While "THE LEGEND OF ZORRO" doesn't have the same level of flourish and epic-romance that the original did, it still manages to be fun, at times. Perhaps seven years is just too long to wait in creating a sequel. When this one opens, we find that the romance so vivid and passionate in "MASK OF ZORRO" is seemingly over. Sure, it's seven years later, but the big changes occurring as the film begins, all feel to abrupt! Alejandro(Zorro)'s beautiful wife, Elena, is in the process of divorcing him, engaged to marry a French Count. Of course, Zorro knows the Count is just an awful villain planning to conquer the United States. Oh, and Alejandro and Elena's son is having some problems adjusting to the current situation, acting out in school(not kidding!) Very little about "LEGEND OF ZORRO" feels inspired, unlike the predecessor. However, Director Martin Campbell knows how to create an action scene, and thankfully, there are plenty here! Additionally, the cinematography is stunning and "LEGEND OF ZORRO" while far more trivial than the original film, makes for decent family entertainment.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer. While a few of the darkest scenes appear flat, the overall image quality is dazzling, with plenty of scenes that "pop off the screen." Colors are solid, and often pushed to the limit, without ever reaching the point of over-saturation. Fleshtones are perfectly rendered.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. The previously available dvd offered a great, aggressive Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but this one's superior in virtually every scene. Whether the effect is ambient, discrete or panning, the listener is totally immersed. It's a splendidly balanced, creative mix. Bass kicks in at times, with great impact, and the terrific James Horner score is well complimented through all speakers.
The extras from the previously available dvd have been carried over, but unfortunately, none but trailers are presented in high definition.