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Mark of Zorro [DVD] [2020] [US Import]

Douglas Fairbanks , Marguerite De La Motte , Fred Niblo    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim, Noah Beery, Charles Hill Mailes
  • Directors: Fred Niblo
  • Writers: Douglas Fairbanks, Eugene Miller, Johnston McCulley
  • Producers: Douglas Fairbanks
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Silent, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jan 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305211094
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Before the 1920 silent classic "The Mark of Zorro," Douglas Fairbanks had made a series of comedy-dramas like "Flirting With Fate" and "A Modern Musketeer" where he could show off his athletic abilities as a cheerful All-American hero. But in "The Mark of Zorro" he tried his hand at swashbuckling for the first time and quickly became the premier action hero of his day in films such as "The Three Musketeers," "Robin Hood" and "The Thief of Bagdad." The character of Zorro had only appeared the year before in "All-Story Weekly" with Johnston McCulley's five-part serial "The Curse of Capistrano." Fairbanks adapted the story himself for the screen (under the name Elton Thomas), telling the story of the foppish Don Diego Vega and his dashing masked alter-ego, Senor Zorro. The story is set in the California of the 1820's, where Don Diego has no success in courting the beautiful Lolita (Marguerite de la Motte), who only has eyes for that vigorous Zorro fellow. When Lolita and her family are imprisoned by the corrupt Governor Alvarado (George Periolat) and his evil henchman, Captain Ramon (Robert McKim), Zorro rallies the caballeros to join him in saving the day, the girl and the rest of California in the bargain. This is one of the finest adventure films of the silent era, with plenty of "swording" for those of us who like such things. Zorro owes something to the Scarlet Pimpernel in creating the superhero stereotype of the ineffectual secret identity who turns into a crusader for justice such as Clark Kent/Superman, Bruce Wayne/Batman, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, etc. If you are a fan of either the silent era or swashbuckling, then sooner or later you have to ride the path of justice with Fairbank's Zorro.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The origin of all modern superheroes!" 6 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
With recent superhero blockbusters like X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman Returns and Batman Begins it's nice to go back to perhaps the first superhero film, the film that brought us the blockbusters we have today.

Based on a book, The Curse of Capistrano, by Johnston McCulley this showed Zorro's origin (well, almost). We get from it that Don Diego Vega is interested in making shapes with handkerchiefs, and that Zorro protects natives and priests and uses a Z. When money is put on Zorro's head he must protect himself, the good people of California and win the love of Lolita Pulido.

This was Douglas Fairbank's first swashbuckling adventure that lead to many including The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad and The Black Pirate and also led to a sequel, Don Q Son of Zorro. Although many might prefer the versions with Tyrone Power in 1940 and Frank Langella in 1974, they should just think about the 1920 version. Without the Curse of Capistrano or The Mark of Zorro with Douglas Fairbanks, we wouldn't have the Zorro we have today or the superheroes we have today. So when you watch X-Men or Spider-Man, just think that it all started with Zorro back in the late 1910s, early 1920s.

Full of swashbuckling action, this may not have the new special effects, but the stunts are good enough to make a special effects filmmaker think twice about using it. Robert McKim is perfect as the evil Captain Ramon, George Periolat plays the scheming Governor Alvarado and Marguerite De La Motte plays Lolita Pulido. Another star is Noah Beery, who plays the athletic and dangerous Sergeant Pedro Gonzales, who joins forces with Zorro at the end.

I won't give too much away about the plot, but it seems everything went right.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 July 2014
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An interesting DVD. Douglas Fairbanks in one of his old movies.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  50 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Fairbanks decides to try swashbuckling in a film 29 Dec 2001
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Before the 1920 silent classic "The Mark of Zorro," Douglas Fairbanks had made a series of comedy-dramas like "Flirting With Fate" and "A Modern Musketeer" where he could show off his athletic abilities as a cheerful All-American hero. But in "The Mark of Zorro" he tried his hand at swashbuckling for the first time and quickly became the premier action hero of his day in films such as "The Three Musketeers," "Robin Hood" and "The Thief of Bagdad." The character of Zorro had only appeared the year before in "All-Story Weekly" with Johnston McCulley's five-part serial "The Curse of Capistrano." Fairbanks adapted the story himself for the screen (under the name Elton Thomas), telling the story of the foppish Don Diego Vega and his dashing masked alter-ego, Senor Zorro. The story is set in the California of the 1820's, where Don Diego has no success in courting the beautiful Lolita (Marguerite de la Motte), who only has eyes for that vigorous Zorro fellow. When Lolita and her family are imprisoned by the corrupt Governor Alvarado (George Periolat) and his evil henchman, Captain Ramon (Robert McKim), Zorro rallies the caballeros to join him in saving the day, the girl and the rest of California in the bargain. This is one of the finest adventure films of the silent era, with plenty of "swording" for those of us who like such things. Zorro owes something to the Scarlet Pimpernel in creating the superhero stereotype of the ineffectual secret identity who turns into a crusader for justice such as Clark Kent/Superman, Bruce Wayne/Batman, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, etc. If you are a fan of either the silent era or swashbuckling, then sooner or later you have to ride the path of justice with Fairbank's Zorro.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Zorro of them all 11 Nov 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the definitive Fairbanks vehicle and quite possibly the finest silent action movie ever made. Of course, Fairbanks is known for his imaginative stunts but the duels and chases in this movie are incredible even by Fairbanks standards.
The plot is a familiar one, Don Diego is a seemingly foppish landowner who dons a black mask and fights evil as Zorro. Fairbanks's talent for comedy is well exploited here. His juevenile antics as Don Diego drive everyone, including his leading lady, nuts. (A running gag is for Don Diego to take out a hanky, ask his audience if they have seen this one, and will proceed to do a very silly trick with it.)
Of course, once he's Zorro the fighting is furious. The duels easily rival the action sequences of modern movies. And the grand finale, a chase across the rooftops, in and out of windows, up walls, over fences, etc. etc. was so amazing that I had to see it again to believe it.
Just one last note, if you have never seen a silent movie before keep in mind that the acting style is totally different from talkies. Movements are exagerated for affect. The soundtrack can be overwhelming at first. But once you get used to them, they are a very refreshing breather from modern movies. Let this movie be your introduction to the unrivalled swashbuckler, Douglas Fairbanks sr.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent movie viewer's guide 1 May 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am afraid that silent movies are not for every taste. But complaining about a silent movie being bad because it is, well, silent is like complaining that a talking movie is bad because it, well, talks.
As with any entertainment from a different era, silent films require patience and an open mind to get the proper feel of. Some people can do this, some people can't, that does not make either side an inferior species.
After having just rewatched this film, I must say that I still find it quite enjoyable. (I have seen every readily available version of Zorro) This is still the best of the lot in my opinion for several reasons. First, no pretentions. Second, very good action. Third, wildly imaginative stunts for the time.
I do hope you will give this movie a fair chance, silent films are a fascinating intellectual challenge to a modern filmgoer and will widen your film appreciation. Set your mind back to 1920 and savour the taste of the era.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE 9 Mar 2001
By Michael L. Hiller - Published on Amazon.com
Don't get me wrong, "The Mark of Zorro" is a classic of the silent era. My rating is for this particular video version which I got when I thought I was ordering a restored version of same. Despite the skillful design of package, the video it contains is a different story. First off THERE IS NO MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT...This is a truly silent film, so unless you would like to experiment with adding your own soundtrack I'd pass. But even if you chose that option, it brings us to the other big problem which is the horrble quality of the video transfer.It looks as though it were video camera filming a projection. This is NOT the tape with the restored tints, and the print is inferior at best. Still, the box IS nice...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first, and in many ways finest, of the Zorro series. 13 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Douglas Fairbanks brings a verve and joy to this movie. He does many if not all his own stunts and makes the dashing swashbuckler a believable guy. I have always enjoyed this rendition, and as the years go by the actors playing Zorro only got worse. Although Ty Power and Guy Williams did well, the rest don't come close. You see what a good silent film actor can do with body language and facial expressons.
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