Prisoner: Set 1

Prisoner: Set 1

     
 

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Patrick McGoohan's cult-classic treatise on free will versus conformity makes its way to DVD most successfully. Set one of A&E's collection of The Prisoner presents three episodes of the series in, according to the information on the case, the fan-preferred viewing order. Episodes featured here are "Arrival, "Free For All, and "Dance of theSee more details below

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Patrick McGoohan's cult-classic treatise on free will versus conformity makes its way to DVD most successfully. Set one of A&E's collection of The Prisoner presents three episodes of the series in, according to the information on the case, the fan-preferred viewing order. Episodes featured here are "Arrival, "Free For All, and "Dance of the Dead." The first disc of the two-disc set also contains an alternate version of "The Chimes of Big Ben" episode. The video and audio quality of all of the episodes is superb, especially considering the 1968 vintage of the material. Without giving anything away, it can be said that "The Village" has never looked more bold and colorful. The dialogue is crystal clear; the jazzy music, which doesn't seem dated at all, sounds quite good. The white balloon object (fans will know what that means) is made quite creepy via the excellent sound effects. Bonus features, outside of the extra episode, are more fun than informative. The trivia game is short, but amusing while it lasts. The foreign file cabinet footage is mildly funny; the textless intro and outro are included for completists. The interactive map of "The Village" is colorful and creepy, if limited in function. The "Stills Gallery" contains some suave images of McGoohan, but it's very small. "Scene Selection" allows instant access to all chapters.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
A sci-fi cult classic from 1967, The Prisoner follows the paranoid, mind-bending adventures of a secret agent (Partrick McGoohan) who has been imprisoned for what he knows. The British agent, known only as Number 6, looks to retire from the world of spooks, but he finds himself trapped in the eerily cheerful "Village." In this Orwellian retirement home for persons with classified information, the residents are brainwashed until they smile like zombies as they're coerced to reveal their secrets. The mystery of "to whom?" drives this series like David Jansen's pursuit of the one-armed man in The Fugitive. Number 6 is no common prisoner. He's weirdly skillful in that way British secret agents are in movies and TV, and he pits his indomitable will against the devious tactics of his anonymous keepers. In each episode a new nemesis assumes the role of Number 2, the Village warden, presenting Number 6 with new temptations and pitfalls in the hopes of crushing his spirit or tempting his tongue. Number 6 seeks freedom, and the identity of "Number 1," a person who may not even exist, but whom Number 6 presumes is responsible for his predicament. The series ran for 16 episodes, but its imaginative look and consistently clever development spawned a fervent fan base that survives to this day. This first in a planned series of Prisoner DVDs presents the initial three episodes of this uniquely twisted cat-and-mouse game:
  • "The Arrival" -- In the first episode of the series, Number 2 (Guy Doleman) acquaints Number 6 with the Village. But when Number 6 finds an old colleague brainwashed after an interrogation, he resolves to escape. With the help of a curious woman, he seeks a weakness in the seemingly impregnable perimeter of his prison.
  • "Free for All" -- The new Number 2 (Eric Portman) invites Number 6 to run against him in the elections for Village council, with victory meaning the chance to meet Number 1. Number 6 seizes his opportunity to lead the other prisoners to overthrow their keepers.
  • "Dance of the Dead" -- Number 6 finds a dead man on the shore and takes his radio, a forbidden item in the Village. At the costume ball that evening, Number 6 finds himself on trial before a new Number 2 (Mary Morris).
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    Product Details

    Release Date:
    10/31/2000
    UPC:
    0733961701357
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    A&E Home Video
    Region Code:
    1
    Sound:
    [Dolby Digital, monaural]
    Time:
    3:28:00

    Special Features

    Rare, alternate version of the episode "The Chimes of Big Ben"; Original broadcast trailers; Rarely seen "Foreign File Cabinet" footage; Rarely seen "Textless" intro and outro; Interactive map of the village; Production stills gallery; Trivia; Interactive menus; Scene selection

    Scene Index

    Scene Access
    0. Scene Access
    0. "Arrival"
    1. The Village [11:06]
    2. Helicopter Tour [7:36]
    3. The Labor Exchange [3:57]
    4. No Way Out [11:05]
    5. A New #2 [7:57]
    6. Escapte Attempt [8:53]
    Scene Access
    0. Scene Access
    0. "Alternate Version Of The Chimes Of Big Ben"
    1. Why Did You Resign? [15:33]
    2. New Neighbor [5:30]
    3. Dreadful Interrogation [6:26]
    4. Developing Trust [8:53]
    5. Toward the Open Sea [6:50]
    6. The End of a Nightmare [7:52]
    Chapter Info
    0. Chapter Info
    0. Free For All
    1. Election Time [15:33]
    2. Red Hot Stuff [5:30]
    3. Truth Test [6:26]
    4. Attempt To Escape [8:53]
    5. Word Without Fear [6:50]
    6. According To Plan [7:52]
    Chapter Info
    0. Chapter Info
    1. Medical Attention [11:06]
    2. Find A Girl [7:36]
    3. Carnival [3:57]
    4. Dutton [11:05]
    5. The Trial [7:57]
    6. The Chase [8:53]

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