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The Mask of Zorro (DE)
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Oct 25, 2005 By: Sturdy
The Mask of Zorro (DE) order
Director:
Martin Campbell

Actors:
Antonio Banderas
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Anthony Hopkins

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A new hero must be trained to don the mask of Zorro to prevent an evil tyrant from buying California and changing the course of history.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is a fun, good spirited movie that feels like a tame amusement park ride. It wont scare you or make your jaw drop, but its so well crafted and well done that you find yourself enthralled in the comic book reality that is Zorro. Its hard to find a good adventure film these days, but THE MASK OF ZORRO comes through by providing an enjoyable movie for the whole family. Well, everyone over the age of 13.

When this movie first came out there was a stink about Anthony Hopkins playing the elder Zorro. It doesnt bother me, but I have to wonder why they would choose an old British actor to play the father to Catherine Zeta-Jones and mentor to Antonio Banderas. Surely Ricardo Montalban was angry he didnt get a call. Despite the obvious physical differences, Hopkins did a great job as did Antonio and Catherine. Zorro seems to be the role Antonio Banderas was destined to play and he adds the perfect amount of charm and class to the character and ultimately makes him a likeable guy.

I think theres some kind of rule that a Zorro movie has to be made every ten years or so. I dont know why, but Zorro just works on the big screen. I always thought of Zorro as a Spanish Batman without the technology, which leaves you with nothing but a good story. Thats where THE MASK OF ZORRO succeeds. It would have been easy to butcher the story of Zorro as it has been done so many times in the past, but director Martin Campbell and the screenwriters took their time and created a great, swashbuckling tale of good and evil that reminds you how much fun the movies can be. Marvel and DC Comics should take note of this Zorro and try to incorporate some of its charm into their superhero movies.
THE EXTRAS
Allow me to vent some frustration. This is the !!fourth!! time this movie has been released on DVD. The first was bare bones, the second was a two-disc special edition, the third was a two-disc Superbit edition and now this one. The problem is that this is not an improvement, but rather a regression from the previous special edition. I noticed that the two disc special editions are now out of print, but you can buy them used cheap. With the exception of the LEGEND OF ZORRO preview material, everything has been released before.

Commentary with director Martin Campbell: Mr. Campbell knows his movies. He shies away from shameless gossip and focuses on the technical aspect of movie making. It kind of reminds me of the GODFATHER commentaries in that its great for aspiring filmmakers to learn about the ins and outs of making a movie.

Deleted Scenes (4:47): There are two scenes here and both are pretty decent. However, this is third time and we still dont get the third scene that appeared on the region 2 DVD.

Unmasking Zorro documentary (45:03): This is the same extensive documentary that was shot for the DVD by longtime Steven Spielberg collaborator Laurent Bouzereau. Its a great look at the history of Zorro and insights into the film. Bouzereau never disappoints with his great documentaries.

Behind the scenes sneak peak at The Legend of Zorro (5:02) and Exclusive scene from the Legend of Zorro (1:45): I dont know why it has taken them so long to make a sequel. The original grossed over $200 million, so I figured there wouldve been a follow up within a couple of years. I cant say Im impressed by what Ive seen here and I fear the window of opportunity for a sequel may have shut a while ago.

There are also Photo Galleries, Costume designs, TV spots, Trailers and a Music Video from Mr. Lopez.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As you might have noticed, I get a little angry with worthless quadruple dipping from studios just to shamelessly plug a sequel. If you already own a copy of this film on DVD, then stay clear of this one. If not, then I highly recommend you pick up either of the two-disc special editions used. Despite the constant re-releases, its still a fun movie.
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