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AMC’s re-imagining of the popular “The Prisoner” TV show lands on DVD March 23, 2010 courtesy of Warner Home Video. The 2009 remake sports quite the powerhouse cast in James Caviezel and Ian McKellen, and offers up a paranoid-fueled tale set in the mysterious place known only as The Village. What exactly is The Village? Why does everyone have a number instead of names? Who is the mysterious 2 (McKellen) who watches over everything? And why is our hero 6 (Caviezel) having flashbacks of another life in New York? Is it all in his head or some sort of freaky parallel universe hopping incident? Those are the kinds of questions that make “The Prisoner” an engaging watch, with some stellar acting work from both Caviezel and McKellen.
Catch all six hours of the A&E mini-series on a 3-disc DVD set, which comes with special features like audio commentaries on two episodes and a look at the film’s Comic Con ’09 panel, which I actually attended last year.
The Prisoner miniseries is a reinterpretation of the British 1960s cult hit series that starred and was co-created by Patrick McGoohan. The Premise : A man, known as Six, finds himself inexplicably trapped in The Village with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly — how he can escape. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ , The Thin Red Line) plays the role of Six; and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) co-stars as Two.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
• Unaired Scenes
• Cast/Creator Commentaries
• Beautiful Prison: The World of The Prisoner
• A Six-Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: A Production Diary of The Prisoner
• The Prisoner Comic Con Panel
• Jamie Campbell-Bower Interviews Sir Ian McKellen
• A Six-Part Look Inside The Prisoner
Own it on DVD now by ordering it from Amazon.com.