The Video
The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer is very nice with a lustrous golden glow - no desaturated and blah modern colors here - and it provides an extra dose of richness to the image. Fine detail is very good into the distance, black levels are exceptional and dark, shadowy areas - which are frequent with Zorro's black outfit in darkened environments - are excellent and not marred by crushing.

A few instances of overdone edge-enhancement or softer shots were noted, but weren't particularly distracting - if you're not critically looking for flaws, you probably won't notice them, particularly on smaller displays.

Score: 9 out of 10

Languages and Audio

Audio choices are English Dolby 5.1 Surround or French 2.0 with subtitles in English and French.

The soundtrack is nicely dynamic with good low-end resonance for the thundering of hooves and booming of explosions. Dialogue is clear and well-balanced with the effects and music and free of distortion. Surround activity is most prominent during the action scenes, but street and party scenes have nice ambience.

Score: 8 out of 10

Packaging and Extras

The disc comes in the standard keep case with an insert advertising other Sony DVD releases. The previews are skippable by hitting the menu key.

The Director and Cinematographer Commentary is with Campbell and Phil Mayhew tends to stick to the more technical side of the story with much discussion as to how and where it was shot. One trick revealed is how they got Tornado, Zorro's horse, to lean against a wall, since horses don't lean in real life, by building the set on a slant and then tilting the camera to hide the illusion. Taped after the film's release, they occasionally respond to critic's complaints that they thought were unfounded and what got good audience reactions.

Moving to the Featurettes section we get a quartet of features with a Play All option starting with Stunts (9:21), which reveals how the action scenes were done practically with stuntmen instead of CG effects and praises Antonio for his swordsman skills. Playing With Trains (12:25) discusses the climactic fight scene and the challenges of executing the scene safely. Much of the time is dedicated to the miniature train constructed by the Weta Workshop of The Lord of the Rings fame and Richard Taylor will be a familiar face to those who viewed that series' supplemental materials.

Armand's Party (12:02) shows the work that goes into shooting a scene with nearly 500 extras in period formal garb and makeup. Complicating the already complicated shoot is a rain storm that sends everyone scurrying for cover and construction crews scrambling to finish the cover set - a set used as an alternate shooting location if weather prevents exterior shooting. Visual Effects (5:49) shows how some of the sequences were enhanced to amp up the action without calling undue attention to themselves.

The quartet of Deleted Scenes (with optional director's commentary and Play All feature) totaling about ten minutes were cut despite Campbell's fondness for them because they contained redundant information and slowed the movie down. One scene had many extras and took a couple of days to shoot, yet finally revealed itself to be too long with too little new info within it.

There is a pair of Multi-Angle Scenes that allow you to use the Angle button to cycle between rehearsal, behind-the-scenes and final footage. The default view has all three angles up together and it is the best way to watch.

Seven anamorphic previews - for Open Season, Monster House, The Pink Panther (2006), Memoirs of a Geisha, Sueño, The Gospel and The Mask of Zorro - conclude the extras.

Score: 6 out of 10

IGN's Ratings for The Legend of Zorro (Special Edition)
Rating Description  
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3 The Movie
A poorly-executed sequel that discards everything that was fun about the first film.
9 The Video
An excellent transfer captures the rich brilliance of old-world California.
8 The Audio
Dynamic and well-balanced surround sound offer and expansive audio transfer.
6 The Extras
A tech-heavy set of extras adds much to the good commentary track.
(out of 10 / not an average)