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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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I've only had it for a week, but I tend to snarf up videos when I first get them. Some episodes I've already seen 3 times! I disagree with the reviewer that said the Christmas episodes were 'schmaltzy' or something like that. I was extremely touched by the "It's a Wonderful Zorro" the first time I saw it. Haven't we ALL wondered if we ever make a difference?
I've always like Duncan Regehr, and I believe his Zorro/Diego is the best casting I've seen. At 6'5", he's heads above the rest, (except Andre the Giant in his 2nd to last role of his life). He fences with the grace of his former sport, Canadian figure skating. A Renaissance man of the 20th Century playing a Renaissance man of the 19th Century is indeed perfect casting. Regehr has paintings hanging in the Western States Smithsonian Institute. His characterization was fun, sensitive, and very believable. You could tell he was having the time of his life. I'm actually glad he played Diego more 'studious' and 'weak-willed' than foppish. There is a difference. Others may point out other parts he's played as better, but not in my book. He's at his best Here!
Even though I like Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who played Don Alejandro in the first season, I loved Henry Darrow taking over the part. The "Like Father, Like Son" episode where Alejandro thinks HE is Zorro, is absolutely hysterical. And yet, when confronting Diego's 'weak-willed' seeming unwillingness to confront or help, Darrow's tough stand as Alejandro, a disappointed and disgusted father made me cringe.
So much I could say about this show that I like, and what I'm gleaning from it. Suffice it to say that here are my favorite episodes: The Legend Begins, Master and Pupil, the last four (Arrival, Death & Taxes, Conenedrum, & The Discovery) gave me my adventure fix of the year!
1. The Legend Begins (two hour movie)
2. All For One (one hour episode)
3. The Devil's Fortress (one hour episode)
The last four episodes of Season 4 were shown on the Family Channel as a two hour movie titled, "Conspiracy of Blood." These episodes were cut to fit the DVD and are not in it's entirety.
I still gave this 5 stars because all the other episodes are full episodes and I think Duncan Regehr plays Zorro better than all the other actors in the role.
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Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., would have been pleased. Thank you.