Mask of Zorro

Mask of Zorro

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Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones

     
 

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The summer hit The Mask of Zorro gets the two-disc deluxe treatment on this release. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. By utilizing the Superbit technology, the sound and picture quality on this disc is top-ofSee more details below

Overview

The summer hit The Mask of Zorro gets the two-disc deluxe treatment on this release. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. By utilizing the Superbit technology, the sound and picture quality on this disc is top-of-the-line. A second disc offers bonus materials including a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, music videos, a trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is an excellent release from Columbia TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of moviedom's most venerable heroes makes a rousing return in this sumptuously produced swashbuckler, a superior example of the genre crammed with atmosphere, action, drama, and romance. Anthony Hopkins portrays the original Zorro, a hero to the downtrodden masses of 18th-century California, finally unmasked and imprisoned by the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson), who compounds his crimes by stealing Zorro's infant daughter and raising her as his own. Twenty years later, the aged Zorro returns, training the penniless bandito Alejandro (Antonio Banderas) in the use of whip and sword and enjoining him to don the mask of Zorro and lead the battle against Montero. In the process, Alejandro falls in love with Zorro's now-grown daughter, Elena, played in spirited fashion by the ravishing Catherine Zeta-Jones. Director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye) manipulates the Zorro legend ever so slightly to suit the demands of his sprawling story, but his tinkering is more than offset by the exuberance of his thrilling action set-pieces, the most elaborate ever filmed for a Zorro movie. The film contains plenty of humorous, tongue-in-cheek moments but never descends to the level of camp. All in all, The Mask of Zorro is an eminently worthy successor to earlier films featuring Johnston McCulley's fabled "Curse of Capistrano" and makes sterling entertainment for the entire family. This DVD Special Edition includes a commentary by Campbell, the documentary Unmasking Zorro (which touches on the character's illustrious history), deleted scenes, a music video for the film's hit song, "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You," a gallery of costume-designer sketches, and numerous trailers and TV spots.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
An anomaly in the late '90s, the Mask of Zorro is a well-crafted, full-blooded adventure film, reminiscent of the Errol Flynn swashbucklers of Hollywood's golden age, with a tinge of contemporary irony. Antonio Banderas is ideally cast as the urchin who assumes the mask of the dashing Zorro from Don Diego de la Vega, who is brilliantly played by the protean Anthony Hopkins. Smoldering newcomer Catherine Zeta-Jones is more than a match for Banderas, as Elena, the beautiful, long-lost daughter of Don Diego. Set in the burgeoning California of 1821, the script artfully counterpoints action with character development, as the old-fashioned melodrama touches on themes of honor, betrayal, and revenge. Yet the film infuses them with humor and romance, most memorably in a scene in which the new Zorro "undresses" Elena by slashing her clothing to shreds. The film's considerable 100-million-dollar plus box-office success would launch the career of Zeta-Jones.
Time Magazine
...the action in this movie, most of which takes the form of spectacular stunt work performed by real, as opposed to digitized, people (note especially the spectacular Roman riding gag), is motivated by simple, powerful emotions of an old-fashioned and rather melodramatic nature, which the characters are not shy about expressing. We're talking high romance, pure ideals, dashing heroism here--all the stuff that used to animate our big boyish movies. Richard Schickel

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
UPC:
0043396094178
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:17:00

Special Features

This single, high-resolution Superbit™ DVD includes no extras. The space on the disc typically used for special features is devoted instead to optimizing the quality of the movie's image and sound. Other technical specifications: Anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), DTS; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro
Anthony Hopkins Don Diego de la Vega
Catherine Zeta-Jones Elena
Stuart Wilson Don Rafael Montero
Matt Letscher Capt. Harrison Love
Maury Chaykin Prison Warden
Tony Amendola Don Luiz
Pedro Armendariz Don Pedro
L.Q. Jones Three-Fingered Jack
Jose Perez Corporal Armando Garcia
William Marquez Fray Felipe
Victor Rivers Joaquin Murrieta
Julieta Rosen Esperanza

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director
Michael Atwell Art Director
Denise Camargo Set Decoration/Design
Doug Claybourne Producer
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
David Foster Producer
Pam Dixon Casting
Ted Elliott Original Story,Screenwriter
John Eskow Screenwriter
Digital Film Special Effects
John Gertz Co-producer
James Horner Score Composer
Randall Jahnson Original Story
Mike Johnson Stunts
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Tava R. Maloy Associate Producer
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Thom Noble Editor
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
George Parra Asst. Director
Mario Roberts Stunts
Terry Rossio Original Story,Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Mask of Zorro
1. Start [4:51]
2. Zorro's Last Ride [5:02]
3. Don Diego's Family [4:10]
4. Losing Everything [5:03]
5. The Murrieta Brothers [7:51]
6. Prison Break [5:53]
7. Elena [:38]
8. Master Meets Pupil [3:35]
9. Lair of the Fox [2:16]
10. The Training Circle [3:23]
11. A Black Stallion [2:51]
12. Horse Thief [2:37]
13. Barracks Battle [3:40]
14. Sanctuary [10:14]
15. Don Alejandro [6:52]
16. Dancing With Elena [6:34]
17. Montero's Goldmine [5:15]
18. Bernardo & Elena [10:12]
19. Stealing the Map [1:20]
20. Sword Fight [3:53]
21. Cutting a Fine Figure [4:36]
22. In Pursuit of the Fox [5:25]
23. Not All Right [2:25]
24. "Tell Her." [3:20]
25. In the Mine [5:44]
26. Finishing Up [6:22]
27. Freeing the Slaves [1:36]
28. Her Father's Blessing [11:37]

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