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The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Tyrone Power , Linda Darnell , Rouben Mamoulian  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Rouben Mamoulian
  • Writers: Bess Meredyth, Garrett Fort, John Taintor Foote, Johnston McCulley
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Raymond Griffith
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008LDO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mark of Zorro" on IMDb

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  • "Tyrone Power: The Last Idol" as seen on A&E's Biography

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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Zorro film ever! January 28, 2004
This is arguably the best film version of Johnston McCulley's costumed swordfighter of old California, beating out both the 1920s Douglas Fairbanks film and the recent Banderas/Hopkins blockbuster (although both are good films in their own rights).
What this film has is Golden Age Hollywood style in spades: glamourous photography, music, and star power. It has less action than you might expect, and Tyrone Power actually spends very little time in the Zorro costume -- he's in his 'civilian' duds for the whole finale. But the film is such good-natured fun and director Mamoulian has such a solid handle on the material that it hardly matters. The romance and comedy are also well executed and finely balanced with the physical action.
Speaking of action, the big duel between Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone is a stunner, an amazing piece of combat choreography. As a bonus, Fox Home Video has mixed the film in stereo; very rare for a film of the period. The disc also has a 45 minute episode of "Biography" about Tyrone Power. It spends only a minute on THE MARK OF ZORRO, but it does show a priceless outtake of Power dressed in the Zorro costume making fun of studio boss Darryl Zanuck. Even if you don't watch the whole documentary, make sure you speed through it to catch this riotous old Hollywood prank.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies - and Ty Power - don't get better than this! March 4, 2004
Beautiful faces, gorgeous b&w photography, an array of old Hollywood's best character actors, brawling and tumultous fight scenes, probably the best sword fight ever filmed, and a rousing musical score that must have sent people almost dancing out of theaters with big smiles on their faces in 1940 - and will still make you smile in your living room. And dialogue laced with wit and humor as well as drama. Now THIS is what a Hollywood action movie should be!
This is one of the all-time best. Got the blues? This ought to chase them right away. Really got the blues? Try a double-feature of this with Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood. And you can keep all the Wars and Treks in the stars. They are made by mere children as compared to these old pros.
Why doesn't Tyrone Power have a cult of his own today? He was handsome and versatile, and a good actor whose performances hold up better than many of his competitors'. Ty Power's the Man!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zorro , Tyrone Power's finest moment October 14, 2002
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Classic is the one word that I could truly use to properly describe Twentieth Century Fox's 1940 version of "The Mark Of Zorro". Forget all the previous versions and certainly the latest remake with Antonio Banderas, this is the supreme version in regard to storytelling, casting, sets, excitement and unforgettable sword play. It boasts Tyrone Power's finest performance by far in my opinion and it also contains one of the most exciting and dramatically staged sword fights in the history of film swashbucklers (with the possible exception of Errol Flynn's duel with Basil Rathbone in "The Adventures of Robin Hood").
"The Mark Of Zorro" directed by veteran director Rouben Mamoulian, is old fashioned movie making at its very best. It contains an exciting storyline with frequent dashes of daring action sequences, excellent sword play, a tender romance between Tyrone and the very beautiful Linda Darnelland a sweeping, energetic musical score which is just right for this production.
Tyrone Power scored a great personal triumph in this role of the effeminate Don Diego de Vega by day, and the dashing and daring Zorro by night. It is the role which really became his trademark performance much as "Gone With The Wind" is for Clark Gable. Forever after Zorro has been identified as possibly his greatest role and the character he was most identified with. By 1940 Tyrone Power had reached his Box Office peak with a string of huge Box Office successes like "In Old Chicago" "Marie Antoinette", "Suez", "Jesse James", "Rose of Washington Square" and "Johnny Apollo". Zorro was the role of a life time and came along also just as his extraordinary good looks had matured enough to make him totally convincing as the fop by day and dashing bringer of justice by night.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning in Color AND Black and White! October 28, 2005
The Mark of Zorro is one of my all time favorites, and it is a movie that needs nothing to improve it. Classic swashbuckling adventure set in old California. And the black-and-white version that is on this DVD is a treat to watch--pristine in every way. It was with some trepidation that I put on the new color version. What had they done to my dear Tyrone Power? Yet when I viewed the new color version, I felt that I was getting to experience the beauty of the motion picture in a whole new and different way. It brought out detail that I had not seen before. The colorization process is light years ahead of any I have seen previously, and for awhile I forgot this was ever in black-and-white to begin with. It really breathes new life into this classic. I admit I watched the whole movie again! What a treat to be able to enjoy this movie in a new way. Great idea, and great special edition. Highly recommend!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age Adventure Classic October 25, 2005
By Simon
I first caught The Mark of Zorro (both the Tyrone Power and Douglas Fairbanks versions) on TV a few years ago during the hype for the Mask of Zorro movie, and immediately fell in love with them. While I've been raised on modern Hollywood cinema, these were movies that still held great appeal for me. Specifically for the Tyrone Power version, we get a quick, witty adventure with fantastic swordfights and great chemistry between Power and Linda Darnell. The whole production charms in that golden age Hollywood way, without suffering from the cheesiness that people usually associate with older flicks. It's one of my favourite movies.

About the DVD: While I'm a film purist in that "widescreen is better than foolscreen" kinda way, I must admit I found some novelty value in the colourized version we get here. I'm not familiar with the process, so maybe that's why I'm impressed by what I see. The colours aren't as rich as they would be if the movie was filmed in colour, but they do give me a new perspective on what the costumes and set design could've looked like (not sure if Fox dug into the vaults to find the original colours, or just came up with their own). Plus, as long as studios continue to offer the original black and white versions as Fox has done here, I can't find fault with them. The set also comes with 6 reprints of photos from the movie set, which are a nice bonus.

I got this disc dirt cheap, and it's more entertaining than most films these days. Definitely worth the purchase for any movie fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
A wonderful version of a romantic action story. Always one of my favorite heros. The movie is well done and the acting is on target.
Published 26 days ago by Craig Robert Knaack
5.0 out of 5 stars a family favorite
Zorro is Tyrone Power, not Guy Williams or Antonio Bandares. The sword fight in this movie is a gem.I find myself fighting with him.
Published 1 month ago by Vanissa Thurman
5.0 out of 5 stars I always loved that secret passage
Great film and even better now that I can watch it when I want, not just at 2am.
I always wanted a secret cavern with a passage to my Study, but reality makes such dreams... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harry H.
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite movie
Tyrone Powers plays a swordsman who sets out to free the people of Spanish era Los Angeles from the clutches of an evil ruler. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ilbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I read Powers book and wanted to see some of his movies even though I had seen it in the movies when it came out....He was The Best Zorro and he was BEAUTIFUL
Published 2 months ago by Mary C Ladner
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the greatest (non-silent, of course)
A favorite of mine since childhood. I never get tired of those fabulous performances - no one tops Tyrone Power and Basil is one of the best villains,except for maybe Claude Rains!
Published 2 months ago by Karen Tronolone
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mark of Zorro
I love this movie. I have a tendency to like the older versions better. This is great. Tyrone Power is great. The other actors are wonderful also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy G. Baran
5.0 out of 5 stars fencing
the best fencing action ever, and has never been matched. music score great and story line very entertaining love and action combined
Published 3 months ago by Caesar Benigno
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie
Really enjoyed the sword fighting. Love the older movies because you dont have to worry about bad language or inappropriate scenes. My eight year old thought it was great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by disappointed reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic!
In my opinion, this is the only Zorro movie made that is truly worth watching again and again! This is a family favorite in our home, and we were thrilled to have this on dvd. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mom
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