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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 SNAP ! SNAP ! Dec 15 2006
By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Format:VHS Tape
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 Not Your Average 60's TV Family!! Jan. 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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 polar opposites to the clean-cut, "Leave It To Beaver" or "Father Knows Best" families on television in the 60's. They were based upon the cartoon sketches of artist Charles Addams in the New Yorker magazine.The cast included Jon Astin as Gomez Addams, the father and head of the family, Carolyn Jones as his wife Morticia, Lisa Loring as their daughter Wednesday and Ted Cassidy as their tall, zombi-like butler, Lurch. The jokes and gags of the family are well known and always comedic. Gomez is a high-class lawyer, of Castilian/Jewish ancestry who loves to go on Safari and who is passionately devoted to his wife Morticia. He would become aroused whenever Morticia spoke French to him. Morticia is a dark, mysterious, intelligent, artistic and classy woman with not so average values. She has raised Pugsley and Wednesday to be so secure in their peculiar ways that the normal people are the odd ones to them. This occurs in the pilot episode, in which Pugsley and Wednesday are sent to school through the admonishment of a truant officer, Mr. Hilliard. But Pugsley and Wednesday prove to be too bizarre and difficult for Mr. Hilliard to handle. Memorable is the scene in which the kids become frightened after reading the Grimm fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" and Morticia deems the story too violent because a witch is killed in a hot oven. The second episode has the Addams consulting a child therapist to check on Pugsley, who has displayed "normal" behavior- joins the Boys Scout, plays baseball, etc. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Really Are a Screa-um! Dec 19 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"The Addams Family" is a great treat to watch on video. The family famous is back with all it's glory on these videos. This is one of the few ways to see the show these days since TV Land dropped it in 1998. Though it was taped in SLP form, there wasn't much difference, partly because SP and SLP/EP modes record mostly in the same condition if it's in B&W. Now, for the episodes them selves:
"The Addams Family Tree"
Pugsley and Wednesday insulted at a neighbors party for their strangness, and according to the neighbors, 'they have no class'. The Addams quickly get a geniologist to find out their history, and find out some interesting things about themselves and their neighbor. Grandmama (BLOSSOM ROCK) does not appear in this episode, which is quite strange, since she probably knows the most about their history.
"Gomez, The Polotician"
Election fever grips the household. Gomez backs a man who is for the draining of swamps. The Addams are famous for backing many losers during campaigns ("Lincoln backed for our help. But we went for old Douglas!" says Gomez). The Addams go to extremes, and Uncle Fester even makes himself lightup. In the end, their canidate joins the traditions of Dewy, Douglas, and others, and becomes a loser.
All in all, these were great episodes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. The shipping wasn't long.
Published 1 month ago by Valérie De Guise
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
That's ok but I prefer the two movies. I got tired of this serie after 4 or 5 episodes.
Published 1 month ago by Marko Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!
What more can I say, plays great, sounds great, some disks had dirt on them but once cleaned worked fine. Love the product thanks
Published 7 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Un bon divertissement
Classique de la «soap-horror-comedy» américaine des années 60. Humour inoffensif et bon-enfant dont le seul et unique but est de divertir.
Published 9 months ago by Marc Pinsonnault
4.0 out of 5 stars "Breeding will always tell"-The Addams finally arrive!
This is one of the most welcome releases to come out onto DVD.....on many peoples wish list for a long time. Read more
Published on May 8 2007 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiendishly Fun
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. Read more
Published on April 17 2003
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 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 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
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