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The Prisoner - Set 1: Arrival/ Free For All/ Dance of the Dead
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The show was sold to ITC as a non-official sequel to the most popular "Secret Agent/Danger Man" series, starred by Patrick McGoohan. This time, McGoohan acted too as creator and producer, and used his freedom to talk about the role of the individual in a increasing oppressing society. He is an anonymous secret agent who resign his position. But he knows too much; doped by a mysterious figure, he awakens in what seemingly is a luxurious resort in a paradise island. But this place is no spa: is a prison in the open, where no one knows what are the others prisoners names, and in whom can trust. They even don't know who really are their captors: are they from "their" side or from the "other" side? They don't know and the viewer don't knows too. The agent himself receives a code, Number Six. "I am no number! I am a free man!", claims he repeatedly. But he will not be a free man till he succeeds in escape from the island. In the meantime, he have other important task in hand: maintains his sanity and individuality in a ambient where all of his movements are monitored, and where he frequently suffers torture and brainwash.
The DVD release is great news. The three episodes are an excelent introduction to the series.Read more ›
"Arrival," written by George Markstein and David Tomblin, and first aired on September 29, 1967. Our hero wakes up in the Village and discovers everyone kept there either has certain knowledge or lived a particular lifestyle of interest to the government. Names are not used here, and our hero is told he is now Number 6. The rules are explained to him by both Number Two (Guy Doleman) and the New Number Two (George Baker), but it is clear that our hero is not about to play well with others. In terms of hooking an audience, "Arrival" certainly accomplishes its mission.Read more ›
The action takes place in the "Village", a beautiful place; outwardly a luxury seaside resort surrounded by picturesque mountains, it harbours a totalitarian society. Totalitarianism does not necessarily mean "a boot crushing a human face", as George Orwell put it in "1984", another immortal satire. A totalitarian regime may as well present itself as a superficially liberal, affluent society, devoid of the more explicit means of suppression like gulags and concentration camps we normally associate with it. It may just as well crush independent spirits slowly, insidiously with the help of relentless, pussy-footed propaganda and lowering of educational and subversion of moral and cultural standards. The more dumbed-down the citizens become, the more readily they believe every misinformation they are being fed.
The basic outlines of "The Prisoner" are well known. After having been rendered unconscious by sleeping gas, the hero wakes up in "The Village", that colourful luxury prison for people who know too much.Read more ›
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Great price, fast shipping and received in very good condition. I have enjoyed watching these episodes.Published 4 months ago by Tim
The cult classic from my childhood. Very entertaining if you have the attention span for it. Its the thinking persons sic fi. Still cool to this day. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Professor H
So Old school, I like this series---the first times I watched I didn't understand, watching years later, now it makes sense, timeless subjectPublished 20 months ago by Gwendolyn
I've been a fan of this series for many years, and it's nice to see clear, sharp versions of it on DVD. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Brian Morey
After viewing the DVD, I noticed that the bonus feature "The Chimes of Big Ben" had poor sound and picture quality but the other episodes had exceptional sound and picture. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Jeremy E.
This was not what I expected.Very slow moving-poor writing for actors and just dead to watch. I have spoken to friend who love this show,but I think it was nothing!!!Published on June 26, 2013 by Michael Shapiro
The real star of this show is the weather balloon known as Rover! This thing can swim, float in the air and do all sorts of amazing things in capturing Number 6. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by PATRICK J.POWERS
Yes the Prisoner series was expertly photographed (for 1966 anyway). It had very good Shakespearean acting but that means it isn't much like real life as acting Bard-style is... Read morePublished on June 19, 2006 by Me Curry
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