had to contend with the Virginian every week just to see this show. Needless to say, the Virginian won out but now over 40 years I have found it again, and I soon will own it as my most unique and favorite show of all times.

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