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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 (161 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008LDO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,036 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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110 of 115 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Zorro film ever! January 28, 2004
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:VHS Tape
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable
I love the classics and this one is superb!

GREAT acting - especially Basil Rathbone.
Published 1 day ago by Walter Sasiadek
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Zorro version
No one has ever come close to Tyrone Powers dash and élan on the big screen. The colorized version adds a whole new dimension to this swashbuckler.
Published 3 days ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Swashbuckling Adventure!
Tyrone Power is the greatest Zorro ever!This fantastic adventure tells Zorro's origin story.Diego de Lavega leaves Spain for California where his father lives. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Red 5
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
IT WAS GREAT IN THE ORIGINAL BLACK-AND-WHITE. EVEN BETTER COLORIZED!
Published 26 days ago by DONALD MCKENZIE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mark of Zorro (Special Edition)
This is an excellent Zorro movie with Tyrone Power playing the lead role and Basil Rathbone as his hated foe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas M. Zallas
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought For A Friend
I bought this for a friend and have not yet had the opportunity to watch it. We were both please at the speed and condition (new) it came in though.
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the mark
This is Tyrone Power's best swashbuckler, the supreme movie-version of Zorro, one of the topmost swashbuckler films ever, and one of the great classic films, period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Amrhein
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best Zorro picture ever made!
This is by far the best of all the Zorro pictures ever made. The remakes do not even come close! Does not disappoint!
Published 2 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The one that started it all
This is a great flick full of humor and action. If you like the more recent Zorro films, you'll love this one.
Published 2 months ago by 4meter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
Loved the movie, and the quality is excellent. Tyrone Power is aging a bit, and doesn't quite fit into those tights, but he and Basil Rathbone put on a great show. Read more
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