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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
Stills from The Prisoner: The Complete Series (Click for larger image)
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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
I last saw the series on the local PBS channel right after college. It's like an Acid trip mixed with ideas too wild for any James Bond film and star
Patrick McGoohan is... Read more
I have not seen this being shown anywhere on TV since oh-so-long ago, that I finally ordered the BluRay disks. Not disappointed at all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven J
I don't know nothin' about no technical specs, so read other reviews for Blu-Ray details. This is a critique of the show for curious new viewers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Twelvetrees
To have a series like this back in the 60's was exceptional. It got a bit silly as to it's ending, but isn't that also the way series go today, even movies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tommytoe
When a new narrative show with actors is pitched to television executives, the first question to be answered is in regards to the show's genre, usually one of five: comedy-sitcom... Read morePublished 4 months ago by classicalsteve
I remember this when it came out and could not wait to get it so I could watch it all again. The final episode was not as good as the rest, but I guess they had to end it somehow.Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey Scherer
Why oh why I couldn't get into this now I don't know. I was crazy about this when I was very young and it came on TV. So I thought that 50 years later I would still like it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Valerie Provines
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|Box Set - Old vs. New||
Bought it: it has closed-captioning; have submitted note to add to product description. I imagine the old box set just hasn't sold out yet, and that is why it is still for sale.
Mar 26, 2007 by South Beach Diet | See all 14 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
|Disc 5 DVD problem||
I have Samsung Blu Ray player and disc 5 just pops out "Disc cannot be read",
so I'm guessing this may be widespread ???
Nov 15, 2009 by David Rout | See all 24 posts