Zorro (1990 TV series)

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Zorro
Zorro riding his horse behind the title Zorro
Genre Action/Adventure
Drama
Starring See Cast and characters
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production company(s) New World Television (U.S.), The Family Channel (U.S.), Ellipse Programme of Canal Plus (France), Beta TV (Germany), and RAI (Italy)[1]
Distributor FOX,[2] Peter Rodgers Organization,[3] Zorro Productions, Inc.[4]
Broadcast
Original channel The Family Channel
Original run January 5, 1990 (1990-01-05) – January 30, 1993 (1993-01-30)

Zorro, also known as The New Zorro, New World Zorro, and Zorro 1990, is an American action-adventure drama series featuring Duncan Regehr as the character of Zorro. Regehr portrayed the fearless Latino hero and fencer on The Family Channel from 1990 to 1993. The series was shot entirely in Madrid, Spain and produced by New World Television (U.S.), The Family Channel (U.S.), Ellipse Programme of Canal Plus (France), Beta TV (Germany), and RAI (Italy).[1] 88 episodes of the series were produced, 10 more than the first Zorro television series, which was produced by Disney in the late 1950s.

Since 2011, the series is currently airing in the United States on the Retro Television Network as The New Zorro.[5] Peter Rodgers Organization is the distributor for this version of Zorro.[3]

Plot outline[edit]

The series is set in early 19th-century Spanish California. When the commandant of Los Angeles, Alcalde Luis Ramone, terrorizes the people of the pueblo and oppresses them, Don Alejandro de la Vega summons home from Spain his son Diego to fight the alcalde and his men. When Diego arrives, he finds his town in a sorry state, and while pretending to have little interest in anything but books and his experiments, he creates the secret identity of El Zorro: The Fox. He and his mute servant, the teenage Felipe, battle the alcalde's tyranny.

Cast and characters[edit]

Second season cast

Notable guest appearances[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • The title sequence of the first episode differs from the one used in the rest of the series. The rest of the episodes' openings use the same opening theme, but different clips, and the song is performed by Cathi Campo (Rosemary Clooney's niece), rather than a male singer.
  • Patrice Martinez is credited as "Patrice Camhi" in the first three seasons of the series.[7] She was married to producer-director Daniel Camhi during that time.[8][9] (He did not work on this series.)
  • Both this series and Queen of Swords were filmed in Spain. Zorro was shot at studios outside of Madrid in 1990, and filming for Queen of Swords took place at the Texas Hollywood Studios in Southern Spain in 2000.
  • Henry Darrow is the first Latino actor to play the role of Zorro on television and the first actor to work in three different Zorro television series.[10][11] He was the voice of Zorro in the animated series The New Adventures of Zorro (1981), and played the older Zorro in the short-lived CBS series Zorro and Son (1983) and Zorro's father in this series.
  • The original pilot (as included in the DVD boxed set Zorro: The Complete Series) focuses on a young man named Antonio de la Cruz, played by Patrick James, who is told by a mortally wounded Don Diego de la Vega to take on the mantle of Zorro. In this pilot Felipe is able to speak. Only Patrice Martinez albeit as a different character survived to the actual series. The pilot was filmed at Texas Hollywood.
  • Season 1 is currently available on Hulu.com

Home media[edit]

VHS[edit]

Two tapes of episodes from this series were released to the United States home video market in 1996. The first tape contains Parts 1–4 of "The Legend Begins" from the first season (which originally aired as a made-for-cable movie based on the series, and was released on VHS in that format), and the second tape contains the final four episodes of the series under the name A Conspiracy of Blood. Each tape's four episodes are presented as a 90-minute movie, with at least one scene in each movie that is not in the regular episodes.

DVD[edit]

Two separate DVD boxed sets are available in France. The episodes are dubbed in French and subtitled.

In 2009, the German company Kinowelt Home Entertainment released the complete first season of the series, dubbed in German.

The entire series is available on DVD in Region 1.[12][13] In this set, the unique opening theme used in the series premiere is replaced by Campo's version, which was used in the rest of the series. Also, some of the episodes use the abbreviated version of the opening credits that appeared in reruns on The Family Channel. "The Legend Begins" is included in its episodic version, rather than as the expanded movie that was released on VHS.

There are rumors of a second Region 1 release of the entire series, but nothing is confirmed as yet.

Soundtrack[edit]

The Complete Zorro Soundtrack was released in 2012. It includes 25 tracks composed by Jay Asher and is available in CD and MP3 formats.[14]

DVD Releases[edit]

Zorro: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-4)
Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes: 88
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Number of Discs: 15 (R1)
  • Languages: English (R1)
  • Subtitles: None (R1)
  • Rating: Not Rated (R1)
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 25, 2011 No Confirmed Release No Confirmed Release
Zorro: The Complete First Season
Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Number of Discs: 4 (R1)
  • Languages: English (R1)
  • Subtitles: None (R1)
  • Rating: Not Rated (R1)
  • None
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 25, 2011 No Confirmed Release No Confirmed Release
Zorro: The Complete Second Season
Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Number of Discs: 4 (R1)
  • Languages: English (R1)
  • Subtitles: None (R1)
  • Rating: Not Rated (R1)
  • None
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 25, 2011 No Confirmed Release No Confirmed Release
Zorro: The Complete Third Season
Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Number of Discs: 4 (R1)
  • Languages: English (R1)
  • Subtitles: None (R1)
  • Rating: Not Rated (R1)
  • None
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 25, 2011 No Confirmed Release No Confirmed Release
Zorro: The Complete Fourth Season
Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • Number of Discs: 2 (R1)
  • Languages: English (R1)
  • Subtitles: None (R1)
  • Rating: Not Rated (R1)
  • None
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 25, 2011 No Confirmed Release No Confirmed Release

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New World Summary". Zorro.com. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ZORRO - 88 episodes of live action". Zorro.com. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Distribution, Clearance & Carriage". Cynopsis Media. April 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Videos Posted by Zorro — Jan 19, 2010 9:48am". Official Zorro Facebook. January 19, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "RTV Adds More Classic TV To Its Lineup". TVNewsCheck. February 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Masked Zorro Returns Friday to Make His Mark on Cable TV". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Full cast and crew for 'Zorro' The Word (1992)". IMDb. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Biography for Daniel Camhi". IMDb. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Patrice Martinez". Retro Junk. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ Biography at HenryDarrow.com
  11. ^ Bill Cotter. "Zorro and Son". BillCotter.com. Retrieved January 10, 2012. "Henry Darrow was signed to play Don Alejandro, making him the only actor to work in three different versions of the story." 
  12. ^ "Zorro: The Complete Series". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Zorro - '90s Complete Series Press Release Reveals 15-DVD Set Includes Vintage 'Zorro', Too!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.jayasher.com

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