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Barnes & Noble -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.