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Prison Break - Season 1 - Complete [2005] - 44.98

Season one of Prison Break is great television. Here's the set-up. Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed and wrongfully convicted for assassinating the Vice President's brother. Lincoln's brother Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), who just happens to have designed Illinois' Fox River Penitentiary where Lincoln is on death row, hatches an elaborate escape plan. Michael's plan involves getting himself incarcerated in Fox River and smuggling the prison's blueprints by having them hidden in tattoos that cover his entire torso. Once inside, Michael must form alliances with a rogue's gallery of felons with their own sometimes unsavory motives. Meanwhile, on the outside, Lincoln's lawyer and one-time girlfriend Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), pursued by Secret Service agents, attempts to unravel the conspiracy that sent her man to the slammer.

Prison Break is anchored by tight, suspenseful writing clearly relished by the largely little-known cast. Standouts include Robert Knepper as the murderer/pedophile T-Bag, who somehow makes such a despicable character likeable. Stacey Keach of Mike Hammer fame plays the warden-with-a-heart-of-gold, who clashes with Captain Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) over whether to rehabilitate the inmates or makes their lives more miserable. Peter Stormare, famous for his skills with a wood chipper in Fargo, turns in a deliciously menacing performance as mob boss John Abruzzi, while Amaury Nolasco's winsome Fernando Sucre shares a cell and secrets with Miller's Scofield. Watching the show one gets a sense that this is the opening salvo of Wentworth Miller's career, which will doubtless include roles as assassins, detectives, super heroes, and perhaps the champion of staring contests. Midway through the season it's explained that Scofield is a genius with an heightened sensitivity to other peoples' suffering, which sums up what makes the show so great--the mind-bendingly intricate plot is a framework for moments when people make others suffer and cope with the burden of their own suffering.

The six-disc set includes 22 addictive episodes, audio commentary on selected episodes, three featurettes, and alternate and deleted scenes. As with most TV shows on DVD, the "previously on Prison Break" intros can get tiresome, but that's what the fast forward button is for. --Ryan Boudinot

Customer reviews (av rating: 5.0):

Rating: 5:
Unexpected Brilliance : If you have enjoyed the fast paced 24 series then you will love this.

A brilliant script, great acting, action, suspense, cliff-hangers, and enough plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat demanding more. The 22 episodes are not enough.

Michael Scofield wants to get his brother out of jail before he is up for execution, and he has a plan, an unexpectedly brilliant plan.

And there is more, a whole second series. So watch this now, and catch up with the rest of us.

Rating: 5:
Fantastic : Along with a few other reviewers, I never caught the show as it aired on Channel 5, despite a few guys in the office singing its praises and being in on it on the ground floor.

However, having been confined to my bed following an operation, I decided to buy the DVD to help pass the time. All I'll say is that I never thought that my days could have flown by so quickly - all 3 of them. This was pure compulsive viewing, in which 22 thrilling episodes were crammed them into a few days. Episode after episode, both my Father (who rarely has the patience to follow a series) and I just reeled off the shows, feeling guilty that those who followed the show religiously on TV had to wait an entire week before their weekly fix could be satisfied.

Prison Break introduces you to a number of core characters and despite focusing on a certain few each episode, always manages to keep others interesting and in the storyline. Their lives become intertwined, and each episode sees them having to come up against another obstacle, with sometimes ingenious responses.

For anyone looking for an exciting, addictive, and fast-paced story, this is certainly for them. Prison Break is on the same level as the early series of 24.

Rating: 5:
Best program on TV bar none : As tense as 24, but with better characters and a storyline that fits together and has been thought out from the start. And the fittest blokes on TV as well.

Rating: 5:
Brilliant!! : I bought this series this summer.I too missed it on Channel 5 as I thought it wouldn't be my kind of thing. When Big Brother started again on Channel 4 I thought it was time to get in something to watch other than the nimbrods they have on every hour of the day. I thought the show was great! It's very fast paced and exciting. Each episode ends on a cliff hanger. The characters are great, Sucre and T-Bag were my favourite. The last episode I was literally on the edge of my seat and once again it finished with not knowing the outcome so I have to go out to buy Series 2 as soon as possible. I must admit I love good series - Sopranos and Entourage my particular favourites but I really thought this was excellent.
Wentworth Miller is also very easy on the eye!

Rating: 5:
Just fantastic! : I missed this show when it first came on TV, falling into the trap of 'it's on channel 5 so it must be rubbish'. I'm so glad I rectified my mistake and bought the boxed set, as this is right up there with Lost and 24 as one of the best series on TV.

There's no need to ruin the plot by giving any details, but suffice to say the characters are fascinating (likeable without letting you lose sight of the fact some of them are Very Bad Men); the story moves along at a rate of knots, and it's difficult to predict what will happen next. Also, a previous reviewer stated rather naively that this show isn't for girls...with totty like this, what's not to like, eh ladies?

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