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The Addams Family - Volume One

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They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, and now for the first time, they're on DVD! The Addams Family, America's first family of ghastly giddiness, is here in all of their ghoulish glory in the original TV series based on the delightfully demented imagination of Charles Addams. Tarantulas, torture racks, and tombstones have never been so much fun! Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and the rest of the gang for a fiendishly funny and altogether kooky experience. It's time to pay a call on The Addams Family!

If The Munsters was a traditional family sitcom as reimagined by Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, The Addams Family is a macabre twist on Father Knows Best. The Munster and Addams clans made their TV debuts in 1964 and lasted two seasons before the networks buried them. The Addamses are now gloriously resurrected in this three-disc set that digs up the series' first 22 episodes (oddly, 12 shy of the complete first season). Inspired by Charles Addams's New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family is fiendishly funny, with a dead-on cast that indelibly embodies Addams's characters. John Astin brings a demented glee to eccentric, frighteningly wealthy Gomez Addams. Carolyn Jones is bewitching as his pre-goth wife, Morticia, whom the Beatles might have had in mind when they sang, "Baby's in Black." Jackie Coogan is the electrifying Uncle Fester, with Ted Cassidy (who famously took a kick in the groin from Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) is the monstrous butler Lurch, whose "You rang?" entered the pop culture lexicon.

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

Special Features

  • Disc 1 side A: "The Addams Family Goes to School," "Morticia and the Psychiatrist," "Fester's Punctuated Romance," "Gomez the Politician"
  • Disc 1 side B: "The Addams Family Tree," "Morticia Joins the Ladies League," "Halloween with the Addams Family," "Green Eyed Gomez"
  • Disc 2 side A: "The New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family," "Wednesday Leaves Home," "The Addams Family Meets the VIPs," "Morticia, the Matchmaker"
  • Disc 2 side B: "Lurch Learns to Dance," "Art and the Addams Family," "The Addams Family Meets the Beatnik," "The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man"
  • Disc 3 side A: "Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family," "Uncle Fester's Illness," "The Addams Family Splurges," "Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family"
  • Disc 3 side B: "The Addams Family In Court," "Amnesia in the Addams Family"
  • Featurettes: "You Rang, Mr. Addams," "Snap, Snap," "The Addams Family Portrait"
  • Theme Song Kareoke
  • Original Drawings and Photos
  • Commentary on three episodes by cast members Lisa Loring, Ken Weathermax and Felix Silla with "The Addams Chronicles" author Stephen Cox

Product Details

  • Actors: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, Jackie Coogan, Ken Weatherwax
  • Writers: David Levy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 561 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Addams Family - Volume One" on IMDb

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