The Prisoner - Set 4: A Change of Mind/Hammer Into Anvil/Do Not Foresake Me Oh My Darling/Living in Harmony (Bonus) [VHS]

 
9780767033886: The Prisoner - Set 4: A Change of Mind/Hammer Into Anvil/Do Not Foresake Me Oh My Darling/Living in Harmony (Bonus) [VHS]
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In a role tailor-made for his sleek good looks and panther-like grace, Patrick McGoohan plays the Prisoner--a.k.a. Number Six. Abducted from his London home, the former secret agent is spirited away to the Village, a surreal setting that's not nearly as benign as it seems on the surface. This British TV classic features derring-do adventures and an eerie, ominous atmosphere. Set 4: "A Change of Mind," "Hammer into Anvil," "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling," "Living in Harmony." CC, 3 hours 28 min. on 3 cassettes or 2 DVDs. DVD also includes gallery of production and promotional materials, trailers, stills, and trivia.

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By this time in The Prisoner's 17-episode run, Patrick McGoohan's Number 6 was ever on guard to protect his secrets and defy all attempts to break him. In three of the four compelling episodes included on this volume, Number 6 turns the tables on his captors. In "A Change of Mind," the feeling is "unmutual" as Number 6 is labeled "disharmonious" and shunned by the other Villagers. A lobotomy seems to change his rebellious and reactionary ways, but as always, nothing in the Village is as it seems, and Number 6 has a post-hypnotic trick up his sleeve to discredit yet another Number 2. In "Hammer into Anvil," Number 6 plays a cunning game of cat-and-mouse with the new and more sadistic Number Two, who becomes increasingly paranoid that Number 6 is actually spying on him. "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" gives new meaning to the phrase "mind games," as Number 6 finds his psyche trapped in another man's body. This is convenient, as McGoohan was, at the time this episode was filmed, off filming Ice Station Zebra. He is seen briefly at episode's end when (almost) all has been restored to what on this show passes for normal. The fourth episode included in this collection is a rarity. "Living in Harmony," which did not air in the United States during the show's original run, ranks among The Prisoner's most bizarre hours, in which Number 6's dilemma is played out in a Wild West setting (he's a sheriff who resigns but finds himself detained in a town ironically called Harmony). --Donald Liebenson

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