In the beginning, there was The Family Channel, which begat Fox Family, which later begat ABC Family, which is where we find ourselves in 2011. But back in the 90s, however, The Family Channel also had its own brand of family programming that didn’t involve pregnant teens, wild Greeks, or bitchy gymnasts. The Family Channel was a much more G-rated channel that included a retelling of a classic hero’s story: Zorro.
Previously, Walt Disney had brought Zorro to the small screen with Zorro in the 1960s. The swashbuckler’s adventures found him fighting for the downtrodden and oppressed, while romancing the ladies and making the corrupt look like fools. Thirty years later, the same rules apply.
And, much like the two Zorro movies starring Antonio Banderas, the fun, excitement, and thrills keep the stories moving and the romance sizzling at a family-friendly pace. Yes, this version of Zorro does have a campy, syndicated series feel, but its fun to watch and could be considered a cult classic. And you gotta love that opening theme song. It’s so epic!
Not only does the show include lots of action, adventure, humor, and romance, but also there’s a load of notable guest stars that include everyone from Andre the Giant, Daniel Craig, Jesse Ventura, and even Adam West! And when Adam West and Jesse Ventura pop up on the scene, you know you’re in for a good time.
Aside from the series, you also get Zorro: The Bonus Archives. This disc contains lots and lots of cool Zorro material that is a must-have for the Zorro fan. These include: The Mark Of Zorro (1920), starring Douglas Fairbanks; Chapter One of the 1939 theatrical serial, Zorro’s Fighting Legion; Trailers for the Zorro serials Zorro’s Fighting Legion, Zorro’s Black Whip, and Zorro Rides Again; the original, never-before-released pilot for this new Zorro series; and a series Photo Gallery.
For the ultimate in family-friendly swashbuckling fun, check out Zorro: The Complete Series available NOW on DVD!
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