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The Prisoner - Set 2: Checkmate/ The Chimes of Big Ben/ A, B and C/ The General (Bonus)
The Prisoner - Set 2 Checkmate/ The Chimes of Big Ben/ A B and C/ The General
Actors: Patrick McGoohan, George Markstein, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Fenella Fielding
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2000     3hr 28min

"Checkmate"--A giant outdoor chessboard features unique pawns, human chess pieces. Number Six joins the game, and starts a game of his own. "The Chimes of Big Ben" (broadcast version)--A mysterious new resisdent offers a ...  more »


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Actors: Patrick McGoohan, George Markstein, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Fenella Fielding
Creator: Patrick McGoohan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Classic TV, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/31/2000
Original Release Date: 06/01/1968
Theatrical Release Date: 06/01/1968
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 3hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The original cult Television series is at last Digital!
raneymatt | THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS USA | 08/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1967, The Jackie Gleason Show (live, from Miami Beach) received a summer replacement like no television program before or since. Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner have become cult talismen... from the saying "Be seeing you", the Lotus Super Seven (KAR 120C), the Highwheeler logo, The Village typeface on "The Tally Ho" to the village of Portmeirion, Wales, itself. Of the seventeen episodes, though, this second set, including "The Chimes of Big Ben," "The General", is both brilliant in its scope and indicative of the series in its depth of characters. Second only to McGoohan himself is the greatest No. 2, Leo McKern (more recently famous as John Mortimer's "Rumpole of the Bailey") His falstaffian portrayal as No. 6's nemesis in "The Chimes of Big Ben" brings the series to an early, tangible terror of truly Kafkaeque proportions. That episode alone (usually ranked as first, even in comparison with the initial "The Arrival" and surrealistic conculsion "Fall Out") makes the price, and the wait for DVD, worthwhile. Long relegated to the local editors' butchery in syndication, or the caprices of Public television station managers' pledge drives at two a.m., we can now all enjoy the series that made true television history. The golden age was not just one of kinescope and black and white. The roaring guard (weather balloon) 'Rover' and the sandy stretches of northern Wales call again. Follow the "Secret Agent" into his early retirement, trials, and escape. "Be seeing YOU.""
The Prisoner: Leaving 1984 and Brave New World In The Dust
Brett Cooper | Alaska | 10/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Each episode of The Prisoner could provide for a week's debate in a classroom or home setting. Although the entire series works together, each installment can be separated out as a story unto itself, each with layer after layer of allegorical content.I think one of the main differences between The Prisoner and its predecessors (1984 & Brave New World) is that those authors, Orwell and Huxley, were saying that this is what *could* happen if we weren't careful. I think Patrick McGoohan was saying that this was *already* happening in our society. Furthermore, what could inspire McGoohan to leave a profitable network TV series for such a gamble as The Prisoner? I theorize that McGoohan, somewhere in his past, was "blackballed" or has become very angry about certain issues explored over the course of 17 episodes. Additionally, characters in the series represent people in McGoohan's actual life that he was pointing fingers at. When they watched, they knew who they were--and they more than likely squirmed at having such a magnifying glass put on them.Interestingly, The Prisoner seems to have more resonance in our society today in 2000 than it did 33 years ago during its initial network run. Is it possible that the futher we go, the more accurate McGoohan's magnum opus will be?"The man that would not bend, simply broke. Shattered and alone, he chose a number and christened himself Number One." -Number Two, THE PRISONER Comicbook, Book B (1988)"
"A, B, and C" is one of the most brilliant episodes of TV
Kenneth Stuart | Northern California | 04/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Prisoner" is one of the handful of all-time great television series (one of the others - "I, Claudius" - is also now on DVD).After seeing the series originally on a 9-inch B&W TV and then later on a very snowy UHF PBS channel, it's great to see it now in DVD quality.Unlike one of the other reviewers, I find this particular set to be possibly the best of the lot (although certainly Set One is the best starting point).The episode "A, B, and C" has many levels, and is an excellent spy story, an outstanding "dream" story, and would be appreciated by fans of Dr. Who, Forbidden Planet or the Twilight Zone, as well. Amongst the other colorful elements is a posh 1960s party for the upper crust of society.While not wanting to reveal any spoilers, I can say that the scene where Number Two and his accomplice both turn to look at the door is one of the great moments in TV drama.Enjoy!"
If you only get one Prisoner set, get this one
Andrew McCaffrey | Satellite of Love, Maryland | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you plan on purchasing only a single set of The Prisoner DVDs, then this would probably be the one because the episodes here are some of the finest that the series produced. Each one highlights a different method used of breaking down the individual, each with its own degree of success or failure.One of the standouts of this set is Leo McKern's portrayal of one of the villainous Number Twos. His character is a delight to watch -- unpredictable, amusing and dangerous. The other Number Twos on this DVD are certainly passable. Colin Gordon appears twice and his character isn't nearly as strong as McKern's, yet the episodes featuring him reflect this, letting Patrick McGoohan's Prisoner subtlety undermine his authority.The whole series of The Prisoner comes highly recommended, but this particular set would be an excellent choice to show someone unfamiliar with the show. The four episodes contained ("Checkmate", "The Chimes of Big Ben", "A, B and C" and "The General") exemplify the best of 60's style paranoia and individualism-over-conformity that is still important today."