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The Addams Family - Volume One


TITLE: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - VOLUME ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2006 (20th Century Fox)
B&W / 1964-65
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 561 Minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 33 minutes
Languages: English & Spanish
Subtitles: English & Spanish / Closed captioned
Special Features: "You Rang, Mr. Addams" featurette; "Snap, Snap" featurette; "The Addams Family" theme song karaoke; Audio commentary on three episodes; Original drawings and photos; "The Addams Family Portrait" featurette.


Introduction:

They're creepy and they're cooky ... mysterious and spooky ... they're altogether ooky ... they're the ADDAMS FAMILY! And for the first time ever, they are on DVD! Digitally remastered and uncut, the first 22 episodes of the hit ABC gothic sitcom come to DVD in this bonus-packed edition. The series, which ran from 1964-1966 produced a total of 64 episodes, starred John Astin and Carolyn Jones as Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively. Rounding out the stellar cast is Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester, Blossom Rock as Grandmama, Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley, Lisa Loring as Wednesday and Ted Cassidy as Lurch.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The first 22 episodes of the series are included on this set. Some of the more memorable ones include: "The Addams Family Goes to School," "Morticia and the Psychiatrist," "Halloween With The Addams Family," "New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family," "Lurch Learns to Dance," "Uncle Fester's Illness," "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family," "The Addams Family in Court," and "Amnesia in the Addams Family."

Special guest-stars that appeared in this episodes are: Madge Blake, Don Rickles, Vito Scotti, Ellen Corby (as Mother Lurch), and Felix Silla (as Cousin Itt), among others.


Packaging:

The main box art is black and white in color and features a great shot of the Addams Family cast (minus Blossom Rock as Grandmama). The back of the box showcases a large picture of Thing next to a small family photo. A brief description of the series can be found on the back along with a list of the bonus features.

The three discs in the set can be found in two slip-sleeve cases. The first case, which features a close-up black and white shot of John Astin as Gomez, contains the first two discs while the second case, which features a close-up black and white shot of Carolyn Jones as Morticia, contains the third and final disc of the set.

Disc 1/Side A contains episodes 1-4 while Disc 1/Side B contains episodes 5-8. Disc 2/Side A contains episodes 9-12 while Disc 2/Side B contains episodes 13-16. Disc 3/Side A contains episodes 17-20 while Disc 3/Side B contains episodes 21-22 along with the bonus features for the set.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu immediately pops up when you put in the disc. The background for the menu is a teal colored spider-web; with a cropped picture of cast members (each menu features a different picture). The show logo is shown next to the photo and below it is a list of episodes. On Disc 3/Side B, the "Special Features" option is available. Another option on all discs is "Play All" in which you can play all of the episodes un-interrupted. When you click on an episode title, it takes you to a sub-menu, which features Thing holding a framed still from that episode. You can "Play" the episode; choose "Language Selection," which takes you to a sub-menu that lets you pick from Subtitles to Languages. On the main menu, the entire theme-song (with lyrics) loops.


Video and Audio Quality:

Even though the series is in black and white, the video quality is stellar -- much better than I had anticipated. The audio itself is very good, which was another pleasant surprise. The episodes appear to me to be uncut, except for two minor edits, as discovered by a tvshowsondvd.com reader, and explained by MGM: "two of Carolyn Jones scenes of her as Morticia, singing "It's So Nice to Have a Thing Around The House" in the episode "Halloween With The Addams Family" were cut because MGM/20th Century Fox couldn't get the rights to the original song "It's So Nice to Have a Man Around The House." And chapter skips are available.

DISC 1 / SIDE A:
1- The Addams Family Goes To School (25:41) with optional audio commentary
2- Morticia and the Psychiatrist (25:41)
3- Fester's Punctured Romance (25:42)
4- Gomez, The Politician (25:40)

DISC 1 / SIDE B:
5- The Addams Family Tree (25:33)
6- Morticia Joins The Ladies League (25:39)
7- Halloween With The Addams Family (25:38)
8- Green-Eyed Gomez (25:41)

DISC 2 / SIDE A:
9- New Neighbors Meet The Addams Family (25:42)
10- Wednesday Leaves Home (25:32)
11- The Addams Family Meets the V.I.P.s (25:42)
12- Morticia, The Matchmaker (25:42) with optional audio commentary

DISC 2 / SIDE B:
13- Lurch Learns to Dance (25:43)
14- Art and The Addams Family (25:41)
15- The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik (25:23)
16- The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man (25:33)

DISC 3 / SIDE A:
17- Mother Lurch Visits The Addams Family (25:43)
18- Uncle Fester's Illness (25:41)
19- The Addams Family Splurges (25:40)
20- Cousin Itt Visits The Addams Family (25:37) with optional audio commentary

DISC 3 / SIDE B:
21- The Addams Family In Court (25:32)
22- Amnesia In The Addams Family (25:47)


Special Features:

Lots of special features!

* Audio Commentary

You can find optional audio commentary by "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox on the following episodes "The Addams Family Goes to School," "Morticia, The Matchmaker," and "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family."

* You Rang, Mr. Addams? (Approx. 12:03 minutes)

A mini-biography of Charles Addams, who was the mastermind behind "The Addams Family" as told by Ken Miserocchi, who is a part of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation.

* Snap, Snap (approx. 5:41 minutes)

An interview with Vic Mizzy (theme/music composer) in which he discusses how the Addams Family theme song came about.

* The Addams Family Portrait (approx. 14:25 minutes)

This is a discussion about the series as a whole, with new interviews from Lisa Loring (Wednesday), Felix Silla (Cousin Itt), John Astin (Gomez) and Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley).

* Theme Song Karaoke (approx. 1:03 minutes)

Just what it says ... Thing guides you along with subtitles and you can join in singing the classic theme!

* Still Galleries

When you select the option, it takes you to a sub-menu where you can choose either Original Drawings (which are artist drawings of the Addams Family) or Photos (still photos of Charles Addams).


Final Comments:

I have to say, 20th Century Fox impressed me with this set. The package was designed well and really represented the gothic feel of the show. The episodes are uncut (minus the two little cuts) and restored. The menus are good. Overall, the set is just great and if you are a fan of the show, or you like a little gothic humor and slapstick situation comedies, then go and pick this set up on October 24th ... or Grandmama will put a curse on you!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 10/16/06

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