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Addams Family Vol 1 [Import]

John Astin , Carolyn Jones    Unrated   DVD
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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

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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, are 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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT! Feb. 11 2014
By Jessica
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What more can I say, plays great, sounds great, some disks had dirt on them but once cleaned worked fine. Love the product thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un bon divertissement Dec 8 2013
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Classique de la «soap-horror-comedy» américaine des années 60. Humour inoffensif et bon-enfant dont le seul et unique but est de divertir.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is one of the most welcome releases to come out onto DVD.....on many peoples wish list for a long time.

This three disc set features the first 22 episodes in order as they appeared in late /64 and into early /65.Technically they have been excellently remastered and are a delight both audially and visually,crisp and clear.

While the set isn't loaded with extras it does have some nice commentary on a few selected episodes by the then children,cousin It and the author of the "Addams Family Chronicles",two or three short featurettes,some photos

and some original drawings by creator Charles Addams.

Seeing these shows again for the first time since their original airing is not only a fond nostalgic trip but it certainly gave me a new found respect for the wonderful talent involved in this show from the technical crew to of course that wonderful,wonderful cast.Each and everyone played this right straight down the line(if you want this kind of comedy to "play" it's the only way to go) and were superb at it.Who can forget that wonderful Lurch sound of disgust,Gomez' sudden impulsive bravado and zeal and of course Morticia always there to reign Gomez in in her inimitable low key way???

The Addams family made the uncool,cool and the different acceptable.They turned the "Father knows Best","Make room for Daddy" or "Donna Reed Show" images on their collective ears and came at life from a totally different perspective....redefining "normal" in the process.They were trying to tell us all in a sense to be a little more tolerant of societal outcasts....different wasn't necessarily to be shunned and ridiculed.

Quite a message for 1964 but one I felt then and feel even more today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SNAP ! SNAP ! Dec 15 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Addams family is 60's television at its absolute best. I'm really happy to have this classic show on DVD, but disappointed in the release format. While you get 22 episodes of this show in amazing black and white, it's not the complete first season. MGM Studios for some reason has chosen to release the series in 3 volumes instead of two season sets. The video transfer and sound are truly incredible for a show this old and they look and sound great. The video transfers are positively stunning and the sound is clean and crisp. I'm really amazed by the overall quality of this DVD release. I don't understand why MGM chose to spread the 22 episodes over 3 double sided discs instead of 3 single sided discs. Why is it that Paramount Studios can release affordable season sets on single sided discs, but MGM & Fox Studios release individual volumes. Bonus features on the volume one set are listed below.

DVD Features:

* commentary: on 3 episodes including "the Addams family goes to school" by Arthur Hiller (director)
* featurette: "you rang, Mr.
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The Addams Family is one of my favorite television shows. I grew up watching reruns of it in the 70s and I thought it was hilarious and I still do. TV Land recently added this to their lineup and I'm very pleased about that. John Astin and Carolyn Jones are very good as Gomez and Morticia Addams and equally good is Jackie Coogan a former childstar who starred in the Silent movie The Kid with Charlie Chaplin and in this sitcom he played Uncle Fester and the kids are very good too especially adorable Lisa Loring who played Gomez and Morticia's daughter Wednesday. This tape has some good episodes including a very funny episode in which Gomez and Morticia's son Pugsley begins to act like a normal boy and does things like play baseball and joins the Boy Scouts so they get a child psychiatrist for him. The Munsters which is another of my favorite television shows has it's first season coming out on DVD and it will be available for purchase in August and I'm going to buy it but I really want to own the Addams family on DVD too and like The Munsters The Addams Family only had two seasons so it should be a cinch to put both the complete first and second seasons on DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiendishly Fun April 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Anybody who is a fan of the Addams family has to see Lurch learn to dance. It's so comical to see everyone in the family teaching
Lurch to dance. You have to see it to believe it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Entertainment
I just loved the episode where Lurch's Mother visits. Morticia and Gomez as servants in their own house! You have to see this episode to believe it. Read more
Published on March 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average 60's TV Family!!
Remember the Addams family ? From 1964 to 1966, an entire generation grew up watching the antics and misadventures of this mysterious, eccentric and unorthodox family, who were... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Rachel Garret
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original & The Best!
The Original "Addams Family" TV series remains true to the art of Charles Addams and the best cast is selected to flesh out his characters. Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by Jim Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars They Really Are a Screa-um!
"The Addams Family" is a great treat to watch on video. The family famous is back with all it's glory on these videos. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2001 by "classictvfanatic"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better episodes.
This was a great treat. Morticia Joins the Ladies League is more primarily about Morticia and just great fun. Fester's Puntured Romance is pretty funny too. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2000 by turtley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
These two shows were both pretty good, though not my favorites. I enjoyed the return of Mr. Hilliard, the emergence of Kitty Kat (their pet lion), and the way the Addams family... Read more
Published on June 27 2000 by r
4.0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen yet
These two TV shows were livelier and funnier than the previous ones I've bought; perhaps the series got better over time. Read more
Published on June 27 2000 by r
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