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The Mark Of Zorro (Special Edition) (Colorized / Black & White) (1940)

Tyrone Power , Linda Darnell , Rouben Mamoulian    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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This swashbuckling remake of the silent classic stars Tyrone Power as the dashing masked avenger who single-handedly saves Los Angeles from Spanish despots. Don Diego Vega (Power) is summoned home from his elite training corps in Spain to California, where he finds his father deposed and the people living in tyranny. Disguised as Zorro, a sword-wielding mystery man dressed in black, he works to restore his father to power and return the tax money stolen by the villains (J. Edward Bromberg, Basil Rathbone). He even finds time to romance the ruling tyrant's beautiful niece (Linda Darnell).

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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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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 Great movie, bad commentary Oct. 30 2003
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Format:DVD
One of my favorite movies is on DVD. Finally. Tyrone Power is the best Zorro you will ever see, and the supporting cast is top-notch. And let's not forget the fantastic score by Alfred Newman. One of his finest. Eevrything is polished here, production-wise. There is also an excellent Biography show on Tyrone Power and an outtake from the movie.
The only thing that I can say that is detrimental about the DVD is the commentary by Richard Schickel. He is a very respected film historian, but his commentary is slow and boring. What's worse is that he will explain a part of the plot as we are seeing it. For example, during one scene, he will talk about how Power's character of Don Diego suddenly realizes that when they are talking about the Alcalde being a tyrant, they are talking about his father's corrupt replacement, not his father. Well, duh, Richard, hello, I can see that without any additional coaching. Play the movie without the commentary and you will thrill to one of the best swashbucklers ever. Listen to the commentary and you will probably be asleep long before the movie is over, as I was.
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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 2 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 7 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 15 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 18 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 18 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Mark of Zorro (1940) ... Tyrone Power ... 20th Century Fox...
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... Read more
Published on July 29 2007 by J. Lovins
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
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