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The Mask of Zorro

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6.82 h 17 min1998X-RayHDRUHDPG
With a slash of his steely blade and the mark of a 'Z' , he defends the weak and exploits and avenges the wrongs committed against them... It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega successfully fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero Zorro. He transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to stop the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero..
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Supporting actors
Stuart WilsonMatt Letscher
Producers
Doug ClaybourneDavid Foster
Studio
TriStar Pictures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1624 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Back when Movies were a Special Occassion.
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Yes! This is a classic. It's technically a superhero movie, but it's from a time when superheroes didn't need to shoot lightening bolts from their eyes or rip entire cars in half. It was from a time when a superhero film would be a rarity and a blockbuster at the cinema which everyone went to see as a family. You know, those days of movies like Stargate, Indepedence Day, or Starship Troopers.

It's well written, well directed, and well acted, because it's from a time when movie makers actually put their heart and soul into creating an entertaining movie rather than a generic, cookie-cutter CGI fest with actors who got hired for their looks and not their talent, all while peddling some backhanded political message in the undertones of the movie.

To put it simple terms, The Mask of Zorre is a great movie. It's still better than most things from the last fifteen years.
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hammerkopReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Blu-ray transfer of terrific movie.
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Fabulous picture and at times really quite stunning. This Blu-ray is utterly immaculate and looks like it was shot yesterday - albeit on film and not digital. Although this was a German release, don't be put off as the disc menu is in English and the default settings are English without subtitles so just put it in your machine and play. The film itself is as fresh as the day it was made and hasn't dated at all. It is, of course, utterly daft but it's basically an updated Saturday matinee big kids' swashbuckler so you shouldn't be expecting a documentary. Buy it and enjoy!
2 people found this helpful
Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
“Children should never have to see the things we do.” Governor Mendoza]
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“Children should never have to see the things we do.” Governor Mendoza]
This 1998 adventure comedy tells the tale of Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) who escapes from his prison of 20 years to reclaim his daughter Eléna (Catherine Zeta Jones), who was taken from him as a baby, by Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson), the governor of the region, to be brought up in Spain. Now aged, Zorro trains a vagabond Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas) to take on his mantle and win back his daughter who has no knowledge of him and thwart Montero’ evil schemes.
From the outset this swashbuckler adventure dazzles with it’s large scale setting and action sequences. A simple tale of Good vs Evil with over the top heroics and stunning stunts. The beautiful cinematography creates an heroic atmosphere and all tinged with a wry, dry humour and romance.
The disc offers languages and audio set up [English 5.1 or German 5.1], subtitles [15 languages, mainly European but also Hebrew and Hindi], scene selections, extra features [directors commentary, making of, deleted scene, us trailer] and play.
The action is fast paced, the music lively and jolly like the script and the cast is perfect. There is definite chemistry between the three leads who all turn in very credible performances as do the supports. What’s not to like? This is a PG and the only offence is the slapstick ‘adventure’ style violence, there’s no swearing, no nudity and no sex. Fantastic family fun, and plenty of laughs, provided you let yourself enter into the spirit of it all.
4 people found this helpful
A KopolaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The epitome of Zorro!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Antonio Banderas is wonderful as Zorro. The story has depth and I wish they would make more films like this. Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the cast are of the highest calibre!

I am so glad I own this film and its sequel The Legend of Zorro. I should also mention that the music is so fitting and captures the Mexican culture. Also the costumes are so well designed.

Martin Campbell, the director, did a splendid job with both this film and the sequel. Had Anthony Hopkins not played the older, more seasoned Don Diego, I could also see Timothy Dalton playing the role.

And I would be remiss in not applauding the breathtaking cinematography. One really feels transported back to a time in old Mexico 🇲🇽

I recommend this film wholeheartedly!
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BondsanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 June 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Languages & Verdict
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Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English, Italian, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0: Commentary by Martin Campbell

Subtitles for all the videos:
English, Italian, Castilian Spanish

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and English for Hard of Hearing

Verdict:
Very good picture and sound for this master-piece which has not aged at all.
As usual, a very good picture means details we are not meant to see:
- At Diego's house, the sword fight in the wide staircases, we can see the 2 stuntmen standing for Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Wilson.
- Even there is not much action in the dance scene between Elena and Alejandro, another double stand for Mr. Banderas.
- The first fight between Zorro and Captain Love, Montero, Zorro runs in the map of California and cuts it down, over all of the men. You can clearly see that strings are pulling it over the men.
- At the end of the film, at the mine, Alejandro grabs a shovel and slides down the hill. If you look at the shovel, you will see the strap that holds his feet to it.
And much more of course.

A true pleasure to watch this film again in such fantastic conditions.

NB: Antonio Banderas does not dub himself for the Castilian Spanish soundtrack unfortunately, as according to Mr. Banderas dubbing is not as good as acting.
Therefore, that was Salvador Aldeguer who dubbed Antonio Banderas.
Curiously, Mr. Banderas dubbed himself for Shrek 2, 3 and Puss in Boots
3 people found this helpful
PhilbeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zorro in Blu
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Now a regular fixture on Saturday afternoon TV, this undervalued movie really comes alive on Blu-Ray. Looking effortlessly fantastic 99.999% of the time (except for one out-of-focus shot during the Hopkins/Zeta Jones dialogue scene in the stables - not the fault of the blu-ray), the transfer is crisp, clean and full of detail. The audio matches the visuals with great clarity and impact - particularly during the climatic shots of the gold mine exploding.

The cast also seem to be enjoying themselves while never coming across as smug - and so they should: how many big-budget swashbucklers are made these days that don't feature Johnny Depp? It's a great 'they-don't-make-'em-like-this-anymore' movie. Which proves that Hollywood can produce a satisfyingly entertaining family movie when it puts its' mind to it. Unfortunately, the magic formula wasn't to be repeated for the dull sequel (The Legend of Zorro), but don't let that put you off this far classier original. A great blu-ray at a bargain price.
4 people found this helpful
Mr. M. WardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
EXCELLENT VALUE
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Arrived very quickly excellant film high quality blue ray.

Excellent value and ten times better than the sequel the legend of zorro.The music soundtrack by James Horner is absolutely amazing one of his best scores.
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D.D.SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
The PG rating is wrong!
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Nice movie for grown-ups +16 not ideal as rated for PG. Contains scene for adults only. Someone should review the rating and correct this.
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