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The Movie:

While it's not Halloween, fans of "The Addams Family" still get a treat with this second volume of the show. The series ran from 1964-1966, spawning a pair of feature film remakes (which also resulted in one of the best and most popular pinball games of all time.) The series focused on the titular family - Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones), Gomez (John Astin), Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax), Wednesday (Lisa Loring), Grandmama Addams (Blossom Rock), Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan), Cousin Itt (Felix Silla), butler Lurch (Ted Cassidy) and hand Thing - who, despite meaning well, gave everyone who happened into their path the creeps. Despite sending many a visitor running for the hills, the Addams family happily continued to be themselves. The show offers classic performances, big laughs and still holds up very well years later.

This second volume of the series presents the second 22 episodes (second half of season 1) of the show:

Disc 1 Side A:
1. Thing is Missing
2. Crisis in the Addams Family
3. Lurch and His Harpsichord
4. Morticia, the Breadwinner

Disc 1 Side B:
5. The Addams Family and the Spaceman
6. My Son, the Chimp
7. Morticia's Favorite Charity
8. Progress and the Addams Family

Disc 2 Side A:
9. Uncle Fester's Toupee
10. Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor
11. Lurch, the Teenage Idol
12. The Winning of Morticia Addams

Disc 2 Side B:
13. My Fair Cousin Itt
14. Morticia's Romance, Part 1
15. Morticia's Romance, Part 2
16. Morticia Meets Royalty

Disc 3 Side A:
17. Gomez, the People's Choice
18. Cousin Itt's Problem
19. Halloween, Addams Style
20. Morticia, the Writer

Disc 3 Side B:
21. Morticia, the Sculptress


The DVD

VIDEO: "The Addams Family" is once again presented by MGM in the show's origina 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Given the show's age, it's once again surprising how fresh and crisp the series appears on these presentations. Sharpness and detail are quite good, as the picture appeared mostly crisp and clear throughout, aside from a few minor moments that looked slightly softer than the rest. The presentations showed some slight shimmer and a couple of specks and marks, but otherwise mostly looked clean and clear.

SOUND: The mono soundtrack sounded livelier than its age would indicate, with a crisper, fuller sound than one would expect from a show of this era. Dialogue sounded crisp, clear and free of any distortion or other issues throughout.

EXTRAS: Thing and Cousin Itt offer up their own particular (or, should I say, peculiar?) brand of commentary on selected scenes for "Thing Is Missing", while "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox gives commentary on "Morticia Meets Royalty". The final disc offers up the "Mad About Addams" featurette, which runs 13 minutes and takes a look at the Addams family, what they represent, the differences between the series and the cartoons, the Addams Family vs. the Munsters and more. It's a very nice, insightful little look at the show. Finally, we also get a trivia track for "Mortica's Romance, Part I" and a "Guest Star Seance" featurette. Hopefully, a future DVD set will have a featurette looking into licensed merchandise, such as the "Addams Family" pinball game, which broke sales records and is considered by many to be one of the finest pinball games ever made.

Final Thoughts: "Addams Family" finally hits DVD with this superb second volume set, which offers great audio/video quality, a very nice set of extras and a very reasonable price tag (many stores have the set for around $20.) Highly recommended.



DVD Information





The Addams Family: Volume 2
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
1.33:1
Mono
541 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:No (Dual-Sided)
Anamorphic:No
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: The Addams Family: Volume 2 DVD,The Addams Family: Volume 1 DVD