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  • Actors: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, Jackie Coogan, Ken Weatherwax
  • Writers: David Levy
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Oct. 24 2006
  • Run Time: 561 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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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!


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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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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By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 15 2006
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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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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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