The Prisoner is one of the most discussed shows every
made and considering its age and the limited amount of episodes
produced that's no mean feat. However, this latest disc of
off-cuts and extras from the show does little, if anything,
to expand on our knowledge of the series or the adventures
of Number 6.
so it's nice to be offered an early cut of the first episode,
Arrival, albeit in a rather fuzzy form. But is it really
worth including the whole 48 minutes for a handful of extra
frames and some different title music? Frankly, no. And the
feature - for 'feature' read fan blather - is as pointless
as it is dull. "I like the series and have a shop that sells
Prisoner merchandise." Wow! You're sad.
are a couple of snippets that have already appeared on the
A&E release in the US, such as the foreign language filing
cabinet shots from the opening titles, and a fun car ad but
if you're after anything of any substance you'll be sadly
the final and worst crime is that the disc contains yet another
copy of the release edit of the first episode which is already
available on DVD. Why? To make up the space of course, which
is a cheap and shoddy ploy by Carlton. The only advantage
- and it's a minor one - is that Arrival on this disc
exhibits less picture crawl and compression artefacts that
the previously available transfer.
Considering that all the audio elements from the show were
recently purchased by a London sound archive it would have
been possible to remix the soundtrack in at least stereo -
no such luck.
seeing you - hopefully not.
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