When this movie first came out there was a stink about Anthony Hopkins playing the elder Zorro. It doesnít 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 didnít 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 thereís some kind of rule that a Zorro movie has to be made every ten years or so. I donít 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. Thatís 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.
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 itís 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 donít 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. Itís 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 donít know why it has taken them so long to make a sequel. The original grossed over $200 million, so I figured there wouldíve been a follow up within a couple of years. I canít say Iím impressed by what Iíve 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.