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Mark of Zorro (Silent) (1920)

Douglas Fairbanks , Noah Beery  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thrilling and romantic Douglas Fairbanks action classic, beautifully restored.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Fairbanks decides to try swashbuckling in a film December 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Zorro of them all November 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent movie viewer's guide May 1, 2002
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.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE March 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the Zorro series ... Douglas Fairbanks is hilarious ......
the best of the Zorro series ... Douglas Fairbanks is hilarious ... it's silent and sooo funny ...
Published 17 days ago by birdofparadise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Douglas Fairbanks at his best! A very entertaining and well-paced movie, and still my favorite portrayal of Zorro.
Published 2 months ago by Jethro S. Busch
5.0 out of 5 stars you just can't go wrong with this one
Even though I'd seen this one before, it was still great to watch it again. I had no problem loading this one on my $10 dvd player. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rick M. Pilotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Too drawn out
Story line was good but the movie dragged on a bit so seemed a little boring. Fun to watch Douglas Fairbanks in this role.
Published 6 months ago by Cyn K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Even though it is a silent movie, it very well made. Great action scenes by Douglas Fairbanks was very athletic.
Published 6 months ago by Richard Arias
4.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Fairbanks Is Zorro
This very enjoyable silent classic stars Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro.
Fairbanks' athletic ability really makes this movie exciting. He does all of the stunts himself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Movie Hit
I chose this by mistake. I thought it was the Bandares version. I watched it because I wanted to see a silent movie and to see what the standards were during this movie era.
Published 13 months ago by Annie Rodwell
1.0 out of 5 stars No Dialogue
The movie was a silent movie this was not indicated which ruin the picture for me. I love Zorro and old movies but this was a disappointment.
Published 13 months ago by LPP
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fairbanks
One of the true classics of this genre. Fairbanks brings all of his dash and slash to this one. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys really good. A must see. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rw Scolari
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Movies
I do love the movie, but sometime the style of acting can be an adjustment for people that get use to the dramatic style of today,s movies
Published 14 months ago by Jesse R. Barnstable
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