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The Prisoner: The Complete Series (2009)

Patrick McGoohan  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NB421C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Includes the following exclusive bonus features:

- Ultra-rare original footage of the 1966 location shooting, accompanied by commentary with series production manager 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 and 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
- Subtitles

Editorial Reviews

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 discs
The 2009 Collector's Edition has the same video content as the 2006 40th Anniversary Edition, but does not include the booklet or paper map. The principal other difference is that the 10 discs are packaged in five Thinpaks instead of 10. For an improved video transfer and new supplemental features, try the 2009 Blu-ray release. --David Horiuchi

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 collector's edition of the cult classic which is considered one of the most innovative TV series ever filmed.

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.

Customer Reviews

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165 of 169 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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358 of 377 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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241 of 257 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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83 of 88 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
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 days ago by Beantown Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous product and excellent transaction. Totally pleased.
Published 7 days ago by Barbara Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
beloved past series hard to find episodes
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clean transfers. My only complaint is the number ...
Very clean transfers. My only complaint is the number of disks used (10) for just 17 hours' worth of episodes.
Published 16 days ago by Bill Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars The mysterious tiger like presence of Patrick McGoohan.
A genuine Master Piece, an ageless artwork, Wow ! now that I am all grown-up I see what the fuss is all about with the Prisoner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy and twisted logic.
It is truly bizarre. I had seen it once when I borrowed it from friends. I wanted to see it again to see if it made more sense. No, just as crazy the second time around. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David A. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars i am not a number
Superb an all time favorite a sixties must see an english spy resigns and is captured to an island for information
Published 1 month ago by Alex V
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Series
Superb TV series in the day and absolutely great to be able to revisit it in full. A timeless classic!
Published 2 months ago by Paul B
5.0 out of 5 stars Never land gone bad
Paradise in 1984. Be seeing you. Too bad it's almost true, so much for so called government transparency. Must watch.
Published 3 months ago by george costa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prisoner Geek's Suggested Epsiode-Order List
1. Arrival
2. Free For All
3. Checkmate
4. The Chimes Of Big Ben
5. Dance Of the Dead
6. The General
7. A., B., & C.
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Published 3 months ago by Boy
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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.
6 days ago 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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