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The Prisoner (2009) (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 03 May 2010

Featuring: Ian McKellen, James Caviezel & Hayley Atwell

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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The classic '60s spy series gets a new lick of paint in this modern-day re-imagining. Jim Caviezel and Sir Ian McKellen star in this tale of a government agent who wakes up to find himself trapped on a mysterious remote island. If you miss out on The Prisoner you should be locked up!

Episodes Comprise:

1. Arrival
2. Harmony
3. Anvil
4. Darling
5. Schizoid
6. Checkmate

The six one-hour 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 (The Duchess, 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 will reflect 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.

  • Deleted Scenes for Ep 1 & Ep.2
  • The Making of Episode 1 & 2
  • Inside The Prisoner Ep.1 & Ep.2
  • Comic Con 2009: Prisoner Panel
  • Jamie Interviews Sir Ian Part 1
  • Character Profiles Two & six
  • Deleted Scenes for Ep 3 & Ep.4
  • The Making of Episode 3 & 4
  • Inside The Prisoner Ep.3 & Ep.4
  • The Prisoner Read Through
  • Jamie interviews Sir Ian Part 2
  • Character Profiles 313 & 4-15
  • Deleted Scenes for Ep 5 & Ep.6
  • The Making of Episode 5 & 6
  • Inside The Prisoner Ep.5 & Ep.6
  • Jamie Interviews Sir Ian Part 3
  • Character Profiles M2 & 11-12

customer Reviews

 Average rating (5 reviews)

 5 out of 5.

| | See all hunter45's reviews (14)

If you haven't watch this yet, I fully recommend to watch this programme, it will keep you guessing from start to finish, just like lost. Just obviously not as good. Still a great twisted show to watch and worth watching, Also watching this on blu ray is awesome, clear crisp picture and good sound, 5 out of 5.

 5 out of 5.

| | See all Lost91's reviews (14)

If you haven't watch this yet, I fully recommend to watch this programme, it will keep you guessing from start to finish, just like lost. Just obviously not as good. Still a great twisted show to watch and worth watching, Also watching this on blu ray is awesome, clear crisp picture and good sound, 5 out of 5.

 A Must See

| | See all Vigeto's reviews (1)

This series is best thing since LOST!! The acting is sooo good and the whole series keeps you guessing through out.


| | See all styledvinny's reviews (19)

This is a brilliant little box set and excellent quality. The actual story requires viewing over and over. Watched in over 5 times already and I still find new clues to the ending throughout - brilliant. This is one set I would tell anyone to buy. Not comparing to the original, that;s not fair - but this is brilliant

 Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. . .

| | See all HeadlessHorseman's reviews (17)

Before watching this series, you almost need to dismiss the original, or at least see this series as a continuation, rather than a retelling, or see it as a 'reimagining', but I hate that buzzword, so myself I'd rather see it as a continuation; liken it, if you will, to the Will Smith 'I, Robot' film - not an adaptation of the book, more an addition to the universe it immerses itself in.

That said, the series isn't that bad; Ian McKellen makes a great Number 2, carrying just enough menace and authority without looking ridiculous. And Jim Caviezel makes an okay Number 6, having enough guile and determination to challenge authority, but being just flawed enough to not have it all his own way, but lacks the on-screen presence and gravitas that Patrick McGoohan (R.I.P.) carried off so well in 1967/8. The series does keep you wondering what's going on, but you sometimes wonder - particularly by episode 5 & 6 - if those involved in the series' production even know, as it does seem to amble about a bit toward the end and its whole point seems to get lost along the way. The main problem with the show is that it takes itself far too seriously; maybe it was felt that you couldn't make it too humorous, lest it makes itself look silly, but its sly wit is what made the absurdities of the original series easier to swallow and what made it and its characters so endearing, not to mention enduring. The lack of humour in the modern version makes it difficult to care about anyone very much, '147' being about the only one to bring even the slightest bit of levity to proceedings.

The show does pay some lip service to its predecessor; not least the setting of The Village (although Portmeirion it ain't, it lacks any of its charm and is very uniform in design, but perhaps that's the point), but the eagle-eyed amongst you will glance a penny-farthing in the nightclub, echoing the motif from the '60s and of course Rover is there, which still is a weather balloon with attitude, but seems to have much more presence on-screen, despite its short appearances and does look genuinely menacing. But one omission that is unforgivable is the lack of even the slightest mention at either beginning or end to Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein, co-creators of the original show without whom the remake wouldn't exist. Hopefully, the eventual big-screen adaptation will redress that issue.

In all, a good show which is watchable with some good performances all-round, but hard to actually enjoy, although the key elements and subject matter of the show - of information and surveillance, the value of the former and the apparent reckless use of the latter - is as relevant today as it was then, if not more so.

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ActorsIan McKellen, James Caviezel, Hayley Atwell, Ruth Wilson, Lennie James, Jamie Campbell Bower, Rachael Blake, Renate Stuurman, Hanlé Barnard, Wolfgang Weissenstein & Sara Stewart
DirectorNick Hurran
Certificate15 years and over
Duration4 hours and 36 minutes (approx)