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The Addams Family - Volume 2


TITLE: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - VOLUME 2


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 27, 2006 (MGM Home Video/20th Century Fox)
B&W / 1965
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: 546 Minutes
Running Time of Special Features: 13 minutes
Languages: English & Spanish
Subtitles: English & Spanish / Closed Captioned
Special Features: "Mad About The Addams" Featurette; Thing and Cousin Itt Commentaries on select scenes; "Guest Star Seance" featurette; "Tombstone Trivia" on "Morticia's Romance, Part 1" Episode; Audio Commentary with "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox.


Introduction:

You RAAAAANG? That's right! The creepy and kooky Addams family is back for another run on DVD. Volume 2 brings us more hijinks and out there plot lines, such as Gomez (John Astin) running for mayor, Lurch (Ted Cassidy) becoming a pop star, Fester (Jackie Coogan) turning Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax) into a chimp and Cousin Itt (Felix Silla) losing his hair! Join all of them as well as Morticia (Carolyn Jones), Wednesday (Lisa Loring) and Grandmama (Blossom Rock) on this three-disc DVD set from MGM and 20th Century Fox!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second 21 episodes are available, concluding Season 1 and going into Season 2. Some memorable episodes include "Thing Is Missing" in which Thing disappears and the family hires a detective to find him. "Lurch and His Harpsichord" is the one in which Lurch becomes depressed after his beloved harpsichord is donated to a museum. "Lurch The Teenaged Idol" is the one in which Lurch becomes a pop star. "My Fair Cousin Itt" in which Itt, Fester and Lurch compete for the lead in Gomez's play. "Morticia's Romance, Parts 1 and 2" in which Morticia recalls the story of how she and Gomez first met. "Gomez the People's Choice" is the one in which Gomez runs for mayor on a political platform that only he could dream up and finally "Halloween -- Addams Style" in which Wednesday is devastated when she is told there are no such thing as witches.

Special guest-stars that appeared in these episodes are Felix Silla (as Cousin Itt), Parley Baer, Vito Scotti, Richard Deacon, Margaret Hamilton, Meg Wyllie, Sig Ruman, Milton Frome, Eddie Quillan, Elvia Allman, Elisabeth Fraser, Peter Bonerz and more!


Packaging:

The main box is in black and white and looks very classy. It features an awesome cast photo of Astin, Jones, Loring and Weatherwax. The back of the box features another great photo featuring Loring, Coogan, Cassidy and Weatherwax.

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 Jackie Coogan as Fester, contains the first two discs while the second case, which features a close-up black and white shot of Ted Cassidy as Lurch, 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 episode 21 along with the bonus features for the set. The discs themselves have no design, as they are double-sided.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu immediately pops up when you put in the disc. The background for the menu is again teal colored but this time it features a photo of a cast member (such as Ted Cassidy on both sides of Disc 1). 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 in one viewing. 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, including the lyrics, loops. Chapter stops are available.


Video and Audio Quality:

Once again, the episodes are in fantastic shape. The black and white video is great quality and the audio is fine...nothing to be worried about. Each episode, to my knowledge appears to be uncut. In addition, unlike Volume 1, there appears to be no editing of music!

DISC 1 / SIDE A:
1- Thing Is Missing (3/5/1965) - with additional commentary (25:38)
2- Crisis in the Addams Family (3/12/1965) (25:38)
3- Lurch and His Harpsichord (3/19/1965) (25:36)
4- Morticia, the Breadwinner (3/26/1965) (25:27)

DISC 1 / SIDE B:
5- Addams Family and the Spaceman, The (4/2/1965) (25:40)
6- My Son, the Chimp (4/9/1965) - with additional commentary (25:15)
7- Morticia's Favorite Charity (4/16/1965) (25:38)
8- Progress and the Addams Family (4/23/1965) (25:27)

DISC 2 / SIDE A:
9- Uncle Fester's Toupee (4/30/1965) (25:19)
10- Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor (5/7/1965) - with additional commentary (25:39)
11- Lurch, the Teenage Idol (5/14/1965) (25:41)
12- Winning of Morticia Addams, The (5/21/1965) (25:40)

DISC 2 / SIDE B:
13- My Fair Cousin Itt (9/17/1965) - with additional commentary (25:36)
14- Morticia's Romance (1) (9/24/1965) (25:39)
15- Morticia's Romance (2) (10/1/1965) (25:40)
16- Morticia Meets Royalty (10/8/1965) - with additional commentary (25:40)

DISC 3 / SIDE A:
17- Gomez, the People's Choice (10/15/1965) (25:37)
18- Cousin Itt's Problem (10/22/1965) (25:40)
19- Halloween, Addams Style (10/29/1965) (25:38)
20- Morticia, the Writer (11/5/1965) (25:41)

DISC 3 / SIDE B:
21- Morticia, the Sculptress (11/12/1965) (25:36)


Special Features:

Once again there are lots of special features!

* Audio Commentary

You can find optional scene selection commentary with Thing and Cousin Itt on the following episodes "Thing Is Missing" (Disc 1/Side A, #1), "My Son The Chimp" (Disc 1/Side B, #2), "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor" (Disc 2/Side A, #2), "My Fair Cousin Itt" (Disc 2/Side B, #1). You can also find audio commentary with "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox on "Morticia Meets Royalty" (Disc 2/Side B, #4).

I will explain the optional scene commentary. It is a scene from the episode that is played, with Cousin Itt in one corner (sort of like Picture-in-Picture) and Thing in the other. Cousin Itt does not talk like a real person; he talks as he did in the series. On the bottom of a screen is a scrolling marquee explaining the scene and doing Itt's dialogue. Kind of fun but I would rather have REAL commentary.

In addition, in order to find the commentary tracks there are two ways you can do this. One way is you can look for the "Special Features" selection on each disc, select that and it will take you to a sub-menu that will list the commentary offered. However, an easier option is when you select an episode that has commentary, there is a selection that you can choose when you go to that episodes sub-menu.

* Mad About the Addams Family (13:05)
Experts such as John Astin (Gomez), Stephen Cox (author) and others discuss the history and impact of the show.

* Guest Star Sťance
This cool interactive featurette features a magical crystal ball that conjures up guest star clips and trivia! You can select Vito Scotti, Peter Bonerz, Parley Baer, Milton Frome, Margaret Hamilton, Sig Ruman, Elvia Allman, Eddie Quillan, Elisabeth Fraser and Richard Deacon. Each guest star runs about 0:48 seconds each.


Final Comments:

Once again, another fantastic release by MGM and 20th Century Fox. It is awesome that we have so many commentary tracks. It is also fun to see two featurettes pop up. I would like to see other cast commentary (Astin, Loring, Weatherwax) but for the most part, I'm very happy with the releases of The Addams Family, as well as the pace of them! It has only been 5 months in between sets!


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 03/23/07

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