Fox's Breakout Hit of the 2005-2006 Season! Most men would do anything to get out of Fox River Penitentiary, but Michael Scofield will do anything to get in. His brother Lincoln has been sentenced to die for a crime he d... more »id not commit, and the only way to save him is from the inside out. Armed with prison blueprints and an impossibly intricate escape plan, Michael gets himself incarcerated, and the race against time is on. Now, he'll need all of the cunning, daring, and luck he can muster?along with the assistance of some of the prison's most vile and dangerous felons.« less
Erica B. (Movies4life) from BARNESVILLE, MN Reviewed on 10/30/2017...
The writer's for this series were amazing, and must have had fun creating the story line. Great character development and plot. There are times when you find yourself liking and rooting for the bad guy, hence "T-Bag", but most of them are terrible but you do find yourself highly engrossed in the story.
Jr N. from TAMARAC, FL Reviewed on 7/30/2014...
What this guy will do to get his brother out of prison is really well thought out. A good series with action and cool strategies. Additional seasons had to follow tracking the characters .. good show.
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Esther G. from FALLSBURG, NY Reviewed on 10/28/2009...
A fast paced, but gritty action flick.
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Kathryn B. (KathrynBlodgett) from JUPITER, FL Reviewed on 9/26/2009...
I was not expecting much from this series - I had seen the ads and it wasn't portrayed very interestingly. Once I started watching it though, I couldnt put it down! This is not a typical prison brutality type dvd, although there are some pretty gruesome parts. The way the main charcter sets up every step of the "prison break" really makes you think and I am fascinated how someone could have such a brilliant mind to come up with a lot of what he does and how he processes each little detail every step of the way, although, I guess it is a tv show so I shouldnt be surprised :-) I would recommend for any mature audience.
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My favourite new show of 2006
Mauro | Toronto, ON | 05/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most men would do anything to get out of Fox River Penitentiary, but Michael Scofield will do anything to get in. His brother Lincoln has been sentenced to die for a crime he did not commit, and the only way to save him is from the inside out. Armed with prison blueprints and an impossibly intricate escape plan, Michael gets himself incarcerated, and the race against time is on. Now, he'll need all of the cunning, daring, and luck he can muster... along with the assistance of some of the prison's most vile and dangerous felons.
Finally, the premiere season of television's greatest pleasure (IMO next to 24) is being released in a six-disc package filled with all 22 episodes and tons of extras!
* Pilot Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring & Dominic Purcell * Pilot Commentary #2 by: Brett Ratner & Mark Helfrich * Cute Poison Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell & Wade Williams * Cute Poison Commentary #2 by: Matt Olmstead and Silas Weir Mitchell * Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1) Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell, Robert Knepper, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco & Wade Williams * Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1) Commentary #2 by: Nick Santora & Bob Mandel * Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 2) Commentary by: Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell, Wade Williams, Amaury Nolasco & Peter Stormare * Odd Man Out Commentary by: Garry Brown & Karyn Usher & Bobby Roth * Brother's Keeper Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring, Robert Knepper, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco & Wade Williams * Brother's Keeper Commentary #2 by: Greg Yaitenes & Zach Estrin * 2 Alternate Scenes for Cute Poison * "If These Walls Could Speak: Profile of the Joliet Correctional Center" * "Beyond the Ink: Tattoo Featurette" * Inside Look
Disc 1: 1. Pilot 2. Allen 3. Cell Test 4. Cute Poison
Disc 2: 5. English, Fitz or Percy 6. Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1) 7. Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 2) 8. The Old Head
Disc 3: 9. Tweener 10. Sleight of Hand 11. And Then There Were Seven 12. Odd Man Out
Disc 4: 13. End of the Tunnel 14. The Rat 15. By The Skin & The Teeth 16. Brother's Keeper
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 08/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a plot that sounds like it might have come from an Alfred Hitchcock or Brian De Palma movie "Prison Break" seemed the least likely candidate for buzz and a large following on Fox. I expected the show despite the high quality writing, top notch pilot episode directed by theatrical director Brett Ratner ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Red Dragon") to tank with audiences.
Boy was I wrong and happy about it. The suspenseful series got the right promotional push from Fox and luckily audiences were ready for another ground breaking series using a season long story arc much like "24" and "Lost". I would have expected a show like "Prison Break" to be on HBO or Showtime (as their answer to "OZ" another ground breaking prison drama that focused less on the gimmicks of this show) not on Fox's network. Reportedly the producers planned a shelf life of "Prison Break" for two seasons recognizing the issues they had with shows such as "The X-Files". I suspect that if the show continues to be popular this will morph into something akin to "The Fugitive". The show also was clearly inspired by "The Shawshank Redemption" and the TV show "OZ" but has its own unique flavor making it much more than a simple copycat. Between top notch writing, directing and acting the show has become the only breakthrough hit from last season worth following.
If you know what this show is about skip this paragraph and go to the extras. The story for those that haven't followed the show is quite simple; Michael Scofield's brother Lincoln has been sentenced to die in the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit. Michael will do anything to get him out of prison. As the clock is ticking and its clear that legal options are limited he obtains the prison blueprints to get his brother out. How can he get them to his brother so he can use them? Simple Michael has them tattooed on his back. He then stages a bank robbery to get himself thrown into the same prison as his brother. His plans are to break out with his brother and eventually disappear. While their lawyer tries to get Lincoln out legally Michael must move forward with his plan and also negotiate a complex peace with inmate John Abruzzi (the marvelous Peter Stormare best known for "Fargo" and "Constantine") who controls many of the inmates inside the prison to achieve his goal.
"Prison Break" is presented in its original widescreen presentation and looks quite good here. There were occasional compression artifacts and edge enhancement but nothing too distracting. Overall colors are accurate with nice clarity and definition to the images. The surround tracks are used quite effectively as well evoking the atmospheric surroundings of the prison.
For those interested in the extras included with this set they are quite extensive. We get multiple commentary tracks on the pilot episode by Paul Scheuring & Dominic Purcell with a second one by director Brett Ratner & Mark Helfrich. Similarly we get multiple commentary tracks on the following episodes: Cute Poison Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell & Wade Williams Cute Poison Commentary #2 by: Matt Olmstead and Silas Weir Mitchell Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1) Commentary #1 by: Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell, Robert Knepper, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco & Wade Williams Riots, Drills and the Devil (Part 1) Commentary #2 by: Nick Santora & Bob Mandel. Part two of "Riots, Drills and the Devil" has a single commentary track by Paul Scheuring, Dominic Purcell, Wade Williams, Amaury Nolasco & actor Peter Stormare We also get commentaries for Odd Man Out Commentary by: Garry Brown & Karyn Usher & Bobby Roth, Brother's Keeper Commentary by Paul Scheuring, Robert Knepper, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco & Wade Williams with an alternate commentary track by Greg Yaitenes & Zach Estrin. Extras also include 2 Alternate Scenes for Cute Poison as well as three featurettes. The first "If These Walls Could Speak: Profile of the Joliet Correctional Center" takes you inside the correctional facility. "Beyond the Ink: Tattoo Featurette" focuses on the extensive "map" that plays a key role in the series tattooed on the back of Michael Scofield and one of Fox's routine " Inside Look" previews. All in all an exceptional package of extras considering the price for the series that will definitely make this set worthwhile for both new fans and ones that have been following it on the Fox network since its premiere last year. This set arrives just in time for the premiere of the second season as well.
A terrific, comprehensive set from fox "Prison Break" has been packed with commentary tracks and has three featurettes two of which vary from exceptional to very good with one so-so one recycled for this set. Overall this is a great value and is highly recommended. I suspect that the creators of the series weren't sure if the show would last more than one season and, as a result, structured the series so that it could be easily wrapped up if necessary but also allowing an out for a second story arc recognizing that fans would be frustrated if they remained within prison walls beyond the first season of the series. "
Unbelievably prefabbed drama...but it's fun
J. Elmquist | Somewhere else... | 12/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Prison Break is guilty pleasure TV wrapped in a an intelligent and creative package. But within the first twenty minutes when we find that Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) purposely robs a bank (firing his weapon inside the building to guarantee sentencing at a State Penitentiary) and then conveniently getting incarcerated at the same prison his brother is in, we can pretty much tell this show is going to be full of improbable scenarios that will become reality.
In getting sent to the prison of his choice, Michael finds out quickly where his brother is and starts laying his groundwork from day one. He makes contacts with those who can help him move once they are on the other side of the wall. Time is short and Michael's brother, Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) is on death row soon to be executed for the murder of the Vice presidents brother. Although Lincoln was a petty criminal at times, Michael doesn't believe his brother murdered anyone and has exhausted his resources and considerable intelligence to find a way out of the prison. He even goes so far as to have the plans tattooed on his body (sounds ridiculous, although once you see it, you understand that it's the schematics hidden in a complex design).
Lincoln is being framed for killing the Vice President's brother. Lucky for him there are people outside the prison trying to exonerate him, including his ex-girlfriend. People are also dying outside the prison as well. The death of the VP's brother is attached to a conspiracy that goes very high up, so as people start looking into the details they start dropping one by one.
This show if FULL and I do mean `FULL' of manufactured drama. About 12 episodes into the series you'll be throwing your popcorn at the TV and screaming, `Oh, C'mon, that's ridiculous!' This action will be followed by putting in the next DVD to find out what happens after the last cliffhanger. By the time you stop buying the plot as anywhere NEAR realistic or relatable, you're caught up in the digital crack-pipe of addiction that moves this series along. One thing that seems out of place in this show though is the level of character complexity. This cast of misfits, and I'm including the people who are supposed to be normal, are endearing and pretty three-dimensional. I suppose you have to be in order to like people who are mobsters and a thieves. The jury is still out on liking the child killer, but at least he's a great character."
This 22 episode drama series was the best FOX or anyone else on the Network had to offer this season in Drama. I will say House, 24, Lost, Monk, Dead Zone, Smallville (all up coming box sets in the next few months) were all very good this year, but Prison Break kept you interested, kept you entertained and twisted your interests weekly. And it beat all the CSIs and Law & Orders hands down!
The producers say that this show (Prison Break) is a story will be told in 44 episodes (That is two TV seasons for you and I)(TV Guide April 2006)..All I can say is I hope not.
This show was just as gritty as the prison drama OZ , just as tension filled twists as this season of 24, Just as character driven as ER or Smallville and with a great adventure story to boot...It also owes a tip of the fidora to the movie the Wrong Man. So FOX, when is the fall season coming-so i can see new episodes of Break?
The box set is worth it for the extras alone-action and production audio comments, promos, features,etc--This is what a GREAT box set is about!
If you didnt get the 24 advance disk which came out earlier this year with the first episode of Prison Break and a feature about the show attached ...TOO BAD-however all those interviews are on this box set
All I can say is GO GET IT NOW!
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD"
BREAKING OUT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING.....
Gloria J. Brown | Jackson MI USA | 04/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a PRISON BREAK die-hard. Monday nights are reserved for my favorite show PRISON BREAK. Season One was full of plotting and planning and ended in a victory break out. Season Two picked up on the most awesome adventure, with twists and turns. Every character brings a seperate life to make the show whole. Each episode leaves you in suspense and wanting Monday to get here quickly. The show is so well written that you can't help but stay glued to the TV for 60 minutes and anticipate "scenes from the next show" . Very few DVD's make it to my Home collection, but I own Season One and am anxiously awaiting the release of Season Two. This is definitely a show you will NOT want to miss!"