Addams Family - Volume 1 [Import]
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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 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.Read more ›
* commentary: on 3 episodes including "the Addams family goes to school" by Arthur Hiller (director)
* featurette: "you rang, Mr.Read more ›
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That's ok but I prefer the two movies. I got tired of this serie after 4 or 5 episodes.Published 18 months ago by Marko Hubert
What more can I say, plays great, sounds great, some disks had dirt on them but once cleaned worked fine. Love the product thanksPublished 24 months ago
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 on Dec 8 2013 by Eagleye
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. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Thebookwoman
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
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