The Prisoner: The Complete Series
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!
Here was a mystery wrapped in a pop-art engima. Who was the prisoner? "I am not a number" was a catch phrase but one that struck the war weary world a bit too close to home for them to feel comfortable with it. Why was he there and, more to the point, where exactly is there?
Although I saw it before, this time I noticed cordless phone, flat screen televisions and other things that were too minute that I did not get them the first go-round.
The Blu-Ray DVD, providing us with all the episodes (including the infamous LIVING IN HARMONY wild west episode that was excluded when the program aired originally in the USA) does one of the best jobs of reproducing the series to disk. The colors are vivid and intense and for the first time you can see the details of the village. Suddenly everything (the colorful uniforms and umbrellas - are they rainbow bright? the colors of the Vatican guards?) and the scenery pops out at you. But there is still the haunting and captivating tale that awaits viewers. It is truly one of those series that you can watch many times over and discover something new or different with each viewing.
The final episode, FALL OUT, sparked a controversy. A series that had captured and confused with its allegorical illusions now confounded the audience. But the scenes as Number 6 reached for Number 1, will remain etched in everyone's minds long after seeing it. Did it mean anything? Did it mean a lot? Much like the last episode of THE SOPRANOS, the fade to black story line will never satisify the viewer. After sixteen episodes that captivated and provoked the viewer, how could it?
But if you are seeing it for the first time or the hundreth, get the Blu-ray version and you will find another aspect of this feat - a visual one.