The Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Studio: A&e Home Video Release Date: 04/24/2007 Run time: 884 minutes

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

Customer Reviews:

  • the best of the best
    everything you ever wanted to see about the PRISONER is included in this perfect collection ... highly recommended!...more info
  • Be Seeing You
    Great collection of the Prisoner series.I used to watch the series on T.V. with my mom,who was entranced with Patrick McGewhan.I am now in the process of watching them again with her!It seems the series got more weird as it went on.It still is quite a unique show.The fighting scenes are the typical unrealistic ones,as they were at the time.(Knock out people with one punch),(he was an olympic boxer, we came to find out in episode 4, I think).Kind of earie how Big Brother is becoming more real today,like in the series.At least we aren't being brainwashed yet!The series kind of mimics real life ,as the people have accepted being prisoner and go along with the government,just like the trend is today.We all have Social Security numbers,which we are known by in the Government.However,we can still be called by our names.It is refreshing to see this series again,as it was innovative at it's time,and still is,although we have more modern things.Really enjoy reliving the old times.Be seeing you!...more info
  • Who's Your Number Two?
    Just a typical day...you slam your fists on your boss' desk in a rage.You feel like passing out, like you're just a number and there's no escape. You wake up in the morning and it's the same thing all over again. The piped-in music everyplace is driving you crazy, and where did all these people in striped outfits come from? Just when you make a run for it, this giant white ball stops you. I grew up watching this with my parents on Saturday morning. Not cartoons? Yeah, we're still a weird family. Our local PBS station showed it a decade and a half after its original airing in the sixties. This series made a big impression on my eight-year old brain. I bought the set a few years ago and watched it again, this time in color! It still makes an impression. Fantastic production values, great acting, paranoia-inducing with fabulous scripts. Patrick McGoohan plays a secret agent who is shipped off to a deprogramming facility by helicopter when he questions his superiors. (It's actually a real village in Wales called Portmeiron created by an eccentric in the 19th century ). Thought-provoking is the way agent number 6's (McGoohan) dilemma is reflected back into the society we live in. Society vs. individual identity, groupthink, power of suggestion...it's heady stuff and a pschoanalyst could spend hours trying to uncover the layers. I suggest you enjoy it and expect all your expectations to be turned upside down. Bravo! An instant classic. People in Hollywood should be strapped to their chairs and try to learn something from this. ...more info
  • The Prisoner
    I am very happy with this item and I do enjoy it. Good quality also....more info
  • Best DVD Box Set Evah!
    OK, there are things I would have done different had I released it. Namely arranging the episodes in the order of the original release. However, since primary creative impetus to the series Patrick McGoohan has approved different arrangement on public television, and was honorary president of the Six of One society that puzzled out the chronology that A&E used for this box set and the original series concept was a 7 episode series that had a whole different arrangement. I don't begrudge A&E for this arrangement. After all, being on DVD, with only two episodes per DVD it is easy enough to drop a different DVD in per episode if you want to use the public television, ITV or 7 episode McGoohan chronology.

    The transfers are perfect digital replications of the original masters. With all the technicolor joys that late 1960s television has to offer. The one exception to this is the alternative version of 'The Chimes of Big Ben' which has video artifacts of the accidentally acquired early version of the episode, however as it is more of a bonus than a poorly reproduced piece of the original series, this is acceptable. After all, nobody complains that the gag reel from Star Trek isn't pristinely re-edited and digitally remastered.

    Speaking of Star Trek. Kudos to A&E for keeping the price tag on this piece of television heritage at a reasonable price. $80.00 per season is ridiculous. 50-odd dollars for an AD-FREE DVD box set is just right.

    Well designed, includes a pocket companion to the series with recaps, trivia, and episode goofs, as well as a separate map of The Village similar to the one seen in the episode 'Arrival'. Slim-line cases, single-sided DVDs, clean and simple design. This is the second megaset I've purchased from A&E, The Monty Python's Flying Circus megaset is equally well designed and has even more extras.

    Speaking of extras, original trailers, trivia games, foreign language versions of the intro, and an interview with the production designers make for a well rounded package. The only notable extra that isn't on the discs is a running commentary for the episodes, I for one though prefer my films and television shows commentary-free.

    The Prisoner broke the boundaries of television in a way that no series except for 'The Twilight Zone' had done before. It also advanced the story-arc concept from the more episodic 'The Fugitive'. Fans of Lost, Firefly, Hill Street Blues, The X-Files, Miami Vice, The Shield, and most anime series would do well to pick up this box set and see what made it all possible.

    Be Seeing You....more info
  • Still Number One
    This has been my go to title for being the all time BEST television show ever. Having not seen it in a decade, I was a little concerned that time may have weakened the premise. I am happy to say that, if anything the show is even more pertinent today. The question of identity theft and security of countries and the safety of their espionage agents or betrayal by the leaders of their governments is still in the headlines.

    Relevance of subject matter aside, the show is action packed and the writing is sharp and many layered. Fans of 24 will enjoy the depth of the storyline and the original arc structure.

    Don't be put off by the incongruities. Remember this was a show made in the 1960's when all phones were attached to the wall and television came in 3 maybe 4 chhannels. The prevailing wisdom then was, "Why do people need a computer at home?"

    The mini-pack system of DVD's is a welcome extra for those of us who live in smaller places and need to watch the size of our DVD collections.

    The extras are sometimes fun and sometimes a bit not so fun, but it is the show that stands out. If you are a fan of well scripted movies and TV this is the best. I have been saying that since I first saw the show in the 60's and after viewing the box set my opinion is still that the Prisoner is Number One....more info
  • Patrick McGoohan's Unconventional Classic!
    Unique, wildly unconventional, often frustrating, but never dull, Patrick McGoohan's brilliant 17-episode original series, "The Prisoner" has stirred controversy for over 40 years. Was it a nightmarish vision of dehumanization? A bitter treatise on the loss of personal freedom to 'the System'? A satire of an era when vocal radicals were undermining the Establishment? Or something else, entirely? One of the pleasures of the series is creating your own theory (which McGoohan, himself, encouraged), and this collection provides everything you need to become an expert on the world of 'The Village'...

    It is a program with an intriguing backstory; after 86 spisodes playing 'John Drake' in the very popular British series, "Danger Man" (renamed "Secret Agent" in America), between 1961-1967, McGoohan abruptly quit. When the studio demanded compensation, he offered a new series, about a secret agent who leaves the service for personal reasons, is promptly kidnapped, imprisoned in an idyllic, but sterile community, renamed 'Number 6', and relentlessly interrogated by the unknown jailers. Each week he'd attempt to escape, only to be recaptured, until he'd finally learn the secret behind 'The Village'. The studio, intrigued by the concept (recognizing the parallels to McGoohan's own situation), asked for 26 episodes (McGoohan wanted to make only seven), and a compromise of 17 episodes was reached. Then the American distributor, CBS, became involved; they disliked the concept (believing it to be little more than a live-action 'Road Runner' cartoon, with McGoohan's character the coyote, devising elaborate schemes to escape that always failed), and dumped the new show into the little-viewed summer 'hiatus' between seasons, where failed pilots and unsuccessful series could earn back production costs by advertising revenue.

    But a strange thing happened; ratings soared, as word-of-mouth about the unconventional series spread, and CBS found itself with a hit! They quickly approached McGoohan, begging him to extend the series, and offering a prime spot in the fall TV schedule. The actor simply smiled, said, "Thanks, but no thanks!", and concluded "The Prisoner" with the surreal 17th episode.

    And the legend was born...

    Loaded with extras, including trivia quizzes, a 'Video Companion' to the series, production stills, and even a map of 'The Village', "The Prisoner - Complete Series Megaset (40th Anniversary Edition)" is the most comprehensive edition of the groundbreaking series you will ever find...I highly recommend it, and invite you to join Number 6 in the Village...and develop your own theories!

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  • A Great Series
    Always fun to watch. Ahead of its time. A show that makes you think. Just wish I had time to watch the whole set at one time....more info
  • Modern British summer series of the 60's
    great summer series ...way ahead of it's time. Patrick Mcgoohan was a great actor(also Secret Agent Man)...He will be missed....more info
  • Very Good but the Network UK set is far superior
    I concur with those that have stated that this is NOT the restored versions released last Oct in the UK from the original 35MM tapes. So it gets a strike against it for that. However I have purchased this set and it is acceptable to the average consumer. However the UK set is markedly superior. You would need a region-free player to play the UK set, and the set is more expensive than this version, but I believe it is worth it as I have seen the difference....more info
  • Disappointed
    I am sorely disappointed in this product. I have been a fan of the Prisoner since the beginning but this product did not endear me to its creator.

    The video is marginal and the sound simply horrible. I spent the entire tiem fo the first 2 episodes with the volume control in hand trying to hear.

    The video is obviously drawn from the original 30 year old film with out correction or adjustment.

    It is simply a poor product....more info
  • Great but a word of warning
    Most of the other reviewers have said great things about this series and I am happy with my purchase. BUT I think a word of warning is important for those people who are looking at buying this sight unseen. You may not like it. My wife doesn't and it has left her cold.

    Why: The Prisoner is a political commentary of thoughts and ideas going on in the 60's (as well as today!), presented with gravity. There is no humour - at least to me. It is heavy and the portrayal of some of the concepts may seem simplistic. The music employed is the type of 60's music that I find grating and some of the acting just seems wrong. But don't get me wrong...I think it is an important show but requires the viewer to understand the time and setting it was written in.

    An example? The big balloons used to chase runners down...from the year 2007 it looks laughable however at the time the show was made it is possible this looked like a viable futuristic device to portray terror and automated response.

    If you are looking for something more entertaining get the Avengers. If you want something to make you think through politics, this may be the ticket.

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  • Iconic TV show from the 60s
    This is as good as I remembered: a stylish, quirky and dystopian reflection of modern life. Patrick McGoohan and Leo McKern are brilliant. Such creative risk-taking in television is rare indeed.
    No man is just a number....more info
  • That would be telling.
    Oh, this is the coolest series to turn your hipster "I've seen it all" friends onto. They'll be amazed. Bought this for my father who had reminisced about it for years, he watched it with my ten year old brother. They both love it! I love it. Never shown even one episode to anyone who didn't immediately need to see more!...more info
  • Brilliant
    TP is a great work of art. Unfortunately, tv is no different from any other arts medium in that rarely is greatness recognized off the bat. People always whine about tv's Wasteland, yet have tuned in regularly for such dull crap as Friends or the Cosby Show. People say they want boldness- even poetry, especially in these contemporary postmodern times. Yet, when confronted with 1 of the boldest works of art ever put forth, people whine that they may actually have to think & not be passive. They reject it. 1 might call this the Stanley Kubrick Syndrome. It's no surprise that the other great piece of visual art that reigned in 1968 (along with TP & Planet Of The Apes) was Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. TP is also a great work of philosophy. Fundamentally it deals with the nature of reality, yet politically it also deals with the idea of rights (civil & human), which (if we are honest) we all know are a human law of invention, not a natural law of immanence. Now think: why is it that philosophy is 1 of the few endeavors more scorned than poetry? Because it's all ideas- it is inert. Art is ideas in motion, & the visual arts are the most accessible forms of art. & TP is a masterpiece of the visual arts in its philosophy. This DVD set (The Complete Prisoner) should ensconce itself on your shelves filled with Plato, Nietzsche, Holderlin, & the boys. Also, as to what it's all about, again- the point is open, & please put not too much stock in PM's explanation as artists are wont to missing the results they put out for they concentrate too much on the intent- plus, all artists of any worth are accomplished prevaricators- often willfully so. PM's art is served well by disinforming his public. So confused were critics & the viewing public that in all the years since I can think of only 2 tv shows that have some commonalities with TP- meaning its influence was limited.
    The 1st was American PBS's 1979 telefilm The Lathe Of Heaven, wherein the main character suffers a horrific trauma & literally lives within a dream- or does he? The other was the UPN network's 1995 1 season show Nowhere Man- starring Bruce Greenwood. In it a photojournalist takes a photo of a supposed Latin American execution & finds out his whole life may have been a charade. While not `imprisoned' like 6, the character- Tom Veil- seeks to regain his life by hitting the road to prove he is sane. TP & The Fugitive are the 2 dominant influences on this show- & it often paid subtle & overt homages to both. Unlike TP, however, this show was to be a regular series, but was canceled before its 1st season was over. This prompted the producers to wrap up the show hastily at 25 episodes. The result was an ending which aped TP's, but with none of the emotional impact, nor surrealism. What a shame, because the show was far superior to the Star Trek: Voyager show it aired after. & though dreams are a province film has often plumbed, about the only successful film of recent vintage that I would say is comparable is Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 Martian sci fi opus Total Recall. In that film Schwarzenegger's character is truly his own worst enemy! Another noteworthy point re: TP is that it may very well have been the 1st real `miniseries' to air in the US. While the 1970s saw Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots, The Holocaust, etc. make miniseries a staple, TP should truly be seen in their genre- after all, it was planned to be only 17 episodes long- about 14 hours of tv- shorter than Roots. Seen in that light it has still more significance. PM had the smarts to lace ambiguities throughout the show. 1 almost feels he was conducting an experiment & must've loved the control he/the show had over his/its fans. As I've stated, I think the best interpretation is that the whole show takes place in a moment of 6's mind (whether JD or not) as he is either heading to resign, contemplating the `fall out' of such a deed, or merely off on another adventure as Danger Man. It's not that unusual a trope- it's even classic, & since the penultimate episode is the last to start with 6 `waking up' the series can be seen circularly with 6 forever dreaming (dead?)- thanks go out for that possibility, too.
    Another little mentioned aspect of TP, as art, is that it is a nearly perfect piece of metacriticism on conspiracy theories in general- whether they're plausible theories as in JFK's assassination, or wacky theories involving aliens, Jewish bankers, & that lot. In fact, part of the show's `cult status' feeds off of that frenzy. Refer back to all the queries I have addressed, & the many others I have not (see assorted books & websites for what I mean). But if that does not convince you that this brilliant work of art also doubles as a brilliant piece of metacriticism, maybe this will: re-read my exposition of 6 as John Drake, get the DVD for yourself, & confirm what I say, & you will see I am correct. Wanna bet that my expos¨¦ is ridiculed by the TP cultists? In fact, the show inspires factions of fans who refuse logic & definitive proofs in whatever defense of their beliefs- no matter how wrong they are. Ain't art wonderful?
    Let me end this essay by possibly pulling a McGoohan (I shan't wrap things too tightly lest suffocate them- or am I feinting now?) & returning to the 4 points: apparent contradiction, particulars from the general, the general from particulars, & lastly TPD. As we've seen TP is chock with contradictions real & apparent. We've also seen these contradictions are often served by allowing the viewer to make deductive & inductive conclusions which not only are at odds given certain different information, but often from the same information. & before using TPD in a metaphoric way re: TP, consider this: the title, as we've seen is not necessarily specific to 6. Therefore let us consider 6 & 2 (or any other Villagers) to be eternally pondering the other's moves. 6 as the non-fink & the 2s as the finks who consistently win round after round- until the end. The 2s have all the perks, yet they all seem to have a not-so-secret envy of 6. What changes to allow the still seemingly non-finking 6 to win? (Or does he?) That may be the actual key question of the series, also never pondered before without the idea of TPD. Also, consider that TPD operates (theoretically) under unchanging rules- TP may or may not; & may or may not be self-consistent with its own consistency (or inconsistency).
    In the end it may well be that the ambiguity which damned TP's initial critical & public reception is the very thing which has proven to be its salvation. After decades of intermittent appearances the whole show can be owned for the price of a decent VCR or boombox. Trust me in that it is a much more sound investment you will mine over & again through the years. On reflection, perhaps there is no dilemma after all. Then, again, I told you I was gonna pull a McGoohan- or was that a McGuffin? ...more info
  • EXCELLENT!
    I already had this series on Laser Disc but with all the extras on the DVDs the experience is now complete.

    Excellent service....more info
  • 2007 A&E - 40th Anniversary Edition review
    This was released by A&E in late 2006, and is basically the same version as their previous "The Complete Prisoner Megaset/Collection" DVD release. The packaging is new(it's now in a 'thinpack' format), and there are a couple of new extras(an illustrated map of The Village and an introductory booklet/episode guide).
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  • Be ready for something different...
    Since "The Prisoner" has been coming up in my life for many years: my father talking about it, "Simpsons" references, and in music (Iron Maiden), I decided to buy the megaset. It was better than I thought it would be.
    This show has so many different levels and such symbolism, you have to watch almost all the episodes three or four times to appreciate everything.
    This show was clearly ahead of it's time (late 60s). All the standard "hour-long drama" stereotypes are either left out or creatively re-presented. (I'd go into detail, but you'd have to see the episodes to really get what I'm saying, but I will say that in one episode, no one talks for about the first 23 minutes).
    The epsiodes have a claustrophobic, suspenseful air to them rather than a predictable linear plot that wraps up neatly at the end ("ooo, a Bad Guy! We're Good Guys! Let's get the Bad Guys! Yay! We got the Bad Guys!") As a matter of fact, there is an episode that makes fun of such plots (The Girl Who Was Death).
    I was so enthralled with the show that I soon after purchased the two volumes of original shooting scripts for the show.
    Buy this set if you like mysteries, symbolism, allegory, and suspense (as well as great acting from Patrick McGoohan and the various Number 2s)!
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  • The Prisoner - Complete Series
    For me this was the best find ever! I bought it as a gift for an avid Prisoner series fan. He's limited himself to one episode a night so he can look forward to it every evening....more info
  • Best Series Ever
    What can I say about "The Prisoner"? It was the best when originally aired on CBS in 1968 and it is still intriguing, without being dated. The technology is primitive, but in its heyday the technology was science fiction.
    I loved this series so much, this was my birthday present to me this year (41 years later). I will spend many suspenseful, pleasant hours with No. 6 and his cohorts. ...more info
  • A great series, highly recommended
    I have always been a fan of this series, and was happy to find this set. I particularly liked the thin DVD cases, which don't take up huge amounts of space like the old set did.

    As for the series itself, I consider The Prisoner to be a classic. Well worth watching! It does the whole "secret government conspiracy" theme quite nicely, and we see Mr. 6 subjected to a very creative variety of mind games and even mild torture by an undisclosed government agency. They want information about why he resigned, but he's not talking. Mr. 6 is being held prisoner and continually tries to escape his captors, only to fail again and again. The ending to this series is one of the stranger things I have ever seen on TV. I recommend checking this one out!

    Be seeing you......more info
  • Interesting and enticing...
    The Prisoner is filled with questions from the start. Each episode is filled with adventure.

    If you are a fan of LOST get this box set. You will be not disappointed because there are many similarities between the two shows....more info
  • Great Video and Audio Quality".

    Simply Put, This Set Of The Prisoner Dvd's Is Excellent. I Have A 42" Panasonic HD Plasma and They Look Beautiful On It. If You Are A Purist Prisoner Fan, You Cant Go Wrong; With This Collection....more info
  • "I'm a man,not a number!"
    "The Prisoner" was a magnificent series. Unusually creative, it set the stage for trippin' series like the new Battlestar Galactica and LOST, or even M. Nigh Shmyalan's "The Village." Patrick McGoohan broke from the mold, making a spy series entirely original. It was 17 episodes filled with suspense, mystery... and philosophy.

    "The Prisoner" opens with McGoohan,a former secret agent,resigning (ironically,his role in Danger Man was a prototype for 007,and Ian Fleming wrote the scripts) He finds himself in a strange,ritualistic Village under constant surveillance. He finds himself with a new name... Number Six. There's the constant search for Number Two, and the enigmatic,absent Number One. There's spying, trickery,the white killer balloon Rover. It's difficult to sum up,and I won't give away the ending. It's TOP SECRET!

    "The Prisoner" is a true TV classic.

    Patrick McGoohan was a great actor and gentleman. He was a man, not a number! (1929-2009)...more info
  • Great show with bizarre ending, shown in wrong order.
    I will confine my comments to the order of the episodes; if you want to read about what the show is about, see the editorial review.

    The show is presented in what is known as the "Six of One" order, which is the order recommended by the fan club of that name. This differs from the original broadcast order in the UK, which also differs from the original broadcast order in the US. But all of those orders are wrong. There are various clues to the correct order that can be found within the series, such as Number 2 (who is the same person in "The General" and "A. B. and C.") saying, in "The General", "I am the new Number 2", and in "A. B. and C.", "I am number 2". Obviously, this means "The General" precedes "A.B. and C.", because he cannot be "new" in the second episode in which he appears. The only ordering that I have seen that gets this right (as well as all of the other clues that I have noticed) is called the "KTEH order", named after the PBS station that broadcast them in that order. The KTEH order, by the way, is also reportedly approved by McGoohan himself. (I would provide links for you, but Amazon doesn't like links in reviews, so you must search for yourselves to verify this information.) The KTEH order is as follows:

    Arrival
    Dance of the Dead
    Checkmate
    The Chimes of Big Ben
    Free For All
    Many Happy Returns
    Schizoid Man
    The General
    A. B. and C.
    Living in Harmony
    It's Your Funeral
    Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
    A Change of Mind
    Hammer into Anvil
    The Girl Who Was Death
    Once Upon a Time
    Fall Out

    There are other clues, such as a reference to "The General" in "Schizoid Man" that is such that "Schizoid Man" must precede "The General" (I will not explain the reference here, as the explanation would involve a "spoiler" of the ending of "The General"; watch the episodes carefully for yourselves to observe this clue). This is yet another proof that the "Six of One" order (the order A&E chose to put them on the DVDs) is wrong.

    Anyway, I think the show is best if viewed in an order that makes some sense, particularly as people find the show confusing enough on its own. Too bad A & E did not bother to get the order right....more info
  • This set is NOT newly remastered or restored!
    Yes, this series is wonderful and the DVD set is enjoyable, but be forewarned that this is not the newly restored/remastered edition that was released in the UK by Network last year. This is the same set that was released by A&E back in 2001 but with new packaging. I have not yet seen the new set, but apparently, the difference in quality is like day and night!...more info
  • BCNU
    I'm a long time fan of this series - I seen it as a kid when it ran as a summer series on CBS in '68 then again when my old hometown PBS station aired it. All 17 episodes are included put in the order in which they were aired (although there is some debate in fandom about this item). Video quality is quite good except for the opening sequence which is a bit dark - this may be due to how it was originally shot so remastering couldn't improve it much....more info
  • A "Genius", Two "Prisoners", And A "Dope" 60's TV Series!
    To say that The Prisoner is a "Science Fiction" series, or some kind of psychadelic "Surreal Fantasy", or that it was a dated "Sixties Commentary" would all be dead wrong! The underlying issues that were so ingeniously covered in several of the storylines of Mr.McGoohan's "Masterpiece" are absolutely factual, occurring in reality, and unfortunately are happening in our "Courts of Law" and in our "Government" to this very day, (Trust me - I know whereof I speak!) And upon revisting "No.6", and "The New No.2", and "The Village" many years later, after similarly nightmarish experiences I've had recently, both the cleverly hidden messages and the overt morality plays smacked me right in the face, and I finally "got it"! And I'm not talking about getting the ridiculously obvious clues as to who "No.6" is, ("D-6?"), or what it really means when "Drake" asks his captors "Who is number one?", (the "Ratings Game", the "TV Industry", and an illogically placed "Camera Crane" in the middle of the "Green Dome" all scream that the whole thing is going on inside a man's mind... Patrick McGoohan's mind, in fact... The "TV Actor & Star" in particular!) What I'm talking about was lost on the young man I used to be when I saw "The Prisoner" as a Sci-Fi/Spy series like others made by ITC, the same people responsible for the fab, fun, flighty adventures of "The Saint" and "The Avengers". This time around I "got it" with regards to the meaning of things like first learning to "distinguish between the blacks and the whites" in a "life-size chessboard", and the true costs of being a "free man", who is "free to speak", and who now feels more strongly than ever that "My life is my own!" This strange old "Cult TV Series" alone has provided me with more hope, and confidence, and inspiration to be strong and to keep on fighting for my "inalienable" rights and ethical goals, and when necessary, being totally "unmutual" in the process of revolting in my own "rage against the machine" than had a thousand written quotations from many of the finest "minds" the world, (we know of), has ever known. And as such, I would not only have to, but would WANT to include Patrick McGoohan among the likes of Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., and all the other Poets, Prophets, and Proletariats who once stood up for the "rights of the little man", (The Butler?), and the "freedoms" every man needs yet takes for granted on a daily basis, ("Everyman Films, Ltd."?), and tried drawing some attention to all the moral values of a "civilized society" that have been systematically tossed by the wayside in an un-concious, technology obsessed, fast-food culture which has grown so cold-hearted, self-interested, profit-based, and vainglorious it has all of us turning a "mutual" blind eye to injustices occurring around us every day! And in such a "Village" as the one we've created for ourselves it's very nice and truly fortunate to have once had a quirky little series on the tellie with a heart, a soul, and a "mind" - God bless you, Paddy Fitz! Thanks in no small part to your inspirational courage and intellectual vision, I am "a free man" who will not be "numbered" either! "Be seeing you." - The New #6

    "Du Musst Amboss Oder Hammer Sien." - Goethe
    "And you see me as The Anvil?" - No.6

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  • Excellent set for everybody who loves The Prisoner
    The Prisoner hit tv in the US when I was in my late teens and kept me and my friends enthralled every week that summer and the following one when it was rebroadcast.

    It's wonderful to have it to view again, this time at my own pace, watching scenes over and over if I choose. All the episodes plus a lot of extras which can add a lot to the understanding of the whole project.

    I was very saddened to learn of Patrick McGoohan's death recently and decided it was time to re-live this excellent series about modern society.

    The video quality is excellent and the message (unfortunately) remains as true today as it was 40 years ago. Society hasn't changed much in the intervening 40 years and it's good to be reminded of the idealism of my youth.

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