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The Prisoner [Blu-ray]

Jim Caviezel , Ian McKellan    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Ian McKellan, Hayley Atwell, Ruth Wilson, Jamie Campbell Bower
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAQ2O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It was always going to be a brave move to attempt to remake such an iconic and acclaimed cult television show. However, that didn’t stop this new take on the 1960s programme The Prisoner, which originally starred Patrick McGoohan as the man trapped in The Village, where people have names instead of numbers.

For the remade version of The Prisoner, the cast this time features Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, and the story has been relocated to American shores. The core ethos behind it remains unchanged, and across this series the battle of wits between numbers Six and Two begins.

So does the new take on The Prisoner deliver? Yes, but it takes some time to get going. Fans of the original will certainly struggle to warm to the first episode or two, but those willing to give the show a chance will likely to be far keener on it by the time the last couple of episodes roll around. Leading the acting honours is a terrific performance from Ian McKellen too as The Village leader, Two.

It’s no replacement for the original series, which remains the best, but at least this version of The Prisoner is worth a spin too. It’s got ideas of its own, some fine performances, and half a dozen episodes of solid drama waiting to be enjoyed. --Jon Foster

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Internationally acclaimed actors Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings) and Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ) star in the reinvention of the 1960's classic cult thriller. The six thrilling episodes tell the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no memory of how he arrived there. As he frantically explores his environment, he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilization. Not knowing who to trust, Number Six is driven by the desperate need to discover the truth behind The Village and, more importantly, how he can survive and escape to his previous life.

The Village is controlled by one man: the sinister and charismatic Number Two (Ian McKellen). In each new episode, Six (Jim Caviezel) and Two are locked in a battle of wits, as Six challenges the oppressive nature of The Village and battles against his captors.

McKellen and Caviezel are joined by an all-star supporting cast including Hayley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited), Jamie Campbell-Bower (New Moon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, Small Island), Lennie James (Outlaw) and Rachael Blake (Clapham Junction).

In the 1960s, The Prisoner helped permanently alter the scope of the fantasy genre. Through the work of Patrick McGoohan, who created, produced, wrote and directed the series, and starred in the lead role of Number Six , The Prisoner is widely viewed as one of the most well regarded and intriguing cult TV series ever created. While the original series, which debuted in 1967, was a riff on Cold War politics, the Prisoner in 2010 reflects 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.

Special Features:
• Deleted scenes
• The Making of The Prisoner
• Character profiles
The Prisoner read-through
• Jamie Campbell-Bower interviewing Ian McKellen
• Comic Con 2009: The Prisoner panel
• Inside The Prisoner


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Expected! 24 Oct 2013
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
When this version of The Prisoner was on TV I know it got a lot of criticism. Then, even more, with the home entertainment version. It seemed like everyone hated this production. As I was not a fan of the original series (I thought the big ping-pong ball was just stupid!) I had only read reviews because of the actors in this version.

However, as the years have gone by the blu-ray has got cheaper and cheaper. Finally, last year, I decided to buy it. Then it sat on the shelf until a couple of days ago. For whatever reason, I simply couldn't get in the mood to watch it...partly because of my pre-conceptions about that stupid ball and because of the reviews when it was made.

Anyway, I finally got around to watching. I thought: "I'll just watch the first episode, and if I don't like it, I'll get rid of it". Ha! Not gonna happen! I watched the entire thing straight through and really enjoyed it. Is it perfect? No. There are a few moments where I thought it was trying to be too clever for its own good. It also felt a little rushed at one point (episode 4, I think). But, overall, I thought this was an intelligent, clever and thoroughly entertaining piece of science-fiction TV.

And the stupid ping-pong ball? Not stupid at all. Actually a pretty good explanation for that and used sparingly and to great effect. Who knew?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Update of the 1960's concept 20 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The original 1960's concept came about from a suggestion at the end of WW2 by the CIA and MI6 as to what to do with persons that held knowege of sensitive information?(actor Patrick McGoohan previously starred in "Danger Man" a similar themed TV series)and who originally came up with the idea of sending them away to a remote Scottish island for life.(?"Guantanamo Bay"?)The producers then transfered this idea to "The Village" in Portmerrion Wales.( For further information on the original series see the book:"The Prisoner a Complete production guide" by "Andrew Pixley")
As to this excellent new version of the story. there are several refferences hints to the 1960's original series to be found if viewers look carefully?(?Watch the "production Notes" on each of the new episodes for included details?)
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Format:Blu-ray
This miniseries had not been heralded as a reboot or a remake but as a re-interpretation, so I gave it the benefit of a doubt and tried to restrain myself not to compare it too much with Patrick McGoohan's original and timeless television classic.

The presentation in terms of filmmaking quality is impeccable (and enjoyable to watch on Blu-ray). The "new" Village is a fascinating variation of Portmeirion (a major inspiration which compelled McGoohan to create his "Prisoner"), and I sympathize that it was tempting to use the location in Namibia to create this re-interpretation.

Of course the new Number Six equally tries to leave this Village but where the original series had episodes featuring themes that stood on their "own feet" the re-interpretation is apparently story-arc and mystery driven, trying to captivate the audience to learn what it's all about but also trying the audience's patience. I found the new Village to be much more dystopian, where it often seemed that everybody was spying on its neighbour. And already a little nonconformist act brought the cruel and merciless Number Two (excellent performance by Sir Ian McKellen) and the whole Village apparatus down on the offender. This was much more "1984" than the original series.

But even as a re-interpretation the inevitable question has to be what is there to justify the allusions to the original series?
Patrick McGoohan himself stated in later years that while the Village was some metaphor for society and how the nonconformist individual copes with it, most important was how Number Six (and all of us) dealt with the worst enemy which is not society but the Number One in each of us, hence the strange and metaphorical last episode "Fallout" of the original series.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The new number 2 ? not really 9 May 2010
Format:Blu-ray
It's unfair to compare this with the original, in its day the original was daring and dangerous, perhaps a sign of the times where the brilliant concept captured the time. Fast forward 40 years and this glossy remake just doesn't cut it for me - the mystery has been replaced by expensive sets and a predictable script and a large dollop of ham from the two leads.

AND WHERE ARE THE SUPERB OPENING TITLES?
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor remake 15 Sep 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I am really sorry - but this was a real disappointment to me. I have been an avid fan of the original Prisoner series with books, videos, DVD's and the BluRay collection. When I saw this I thought that the mystery and intrigue would have continued - but to me it did not. I am afraid that every time I try to watch it - it is one of those series that sends me to sleep - I keep watching episodes again and again - but still the answer is no - this is not for the real die hard Prisoner viewer.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Pants 13 May 2010
By S. Broadbent VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a huge disappointment.
It is an Americanised version set in a desert somewhere.
I thought the acting second rate, Jim Caviezel has all the charm of a plank of wood.
The stories are confused drivel and the first 4 episodes are boring.
I have stopped watching and will not see the last two instalments.
Really bad, do not waste your money, rent it instead and then you can return it.
DO NOT BUY this crap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting series, even though the links with the original British series are only a few
Published 3 days ago by Alessio Zanelli
3.0 out of 5 stars The Prisoner!!
An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as "the Village". Read more
Published 10 months ago by Simon
3.0 out of 5 stars different and interesting
This show is loosely based on the prisoner tv show from the sixties.This is a intriguing show that during the last few episodes most people will figure out where the village is. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me thinking...............
Great story! I never saw the original so cannot compare. I enjoyed this series and would recommend to anyone. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Craig F
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality all round!
Just finished watching this again, after the TV transmission, and the Blu-Ray quality is breathtaking (every grain of sand, individual specks of dust on a shelf etc. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by O. R. Peake
4.0 out of 5 stars Even fans of the original can enjoy this.
This is a highly enjoyable and well produced mini series which is loosely based on the series of the same name from many years ago. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by J. Lyne
2.0 out of 5 stars Not captivating at all...
I was quite keen on watching this series, as it stars two of Hollywood's talented actors - Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by Hidayat Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars For goodness sake this is excellent TV
The original 'Prisoner' in the 60's was iconic but at the time not particularly popular. It did get cancelled. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by zargb5
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take
I watched the new American series of The Prisoner with some trepidation and was ready to turn it off if it turned out to be the usual Hollywood rip off to cash in on the iconic... Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Philip Crocker
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