Zorro (1975) (Blu-ray Review)29 Nov, 2012 By: Angelique Flores
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray
Stars Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Giampiero Albertini, Ottavia Piccolo.
The Zorro character has been made into television series and movies a number of times, from the late 1950s series starring Guy Williams to the more recent movie series featuring Antonio Banderas, and many others in between, such as my personal favorite, Zorro: The Gay Blade starring George Hamilton. And the swashbuckling never gets old.
In this lighthearted 1975 import from Italy and France, French actor Alain Delon stars as Don Diego. After his friend, Miguel, is murdered, the talented swordsman Diego travels from Spain to the New World in Colombia (not Mexico, as in all the other Zorro films). Miguel was to be the mayor of Nueva Aragon. Knowing that something shady is going on, Diego goes in his place disguised as Miguel.
Diego’s suspicions are correct, and he finds the poor people under the thumb of the corrupt Col. Huerta and his oppressive soldiers. Masked as Zorro, Diego fights with the local monk, Francisco, against Huerta and his men. Meanwhile, Diego feigns as a prissy, aloof mayor to avoid the suspicions of Huerta and Miguel’s aunt.
The struggle culminates in a near 10-minute sword fight between Zorro and Huerta. This is probably the most exciting part in the entire film, which is more like a spaghetti Western — not surprising since the film was directed by Duccio Tessari, who many consider one of the fathers of the genre.
Most interesting among the bonus materials are restoration comparisons with three clips. The restoration of the film isn’t at first noticeable while viewing the movie, but these clips show how well it was cleaned up.
Among the other extras are a photo gallery, interesting biographies of Delon and Tessari, and trailers — one of which positions this as the Zorro of its time.