The Mask of Zorro

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Overview

Martin Campbell's rollicking action film The Mask of Zorro comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The extensive supplemental materials include a commentary track...
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Overview

Martin Campbell's rollicking action film The Mask of Zorro comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The extensive supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, costume designs, theatrical trailers, production notes, and a music video by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena. This is a very entertaining two-disc set from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Martin Campbell; deleted scenes; exclusive documentary: Unmasking Zorro; costume design gallery; music video: Tina Arena and Mark Anthony "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You"; TV spots; theatrical and teaser trailers; link to official Website
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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

...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: 9/25/2001
  • UPC: 043396040618
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 92,866

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 Jr. 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 -- Widescreen
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. Bernarndo & 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]
1. Opening [:35]
2. The History of Zorro [3:19]
3. The New Zorro [1:16]
4. Casting [6:48]
5. Locations, Sets and Costumes [2:56]
6. The Sword Fights [8:38]
7. Horses and Stunts [4:09]
8. The Whip! [1:15]
9. The Cave [:55]
10. The Mine [1:14]
11. The Final Fight [2:55]
12. The Explosion of the Mine [1:38]
13. The Sound Effects [2:28]
14. The Score [2:33]
15. The Original Ending [2:04]
16. Final Words [2:12]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
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. Bernarndo & 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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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-Up
      English DTS Digital Surround
      English Dolby Digital
      French/Français
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      Exclusive Documentary
         Play "Unmasking Zorro"
         "Unmasking Zorro" Chapter Index
      Deleted Scenes
         The Wallet
         The Resolution
      Advertising Materials
         Trailers
            Theatrical Trailer
            Theatrical Teaser
         TV Spots
            Action
            Thrill Ride
            Super Bowl
            Reborn
            Heat
            Defied
            Fate
            Zero
            Don Diego's Story
            One Man
            Thrill Ride
            Most
         Publicity Photo Portraits
            Antonio Banderas
            Anthony Hopkins
            Catherine Zeta-Jones
            Banderas/Zeta-Jones
            Banderas/Hopkins
      Costume Designs
      Music Video: "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" by Marc Anthony & Tina Arena
      Talent Files
         Martin Campbell - Director
         Antonio Banderas - Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro
         Anthony Hopkins - Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro
         Catherine Zeta-Jones - Elena Montero
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Audio Set-Up
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      English DTS Digital Surround
      English Dolby Digital
      French/Français
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    great combination of actors.....

    great combination of actors.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Zorro the Next Generation

    Zorro the Next Generation


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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AMAZING

    This movie is one of the best. Amazing. If you haven't seen it yet, go buy it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful action movie,

    I'll watch anything with Antonio Banderas, and not just because of his looks, but because he really is talented and has a lot of range as an actor. Okay, so his looks don't hurt either. He of course is well suited for the role of Zorro, which he plays to perfection. Odd casting with Anthony Hopkins as the prior Zorro, since he's not even Mexican, and with those blue eyes and all!, but he is such a wonderful actor that you just go with it. Catherine Zeta Jones is also very good. This is just a splendid, and also funny, action movie. I would recommend the sequel too, it's almost as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen! The movie mixes action, romance and humor so well! Antonio Bandares and Anthony Hopkins have a very good on-screen reletionship that makes it even sadder when Zorro dies. Catherine Zeta Jones is a very good acteress to play Elena. The Sequel's good but the movie doesn't have the deep feeling this has. Except for the head this is a EXCELLENT movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romantical Adventure awaits you!!!***

    Im here to give u the facts and hip ways of this movie: .Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones are great together. They acually seam like the charectors themselves. When they are next to each other they seem perfect!! .Anthony Hoppkins is a great actor and really plays out his charector well. Evn though he is not mexican. . The movie based by itself I would rate it a great adventure and romantic movie. When u see this movie for the first time u really can't stop wondering whats gonna happen. You will be supprised on how good this movie is when u watch it. Overall If u are liking this kind of movies GO WATCH IT THEN!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Passionately Beautiful

    Anthony Hopkins plays Diego de le Vega, sentanced to twenty years in prison for being the masked El Zorro. Antonio Banderas is the young Alejandro Murrietta, out for revenge against Captain Love (Matt Letscher) for murdering his brother. And radient newcomer Catherine Zeta-Jones is the object of both their affections, as Diego's long-lost daughter, and Alejandro's love interest, in this stirring and passionate return of Zorro to the big screen. With supurb music, ravishing special effects, and awesome swordplay, this is one spectical you don't want to miss! Included on the DVD is the making of featurette, trailors, and promos. All in all, worth a spin in your equitment, and a cheer for worth!

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