Jason Weisberger at 12:52 pm Tue, Dec 4, 2012
Band Do Not Foresake Me Oh My Darling made this amazing "shot-for-shot" remake of the Prisoner's opening. It is astonishing!
There is more information and a side-by-side comparison to pore over too. I would love to drive the Lotus Se7en!
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They even got the typeface right! But where’s that big white orb? Edit: Scratch that, the orb was totally in there! Excellent!
The rover? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_(The_Prisoner)
Yes, the typeface was the correct one in that it had all the right characters. But the kerning!!!! as in V ocals, W ardrobe and V oorhis. And the X strike out on the typewriter was being done with the H key, just like on the original. Cool video.
The typeface is Albertus – I used to use it on my business cards and stationery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertus_%28typeface%29
Close, although the font is based on Albertus there are modifications. One notable difference is lower case e. Albertus has a closed e, the Prisoner font has an open e.
It’s not “pour over”, fwiw. The correct usage is “pore over”.
ah it seems I first saw it when it was submitted over a year ago!
A great band that I had the privilege to play with last March (?).
I like this tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4eUSmUWsUY better. :)
Ok, now I need to check them out. Good thing they are local.
It’s not as complete, but personally I prefer the version from the opening credits of season 3 of “In Bed With Medinner”
I can’t find just the opening credits in isolation.
Series 4 went with a remake of The Avengers credits.
I was disappointed they cast Borat as the boss. Couldn’t they find somebody britisher?
EDIT: And he’s also the gas man, and also Number Two? Is he the only guy they know?
“Borat” here. The band is just the two of us. We carefully decided to not have anyone else in the video. It naturally has implications to the narrative.
Oh aha! I kind of wondered if maybe she only knew one guy, and was too shy to ask a stranger. Nice stache.
Thanks! I think we had about 50 people working on the shoot over the course of the 2 years, so we probably could have roped another fellow in if we had wanted!
Borat, the character who’s played by a British actor? That Borat?
He’s not British! He’s not he’s not he’s not! He’s Azerbaijani or something. Or Uzbekibekistanstani!
You can still buy a Lotus 7 new. They’re called Caterhams now. On my bucket list to own one myself :)
Not only can you buy a 7 (well, yes, Caterham now, but it’s the same car), you can actually buy it in the Prisoner paint job.
It’s actually been one of my goals to buy that car and run around doing more or less this.
The Bentley limo has been replaced with a Daimler, though. I suppose they’re a bit hard to find in the US…
Specifically, the original uses a hearse, hence the man dressed as an undertaker. They have a higher roof-line than a limousine, when seen from the front. Since the video credits a funeral home, that could be a hearse they use, but it does look a little too low.
Ah yeah, you’re right. According to a youtube comment by mr. Epstein, it was difficult enough to find a Daimler limo. Not surprising – most of them have rotted away, and the hearses were even worse…
Hi Boston. I’d know Rowe’s Wharf anywhere. I wonder what beach she is running on…
Also, in credits: Special Thanks to Sean Drinkwater. That’s Sean T. Drinkwater of awesome Boston electroclash band Freezepop.
Beach was in Wellfleet.
Too bad the song’s so mediocre. (Except the middle Arrival part where the music stops. That part’s pretty good.)
Fun fact about this band, all their song names are from episodes of The Prisoner.
Does that mean they’re limited to 17 songs?
It does! …kind of. We’re finishing our last EP of songs for The Prisoner next year.
Realize 2 things about the Prisoner intro:
1. He resigned the SHIT out of that job!
2. Do many people pack 8 X 10 glossy pics of the place they’re going?
That was amazing! AMAZING!
Since you guys are such huge Prisoner fans, you may be interested in photos of our trip to The Village, which is a real place, Port Meirion in Wales. Designed by a true British eccentric, don’t you know. One of the buildings has a documentary about the old coot playing constantly.
Here are the pix: http://geophile.com/gallery/portmeirion
That comma really changes thing: … the old coot, playing constantly.
Just not the same with heels and a lower forehead.
We’ve got a version with an insert at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KcWB4B_nBM
At the end, the scene with the guy driving the Caterham down the runway, was that at Top Gear? It looked an awful lot like their same outdoor filming location. Or that could just be really hoping.
it was actually at Lawrence Memorial Airport! They let us use a quiet runway for the day – Sophia/DNFMOMD
I’m surprised Caterhams have not already been subject matter on BB, as you can get them as a kit, as Starter Pack (a raw chassis that you can put any number of engines, suspension, brakes etc. onto) – all in all the most customisable car on the planet, and one of the fastest (check out the TopGear test drives on Youtube and you’ll get the idea).
Too lazy to drive up to Portmerion for the last shots? :)
It’s a bit of a drive from Boston, I suppose.
“Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling” was the name of the episode that McGoohan pretty much took the day off and had his mind put in another actors body. So even without this awesome tribute video, the band name tells that they were indeed fans of this awesome and brain pummeling show. Which I love.