Zorro:complt Series Dvd Set
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Out of the night a hero must rise with courage that even a mask can t disguise! So begins the adventures of Zorro swordsman, scientist and relentless defender of the oppressed.
In early 19th century Spanish California, a corrupt Alcalde (mayor) grows rich by terrorizing the good people of Los Angeles. Young and dashing Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan_Regehr), pretending to care only for science and study, secretly creates a bold alter-ego: Zorro the Fox. Aided by his mute servant Felipe, inspired by the faith of the beautiful tavern-keeper Victoria, and carried into battle by the mighty steed Toronado, Zorro thwarts the Alcalde s plots at every turn.
Filmed entirely in Madrid, Spain, Zorro aired on The Family Channel for four seasons, from 1990-1993. Still a tremendous fan favorite, Zorro is renowned for its swashbuckling family-friendly adventure as well as its top-notch cast of featured characters and guests, including Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Don Alejandro de la Vega, Daniel Craig, Andre the Giant, Philip Michael Thomas, Jesse Ventura and Adam West.
For the first time ever, all 88 episodes have been collected in one DVD set, including a bonus disk with classic Zorro films, an alternate series pilot and much more.
The legend of Zorro truly begins in 1919, with the publication of Johnston McCulley s story, The Curse of Capistrano. A year later, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford produced The Mark of Zorro with Fairbanks as the title character as the inaugural film for their new studio, United Artists. Since then, the character has inspired more than 40 films and nearly a dozen TV series. The Zorro Archives includes some of the masked defender s most influential appearances as well as rare behind-the-scenes material from the 1990 series.
BONUS FEATURES: THE ZORRO ARCHIVES
The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks the original full-length silent film that defined the swashbuckler genre
Chapter 1 of the 1939 theatrical serial Zorro s Fighting Legion
Trailers for the serials Zorro s Fighting Legion, Zorro s Black Whip and Zorro Rides Again
The original, never-before-released pilot for the New World Zorro
A photo gallery from the New World Zorro
No doubt that the release of all 88 episodes of this fondly remembered 1990 Family Channel series will exert the same irresistible nostalgic pull on Generation Y as the classic 1950s Disney series has on Baby Boomers. But while Duncan Regehr (the cult fave Monster Squad), as the dashing Zorro, is no Guy Williams (forgive the generational bias), this entertaining family-friendly series is a worthy addition to the prolific Zorro canon that dates back to 1919. You have to get eight episodes into the first season for the four-episode arc that reveals how Don Diego de la Vega was compelled to become the legendary outlaw who fights injustice in 19th-century Spanish California. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. provides some old-school Hollywood glamour as Don Diego's father, who wishes his bookish son were more like Zorro. He was replaced Darrin-style in season two by Henry Darrow. There is mild love interest in the feisty form of Patrice Camhi Martinez as the independent, strong-willed Victoria. Juan Diego Botto provides added kid appeal as Felipe, a young mute who keeps Don Diego's heroic alter ego a secret. And stealing his scenes is Zorro's horse, Tornado. The series boasts good production values, swashbuckling action, hissable villains (Michael Tylo as the tyrannical mayor Luis Ramon in the first two seasons), corny humor, and some curious guest stars, including Adam West as an inventor hired to devise a trap for Zorro ("The Wizard"), Philip Michael Thomas as a runaway slave ("Pride of the Pueblo"), and future 007 Daniel Craig as a ruthless tax collector's lieutenant ("The Arrival," "Death and Taxes"), not to mention wrestlers Andre the Giant, Jesse Ventura, and Roddy Piper (in separate episodes). For aficionados, the real fun is on a disc full of bonus Zorro-abilia, including the 1920 silent film The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks, the first chapter of the 1939 serial Zorro's Fighting Legion, an alternative version of the series pilot episode starring Patrick James, and Zorro trailers. --Donald Liebenson
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Admittedly, I've never really been a huge fan of Zorro (I'm more of a Robin Hood girl), but one of the better representations of him is the well-beloved, family-friendly "Zorro: The Complete Series." It has some downsides, but it's a pleasantly upbeat series filled with romance, swordplay, sneering villains and a guy running around in a mask.
Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan Regehr) is called back from his studies in Spain to his family estate in California. It turns out that Los Angeles (a tiny pueblo instead of the megacity it is now) is now ruled by the tyrannical Alcalde Luis Ramone (Michael Tylo). His father Don Alejandro (played first by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and then by Henry Darrow) and local tavern-keeper Victoria Escalante (Patrice Camhi Martinez) are opposing the Alcalde, which is putting them in danger.
Everybody thinks of Diego as a mild-mannered nerd, and don't realize that he's actually a master swordsman, scientist and acrobat (just how long was he away?!). So with the help of his mute sidekick Felipe (Juan Diego Botto), a secret passage and a wild horse, Diego becomes El Zorro, who rides out and battles Alcalde Ramone and his successor Ignacio De Soto (John Hertzler), as well as various bandits, thieves and killers of all kinds.
"Zorro: The Complete Series" is a sunny, entertaining little show. It's crammed with unabashed swashbuckling, romance, touching moments,swordplay and comedic buttkicking. The dialogue has plenty of snappy (sometimes slightly cheesy) witticisms, especially when Diego is charging around in full Zorro garb.
Some of the episodes are on the darker side (including one where Zorro battles a sadistic soldier), but overall the tone is sort of like an Errol Flynn movie stretched over four seasons. And while it sounds like the premise would be limited, the writers actually did an excellent job keeping things fresh with varied plots -- we've got pirate attacks, Japanese fishermen, jeweled swords, democratic elections, strange diseases, hypnosis and stolen gold, plus countless other stories.
Downsides? The American Indians are pretty stereotypical, and the Christmas episodes are... schmaltzy. Seriously, Santa Claus visits the pueblo? Are you high? Whose idea was THAT?
Regehr looks like he's having fun as Don Diego -- he gets to sweep around with a black cloak, slashing sword and big gleeful grin. But he also does a powerful job in the more emotional moments, such as when Zorro inadvertently puts his loved ones in danger.
Darrow is great as the strong, hot-blooded Don Alejandro, and is somewhat better suited to the role than the frail-looking Zimbalist; Camhi-Martinez is pretty solid as Victoria (even though she's in peril almost every episode); Tylo and Hertzler are entertainingly villainous, and James Victor provides hearty comic relief as Sergeant Mendoza (who constantly complains about Zorro wrecking his uniforms).
"Zorro: The Complete Series" has some cheesy moments (did I mention SANTA CLAUS?!), but overall it's an entertainingly sunny, action-filled series.
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