This brand new re-packaged exclusive version of the classic TV series The Prisoner features stylish fold-out digipack packaging, emblazoned with classic images and stills from the series. The set now includes the 35th Anniversary DVD disc as well as the complete series, bringing the disc count up to 6. The discs themselves now feature images of key characters from the series, with McGoohan taking pride of place on disc 6.
One of the all time best classic cult TV shows is out now in an excellent complete box set. "The Prisoner" is a highly original show that confused and enthralled audiences in the sixties when it was first broadcast and is still as original today. Telling the story of a top ranking secret agent who suddenly resigns only to be kidnapped and find himself in a strange place known only as the village. Here he was given the name Number Six and was tormented each week by a different character playing Number Two. Most episodes concentrated on Number 6 either trying to escape or trying to find out what the village was there for. A highly original series that still looks as good today as it did back in the sixties.
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"Where am I?
"In the Village."
"What do you want?"
"You won't get it!"
"By hook or by crook... we will."
There has never been anything like "The Prisoner", before or since. 60s action star Patrick McGoohan took the staples of the spy genre in which he'd been so active, and fashioned them into something so intelligent, so challenging, that fans are still arguing over what it all meant to this day.
The premise of the show - a spy finds himself abducted to a mysterious Village where shadowy figures resort to any means to discover the motives behind his resignation - would be compelling enough by itself to sustain a great series. But McGoohan takes this plot and makes it mean so much more; it becomes a metaphor for the individual's struggle against conformity in an oppressive society, and a cautionary tale of authority run mad. Any teenage rebel who has seen the show will recognise themselves in the obstinate, unyielding Number 6, whose philosophy -"I will make no deals" - is as free of hypocrisy as Village ruler Number 2 is full of it.
As the show progresses, it explores the nature of power and the individuals resistance to and complicity in it, while also being a superb action thriller. For all its big ideas, it's still a good spy show, with shadowy enemies lurking on all sides and no idea of who is to be trusted. By the end, perhaps, Number 6 cannot even trust himself. Remember...
"I am not a number! I am a free man!"