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The Mask Of Zorro

Released

Latest Home Video

Dec 01, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

136

Cast

Anthony Hopkins

Antonio Banderas

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Studio

1998 Columbia Tristar

Still shot from the movie: The Mask Of Zorro.

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OverallC+
ViolenceD
SexB-
LanguageB+
Drugs/Alcohol--
Run Time136

Making the Grades

The legend of Zorro is nearly as long as this over two-hour movie. Dating back to the silent film era, Zorro is Mexico's Robin Hood -- a hero who defends the rights of the peasants without regard for law.

An aging Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) dons his Zorro mask and cape to spoil a public execution ordered by the unjust ruler Don Rafael Montero (Stuart Wilson). Zorro's spectacular rescue performance is witnessed by young peasant boys Alejandro and his brother. Although Zorro escapes, Montero is waiting for him when he resumes his identity as Diego. In the ensuing arrest, Diego's wife is murdered, his daughter kidnaped, and Diego placed in jail.

It is over twenty years before Diego escapes. Now too old to fight Montero on his own, he enlists the help of the now adult Alejandro (Antonio Banderas), tutoring him to become the new Zorro. Lessons begin with swordsmanship, but Alejandro badly needs enrolment in Charm 101 -- a course he excels in. Women swoon over him, especially Diego's grown daughter who has been raised to believe Montero is her father. In one scene her clothes are delicately sliced right off by Alejandro's sword. Fortunately he left her hair to cover the important parts.

The new Zorro's main concern is stopping Montero's scheme to buy California using stolen gold mined by slaves. This calls for many an ambush with swords and fists swinging, an activity that occupies most of this film. The fighting is staged in impressive choreographed moves with little blood, yet other incidents add to the reality of the violence. One of these is when the pickled head of Alejandro's murdered brother is displayed in a jar, from which Alejandro is forced to drink.

Although fun and visually engaging, Zorro's tale of men who exploit the weak for personal gain seems more of an example of movies exploiting the fight-for-right cliche to justify violence. Certainly if I had a nickel for every seen and implied death in this epic, I could put a down payment on California myself.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Mask Of Zorro...

Release Date: 1 December 2009

The Mask of Zorro releases to Blu-ray with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and the following special features:

- Director’s Commentary.

- Documentary: Unmasking Zorro.

- Featurette: The Legend of Zorro (Behind-the-Scenes) and Scene from The Legend of Zorro.

- Deleted Scenes

- Music Video: I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You by Mark Anthony and Tina Arena.

- movieIQ

- BD-Live enabled

The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro also releases as a 2-Disc Blu-ray Box Set with the following bonus extras:

- Commentary from Director Martin Campbell and Cinematographer Phil Meheux.

- Alternate Opening and Closing Scenes (with optional commentary).

- Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary).

- Multi-Angle Comparison

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