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The Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray] starring
Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson,
Matt Letscher...
cannot do?). Hes imprisoned for his troubles, and upon his release,
mentors an impetuous pupil (Antonio Banderas, more sua...
As for audio, the film is presented in English, French and Portuguese 5.1
DTS-HD MA (and Spanish 5.1). The soundtrack for ...
felt that it was perfect timing on my part because the film was almost like a
continuation of previous films and even the ...
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  1. 1. The Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray] starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher Blu-Ray: Wow! "The Mask Of Zorro" Looks And Sounds Great On Hd!!! Definitely A Majo Improvement Over The Original Dvd Release! In this day of movies in which one cant tell whether the action was manufactured by computer generation or by a cookie cutter, The Mask of Zorro is a grand throwback. It recalls and celebrates the fantasy workshop that Hollywood was and can be at its best. Its an audience pleaser in the best sense of the word, combining great-looking performers with gorgeous vistas and production design, a story that is familiar yet never insults the viewers intelligence, and plenty of eye-popping action. Anthony Hopkins stars as the original Zorro, a masked vigilante protecting his people from official corruption in Mexico and what will become California (from Hannibal Lecter to Merchant-Ivory to action hero--is there nothing this man
  2. 2. cannot do?). Hes imprisoned for his troubles, and upon his release, mentors an impetuous pupil (Antonio Banderas, more suave than ever) in the fine arts of swordplay and triumphing over evil. Catherine Zeta-Jones capably portrays the beauty linked to both men--Zorro Is daughter, Zorro IIs object of desire. The plotting contains few surprises, but the interplay between the three leads is always winning, and the winks to the swashbuckling genre are playful without ever being heavy-handed or campy. --David Kronke Personal Review: The Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray] starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher For 90 years, many fans of "Zorro" have seen quite a few adaptation of the swashbuckling hero who dons a black mask, cape, clothing and his sword. From the original books from 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley to the silent films by Douglas Fairbanks and one of my favorites, the 1958-1960 Disney television series starring Guy Williams. But there has been a sort of lull when it came to "Zorro" films and before the 1998 film "The Mask of Zorro", we were left with the George Hamilton comedy "Zorro, the Gay Blade" in 1981. But in 1998, producer Steven Spielberg ("Indiana Jones" films, "Schindler's List", "E.T.", "Jurassic Park" films) along with director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale", "Vertical Limit", "GoldenEye") began working on a new action film based on the hero for a new generation of moviegoers. Featuring a screenplay by John Eskow ("Air America", "Pink Cadillac"), Ted Elliott ("National Treasure"and "Pirates of the Carribean" films) and Terry Rossio ("Pirates of the Carribean" films), music by James Horner ("The Spiderwicke Chronicles", "Troy", "Enemy at the Gates") and cinematographer Phil Meheux ("Casino Royale", "Around the World in 80 Days", "GoldenEye"). The film was released in theaters during the Summer of `98 and with a budget of $95 million, the film went on to make over $250 million worldwide and was received positively by critics. VIDEO & AUDIO: "The Mask of Zorro" is presented in 1080p High Definition (aspect ratio 2:40:1). I was quite pleased with the picture quality of the film as there was pretty good detail on the texture of the Mexican and Spanish clothing, detail of the interiors of Don's cave hideout and the dirt and grime on the Murrieta boys. A good number of shots were outdoors, so there was a good amount of lighting. Skin tones were natural and you can see Anthony Hopkins blue eyes quite clearly. I tend to get a bit unnerved with some films shot during the 80's and 90's because they look a bit waxy but "The Mask of Zorro" looks very good for a 1998 film.
  3. 3. As for audio, the film is presented in English, French and Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD MA (and Spanish 5.1). The soundtrack for the film is actually fantastic. For an older film, I was expecting a front and center channel driven soundtrack but "The Mask of Zorro" really takes advantage of the surround and rear surround channels and also some LFE. You hear the crowds clapping all around you during a scene when Montero arrives back to California. Horses galloping and thunder is also well heard. Fighting sequences, gun shots, explosions are really utilized quite well and for the most part, similar to "Air Force One" which is a 90's film that was given great audio by Sony, the same can be said for "The Mask of Zorro". The lossless soundtrack is clear, understandable and quite immersive during the action sequences. Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish. SPECIAL FEATURES: "The Mask of Zorro" comes with the following special features presented in standard definition, English stereo and optional Portuguese or Spanish subtitles: * movieIQ - With BD-Live, you can obtain information about the film online while watching the film (optional). * Director's Commentary - Featuring audio commentary with director Marc Campbell. Campbell provides insight on each scene and very thorough in his explanation of the talent, the set and more. * Exclusive Documentary: Unmasking Zorro - (45:05) The making of "The Mask of Zorro" featuring director Martin Campbell, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas and more talking about the film, the history of Zorro, the production and costume design of the film, the music and more. * Deleted Scenes - (4:50) Featuring two deleted scenes: The Wallet and The Resolution. * "The Legend of Zorro" Behind-the-Scenes Peek - (5:02) A behind-the- scenes look at the making of "The Legend of Zorro" and interviews with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Banderas and director Martin Campbell who talk about reuniting seven years later for the sequel of "The Mask of Zorro". * Music Video by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena -(4:51) Music video for "I Spent My Whole Life Loving You" by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena. * Exclusive Scene from "The Legend of Zorro" - (1:43) A short sneak peek of the 2005 film "Legend of Zorro". JUDGMENT CALL: It actually has been a Zorro month for me during Fall/Winter 2009. Having watched the complete "Zorro" TV series from 1958-1960, I was enchanted by the humor, drama and the action. So, watching "The Mask of Zorro", I
  4. 4. felt that it was perfect timing on my part because the film was almost like a continuation of previous films and even the TV series because you forward to the future in which the hero Don de la Vega is now an older man, married and knowing that he's getting too old to be doing jumps and escaping harm. I was a bit skeptical at first seeing Anthony Hopkins taking on the role of Don Diego. Mainly because I've gotten so used to seeing Guy Williams playing the role of "Zorro" but because this role calls for an older Don Diego, Hopkins is such a talented actor, that he makes you feel comfortable towards his character. You easily accept him and sympathize for him as Don Diego goes through the worst, imaginable things that the hero has ever experienced. But enter Antonio Banderas. One thing that Guy Williams captured in the classic TV series is a character with class, charisma and is able to deliver in the action. Banderas starts off as a bit of a ruffian but through the course of the film, we see the thief become the hero and much more refined. And as for Catherine Zeta-Jones, she looks absolutely beautiful in this film and together, she and Banderas played their characters of Alejandro and Elena quite well. They both have that chemical/sexual attraction towards each other but also, aside from the dramatics, the two also have a good repertoire for utilizing their characters to earn some laughs from the audience. One thing that the original TV series had was high production value in which Walt Disney himself made sure "Zorro" utilized. So, when Steven Spielberg was the name behind the producing of this film, you knew that there would be significant action scenes and most of all, a film that would receive good financing to pull off these fight scenes that Zorro is known for. May it be him battling with a sword, climbing on rooftops or chandeliers, being chased on horseback to Zorro taking on dozens of men, fight choreography was done well and cinematography was also solid and for the most part, those scenes were highly enjoyable. "The Mask of Zorro" was definitely a hallmark for Zorro films. After that periodic lull of having nothing satisfying since the late 1950's and early 60's, it was great to see the character of Zorro done well for this film. A screenplay that is not only action-driven but also character driven and you get all the humor and sexual attraction in this film as well. Having seen the TV series and a few of the Zorro films in the past, I'm confident to say that "The Mask of Zorro" is the best Zorro film ever made thus far. For those of us who grew up watching the adventures of Don Diego de la Vega, this film is simply the passing of the title to a new character for a new generation of viewers. Fortunately, the film was handled quite well and I really enjoyed seeing this film again and I'm sure you will too. Definitely recommended!
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