TITLE: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - VOLUME 3
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007 (MGM Home Video/20th Century Fox)
B&W / 1965-66
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: 588 Minutes
Languages: English & Spanish
Subtitles: English & Spanish / Closed Captioned
Special Features: Tombstone Trivia on "Cat Addams"; Audio commentary by author Stephen Cox on "Morticia the Decorator" and audio commentary by Cousin Itt and Thing on select episodes.
The creepiest and kookiest family to hit the sitcom circle is back on DVD for the final volume, featuring the last 21 episodes of the series in
Volume from MGM Home Video. The Addams Family stars John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Jackie Coogan as Fester, Ted
Cassidy as Lurch, Blossom Rock as Grandmama, Lisa Loring as Wednesday and Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The final 21 episodes are available, concluding Season 2. Some memorable episodes include "Gomez, The Cat Burglar" in which Gomez is burglarizing houses in his sleep. "Christmas with the Addams Family" is the one in which the family gets in the Christmas spirit. "Morticia the Decorator" is the one in which the neighbors are mortified when Morticia offers to decorate their home. "Lurch's Little Helper" is the one in which Lurch may be out of a job when Gomez builds a robot to help around the house.
Special guest-stars that appeared in these episodes are Felix Silla (as Cousin Itt), Jack La Lanne, Parley Baer, Margaret Hamilton, Vito Scotti and more!
The box art is black and white in color and features an awesome cast photo of the entire cast. The three discs in the set can be found in two individual slip sleeve cases. The first case, which features a close-up black and white shot of Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley, contains the first two discs while the second case, which features a close-up black and white shot of Lisa Loring as Wednesday, 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 13-15. Disc 3-Side A contains episodes 16-18 while Disc 3-Side B contains episodes 19-21 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. 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 great shape. The black and white video is great quality and the audio is fine, so nothing to be concerned about. Each episode, to my knowledge appears to be uncut. Once again, unlike volume 1, there appears to be no music editing!
DISC 1 / SIDE A:
1. Gomez, the Reluctant Lover (25:39)
2. Feud In The Addams Family (25:38)
3. Gomez, the Cat Burglar (25:39)
4. Portrait of Gomez (25:27)
DISC 1 / SIDE B:
5. Morticia's Dilemma (25:08)
6. Christmas with the Addams Family (25:39)
7. Uncle Fester, Tycoon (25:39)
8. Morticia & Gomez vs. Fester & Grandmama (25:40)
DISC 2 / SIDE A:
9. Fester Goes On A Diet (25:36)
10. The Great Treasure Hunt (25:39)
11. Ophelia Finds Romance (25:39)
12. Pugsley's Allowance (25:37)
DISC 2 / SIDE B:
13. Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump (24:39)
14. Morticia, the Decorator (25:38)
15. Ophelia Visits Morticia (25:28)
DISC 3 / SIDE A:
16. Addams Cum Laude (25:30)
17. Cat Addams (25:39)
18. Lurch's Little Helper (24:38)
DISC 3 / SIDE B:
19. The Addams Policy (25:40)
20. Lurch's Grand Romance (25:39)
21. Ophelia's Career (25:40)
Once again, there are many special features!
* Audio Commentary
You can find optional scene selection commentary with Thing and Cousin Itt on the following episodes "Morticia's Dilemma" (Disc 1/Side B, #1), "Ophelia Finds Romance" (Disc 2/Side A, #3), "Lurch's Little Helper" (Disc 3/Side A, #3).
You can also find audio commentary with "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox on "Morticia the Decorator" (Disc 2/Side B, #2).
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.
* Tombstone Trivia on "Cat Addams"
It is more or less trivia, on a tombstone, based on the episode, giving out facts.
It was a great release by MGM and I am very sorry to see it all end. They did a great job with this release and the first two volumes. It was fun having commentary and trivia but I would of preferred commentary by the real cast. Overall, kudos and again, I am sorry to see the sets end...but here is to the upcoming complete series set!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 09/28/07
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