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The Mark Of Zorro (1940)

Tyrone Power , Linda Darnell , Rouben Mamoulian    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the classic fox period June 6 2004
Format:DVD
the films of 20th century fox had a sheen unlike the other studios output.
one of their main stars; tyrone power (an underrated star today)was an embodiment of this sylized sheen.
he was different than errol flynn. while you always sensed flynn's bad boy personality even when he played squaeky clean heroes, power was far more an actor and his performances always seem more professionally toned. he is more 'with the film' than standing out against it and this may be the reason for the lack of appreciation for him.
this film is the shining example to the hollywood of old.
its excellence was predictable when you mix the beauty of power and darenll with the down right fun villany of rathbone, the music of newman, the goya toned cinematography and the virtually flawless direction of mamoulian.
sadly, its the like of which we wont see again for numerous reasons.
NOW, IF FOX WOULD DIG INTO THEIR ARCHIVES AND RELEASE POWER'S BEST ACTING IN FILM; NIGHTMARE ALLEY' a film that has never even seen the light of vhs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
20th Century Fox present "THE MARK OF ZORRO" (Special Edition) (Released: November 8, 1940) (93 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- "The Mark of Zorro" is a 1940 feature motion picture directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by 20th Century Fox --- It starred Tyrone Power as Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro), Linda Darnell as his love interest, (Lolita Quintero), Montagu Love as (Don Alejandro Vega), Gale Sondergaard as the naughty (Inez Quintero), Eugene Pallette as (Fra. Felipe), with Basil Rathbone, one of the most durable of screen villains who has mastered stage fencing but never won a sword fight, plays the cruel (Captain Esteban Pasquale), the Alcalde's military adviser and J. Edward Bromberg was the corrupt governor (Don Luis Quintero ) --- The film was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by Raymond Griffith and Darryl F. Zanuck. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best Zorro film ever! Jan. 28 2004
Format:DVD
This is arguably the best film version of Johnston McCulley's costumed swordfighter of old California, beating out both the 1920s Douglas Fairbanks film and the recent Banderas/Hopkins blockbuster (although both are good films in their own rights).
What this film has is Golden Age Hollywood style in spades: glamourous photography, music, and star power. It has less action than you might expect, and Tyrone Power actually spends very little time in the Zorro costume -- he's in his 'civilian' duds for the whole finale. But the film is such good-natured fun and director Mamoulian has such a solid handle on the material that it hardly matters. The romance and comedy are also well executed and finely balanced with the physical action.
Speaking of action, the big duel between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone is a stunner, an amazing piece of combat choreography. As a bonus, Fox Home Video has mixed the film in stereo; very rare for a film of the period. The disc also has a 45 minute episode of "Biography" about Tyrone Power. It spends only a minute on THE MARK OF ZORRO, but it does show a priceless outtake of Power dressed in the Zorro costume making fun of studio boss Darryl Zanuck. Even if you don't watch the whole documentary, make sure you speed through it to catch this riotous old Hollywood prank.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eat Your Heart Out Antonio Banderas Nov. 12 2003
Format:DVD
For close on to a century now, the mysterious character Zorro has proved a major touchstone to 20th (and now 21st) century storytelling. From early pulp magazine adventures, on up through the early silent years of motion pictures (re: Douglas Fairbanks), then into the serials of the 1930's, the "A" list production of the 1940s (the subject of this review), the Walt Disney television series of the late 1950s with Guy Williams and its enormously popular Dell Publishing comic book companion series drawn by the legendary illustrator Alex Toth, a tv cartoon series, and, most recently, an "A" list revival with "The Mask Of Zorro", starring Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.
And along the way, what else has El Zorro accomplished besides being enormously popular? Well, for one thing he became known as the FIRST "super-hero" with a SECRET IDENTITY. Whatever you call yourself now : Matt Murdock, Peter Parker, Clark Kent,Diana Prince...WHATEVER...you owe your secret identity and crime fighter personas to Don Diego and Zorro, so many years ago. The late Bob Kane always freely admitted that Batman (and Bruce Wayne) derived DIRECTLY from "The Mark of Zorro" with Tyrone Power.
So does someone else, though his own "secret identity"(John Reid) got dropped...or rather, buried...early on. The Lone Ranger. The mysterious masked man was lifted from Zorro. Even more interestingly, when George Trendle was casting his Lone Ranger t.v. show in 1949 he got most interested in..and eventually hired for the part...Clayton Moore, whom he was impressed with when seen in the title role of a Republic serial.
The name of the serial? "The Ghost of Zorro".
So, friends, this Z-Man is an ENORMOUS cultural icon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sword fight ever
I first saw this movie on the television back in the 1960's. Two things stood out in my memory: the music and that final sword fight between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Frederick B. L. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted zorro
It's dated, the effects are obvious and the swordplay variable, though the duel at the end between Zorro and the evil captain is great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Diver
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zorro!
If you love Zorro (or action/adventure) movies, this is a great addition to your library! this Special edition set gives you both the black and white version as well as a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bruce Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a really good quality product and a real bargain for the price.
Nice to see the still photographs that come with it.
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Casson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Black and White and a Colourful ZORRO!!
The MARK of ZORRO from The 20 Century Fox, with Tyrone Power, come on a single disc.
Side A, has the COLORIZED version and
Side B, as the Black and White version. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mario s
5.0 out of 5 stars We're going to marry, raise fat children, and watch our vineyards...
There've been many Zorro's down through the ages some called "the Mark of Zorro", " some of the legend of Zorro ", "Behind the mask of Zorro", " Zorro the Gay Blade" and so forth. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2010 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Zorro the fey blade.
Tyrone Power's Zorro is both effeminate and masculine, one moment the picture of delicate and fey passiveness and the next the masculine caballero of legend. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Ohio Media Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies - and Ty Power - don't get better than this!
Beautiful faces, gorgeous b&w photography, an array of old Hollywood's best character actors, brawling and tumultous fight scenes, probably the best sword fight ever filmed,... Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Bigthumb
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD but need more INFORMATION
THE MARK OF ZORRO is a better interesting book. Zorro is always fighting for the peoples rights. HE is in love with this woman MS. Lolita. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Oscar Checo
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, dissapointed with the lack of restoration
I just bought the DVD thinking it would have been digitally restored or duped from a good print or negative. Sadly, no. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Gerald Siegel
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