The Addams Family - Volume One
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The Munsters was family friendly. The Addams Family is more sophisticated and wickedly funny. As Gomez notes at one point, "There's a touch of madness" in the Addams household, where "every day is Halloween." Bear rugs growl, a disembodied hand, Thing, delivers the mail, and a torture rack is good for what ails you. The children, Wednesday (Lisa Loring) and older brother Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax), enjoy such hobbies as playing autopsy or exploding model trains. Gomez and Morticia were one of television's most passionate couples, with Gomez being driven to arm-kissing ecstasy whenever Morticia spoke French. The last episode included in this collection, "Amnesia in the Addams Family," is a classic in which Gomez is rendered "normal" following a conk on the head. The look of disgust on Morticia and Lurch's face when he asks for a glass of milk is priceless. The "altogether ooky" extras include three episode commentaries, a featurette on Charles Addams, reminiscences from cast members Astin, Loring, and Weatherwax, a segment on the creation of the classic snap-snap theme song ("They're creepy and they're kooky...."), and the inevitable theme song sing-along. The Addams Family at last on DVD? As Gomez might exclaim: "Capital!" --Donald Liebenson
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The Addams Family (who were fleshed out and also named expressly for television by original cartoonist Charles Addams himself) starred Carolyn Jones as macabre matriarch Morticia Addams; John Astin as her wildly enamored husband, lawyer Gomez Addams; Jackie Coogan as Morticia's Uncle Fester; Blossom Rock as Grandmama, Gomez's mom; Ken Weatherwax as son Pugsley; Lisa Loring as daughter Wednesday; Felix Silla as Cousin Itt; and six-foot-nine Ted Cassidy as Lurch the butler and as Thing, the helpful hand that popped out of the boxes throughout the family mansion. It should be noted that Cousin Itt was not a part of the original Charles Addams cartoons, but actually created for the show by producer David Levy.
The Addams Family - Volume One is a 3-disc (572 min.) set which contains 22 [of 34] Season One episodes, meaning you'll be getting the entire 64-episode series in 3 cost-friendly volumes. This collection features Full Frame (1.33:1) video; and mono English, French and Spanish audio. Here is a list of the episodes contained in this volume, plus extras:
1. The Addams Family Goes to School
2. Morticia and the Psychiatrist
3. Fester's Punctuated Romance
4. Gomez the Politician
5. The Addams Family Tree
6. Morticia Joins the Ladies League
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1. The Addams Family is FINALLY coming to DVD!
2. It will contain Audio Commentary on the first episode with the director, 2 featurretes, and Theme Song Kareoke.
THE BAD NEWS:
1. It will NOT be the COMPLETE first season it will contain the first 22 episodes making it the first of 3 volumes.
2. The 3 DVDs are double sided with only 3 or 4 episodes on each side! They could easily fit both sides of the disc on one single sided disc.
EPISODE GUIDE FOR THE EPISODES INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME:
1. The Addams Family Goes To School
Gomez and Morticia are horrified to discover that they must send their children to school, but in accordance with the law, they must comply. However, when Wednesday reports that the classroom reading includes Grimm's Fairy tales, a novel in which many witches, ogres, and other evil beasts are slain, Morticia and Gomez are repelled.
2. Morticia and the Psychiatrist
Pugsley begins to adopt "normal" habits causing his parents much concern. They promptly attend a psychiatrist in order to replace Pugsley's ordinary endeavors with his typical ghoulish personality.
3. Fester's Punctured Romance
Fester seeks a companion via a matrimonial column in the newspaper and mistakes the wrong person as a response to his add thus causing him to completely abandon the notion of marriage.
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I had fond memories of this show, but I think I like it even more than I did when it was broadcast in 1964. John Astin is fabulous as Gomez Addams. I'd forgotten just how amazing he was in this role. In fact, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch are all played to perfection. One thing that appeals to me now that I probably didn't appreciate as a kid is the fact that these characters are such *nice* people. Gomez and Morticia are still madly in love. Gomez is patient and polite. Morticia is impeccably gracious. The kids are polite and respectful, and they all have a positive attitude about everything, including all the "weird" people (as they see them) who show up at their door, with whom they are very patient. Unrealistic? Maybe, but I like happy, friendly, positive people (the real world doesn't have enough of them for my tastes ;-). It amazes me is how well this show holds up. Not only is it funny, but the cast's performances almost make their characters believable.
I haven't watched all the extras, but I did listen to the audio commentary for Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family and it was very well done. The actors all talked about themselves, other cast members, the making of the show, trivia, and pretty much give you exactly what you want in an audio commentary about a show of this type. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Why only four stars for this release? Because:
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I remember watching reruns at my Grandmother's house, it's a great show!Published 8 days ago by Name withheld by request
How can you not love the Addams Family...and getting the collection delivered in good time and in
great condition. An excellent deal.
Needed replacements due to a friend that didn't give a crap about other people's stuff and scratched my old DVD sets here by not returning them to the jewel cases like smart people... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Michelle/Shaun
It's an old DVD and hard to get back to the menu and commercial stuff at the start you can't fast forward---but the episodes are great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by v