The Prisoner: The Complete Series (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Collector's Edition, 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
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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
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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
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When I saw it had been released on Blu-Ray I was somewhat hesitant. Hesitant because not all the older media transfers well to Blu-Ray and, even if it does, sometimes its age or mechanisms used to create an effect can be exposed for its crudeness. Well, I'm happy to report that, as of watching up to Episode 7 of 17, I've only noticed one such exposure. The floating Guardian ?
I feel like a kid again watching this stuff over. I do remember the show becoming a little self-indulgent towards the end as the surrealism was played up a little to much here and there but, for me, I wont tire of this series. I'll pull it off the shelf every so often and indulge myself in its self-indulgence and relive childhood days.
Summary: Should this set become damaged or lost, I will replace it with the same.
I own a lot of sci-fi, high budget special effects movies on blu-ray and none of them are as impressive as The Prisoner is on blu-ray. I've been a fan of the prisoner since I first watched it on my local PBS channel's pledge drive marathon when I was 12 years old. I've seen it on broadcast, VHS, and DVD and I can tell you it's NEVER looked this good. I'm sorry to gush so much about this, but I can't overstate how amazing the transfer is.
I have always found The Prisoner to be a show that I can regularly re-watch and always find some new bit of philosophical treasure. Having owned this in all its available incarnations and having seen it more times than I can count, I thought I'd seen it all. However, the blu-ray transfer is so crystal clear, I've seen things in the background that I'd never noticed before. Signs, newspapers, products in the village store, nuances that give the show another layer of depth. Not to mention how bright and lively all the acid-trip rainbow of colors is illuminated in this transfer. While I've always enjoyed re-watching The Prisoner, the blu-ray copy has breathed new life into it, and made it a much more invigorating and interactive viewing experience.
If you're a fan, you simply must treat yourself to this delightful enhancement to an old favorite!
I like the special edition version of the series. The box set has an entire dvd of special features. I didn't have any issues watching each episode and as many of the special features as I have had the opportunity to watch. This show deserves more and it is a shame it ended so quickly right when they started picking up the intensity and stronger pace of the larger story.
I am glad I bought this and have enjoyed watching it with my wife and talking about the theories we have even after finishing the last episode. So trippy and pulling at all perceptions we had of different things in it.
I am not a number, I am a free man!
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