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Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Back in the day I had a Superbit DVD of this beautifully filmed and hugely entertaining hero-of-the-people movie - and along with "Vertical Limit" - it was a virtual benchmark for how good the DVD format could look. The Superbit Series to DVDs were like gold audiophiles to CDs - dedicated to giving you the best quality possible.
So it's not surprising to find that Martin Campbell's skilfully filmed "The Mask Of Zorro" on BLU RAY is a proper 'looker' - gorgeous - and then some.
Right from the opening shot of canvas being slit by the two young boys hoping to get a glimpse of Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) - through to the confessional scenes between Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones where she explains her passion for a bandit (dialogue above) - indoors or out - "The Mask Of Zorro" is a treat to look at. You see their costumes - the sweating skin - the heat of the desert and the dust of the towns - even the deliberate sepia-tint that surrounds the face of Zeta-Jones at times - it's all cleanly rendered.
And while the film's natural default is 2.40:1 (which means bars at the top and the bottom of the screen) - even switched to FULL SCREEN - there's only minor stretching and very little loss of definition. The sound too is magnificent - horses hooves, blades clashing, gunpowder shots, wood splintering, buildings exploding - all brought to the fore by a storming 5.1 mix.Read more ›
The cast also seem to be enjoying themselves while never coming across as smug - and so they should: how many big-budget swashbucklers are made these days that don't feature Johnny Depp? It's a great 'they-don't-make-'em-like-this-anymore' movie. Which proves that Hollywood can produce a satisfyingly entertaining family movie when it puts its' mind to it. Unfortunately, the magic formula wasn't to be repeated for the dull sequel (The Legend of Zorro), but don't let that put you off this far classier original. A great blu-ray at a bargain price.
Ratio of the feature film:
Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English, Italian, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0: Commentary by Martin Campbell
Subtitles for all the videos:
English, Italian, Castilian Spanish
Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and English for Hard of Hearing
Very good picture and sound for this master-piece which has not aged at all.
As usual, a very good picture means details we are not meant to see:
- At Diego's house, the sword fight in the wide staircases, we can see the 2 stuntmen standing for Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Wilson.
- Even there is not much action in the dance scene between Elena and Alejandro, another double stand for Mr. Banderas.
- The first fight between Zorro and Captain Love, Montero, Zorro runs in the map of California and cuts it down, over all of the men. You can clearly see that strings are pulling it over the men.
- At the end of the film, at the mine, Alejandro grabs a shovel and slides down the hill. If you look at the shovel, you will see the strap that holds his feet to it.
And much more of course.
A true pleasure to watch this film again in such fantastic conditions.
NB: Antonio Banderas does not dub himself for the Castilian Spanish soundtrack unfortunately, as according to Mr. Banderas dubbing is not as good as acting.
Therefore, that was Salvador Aldeguer who dubbed Antonio Banderas.
Curiously, Mr. Banderas dubbed himself for Shrek 2, 3 and Puss in Boots
This 1998 adventure comedy tells the tale of Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) who escapes from his prison of 20 years to reclaim his daughter Eléna (Catherine Zeta Jones), who was taken from him as a baby, by Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson), the governor of the region, to be brought up in Spain. Now aged, Zorro trains a vagabond Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas) to take on his mantle and win back his daughter who has no knowledge of him and thwart Montero’ evil schemes.
From the outset this swashbuckler adventure dazzles with it’s large scale setting and action sequences. A simple tale of Good vs Evil with over the top heroics and stunning stunts. The beautiful cinematography creates an heroic atmosphere and all tinged with a wry, dry humour and romance.
The disc offers languages and audio set up [English 5.1 or German 5.1], subtitles [15 languages, mainly European but also Hebrew and Hindi], scene selections, extra features [directors commentary, making of, deleted scene, us trailer] and play.
The action is fast paced, the music lively and jolly like the script and the cast is perfect. There is definite chemistry between the three leads who all turn in very credible performances as do the supports. What’s not to like? This is a PG and the only offence is the slapstick ‘adventure’ style violence, there’s no swearing, no nudity and no sex. Fantastic family fun, and plenty of laughs, provided you let yourself enter into the spirit of it all.
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BETTER THAN TYRONE POWER'S MOVIE AND HE WAS THE BEST UNTIL NOW.Published 10 days ago by G. B. Forster
This film was captivating and pleasant to watch. The actors - Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones were well chosen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan