Another anniversary, this time The Prisoner, which was first screened 40 years ago – reason enough for Network to release The Prisoner 40th Anniversary Special Edition.
Unfortunately, I can’t get too excited, as I was one of the people that purchased The Prisoner: The Ultimate Collection DVD boxset just two years ago and although the new version adds some additional extras and promises newly-restored imagery, there isn’t enough there for me to consider buying again. But if you haven’t yet bought The Prisoner on DVD, you may well think differently.
For the uninitiated, Patrick McGoohan is Number 6, imprisoned in a mysterious location called The Village, rebelling against his unnamed captors and their attempts to extract information from him or make him conform. If that sounds straightforward, trust me, it really isn’t – The Prisoner is one of the strangest shows ever to hit the small screen. But at the same time, one of the most fascinating.
Apart from the (high definition) restoration of all 17 episodes, highlights of this box include a fully restored alternative version of ‘Arrival’, 288 page book of the show by Andrew Pixley, original script PDFs (including ones never filmed), 7 brand new audio commentaries with production members, a new 90 minute exclusive documentary titled Don’t Knock Yourself Out with contributions from cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, still gallery, trailers and a few hidden extras you’ll have to dig out.
Available from this week with a total running time of 850 minutes, you can pick it up for around £59.99.