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The Mark Of Zorro (Special Edition) (Colorized / Black & White) (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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When they say they don't make 'em like they used to, they're talking about 20th Century Fox's exhilarating The Mark of Zorro, starring Tyrone Power as the caped one, Linda Darnell as his love interest, and Basil Rathbone at his scurrilous best as Zorro's nemesis. More textured than the 1920 original with Douglas Fairbanks, this 1940 version has Don Diego/Zorro (Powers) returning from Madrid to defend his father and rally the caballeros (noblemen) against Los Angeles's corrupt new governor (J. Edward Bromberg), intent on taxing the peons to death.

If this all sounds like an Old California redo of the classic Adventures of Robin Hood, that's because it is. Powers has a field day as Don Diego, the "fancy clown" betrothed to the governor's niece, Lolita (Darnell). Don Diego the effete snob performs silly parlor tricks, peers through pince-nez, and yawns disdainfully at one and all. Power's cowardly alter ego is so believable, his transformation to masked superhero becomes all the more thrilling. Imagine Captain Pasquale's (Rathbone) shock when, in the film's brilliantly choreographed showdown, this annoying fop turns out to be a world-class swordsman.

Director Rouben Mamoulian, known for great period melodramas, does a skillful job of alternating garrison intrigue with big action scenes, including a nighttime ride that climaxes with Zorro on horseback leaping off a bridge. In the romantic highlight, Lolita confides her innermost desires to a suspiciously worldly friar. The first-rate supporting cast includes Gale Sondergaard as the governor's treacherous wife and the frog-voiced Eugene Pallette (Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood) as a padre in cahoots with the masked one. Technically, this retelling rates an unqualified "Wow!" The cinematography, obviously influenced by Goya, makes full use of chiaroscuro shadows, and Alfred Newman's Latin-flavored score is irresistibly rousing and romantic. --Glenn Lovell

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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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sword fight ever June 10 2014
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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. Until recently, it was considered the best sword fight on film. While Antonio Bandaras may have surpassed in the Mask of Zorro fighting with two swords, I still like this one with Power and Rathbone. I highly recommend viewing it in the original black and white. When I finally got to see it last year after not having watched it for several decades, it still retained all of the swashbuckling magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted zorro Jan. 18 2014
By Diver
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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. Best thing is that this movie is dramatic but light-hearted, with a snide sense of humour, that can be watched as a family with young kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zorro! May 24 2013
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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 colourized version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Feb. 16 2013
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This is a really good quality product and a real bargain for the price.
Nice to see the still photographs that come with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Black and White and a Colourful ZORRO!! Feb. 5 2013
By mario s
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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.
Both versions are full screen, and have English and Spanish languages. Also subtitles in English and Spanish and commentary by Richard Schickel.
Both run for 93 minutes.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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. Of all the Zorro's of comment on this is the Zorro that they are all measured by.

Diego Vega (Tyrone power) is being called home to old Los Angeles by his father and must give up his commission in Spain. When Diego gets home he finds his father, Don Alejandro Vega (Montagu Love), who was the Alcalde has had his position usurped by Don Luis Quintero (J. Edward Bromberg) and his henchmen Captain Esteban Pasquale (Basil Rathbone). Diego find that the opposition is too great and must call on his alter ego Zorro to save the day. While in the process of relieving Don Quintero of his ill-gotten tax gold, Diego finds and falls in love with Quintero's niece Lolita Quintero (Linda Darnell).

Can Zorro accomplish his mission and if so how? Let's watch together as the story plays out.

Zorro, the Gay Blade ~ George Hamilton
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