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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.
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
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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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