The classic 1960s television series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, was recently released on Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray. To coincide with this release, we here at Geeks of Doom have one (1) DVD edition and one (1) Blu-ray edition of The Prisoner Complete Series to give away to some lucky readers!
One (1) winner will receive:
One (1) The Prisoner Completed Series on DVD
One (1) winner will receive:
One (1) The Prisoner Completed Series on Blu-ray
What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.
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RULES: One entry per person. All entries must be in by Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 9pm EST. This contest is only open to email subscribers. All entries are validated against email subscriber list. Entries by non-email subscribers will be disqualified. Your personal information will not be shared with any outside parties. Contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Winners will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email. Void where prohibited.
When THE PRISONER made its U.S debut in the summer of ’68 on CBS, it was immediately apparent that Patrick McGoohan’s innovative series was one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking programs to ever hit the airwaves. Over four decades later, the 17-episode British cult classic has solidified its spot as one of TV’s most enduring masterpieces. This October, A&E Home Entertainment has partnered with the Network DVD to deliver the definitive version of this definitive cult classic with THE PRISONER BLU-RAY EDITION. Featuring a complete high definition restoration, sound re-mix and hours of stunning extras never before seen stateside, the Blu-Ray ($99.95 SRP), streeting just prior to the premiere of the highly anticipated reinterpretation of THE PRISONER (starring James Caviezel and Ian McKellen) on AMC, is certain to continue to mesmerize viewing audiences and build on its place as one of television’s most dramatic achievements.
Befitting this groundbreaking series, THE PRISONER BLU-RAY EDITION features a singular collection of rare bonus programming – much of it never before released in North America, including:
* “Don’t Knock Yourself Out” – This exclusive, feature-length documentary is the definitive look at the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its creation. It includes a combination of archive and newly-filmed interviews with nearly 400 people, including Amette Andre, Bernard Williams, David Tomblin, Derren Nesbitt, Peter Wyngarde, Anton Rodgers, Michael Grade, George Baker and Peter Bowles.
* Additional Featurettes – In “The Pink Prisoner,” Peter Wyngarde pays tribute to the series in this unique cross between an interview and comedy sketch; In “You Make Sure it Fits,” music editor Eric Mival discusses his role behind the scenes in making THE PRISONER and provides a unique look at the Music Bible for the show.
* Newly restored original edit of “Arrival” with an optional music-only soundtrack featuring Wilfred Josephs’ complete and abandoned score; original edit of the episode “The Chimes of Big Ben.”
* Production crew audio commentaries on seven episodes
* Image Archive – Individual galleries of over 1200 stills are featured throughout this set, including episodic shots, generic/PR Photos, coverage of the original Press Conference in 1967 and Jack Shampan’s designs.
* Archive material which includes textless titles with clean themes by Ron Grainer, Wilfred Josephs, and Robert Farnon, as well as material from Rover, Foreign ‘Filing Cabinet’ title footage and the McGoohan photo montage from “Arrival.”
* Production Paperwork Archive – Original scripts for each episode, along with other rarely-seen production documentation, press releases, call sheets and other memorabilia. This unique collection is sourced from the personal archives of Tony Sloman, Steven Ricks, and Simon Coward and is reproduced here with their permission and assistance. (DVD-ROM Feature)
* Exposure strips gallery; commercial break bumpers; trailers for all episodes
* Preview of AMC’s “The Prisoner” mini-series remake
THE PRISONER starred the late, multi-talented McGoohan (who also created and produced the series, as well as wrote and directed many of the episodes), as a man who, after retiring from a top-secret government job, is abducted from his London home. Eventually he finds himself in a peaceful village that, in reality, is quite sinister: people are brought there against their will, in order to have their valuable knowledge protected or “extracted.” Known only as Number Six (everyone in the Village is assigned a number), THE PRISONER struggles to keep his information from his captors, discover who can and can’t be trusted and, ultimately, how to escape.
Combining spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama, the show’s combination of ’60s countercultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general. And although its run only lasted for 17 hour-long episodes, the impact of the revolutionary program continues to be felt to this day. THE PRISONER: BLU-RAY EDITION is both a fitting tribute to the creative genius of “Number Six” himself and the definitive edition of the program, certain to introduce a new generation of fans to its incomparable charms.