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Legend of Zorro, The

When California is about to join the United States of America, Zorro (Banderas) needs to ride out once again to make sure nothing stops the state from joining the union. That’s without counting on De La Vega’s wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones), though who tends to keep Zorro to his promise that he would stop putting on his mask after their son was born. Still, the call for adventure is too strong and this ends up in a split between the two. Meanwhile, a French count has settled in California and it quickly becomes clear that he’s up to no good.

Sound and Vision:
The image is spotless as a new movie transfer should be, with nice detail, sharp images and good contrast. The colors are bright and warm and compression errors are down to the minimum.

The soundtrack is very aggressive for a Dolby Digital 5.1 track with good use of all channels including the subwoofer, and nice positioning while the dialogues are crystal clear and well-centered.

– Audio commentary by director Martin Campbell and cinematographer Phil Meheux
– Deleted Scenes
– Stunts: a very interesting feature on the stunts that were done in the movie. Nice to know Banderas did most of the work himself
– Playing with Trains: feature on the train scene at the end of the movie. Also very interesting
– Armand’s Party: feature on the scene where Armand, the villain, is introduced. Very interesting as you get to see all the problems the crew encountered with this massive scene
– Visual Effects: another decent extra that gives insight on the special effects used
– Winery Fight: The winery fight scene gets completely dissected. Also nice to check out
– Trailers of The Da Vince Code, Fun with Dick&Jane, Lords of Dogtown, The Pink Panther, Rent and Zathura

Is Zorro a legendary figure? Yes. Is Antonio Banderas capable of playing a Don? Yes. Is Catherine Zeta-Jones still hot? Yes. So why did I want the alledged bad guys to win in this movie? Maybe because the storyline is quite stupid, the plot twists far fetched, the action as exciting as an aspirine and the humour we’re used to get with Zorro as funny as a drunk that falls on the floor. Indeed: pathetic. Throughout the 125 minutes I never got any feeling of excitement and constantly felt like I was watching a spin-off from Spy Kids combined with Desperado. Indeed, Banderas starrs in both those movies and nicely combines his combines his previous actings for this newest Zorro adventure. The fact that Zorro now also has an annoying kid nicely adds to the overall feel that a sequel was necessary to cash in some additional money and some “new features” were necessary to draw the audience to the cinema to watch this boring episode.

Sony did a good job on the technical side though. The extras make watching this movie even more disappointing as you get to see how much effort was done to make something good, and the sound and image quality are far above average. Too bad, hopefully we’ll never have to see such a boring Zorro movie again

Our Score:

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