Director Martin Campbell, well-known to the action arena after 1995's GoldenEye, teams up with executive producer Steven Spielberg to bring the first Hollywood production of creator Johnston McCulley's Zorro in over four decades to the big screen. With scenic 18th century Mexico as a backdrop, Anthony Hopkins plays the original Zorro, a.k.a. Don Diego de la Vega, intent on revenge after rival enemy Don Raphael Montero (Stuart Wilson) murdered his wife and took his daughter, Elena. After being imprisoned for 20 years, the fabled hero removes his mask and takes on a tarnished young apprentice, Alejandro Murieta (Antonio Banderas), to infiltrate Montero's plan to take control of California from Santa Anna. A boisterous outlaw with his own desire for revenge, Murieta works with Diego to avenge his brother's death by the sword of Montero's right-hand man, Captain Harrison Love (Matt Letscher, in his big screen debut). After Diego's extensive training in swordfighting, discipline and manners, a new Zorro appears wreaking vengeance and stealing the heart of a now-grown Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones). A sizable summer hit, the film served as Zeta-Jones' stepping stone to leading lady status as the high-spirited heroine.~Rachel Koetje
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This looked fantastic! Great picture quality, and the detail looked awesome as well. Forgot how good this movie was, and seeing it now on 4K was like watching it for the first time. Sound was on point also.
This is one of my favorite movies, not only because of the re-watch value, but simply because it's SO MUCH FUN! Almost every scene has you smiling, but there is some great drama that is organically incorporated into the narrative as well. Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones all have terrific chemistry together and each of them brings something to the table. There's lots of swashbuckling action, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style chases, and the classic Bond tropes (amazing stunts, fights, a beautiful girl, an EVIL villain with an over-the-top plan, etc.). Recommend this to anyone, and the 4K/Bluray remasters make the experience that much better.
Antonio Bandares was born to play this role and does it with such joy that he makes this movie so much fun to watch. This is a throwback to the old swashbuckling films of old, and it was a movie that finally had good sword play. There’s great chemistry with the cast and next to Tyrone Powers’ Mark of Zorro it’s the best Zorro in my opinion. Lots to enjoy here. The picture is a big upgrade from my old DVD and added extras on a 4K was a great and rare touch.
Sony doesn’t disappoint in their restorations, this is fantastic! This is one of my favorites of all time and I’ve forgotten how beautiful this movie was, so great! It has Dolby Atmos, no Dolby Vision, but I’m proud to say it doesn’t need it, so good. Definitely worth the pickup!