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The Prisoner: The Complete Series (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1968)

Patrick McGoohan  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Subtitled, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 884 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ03C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prisoner: The Complete Series (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 17 episodes on 10 discs in thinpaks
  • New 60-page Limited Edition series companion guide, fully illustrated with extensive episode guides and complete with liner notes detailing the many hidden mysteries behind the series, plus a new, deluxe fold-out map of The Village
  • Ultra-rare original footage of the 1966 location shooting, accompanied by commentary with Bernie Williams  
  • Bonus program: "The Prisoner Video Companion"
  • Rare, alternate version of the episode "The Chimes of Big Ben"  
  • Rarely seen "Foreign File Cabinet" footage  
  • Rarely seen "textless" intro & outro  
  • Original broadcast trailers  
  • Original series promotional trailer  
  • Gallery of original production and promotional materials  
  • Production stills galleries  
  • Interactive map of the Village  
  • Prisoner trivia  

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Product Description

Patrick McGoohan’s classic 17-episode British TV series, THE PRISONER, has been mesmerizing American viewers since its CBS debut in the summer of 1968. Now, just in time for its 40th anniversary A&E presents this definitive collector’s edition of the cult classic series. Fully restored and digitally remastered, THE PRISONER is presented in the fan-preferred episode order, offering a chronological interpretation of perhaps the most unusual and challenging television series ever filmed.After resigning from a top-secret position, a man is abducted from his London home and taken to a mysterious place known only as The Village. Residents of The Village, known only by numbers, are held captive on account of their valuable knowledge. The Prisoner--Number Six--must protect his mind in order to preserve his humanity while he struggles to discover the identity of Number One and achieve freedom by escaping from the repressive grasp of his captors. Set includes all 17 complete color episodes: Arrival / Free For All / Dance of the Dead / Checkmate / The Chimes of Big Ben / A, B, and C / The General / The Schizoid Man / Many Happy Returns / It’s Your Funeral / A Change of Mind / Hammer Into Anvil / Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling / Living In Harmony / The Girl Who Was Death / Once Upon a Time / Fall Out DVD Features: Ultra-rare original footage of the 1966 location shooting, accompanied by commentary with Bernie Williams; Bonus Program: THE PRISONER VIDEO COMPANION; Rare, Alternate Version of the Episode "The Chimes of Big Ben"; Rarely Seen "Foreign File Cabinet" Footage; Rarely Seen "Textless" Intro & Outro; Original Broadcast Trailers; Original Series Promotional Trailer; Gallery of Original Production and Promotional Materials; Production Stills Galleries; Interactive Map of the Village; Prisoner Trivia; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection NEW LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S BOOKLET: 60 Fully Illustrated Pages; Hidden Mysteries Surrounding THE PRISONER; Complete Series Guide of All 17 Episodes; Detailed Color Fold-out Map of The Village

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Additional Features

The new elements of The Prisoner's 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition are a 60-page episode guide by Roger Langley and a fold-out map Langley created in 2000. The guide collects a lot of helpful information for Prisoner novices, including synopses, trivia, and "hidden mysteries" from each episode. Prisoner devotees are probably well-versed in series lore, and Langley is a somewhat controversial figure among the fan base, so for them the chief attraction might be the 10-Thinpak packaging, which takes up about half the shelf space of the 2001 megaset. The DVD content is the same on both sets. --David Horiuchi

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168 of 172 people found the following review helpful
I bought The Prisoner on Blu-ray yesterday. Contrary to the one star reviews that were written before the Blu-ray release by people that had not seen the Blu-ray set yet, I can definitively say the picture and sound quality is top notch and is 100x better than the previous US dvd releases. (which I also own and compared it too.)

There really is no comparison here. The previous dvd's were muddy and the picture quality was severely lacking. The image on the Blu-ray release is crisp, clear and looks absolutely amazing. It looks like it could have been filmed yesterday.

I think if I had one complaint it would be that the fifth disc that contains many of the extras is a regular DVD and not in HD. However knowing that I would still have bought this set and been completely happy with my purchase.

The Prisoner has never looked or sounded better.
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359 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM NOT A NUMBER, I AM A BOX SET OF DVDs August 3, 2001
Well not exactly Patrick McGoohan's opening from The Prisoner, but it did catch your attention :-). Seriously here they are, all 17 episodes plus the Prisoner Video Companion originally offered on MCI Home Video now on DVD compliments of our good friends at A&E. What's nicer is the episodes are arranged in what the fans believe to be the chronological order of the episodes in terms of Number 6's time in the Village rather than order of original airdate (although some of them are in airdate order). As a hint at this look carefully at "The General" and "A, B and C". Both star Colin Gordon as Number 2, but in the opening for "A, B and C" he says "I am number 2" rather than "The new number 2". Also this set contains something released on video previously but only in England, a special edition of the 5th episode of the series, "The Chimes of Big Ben". Definitely the best of McGoohan's 3 British Secret Agent types series, but also the quintessential scifi series as well. By the way, a special debt of gratitude to A&E Homevideo. When this series first came out on VHS on MPI Homevideo in 1990, they made a muff in the episode "Checkmate". In the "Where am I" segment of the opening sequence it started with McGoohan doing it with the fore mentioned Colin Gordon even though Peter Wyngarde played Number 2 in this episode. By the third line "That would be telling" the tape was ok. I can't speak for the new A&E VHS copy, but on these DVDs the muff has NOT recurred. Which means either A&E acquired a better copy of the episode to restore on DVD or someone told them about the flub from 11 years ago. So kudos to A&E Video for to repairing this decade old "blooper". This 10 pack is much better buy than the 5 sets of 2 DVDs individually. Get it now, return to the Village and escape at your own pace.
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242 of 258 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Prisoner fans June 4, 2002
I myself did not think the transfer was all that bad. In fact I think it looks good on my 61" Sony and Sony DVD.
I started watching the Prisoner when it first released in the US as summer replacement. I have been hooked ever since.
Yes it is about a spy or "Secret Agent" who resigns in obvious disgust and is kidnapped, taken to a very mysterious, secret and very secure place known as "The Village". It is also about his attempts at escape and other intrigues. Leading edge spy stuff for its time.
To appreciate The Prisoner you must go beneath the surface at what The Prisoner really means. The series is full of symbolism and social commentary while The Vilage is referred to as "The model for a new world order" by one of the constantly changing #2's.
The series blew everyones mind in the late 60's when it aired. I knew many people who could not get it and never watched more than one or two episodes. The die-hard fans hung in there and got our own minds blown in "Fall Out" the final episode.
After years and careful noticeof the world and politics and social upheavals The Prisoner now makes sense immediately to people who are just now seeing it for the first time - like my 22 year old daughter. she had it figured out (correctly) by the 3rd DVD.
Anyway, this is an important series and TV's first true masterpiece. It is a work or art, it is a social commentary and it is very prophetic and more relevant than ever.
I love this set. I enjoyed the bonus tracks. To those who think the bonus tracks are lacking, remember this is a TV show produced in 1967. This is a veritable gold mine of bonus material.
After seeing all 17 episodes again in order, sharing them with my daughter had brought me to even new revelations about the series and the genius behind them.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for people who didn't get the previous sets October 22, 2009
While the previous review was correct that the special features, remastering, audio and video are identical in this new release (including the fold out of the classic village map) there are a couple of things this version of the Prisoner Megaset has that others don't, but should have had from the get go. The first advantage is this collection has the disk collected in ten slim line cases, which cuts down on your shelf space considerably compared to previous releases and their full sized DVD cases. Also this release has a pretty extensive PRINTED episode guide booklet that gives more than just a synopsis. You also get a little history of the making of that episode.

Now these extras may not be worth the double dipping for those who already bought the previous sets, but for those who never took the plunge now is the time. Not only do you get the great features from the original set, but also stuff you can read and enjoy without having to put a disk in your player. I give the higher rating for this set, which is a more complete and more compact set than all the rest (minus one for not getting it right the first time).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick McGoohan was a Genius!
Patrick McGoohan acted as number 6, a former British top secret agent who resigns in this memorable cult series. My sister lend me this complete series for viewing. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sylviastel
5.0 out of 5 stars I don;t care what anybody says.
The final episode is magnificent.
Published 1 month ago by E. Dillenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine way to spend one's time
Finally got to watch whole series. What a treat. Still entertaining decades later. Patrick McGoohan makes this.
Published 1 month ago by Francis Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT! Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Published 2 months ago by William Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars a Very Bizzare TV Show, get *5* stars!
What a bizzare TV Show this was. Patrick McGoohan is a prisoner where
retired spy's are held so they cannot give any information. A he's determined
to get away. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner TV series
Entertaining series from the 60s that is quite relevant in today's world
Where everyone is a prisoner to social media. Wanted it and ONLY Amazon had it!
Published 2 months ago by tara
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, really disappointing.
This was a gift. The sound is so messed up they could not be watched or enjoyed. I think the first couple episodes were watchable it was downhill after that. Feel ripped off.
Published 2 months ago by R. Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is number one????
This is a "Must Have" collection for true fans of the series and Patrick McGoohan.
Published 2 months ago by Calium
4.0 out of 5 stars The self-imposed prisoner
The Prisoner for years was only available from BBC video sales, if at all. The series, said to be the most expensive of all time(as they had to lease an entire hotel/retreat), was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beantown Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous product and excellent transaction. Totally pleased.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Whitney
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Box Set - Old vs. New
The old set lists that it has subtitles, but the new one does not mention it; I am deaf (well, close enough, anyway), and I'd prefer it with subtitles so I can read what the ^^&% they're saying. ;)
Oct 3, 2006 by South Beach Diet |  See all 14 posts
All the original licensed music ????
Not sure that the show was meant to be fun. It was meant to be engaging: the superb acting and production values, the satire and the questions raised which are more timely now than they were in 1966/67 when it was made.
Personally I find the show inspiring because Number 6 wins, in a way, every... Read More
Jan 7, 2013 by Shelley |  See all 4 posts
Will these be captioned/subtitled?
The set is subtitled but they are horrible :( My wife is from Japan and sometimes has problems understanding accents so she asked that I turn on the subtitles for her. Pretty much every line is paraphrased. With a show this intelligent and considering all the wit and sarcasm that comes from... Read More
Nov 11, 2009 by Paul Robinson |  See all 8 posts
When will we have Scott Apel's input on this series?
I have all of the Scott Appel introductions (I think he even mentions me in one of them). They are on old VHS tapes.
It is way too bad that Scott's insightful introductions (done in #6 costume with props) are not on any DVD or Blu-ray.
Jul 21, 2014 by Paul J. Mular |  See all 2 posts
Will the A&E set mirror the UK set?
A&E, like Network in the UK, are only the distributor. I'm not sure that they are responsible for the film-to-video transfers. When I inquired as to the possibility of the Network set being distributed in North America, I was told that Network only had the distribution rights for the UK. The... Read More
Jun 22, 2009 by Blue Coronet |  See all 10 posts
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