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The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

Patrick McGoohan , Zena Walker , Patrick McGoohan , David Tomblin    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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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 (which contains the entire series), all is revealed. Or is it? --Steve Landau



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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever timely & brilliant! Feb. 27 2004
Format:DVD
A nameless man resigns from a secret Government agency, planning to embark upon a new life with a free conscience. Gassed in his room, he awakens in The Village, a deceptively lovely & inviting prison where everyone is a number & there is no escape. Informed that he is now Number Six, a succession of new Number Twos does their best to break him & discover precisely why he resigned. As the series progresses, the tone becomes more surreal & allegorical ...
I first saw this wonderful series as a 14 year old back in 1968, when it appeared as a summer replacement for "The Jackie Gleason Show" on CBS. While certainly a product of its time, its questions not only remain timeless but all the more relevant today, when privacy is at an even greater premium & the individual is bombarded with an endless deluge of homogenized consumer, political & cultural inanity & propaganda.
What began as a mystery/suspense series quickly became something much deeper, much richer -- but creator & star McGoohan was smart enough to provide plenty of excitement & adventure for those viewers who wanted nothing more than that (although the densely symbolic final episodes must have proven frustrating for them). In various episodes, the series explores the limits of democracy; the role of the media in shaping public opinion; the various aspects of supposedly benign Big Brotherism (both from Left & Right); the perversions of science & technology, often used to mold & control people rather than serve them; the morality of violence in service of the State; the boundary between individual conscience & community need ... and we're just getting started!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM NOT A NUMBER, I AM A BOX SET OF DVDs Aug. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-ray is amazing! Feb. 10 2013
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't comment on the show itself. Either you're a fan and know all about it or you need to see it and decide for yourself. It's the perfect definition of cult and, like all cult shows, a description can't explain it's appeal to the true believer.

If you are a fan though (or interested in experiencing the show at it's best), the Blu-ray is the way to go. I own the DVDs and am amazed at the superior quality of the Blu-ray set. Vivid colours, sharp picture - the DVD version isn't even close, at least on a large good quality monitor. The original production values are the best I've seen so far for a TV show of this vintage.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Archetype Prevails June 1 2004
Format:DVD
There are no greater television shows than "The Prisoner". Not ever. Perhaps shows such as "MASH" or "Twin Peaks" rise high enough to catch a glimpse of Patrick McGoohan's Big Idea racing off into the distance but they will never catch up. "The Prisoner" is one of the few works of art in the twentieth century that actually deserve to be called revolutionary. But, Patrick McGoohan, the show's creator and star, has no time whatsoever to rebel against things that lesser figures and would-be rebels wish to rebel against -stoking up the fires of their tiny egos. McGoohan means business and his series, "The Prisoner" rushes up to all of the Big Questions and grabs them by the neck. "The Prisoner" is a declared war against tyranny in all of its forms: sexual attraction, the lure of comfort, the facade of democratic politics, science, fundamentalist anti-science, conservatism, cheap liberal progressivism, group-think in any form at all including "individualism" (which is just another form of group-think),the ultimate prison which is one's self, and more. Number Six, played by Patrick McGoohan himself, is absolutely relentless on his assault upon the Village which would keep him there against his will. And he desires to leave no matter what wholesome blandishments are offered to him. In that way, Number Six is a greater human being than most of us. He is more than a common human individual living out his life. He is an archetype. He can never quite escape but the octopoidal snares of the Village can never quite hold him. In that way, his story resembles the myth of Sisyphus. And yet Number Six is more than Sisyphus. I will not give the end of the series away but I will say that at the end Number Six comes to a true understanding of himself. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really dated but needs watching for cultural literacy
The Prisoner: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] (1067-1968). I do not remember the series looking this good. I only saw reruns as I was in Viet Nam at the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner: The complete series
The Prisoner was a great series when it first came out - I watched it on an old black and white set at a friends house, an to see it again in color was great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul G. Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellente série culte !
You won't be dissapointed. You have to learn and read about it first and then watch it. You won't be dissapointed
Published 4 months ago by Robin Arguin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner
I have not seen this series since I was a teenager. Watching the series again was such a treat. This series was ahead of it's time, blending some sci-fi, adventure, and spy genres. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark Kraulis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner - Blu-ray
I've been waiting to buy the set for a number of years and it's finally come down in price and is superbly displayed in Blu Ray. A true classic. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Exciting Purchase
4.0 out of 5 stars great was as I recall it
I used to watch this when it was on TV . I loved it then as now. It is witty and different . McGoohan is fantastic.
Published 16 months ago by Gary McNeely
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Great Show!
Still a fun watch after all of these years...
I like the new packaging of this as it takes up about half of the space and do to it being on sale cost about a... Read more
Published on April 5 2011 by Shmeger
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
This tv series was ok but I preferred the later remakes ... The quality is so so ,.. If you are a fan ... Buy
Published on March 8 2011 by Gregory A. Boshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars The final prisoner experience.
I have not yet purchased this set but have seen clips on High Definition Youtube. Type in
The Prisoner HD
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Published on Oct. 23 2010 by Sandro
5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a number
smart,fun,and just all round good.I first watched it on old videos from TVO.Ontario's public telivision.
Published on June 24 2010 by A. Larson
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