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The Mark of Zorro

VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars you can't go wrong with this one April 2 2014
By Rick M. Pilotte TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Even though I'd seen this one before, it was still great to watch it again. I was temporarily confused by the entry into the movie as I didn't realize it had loaded. but soon figured that one out. This is a classic and one of the best silents around. Though I think the musical score was different from the one I'd seen before, I really don't know, as I hardly noticed the music as the story is that full and attention grabbing.
If you don't know Douglas Fairbanks and his being renown for his athleticism, this is fun even on that level. Though they don't quite come under the classification as Stunts, well if climbing the side of the building is normal, he is fun to watch for many reasons. Very clever sequences through out the movie.
I've seen a recent version of Zorro and it was every bit as good as this one. Even though this is silent it is NOT boring for even a minute. OK maybe I'm so used to silents say compared to explosions and nastiness of the modern screenplays so if your looking for that well maybe this movie will only be fun.
The unveiling is everything you could hope for and more, from the look on the heroin's face to the reason for the unveiling. If you are unsure of silents this is a great place to start.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
There are many Zorro movies out there and each brings with it a unique character. This version has all the energy and routines of Douglas Fairbanks. In this version Zorro disguises himself with a fake mustache along with the standard mask. He is to wed the daughter (Marguerite De La Motte) of a nobleman (Charles Hill Mailes) that was stripped of his wealth by the governor (George Periolat.)

"Oppression- by its very nature-creates the power that crushes it. A champion arises-a champion of the oppressed- whether it be a Cromwell or someone unrecorded, he will be there. He is born."

Zorro, the Gay Blade
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the silents. Jan. 2 2004
The only silent film I have enjoyed as much as I enjoy the best of modern film is Buster Keaton's The General, but Douglas Fiarbanks' The Mark of Zorro holds up better than most silents. The original music by Jon C. Mirsalis adds a lot. The sequal, Don Q., Son of Zorro, is even better than "Mark", so be sure to buy the two films on one DVD from King Video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!! Feb. 4 2003
This is a great silent film and my first with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (I love his son - he's cool and looks a lot like Cary Elwes in Princess Bride). He is great in the part-daring and dashing about here and there as Zorro while yawning into his hankercheif like a 'fish' while a rich gentleman. (You'll note the story is very remniscent of the Scarlet Pimpernel.) The 'lines' are great, the acting very well done and a number of parts will have you chuckling (like when the girl slaps him not once, not twice, not thrice - and with both hands on either cheek!) I'll have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable silent films i've seen in a while. When I put it on, even my little sister came to watch it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wierd June 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film last night on TCM. Silent movies are very odd. Douglas Fairbanks is impressive in his acrobatics and swordplay but does not look like Don Diego, who is said to be handsome in the original story. It is the basic traditional Zorro story, based directly on the original novel by Johnston McCulley. For my first silent movie, it was OK, but without sound it is hard to follow. All the original characters are here, all not as attractive as their parts suggest. The remake starring Tyrone Power is much more impressive.
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