Zorro, The Gay Blade

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Whenever there is trouble, you can rest assured that Don Diego Vega (George Hamilton) is sure to be there, but he never works as himself. You see, before he tackles the bad guys, he slaps on a black mask, grabs his sword, and becomes Zorro, the legendary crime fighter. His father handled the namesake before him and he has carried on the tradition, but his reign as Zorro could be danger, at least for a while. In the midst of his latest effort against evil doers, he managed to injure his ankle and unless he figures out a plan soon, the bad guys could have free reign, at least until he can heal up enough to return to the battles. But the solution soon arrives in the form of his brother, who was sent off to the military to become a man and now, he can put his training to use as he assumes the role of Zorro. But his brother is now known as Bunny Wigglesworth and in addition to being very homosexual, he insists on some costumes changes and using a whip, instead of the usual sword. Will Bunny be able to fill the shoes of his brother and father, or will his outrageous antics end up encouraging criminals, instead of stopping them?

I am very surprised to see this film released on DVD, but I am pleased, as I know it has an audience out there, to be sure. I don’t think this movie is all that great, but it has a lot of fans and it does offer some solid entertainment. George Hamilton (Doc Hollywood, Sextette) is terrific in both parts, but shines as Bunny and really makes this movie work, he’s that humorous. The costumes are outlandish, the production values are solid, and the writing is better than average, with some wonderful moments tucked in here and there. The premise is great and offers a lot of potential, while the dialogue is sharp and provides many laughs, both small and large ones. The script has some slow spots and that causes the flick to suffer, but there’s more positive elements than negative, I think. Hamilton makes the most of the good moments also, which enhances the overall experience. Other cast members include Lauren Hutton (Once Bitten), Ron Liebman (Norma Rae), and Brenda Vaccaro (Supergirl), who also turn in good performances. If you’re looking for a swashbuckling good time layered with humor, then be sure to give this one a rental, it’s well worth the effort.

Video: How does it look?

Zorro, The Gay Blade is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. I’ve never seen a decent edition of this film, so I didn’t have high hopes with this release, but I was pleased with the overall image quality, even if it isn’t perfect. The print shows some grain and other flaws, but nothing too serious, especially when compared to prior incarnations. The colors and contrast remain solid, though not overly impressive, which proves to be just enough. I do wish this looked sharper and cleaner, but this is still the finest edition of the movie to date, to be sure.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included mono option is stable and adequate, but don’t expect more than the basics here. This is due to the limits of mono of course, but also to the material involved, as this isn’t the kind of movie to showcase an audio system with, to be sure. The various sound effects come through well enough, while the music sounds clean, though not as immersive as I’d like. I suppose the music would benefit from some surround presence, but this mono track seems to cover the bases well enough, so I have no real complaints. The dialogue is clean and sharp at all times, without even a hint of volume errors to contend with.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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