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"The Mask of Zorro" and "The Legend
of Zorro" together in one Blu-Ray set!
of Zorro (1998): First of all, the very character concept
of Zorro is cool! He's like an Hispanic version of "The Lone
Ranger". The black jumpsuit with hat, eye mask, and bullwhip
makes for an impressive-looking hero. Not to mention his shiny
black horse! The character of Zorro has been reworked so many
times, though, that he has no definite origin. This movie creates
their character of Zorro from scratch. Anthony Hopkins plays the
original Zorro who, after being imprisoned for many years, trains a
much younger man (played by Antonio Banderas) to be the new
Zorro. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Hopkins' daughter who was
raised since infancy by the original Zorro's lifelong enemy
Both Zorros have a score to settle. The new Zorro
avenges the death of his brother.
One would think that this movie would be heavy drama
for the dark mood it sets, but it is actually quite bright, optimistic,
and full of action! Hopkins is at his very best here. It is
also one of the best features Banderas or Zeta-Jones has ever been in.