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The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Leo McKern, Kenneth Griffin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 884 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C68WOG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Discs 1-4 (Blu-ray):

All 17 episodes in newly remixed 5.1 surround sound (in addition to the original mono tracks)

Disc 5 (DVD):

"Don't Knock Yourself Out": Feature-length documentary chronicling the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its 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 Wilfred Josephs' complete and abandoned score

Original edit of "The Chimes of Big Ben"

Production crew audio commentaries on seven episodes

Trailers for all episodes

Archive textless material, including the title sequence with clean themes by Ron Grainer, Wilfred 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)


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Product Description

Since its CBS debut in the summer of 1968, the masterful British TV series THE PRISONER has captivated American audiences. Now A&E presents a definitive aficionado s edition of the cult classic which is considered one of the most innovative TV series ever filmed, for the first time in breathtaking Blu-Ray. Fully restored from the original film elements with newly remixed 5.1 surround sound and featuring hours of bonus material never released in North America, this Blu-Ray edition is a fitting tribute to the creative vision of the late Executive Producer and Star Patrick McGoohan.

After resigning from a top-secret position, a man (McGoohan) is abducted and spirited from his London home to a mysterious place known only as The Village. Village Residents, known only by numbers, are held captive because each possesses valuable knowledge. The Prisoner, now known as Number Six, battles to protect his mind and his humanity while struggling to discover the identity of Number One and escape captivity.

DISC ONE: Arrival / The Chimes of Big Ben / A, B And C / Free for All / The Schizoid Man

DISC TWO: The General / Many Happy Returns / Dance of the Dead / Checkmate / Hammer Into Anvil

DISC THREE: It s Your Funeral / A Change of Mind / Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling / Living in Harmony / The Girl Who Was Death

DISC FOUR: Once Upon a Time / Fall Out / Bonus Features

DISC FIVE (DVD): Bonus Features

HOURS OF EXCITING NEW BONUS FEATURES:

  • Newly remixed 5.1 surround sound for all 17 episodes (in addition to the original mono tracks).
  • Don t Knock Yourself Out Feature-length documentary chronicling the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its 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 Wilfred Josephs complete and abandoned score.
  • Original edit of The Chimes of Big Ben.
  • Production crew audio commentaries on seven episodes.
  • Trailers for all episodes.
  • Archive textless material, including the title sequence with clean themes by Ron Grainer, Wilfred 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)

Amazon.com

If a top-level spy decided he didn't want to be a spy anymore, could he just walk into HQ and hand in his resignation? With all that classified knowledge in his head, would he be allowed to become a civilian again, free to go about his life? The answer, according to the stylish, brilliantly conceived 1960s British TV series The Prisoner, is a resounding no. In fact, instead of receiving a gold watch for his years of faithful service, our hero (played by Patrick McGoohan) is followed home to his London flat and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a picturesque village where everyone is known by a number. Where is it? Why was he brought here? And, most important, how does he leave?

As we learn in Episode 1, Number 6 can't leave. The Village's "citizens" might dress colorfully and stroll around its manicured gardens while a band plays bouncy Strauss marches, but the place is actually a prison. Surveillance is near total, and if all else fails, there's always the large, mysterious white ball that subdues potential escapees by temporarily smothering them. Who runs the Village? An ever-changing Number 2, who wants to know why Number 6 resigned. If he'd only cooperate, he's told, life can be made very pleasant. "I've resigned," he fumes. "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own." So sets the stage for the ultimate battle of wills: Number 6's struggle to retain his privacy, sanity, and individuality against the array of psychological and physical methods the Village uses to break him.

So does he ever escape? And does he ever find out who Number 1 is? "Questions are a burden to others," the Village saying goes. "Answers, a prison for oneself." Within this complete 17-episode set, all is revealed. Or is it? --Steve Landau

Also on the disc
The 17 episodes are contained on four Blu-ray discs, and they look fantastic. This is older footage (1968) that really shows a marked improvement in high definition. Audio can be played in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or the original mono. Bonus features are included on the episode discs and on a fifth disc, which is a standard-definition DVD rather than a Blu-ray disc. Don't Knock Yourself Out is a 95-minute documentary from 2007 about the history of The Prisoner, including the early career of Patrick McGoohan and how a trip to Wales for Danger Man helped him discover Portmerion. New interviews with the original cast and crew are complemented by archive footage. There are two new featurettes--"The Pink Prisoner" and "You Make Sure It Fits!"--as well as production-crew commentaries on seven episodes, archive textless materials, extensive images and production archives, and a 30-second promo for the 2009 AMC miniseries. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Now, for those who don't know the show: The Prisoner was the best TV series EVER made.
J. Harrison
As to the quality of the DVDs themselves, A&E has done a superb job with this set--super clean transfers and excellent Dolby sound.
Kenneth M. Pizzi
It is a work or art, it is a social commentary and it is very prophetic and more relevant than ever.
Alexander E. Paulsen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

171 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Brother Bish on October 28, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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362 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pregosin on August 3, 2001
Format: DVD
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 260 people found the following review helpful By Alexander E. Paulsen on June 4, 2002
Format: DVD
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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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By landru141 on August 19, 2005
Format: DVD
DVD - overview. Well, they are excellent transfers. Visually its as clear as it will ever be. The sound is a bit thin and could have used the detailed thought that went into the Original Star Trek series. The miracle would have been to actually interview or have McGoohan himself do a commentary. Since he's notoriously closed mouthed about this series, don't expect it. Ever.

The Show - What's it all about? There are at least 3 ways to view this series, which is at least 2 more ways than almost anything generated by popular culture in the last 50 years. However deeply you decide to invest your thoughts, it will not go unrewarded. The Prisoner is simply the best television show ever made and one of the few that actually attempts to make the disposable medium "art." The fact that I'm writing about it nearly 40s years later is a testament to the achievement of the singularly minded force behind it: the star, Patrick McGoohan.

McGoohan had come off a second 2-year run of his popular "Danger Man" series. The first series ran from 1960-62, the second from 1964-66 ... look them up on this site for further info ... and were hugely successful both in the UK and in the US. He had already turned down the role of 007 before it was offered to Sean Connery for various "moral reasons" which still seem vague to this day. He seemed to find the character of Bond's habit of killing and womanizing distasteful. In 1962, this wasn't such a big deal. James Bond had been a popular series of novels and the first movie was considered a modest undertaking at best. (Future Bond and current star of "The Saint" Roger Moore was approached and also turned it down.) Fast-forward to 1966, as McGoohan's own show was now going into its 5th year, he was offered the role again.
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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
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