Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Science Fiction > Action > Telefilms > The Pretender – The Movie Edition (Pretender 2001 + The Island of the Haunted telefilms)

The Pretender – The Movie Edition (Pretender 2001 + The Island of the Haunted telefilms)


Picture: C+/B-    Sound: C+     Extras: D     Films: C+



Finally available on DVD is The Pretender – The Movie Edition (Pretender 2001, The Island of the Haunted) featuring two 2001 telefilms that were created after the series was canceled (after four seasons) in 2000.  The films again follow our mysterious hero, Jarod, a man who can do anything and assume any identity, as he sneaks and integrates himself into all areas of society.  Both films attempt to wrap up loose ends from the cliffhanger type ending that the Fourth Season left (some reviewed elsewhere on this site) but only do the job half heartedly.  As a fan of the series this reviewer was definitely sad to see the series go, but realizes now after viewing the series on DVD that it did not old up as well as he had hoped.  The films do clarify and put many questions to rest, but at the same time open up a Pandora’s Box of further question and confusion.


Without viewing the complete series most viewers would be lost in these two films, this release was meant for hardcore fans.  The first film (Pretender 2001) takes place just as Season 4 ended and resolves an issue that left many fans hanging, whereas it also just aggravates more.  The second film (The Island of the Haunted) goes deeper into The Pretender mythology and mystery of the series, but just begs the question by the end of the film, why open this can of worms if you can’t resolve it?  Overall, if you are a fan go for it!  If you have never seen the series, let this slip through the cracks and pretend it never happened.


The technical features on this DVD seem slapped together to a degree.  The picture in Pretender 2001 is presented in a seemingly stretched 1.33 X 1 Full Screen and the second film is presented in a slightly better 1.78 X 1 Widescreen, but both remain slightly fuzzy and have color imbalance issues.  The sound is ok but nothing to write home about in its bland Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.  Extras are sadly absent, but oh well!


Recently the writers and directors of the series hinted that the series may be coming back or a film may be in the works.  If it is as loose and bad as these films, this reviewer says no thanks.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com