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With his sword, whip and trusty steed Tornado, Zorro continued to fight the forces of evil in the second season of Walt Disney's legendary classic. The final 39 swashbuckling episodes saw even more children dressing up as the sly fox Zorro in Spanish and making the sign of the Z The second season aired from October 9, 1958, through July 2, 1959, and is presented here -- newly restored and remastered in its original black-and-white format. To add even more thrills to this six-disc set, we've included two rarely seen one-hour specials shown on Walt Disney's anthology series WALT DISNEY PRESENTS -- ZORRO: THE POSTPONED WEDDING and ZORRO: AULD AQUAINTANCE. You'll meet Guy Williams in a profile of the actor who became an overnight star in the role he was born to play. And you'll meet his stunt double, Buddy Van Horn. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.
Time to catch some more Z's! Just how hot was Zorro as it galloped into its second season? Check out "A Trip to the Archives," one of the bonus features included on this collectible set that's a must-own for every TV-loving boomer. Disney historian Leonard Maltin and Guy Williams Jr. peruse a treasure trove of licensed Zorro merchandise, including the expected (lunchboxes, mask and whip, vinyl wallets) to the unexpected (neckties and roller skates!). And how hot was Guy Williams, so dashing as the masked avenger Zorro? The same kids who donned coonskin caps to play Davy Crockett were carving Z's into their school desks. Annette Funicello, America's teen sweetheart, had a crush on him, prompting Walt Disney to cast her in one of season 2's story arcs as a present for her 16th birthday. Funicello stars as a pueblo visitor searching for her father, whom no one seems to know, but someone is trying to scare her out of town. In addition to being rescued by Zorro, she gets to sing a song, "The Lonely Guitar." Several character actors beloved by vintage-TV buffs appear this season, including Lee Van Cleef, Tige Andrews (Captain Greer on The Mod Squad), Robert Vaughn, Richard Deacon, and Ricardo Montalban. Season 2 tinkers a bit with the series' successful formula. Beginning with the episode "The Gay Caballero," a new opening composed of scenes for that week's episode replaced the rousing theme song that helped put Zorro on the map. There were more, and shorter, story arcs. Zorro was even, briefly, given a love interest (Jolene Brand as Anna Maria Verdugo). But the accent remains on adventure with spectacularly staged fights (another bonus feature is an interview with Guy Williams's stuntman, Buddy Van Horn) and daring rescues. This set contains two Zorro rarities, near-hour-long adventures that were originally broadcast in 1961 on Walt Disney Presents and have never been available on home video: "The Postponed Wedding," featuring Funicello, and "Auld Acquaintance," costarring Montalban and Ross Martin (The Wild Wild West). Zorro has aged well thanks to its historical setting in 1820s California. There is nothing like it on television, and now all those former Zorro-wannabes can introduce their own children (and grandchildren) to the timeless pleasures of Zorro, which delivers on its promise of "never-to-be-forgotten thrills." --Donald Liebenson
Guy Williams is truly the best Zorro!! prior actors played Don Diego too foppishly and the more recent ones too macho. Williams played the differing characters just right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sandra bendickson
As big a DisNerd as I am, there are still parts of the Disney legacy I have no clue about. Such was the case when both seasons of Zorro were released as part of the Walt Disney... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
We were thrilled to find these were put on dvd. We love this Disney series even if it was short lived. Quality is excellent. Go Disney :0)Published 4 months ago by S. Wise
I ordered this mainly for the hour long specials that I liked which were the last 2 of the 4 that were made. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abel Soto
Only into the second disc of this season, but not disappointed at all. Good clean fun.Published 5 months ago by Alice P.
Order arrived when expected. The order exceeded description. Very happy and pleased with seller.Published 5 months ago by Janice Fletcher
Nothing cheap or shoddy about this Walt Disney Zorro offering - excellent quality and well worth the price! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Egan
So many years awaiting for this wonderful compilation of the best Disney Serie, by far! Astonishing quality and contents, with the great casing. A truly treasure forever!Published 9 months ago by JOSE HERNANDEZ GOMEZ
We highly recommend this to all ages. We grew up as kids watching Zorro on tv after school. So nice to have them all, commercial free to watch all the time.Published 17 months ago by Amy L. Roberts