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Prisoner [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel, Nick Hurran
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 288.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002U0KHNS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,570 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Not a bad series, not as good as the original but still not too bad, I wouldn't say it's brilliant, takes a lot to get into but worth it, if you liked the original then try and watch this before you buy it as some people couldn't get it. Picture is brilliant and all episodes are present.
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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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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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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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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2010
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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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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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I was quite keen on watching this series, as it stars two of Hollywood's talented actors - Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. Sad to say, not even their talents could make me give this series a positive review. It is a waste of precious time.

There are numerous plot holes in the story, and the characters are two-dimensional and totally unconvincing. There is a complete lack of logic to the series, and the ending is most disappointing. I thought I would watch it right through, hoping it would improve, but instead it just worsened and frustrated me no end! In fact, I still wonder how in heaven's name I could have allowed myself to watch the entire fatuous series! I suppose it was because I wanted to know how it would end, but it truly wasn't worth it.

For example: in one episode, one of the main characters is arrested and sent to the Tunnels. She is then subsequently rescued - but it isn't explained fully how - and in the next episode, she is right back in her job as a doctor, with no police looking for her for having escaped! Logical? I think not! Then there is the incident where 6 gets a deadly "virus" called "Village Death". Now I ask you: if a man is deathly ill with an incurable disease, would he be stumbling around the village, going from aimless place to aimless place instead of lying in a hospital bed? Weird? Definitely. Idiotic? Without a doubt. Feverishly foolish? Hahaha - need I answer that?

In general, this series isn't worth buying on blu-ray, although the scenes of the Namib desert are beautiful, but that's about it. The less said about this pathetic series the better. Don't let it take you prisoner - give it a complete miss! :)
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