At first I thought.....who goes there giving the greatest slice of TV ever made a 2 star review, but when I read your reason I had to whip out my DVD set off the shelf and check this.....surely this person is wrong? Surely in this day and age the deaf and hard of hearing would be catered for on a DVD release of this magnitude? The definitive DVD release of The Prisoner? Well....you're correct. There are no subtitles. I think this is a disgrace. I am a hearing person but I'm bloody incensed by this.....as a fan of The Prisoner for 30 odd years I want to know the series is reaching new fans, in the hope people will still be talking about its wonderful allegorical qualities in years to come. I absolutely cannot believe they have selfishly cut off a huge chunk of the population like this. I've a good mind to email the people at Network and give them a piece of my mind.
I know you shouldn't have to because you've already paid your fee and should be enjoying the set with subtitles (I'd have returned them for a refund though if I were you), but I can confirm that the Carlton release of the set which you can still buy here on Amazon (pre-owned off Amazon market place), or on eBay, DOES have subtitles. I owned it for years.....but recently gave it to my brother when I got this set.