The Prisoner - The Complete Series

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So far as its legions of fans are concerned, The Prisoner was the most fascinating and intellectually challenging sci-fi/fantasy program ever put on the air. Produced in England, the series was the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who also played the central character. During the opening credits, An unidentified McGoohan was seen angrily resigning his unspecified high-level government job, only to be promptly drugged, kidnapped and spirited off to a mysterious, Orwellian community known only as The Village. ...
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So far as its legions of fans are concerned, The Prisoner was the most fascinating and intellectually challenging sci-fi/fantasy program ever put on the air. Produced in England, the series was the brainchild of actor Patrick McGoohan, who also played the central character. During the opening credits, An unidentified McGoohan was seen angrily resigning his unspecified high-level government job, only to be promptly drugged, kidnapped and spirited off to a mysterious, Orwellian community known only as The Village. Though allowed to freely roam the colorful grounds of his new home which resembled a lavish seaside resort, coupled with a garish amusement pier, the protagonist -- now referred to only as "Number Six" -- could not escape, lest he be chased down and killed by a huge, balloonlike sphere known as a Rover. On each 60-minute episode, Number Six was confronted by "the new Number Two," whose job it was to extract vital information from our hero though just what sort of information was never explained. Defiantly shouting "I am not a number! I am a free man!," Number Six succeeded in confounding the efforts by Number Two -- and the never-seen Number One -- to break him down. Throughout his bizarre and oftimes hallucinatory adventures, Number Six learned two valuable lessons: To stubbornly maintain his individuality at all times and all costs, and to trust absolutely no one, not even his faithful butler, an enigmatically mute dwarf Angelo Muscat. Only in the final episode, written and directed by McGoohan himself, did Number Six earn the right to become "an individual" -- thereby discovering the secret behind the Village and the true identity of Number One. Or did he? Devotees of the series still debate the actual outcome of the saga, just as they pick apart and analyze the hidden clues, meanings and metaphors in each preceding episode. On one thing, however, most agree: The character played by Patrick McGoohan was supposed to be John Drake, the world-weary espionage agent whom the actor had previously played on Danger Man a.k.a. Secret Agent. Such was the mesmerizing power of The Prisoner that even those who couldn't make heads or tails out of the series still remain among its most fervent fans. Debuting October 1, 1967 on British television, the series was first seen in America from June 1 to September 21, 1968, as a summer replacement for CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show one of the seventeen episodes, "Living In Harmony," was not seen on CBS during this initial run In response to overwhelming viewer demand, the network -- whose executives admitted that they were thoroughly flummoxed by the series -- reran the show from May 29 through September 11, 1969. Thereafter, The Prisoner became a near-permanent fixture on many PBS stations, its popularity enhanced by several home-video releases of varying quality.
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Don't Knock Yourself Out - Feature-Length Documentary Chronciling the Production of The Prisoner, Told by Those Involved in it's Creation; ; Two Brand-New Featurettes- The Pink Prisoner and You Make Sure It Fits!; ; Promo for AMC's The Prisoner Miniseries; ; Newly Restored original edit of "Arrival" with an optional music-only soundtrack featuring Wildred Joseph's complete and abandoned score; ; Original Edit of "The Chimes of Big Ben" Episode; ; Production Crew Audio Commentaries on Seven Episodes; ; Trailers for all Episodes; Active Textless Material, Including the Title Sequence with Clean Themes by Ron Grainer, Wildred Josephs, and Robert Farnon; ; Commercial Break Bumpers; ; Image Archive with Over 1200 Stills; Production Paperwork Archive, Featuring Scripts, Call Sheets, and Press Releases (DVD-ROM Feature)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 14:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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Performance Credits
Patrick McGoohan The Prisoner, Number Six
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Visually Stunning

    Patrick McGoohan's magnum opus was, and remains, an intellectually-playful adventure, an episode-by-episode puzzle. With the release of the BluRay version, however, viewers are treated to the luscious scenery of The Village as it has never before been seen... feature-film cinematography, constrained only by the series' original 4x3 television format. As a result, individual episodes seem far more immersive and absorbing than watching standard def broadcasts, or even a good DVD. Only drawbacks: While the original negatives could be re-scanned for HD, the same isn't true for audio; it's the same audio-for-TV mix that we heard over the air years ago. And Disc 5, a standard definition DVD with special features, is unplayable on some high percentage of BluRay players; the original UK program developer chalks it up to the vagaries of the authoring standards vs. BluRay player firmware. So far, US distributor A&E has been unresponsive when asked for support. But don't let that deter you -- BluRay is the best way to watch this amazing series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gets better as it get older

    One of the few series that actually deserves its Cult Status. Was ahead of its time then and in this current post 911 era is still strong. Still you will either 'Get it' or you wont. Kinda like the X-files (though this is far better).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Will make you think.

    The Prisoner was ground breaking series for the 1960's. Touching on subjects like mind control, the folly of political campaigns, education and the constant struggle for one to remain an individual in a world of conformity. As number six himself says, "I will not be pushed, stamped, filed, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own."

    This Blu-ray set contains all 17 episodes on 4 discs. A fifth disc containing bonus features is a standard definition DVD. Be advised the the DVD may not play in your Blu-ray player. Some players, especially those made by Panasonic, cannot read the disc. It contains pdf. files that the players can't read. The image quality is excellent and breathes new life into the series. Sound quality isn't. The 5.1 surround soundtrack tends to fluctuate in volume and the standard mono is just adequate.

    Overall an outstanding series that looks great in HD.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Patrick McGoohan created a brilliant TV series that defied classification. There never has been, nor will there ever be a television show quite like it. The village is a quietly unsettling place that keeps people with information hidden from the rest of the world, with a Big-Brother-is-watching pervasiveness. The Prisoner of the title can trust no one, since nothing is ever as it appears in the beautiful village. Each villager is assigned and known only by a number and the whole menagerie is overseen by Number 2, who is charged with breaking McGoohan's Number 6 and gaining his secret information. But who really runs the village? Which side are they on? What intelligence agency? What will they do with the information they extract?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Prisoner,

    This has to be the worst series I have ever had the misfortune to buy, and a complete waste of money, it was a mystery from the beginning to the end, and even though I watched the whole series hoping to finally understand what it was all about it remained a mystery.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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