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The Mask of Zorro (Superbit Deluxe Collection) (1998)

Antonio Banderas , Anthony Hopkins , Martin Campbell  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, José María de Tavira, Diego Sieres
  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Writers: John Eskow, Johnston McCulley, Randall Jahnson, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: David Foster, Doug Claybourne
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXGN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mask of Zorro (Superbit Deluxe Collection)" on IMDb

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The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality DVD, Swashbuckling Fun....HALF the Price! December 21, 2002
Format:DVD
This review refers to the Columbia TriStar DVD Dec 2000 release of "The Mask of Zorro"......
You're a big fan of this Zorro film but don't want to shell out big bucks? This DVD is for you. Columbia/TriStar's transfer to DVD is one of the best I've seen. There isn't one detail about it that's inferior. The picture is presented in beautiful anamorphic widescreen(2.35:1), and shows off the incredible cinematography of the Mexico/California regions. The colors are outstanding. They jump out at you and take your breath away.The sound including the wonderful score, the dialouge and all the swashbuckling action is outstanding in the Dolby Dgigtal 5.1(THX) surround. You can also set it up for 2.0 stereo if you choose.You won't find a ton a special features, but there is "making of" featurette, with some commentary by cast and crew, that is entertaining and informative.For those who would prefer more on the side of extras and don't mind paying more, there is a "special edition" release that has lots of goodies including a video, and lots of commentary(see buying info). There is also a "super-bit" version, also more expensive if you choose.(Don't look for extras there).
The movie is packed with action, adventure, romance, and comedy and drama.It will appeal to you if you love westerns, history, or swashbucklers. The story opens with Zorro(Anthony Hopkins)bounding in to help save the Mexican people from the ruthless Don Rafeal Montero(Stuart Wilson). They have been under Spanish rule and are now about to be free. Montero and Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro have been sworn enemies for years. Montero follows De La Vega back to his home, finds that he is Zorro, a swordfight ensues, Diego's wife is murdered, his baby girl stolen and he is imprisoned.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zorro has never been given a better treatment! March 27, 2001
Format:DVD
Remember all those old movies where the swashbuckling hero swoops down to the rescue and saves the day for one and all, defeating the enemies and getting the girl all within a few hours' entertainment? "The Mask of Zorro" is a testament to those movies, embodying all of these characteristics in its magnificent story and exhilarating action sequences. With a powerhouse cast that seems as if they were born to play the parts they play, as well as strong music and a solid story, Zorro once again rises from Hollywood deterioration to save the day in a movie that is good, old-fashioned fun from beginning to end!
The old Zorro legend is given a new twist with this film, which begins with Don Diego de la Vega, the original and legendary Zorro, saving a group of prisoners from execution in the town square and leaving his mark on his nemesis, Don Raphael, warning him to leave and never return. Raphael does leave, but not before killing de la Vega's wife and taking his child, also having him imprisoned. Many years later, Raphael returns, "daughter" in tow, to name himself the new governer and to make sure his past enemy is all but alive in his prison. Through extreme craftiness and cunning, de la Vega escapes, only to discover his life is no longer what it once was.
His venture into the public brings him to the attention of one Alejandro Murrieta, who quarrels with him in the marketplace and then resolves himself to friendship. The two do share a past: on the day of Zorro's last battle, Alejandro, along with his brother, saved him from death. Now, Alejandro is distraught and torn with revenge for Captain Harrison Love, the murderer of his brother, and agrees to take on the mask once worn by de la Vega, who in turn will teach him the art of fighting with honor and grace.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soon to be a classic March 3, 2000
Format:DVD
This film is probably the best sword fighting film I have seen with lots of action and a great story line. A film fact is that the guy who teachs the actors how to sword fence has done so many movies from robin hood, three muskateers and now zorro he is actually in his 70's. Basically the story involves De la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) who is the original Zorro in the movie and then after years of him being in jail he teaches alexandro(Antonio Bandaras) all his skills to continue his service to the people a master/apprentice type movie. A classic quote from the movie De la vega:"zorro was a servant of the people he did what was needed !" Alexandro "Yes and now he is needed agian". The acting is superb Anthony Hopkins(enough said), Antonio Bandaras plays the part of zorro reall swarve and calm and not forgeting the lovely Catherine Zeta Jones who has a spanish look about her and her accent is well done well suited to the part. The DVD sound and picture is superb quality and the special documentary is very interesting, it explains all the planning that is put into the movie from the staged sword fights to the backround scenary.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
For 90 years, many fans of "Zorro" have seen quite a few adaptation of the swashbuckling hero who dons a black mask, cape, clothing and his sword.

From the original books from 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley to the silent films by Douglas Fairbanks and one of my favorites, the 1958-1960 Disney television series starring Guy Williams. But there has been a sort of lull when it came to "Zorro" films and before the 1998 film "The Mask of Zorro", we were left with the George Hamilton comedy "Zorro, the Gay Blade" in 1981.

But in 1998, producer Steven Spielberg ("Indiana Jones" films, "Schindler's List", "E.T.", "Jurassic Park" films) along with director Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale", "Vertical Limit", "GoldenEye") began working on a new action film based on the hero for a new generation of moviegoers. Featuring a screenplay by John Eskow ("Air America", "Pink Cadillac"), Ted Elliott ("National Treasure"and "Pirates of the Carribean" films) and Terry Rossio ("Pirates of the Carribean" films), music by James Horner ("The Spiderwicke Chronicles", "Troy", "Enemy at the Gates") and cinematographer Phil Meheux ("Casino Royale", "Around the World in 80 Days", "GoldenEye").

The film was released in theaters during the Summer of `98 and with a budget of $95 million, the film went on to make over $250 million worldwide and was received positively by critics.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"The Mask of Zorro" is presented in 1080p High Definition (aspect ratio 2:40:1). I was quite pleased with the picture quality of the film as there was pretty good detail on the texture of the Mexican and Spanish clothing, detail of the interiors of Don's cave hideout and the dirt and grime on the Murrieta boys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of Zorro
As a child I watched Zorro. When Antonio Banderas played Zorro, I was so pleased to watch an award winning cast take the role and create a wonderful and exciting adventure. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Marguerite
5.0 out of 5 stars jake's duater who's 9 zaia
this movie is amazing I love to watch this movie I saw this movie with my dad he loved it I
Loved it my family loved. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jakob Lorberblattt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mask of Zorro
He is quite the star and great for the part. Funny sometimes, most really but a great actor. Good match with his lover. She did a very good job in her acting. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Arlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I loved this adventure from Steven Speilberg. I also loved the acting and the story which was very well paced. The sound track rocks!
Published 1 month ago by Keith Shaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Mask of Zorro is my hero
I like this movie, because it shows a new Zorro that gets training from the original Zorro. The new Zorro is very skilled and brave and he has the ideals of the original Zorro. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, great story.
I've always liked work by Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas. So this is pretty much the tri-fecta. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, good guy wins movie!
Lots of fun, good guy wins movie! A bit of mysterious romance, The characters make the movie. A bit of humor as well.... just fun!
Published 2 months ago by Rande LaTour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I found it on TV, taped it, they left off the ending! Buying the movie was was definitely a good idea. Sometimes we need different versions of Camulot..
Published 2 months ago by Yawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
Nothing wrong with the cover or disc. The Mask of Zorro was an entertaining and enjoyable movie. It has a good story and good acting. Worth the watch.
Published 2 months ago by sarah trevino
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure/ romance
I liked the plot and the action.
I didn't care for the head in the jar part but the rest was totally entertaining
Published 2 months ago by Patch
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