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The Pretender 2001 / The Pretender - Island of the Haunted

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Disc 1 Side A: PRETENDER 2001 (Full Screen) Picking up where the television series left off, Jarod reunites with two old friends and unleashes some powerful Centre revelations. This film opens with a sequence that will allow it to be enjoyed by individuals who have not yet seen the TV series.

Disc 1 Side B: PRETENDER: ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED (Widescreen) Through a series of bizarre circumstances, Jarod and Miss Parker find themselves trapped together on a strange island in a life and death situation, out of which come some of the most important revelations about their pasts.


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  • Disc 1 Side A:
  • PRETENDER 2001 (Full Screen)
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  • PRETENDER: ISLAND OF THE HAUNTED (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Harve Presnell
  • Directors: Frederick King Keller
  • Writers: Craig W. Van Sickle, Steven Long Mitchell
  • Producers: Frederick King Keller, Cathy M. Frank, Craig W. Van Sickle, Jon Koslowsky, Leslie N. Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC4Z8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I was ecstatic when I found out that these two films would finally be released on DVD, not only because I am a big fan of 'The Pretender' and this would be my first opportunity to see them but also because I was hoping to see this wonderful series' multiple plot threads neatly woven together into a finished tapestry.

Unfortunately there was no such luck. 'The Pretender 2001' answers a few questions of where season 4 left off but leads to even more unanswered questions. It was a very entertaining film, much in the same vein as its episodic predecessors, so it is definitely worth watching for any 'Pretender' fan.

'The Pretender - The Island of the Haunted' is even more puzzling and complex than the preceding film, which is frustrating to no end since there is no real resolve. What began as an enigmatic series headed by the altruistic protagonist and the ambiguous hunters, namely Ms. Parker, Broots and Sidney, ends up in much the same way, with simply a few more pieces of the puzzles but far from having a complete picture of Jarod and Ms. Parker's legacies. The movie itself is well directed with an eerie yet appealing ambience on the island that's riddled with mysteries, and the story is clever, as usual. Nothing is left desired acting wise, the cast delivers great performances, especially by Jarod and Ms. Parker, who hint at something beyond mere mutual respect and an unspoken comradery.
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After NBC cancelled "The Pretender", reruns showed up on TNT. Between the good ratings and fan pleas, the cable net decided to make these two television movies. It was originally planned as four films, but TNT's lack of support in promoting the second led to bad ratings and therefore no further movies.

"The Pretender 2001" - Reunites the cast and creative from the series, in fact picking up where the cliffhanger of season four ends. Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) makes it a point to reveal even more disturbing facts about The Centre. At the center of everything, as always, Miss Parker (Andrea Parker) fends off her disfunctional family in her futile quest for truth. Of the two, this remained truest to the series' tone.

"The Pretender: Island of the Haunted" - While there were appearances by most of the original cast, this was a battle of wills between Jarod and Miss Parker. They find themselves trapped on a small island in Scotland where Jarod tracks down his long lost mother. From there, it seemed to go off in a quasi-supernatural direction which was completely foreign to the show. Since the same creative team was in place, it's hard to fault them for changing their creation. Probably with the hope that TNT would see series potential in the altered Pretender reality.

Overall, "2001" puts a nice cap on the series. "Haunted" is a worthwhile diversion for fans. Michael T. Weiss and Andrea Parker worked very well together, and "Haunted" is one of the few times they got to work face-to-face for any length of time.
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The Pretender was a show that intriged and interested me. It was the Fugitive, part Quantum Leap (without the Leaping) and part Soap Opera/mystery plot.

These two TV movies,both made especially for TNT network in 2001, are, in my opinion, a expanded version of the TV show episodes. The original cast is all here, and It seem like the shows was almost never canceled

These two TV movies answer a few questions and asks more, leaving the door open to future TV Pretender movies which never came to pass..and that is too bad

If you are a fan of this series, these two movies will enhance your collection. If not, the Prentender 2001 will bring the whole four season show (all available on DVD) into hazy focus.

Either way, these two movies have quality...rare in TV movies these days

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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Finally! The two movies that we, the fans, made happen. After NBC maliciously cancelled the series, the fans cried out virtually with online petitions, and pleas to cable networks like TNT, USA, and more. TNT heard us, and picked up the show, and re-ran all 4 seasons of the Pretender.

***SPOILER ALERT***
(apparently not everyone has seen these movies, yet)

Then, the most amazing thing of all. . . they allowed two feature-length movies to be made. The Pretender 2001- with some of the funniest lines from Broots, and The Pretender; Island of the Haunted.

The Pretender 2001 brought all of our favorite characters back. It tied up a few loose ends, but mostly asked more questions. There were some fantastic lines from Broots in this movie, as well as some great scenes with Parker and Jarod.

Then came The Pretender, Island of the Haunted. My only complaint is that if Jarod were really on an island, standing on the shore, watching a boat take his mother (who had just been shot) away from him. . . HE WOULD HAVE SWAM AFTER HER! But there are a lot of great scenes between Jarod & Miss Parker.

It will be nice to finally have the complete collection on DVD. Seasons 1-4 have been quite lonely without the additional movies.

Perhaps (after enough people have signed the online petition at [a website that Amazon won't let me mention] ) there will be one final movie to add to this collection!

~Mags
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Is it still on the Hallmark Channel??? Thanks for the tip.
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276 minutes?
The runtime is accurate because there's 2 movies. too bad my response is nearly 4 years too late...
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Andrea?
Isn't that her pointing a gun and standing next to Michael T. Weiss?
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