I never realized how gloriously rich black and white television could be. The prints of these 1950's Disney TV productions are pristine, deep, dark and rich. The show itself was magnificently shot with shadows that envelope the screen in that film noir tradition, giving the lightweight proceedings a heft that it otherwise wouldn't have. In fact, the cinematography may be the most outstanding aspect of this series.
I had never seen this show before, always heard it was wonderful but never had the pleasure. Too bad, I'd have loved it as a kid - even today it makes for pleasant Sunday afternoon viewing.
On the second season DVD collection (my favorite of the two) there's a behind the scenes mini-documentary and two one hour Zorro films that ran on Walt Disney Presents in 1961. It's such a treat to see those shows again for the first time since I was a toddler and recall what a class act Uncle Walt was. One of those episodes features Annette Funicello as a returning guest (she was on a three part story arc during season 2) so it's a classic Disney TV trifecta.
Leonard Maltin contributes an introduction to the series on both collections and walks us through the Disney vault relating to Zorro on set 2.
There are 39 episodes in each limited (30,000) edition, numbered, 6-disc set which includes a Certificate of Authenticity, a collectible pin, as well as a black-and-white photo of Guy Williams as Zorro. There's also a booklet with the shows listed and it all comes encased in a very attractive black metal tin box.
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