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Films and Video Tapes

The theatrical releases

Following the precedent set with the successful theatrical release of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, Disney released two films in theaters that were comprised of segments from the Zorro series.

The Sign of Zorro

The Sign of Zorro

This theatrical release was taken from the first thirteen episodes, which pit the masked avenger against Capitan Monastario, the corrupt military governor who schemes to make Southern California his own. Returning home from his studies in Spain, Don Diego de la Vega realizes he cannot hope to defeat Monastario by force, and thus adopts the persona of Zorro, a mysterious force for good. Despite Monastario's growing suspicions about the seemingly ineffectual Don Diego, Zorro eventually succeeds in toppling the corrupt officer.

The film was first released overseas in 1958 and domestically in 1960. Two versions of the film exist. The original version's running time is 1 hour 29 minutes; a shorter version running 40 minutes was later released. The longer version is the one that has been released on video.

The first release of the film on tape was on October 15, 1981 in the white "clamshell" cases used for the rest of Disney's video releases at that time. It was released in both the Betamax (catalog 47BS) and VHS (catalog 47VS) formats. The film was later re-released on VHS with a slipcase cover (catalog VHS 047).

To date The Sign of Zorro has not been released on DVD or on Blu-Ray, but it is available for streaming through several vendors.

Zorro the Avenger

Zorro the Avenger

Released overseas in 1959, the second compilation film includes segments of six episodes from the end of the "Eagle" stories from the first season. The villainous Eagle announces his plans to conquer Southern California, and moves his operation into the de la Vega hacienda. A battle of wits and eventually swords follows between the Eagle and Zorro, who seems to be the only thing standing between the would-be dictator and freedom.

The running time of this film is 1 hour 31 minutes. It has not been released on video but has been shown on The Disney Channel.

The 8mm films

Back in the days before home video or streaming, the only way to watch Zorro at home was on film. Many fans of the series were thrilled when Walt Disney Home Movies released several Super-8 film versions of Zorro. The following titles were released on 200-foot reels with approximate running times of 12-14 minutes.

There may have been additional versions of these titles or other Zorro films issued as home movies. If you know of any please let me know.



Walt Disney Home Movies catalog 301 - Silent

From the film box: "Don Juan Ortega, posing as the new Chief of Police, fears the pretty Rosalita, who can unmask him as an imposter. Zorro learns of the evil plot to murder her and rides to the rescue. During a thrilling fight with the evil Ortega Zorro is unmasked!"

This is an edited version of the episode "The Unmasking of Zorro". The front of the box has the title as "Unmasked" and the rear lists it as "Zorro Unmasked".

The Imposter

The Imposter

Walt Disney Home Movies catalog 302 - Silent

From the film box: "Unable to put an end to Zorro's interference, the wicked colonel plots to discredit Zorro by hiring someone to impersonate him. Zorro meets his challenge by outwitting and outfighting his enemies in a stirring, exciting due to the finish!"

This is an edited version of the episode "Double Trouble for Zorro". The front of the box has the title as "The Imposter" and the rear lists it as "Zorro's Imposter".

The Well of Death

The Well of Death

Walt Disney Home Movies catalog number unknown - Sound

From the film box: "The evil Murietta brothers steal a trunk containing valuable jewels and take the boy Pogo captive when he accidentally discovers the treasure. Then it's Zorro to the rescue! An exciting sword fight climaxes this thrill-packed adventure."

This is an edited version of the episode "The Well of Death".

The Fox and the Coyote

The Fox and the Coyote

Walt Disney Home Movies catalog number unknown - Sound

From the film box: "The magistrate arranges a horse race as a cover to the theft of gunpowder. Zorro, learning of the plot, rides Toranado in the race and leads the Commandant and his soldiers a merry chase to an action-packed finish."

This is an edited version of the episode "The Fox and the Coyote".

Zorro episodes on home video

In addition to the video release of "The Sign of Zorro", Disney released six tapes based on the television series. The tapes have been released on Betamax and at least twice on VHS, thus leading to two different versions of the cover art. The two different types can be seen below. Each is described below, listing the episodes used and featuring the description from the VHS versions.

Information on the DVD releases of Zorro can be found here.

Volume 1

Volume 1 - The Secret of El Zorro

ISBN 1-55890-341-0 Disney catalog VHS 338

Contains the episodes:
The Practical Joker
The Flaming Arrow
Zorro Fights a Duel
Amnesty for Zorro

Don Diego finds himself trapped in an ironic turn of events when a visiting friend, Ricardo del Amo (Richard Anderson), challenges the famed swordsman Zorro to a duel for the hand of a lovely visitor, Anna Maria. Don Diego manages to outwit the love-stuck braggart - but only temporarily. A new challenge from the determined Ricardo dramatically sets the stage for a public unmasking of the legendary hero... and under circumstances that Zorro cannot afford to ignore!

Volume 2

Volume 2 - Zorro and the Mountain Man

ISBN 1-55890-339-9 Disney catalog VHS 339

Contains the episodes:
Zorro and the Mountain Man
The Hound of the Sierras

A genial mountain man, Joe Crane (Jeff York), finds himself in a mountain of trouble after a barroom brawl with an arrogant aristocrat, Don Carlos Fernandez (Jonathan Harris). Infuriated at being bested, Don Carlos vows to kill the hapless victor. When bystander Don Diego cannot prevent the scheming Don Carlos from carrying out his deadly game, it looks as if only the skill and strength of Zorro can save Joe from the murderous clutches of the vengeful aristocrat and his henchmen!

Volume 3

Volume 3 - The Mystery of Don Cabrillo

ISBN 1-55890-340-2 Disney catalog VHS 340

Contains the episodes:
The Missing Father
Please Believe Me
The Brooch

Mystery surrounds pretty Anita Cabrillo (Annette Funicello), who arrives from Spain for a reunion with her father at his lavish hacienda - only to discover that neither the ranch nor her beloved father seem to exist. Several subsequent death threats culminate in a terrifying brush with death as Don Diego, disguised as the masked her Zorro, attempts to unravel the puzzling secret behind Anita's missing father.

Volume 1

Volume 4 - Invitation to Death

ISBN 1-55890-362-3 Disney catalog VHS 362

Contains the episodes:
Invitation to Death
The Captain Regrets
Masquerade for Murder
Long Live the Governor

The Governor of Alta California, traveling towards Los Angeles, is attacked and nearly murdered by a band of thugs known as the Rebatos. Don Diego, disguised as the masked hero Zorro, eventually uncovers some disquieting information; the mastermind behind the murderous may be the Governor's own aide! Can Zorro expose the real criminals before they succeed with their deadly plans? Find out in this thrilling Zorro adventure.

Volume 5

Volume 5 - The Gay Caballero

ISBN 1-55890-173-6 Disney catalog VHS 363

Contains the episodes:
The Gay Caballero
Tornado is Missing
Zorro Versus Cupid
The Legend of Zorro

Shady shenanigans abound when a suave, sophisticated charmer, Estevan de la Cruz (Cesar Romero), pays a surprise visit to the village... and launches a program of underhanded schemes on the unsuspecting citizenry. However, when Estevan sets his sights on a wealthy seƱorita (and her family's fortune), Zorro decides to intervene... and subsequently faces the wrath of the irate, sly con artist.

Volume 6

Volume 6 - The Man from Spain

ISBN 1-55890-175-2 Disney catalog VHS 364

Contains the episodes:
The Man from Spain
Treasure for the King
Exposing a Tyrant
Zorro Takes a Dare

The stern and imposing Andres Basilio (Everett Sloane), the king's emissary from Spain, announces the reason for his visit; an elaborate money-raising program utilizing so-called Royal Bonds. And a tough-looking enforcer is present to ensure that the dons and businessmen comply with Basilio's demands. Don Diego, sensing an alternate destination for the money, decides that Zorro is desperately needed to investigate the legitimacy of the financial program.

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