Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Release Date: October 1, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 6.5/10
THE ADDAMS FAMILY Synopsis
When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?
ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES Synopsis
It’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES is debuting on Blu-ray for the first time.
This October, before the family heads out for some kooky new fun at the theaters, gather everyone up for a double feature brimming with silly fun, macabre humor and plenty of zany laughs with the oddest family around in the 1991 ‘The Addams Family’ film and its 1993 sequel ‘Addams Family Values’ both making their way home in glorious high definition in a new 2-disc, 2-movie Blu-ray collection from Paramount which also marks the first time ‘Addams Family Values’ has ever been available on Blu-ray. Both directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black 1-3, Get Shorty) and featuring a noteworthy cast that includes Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci, they each still deliver some unique and offbeat fun and laughs that have actually aged rather well for the most part.
With October finally here and the Halloween mood settling it, as well as a new animated ‘The Addams Family’ movie hitting theaters, what better possible time could there be to revisit the 90’s live-action classics ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Addams Family Values’ directed by Barry Sonnenfeld which both still manage to deliver tons of laughs and twisted (yet still generally tame) macabre humor and gags, plus a clever new take on the famous family. Not to mention a sequel that more than holds up with its predecessor (and is also in many ways an improvement to an already great first installment) combined with a perfectly selected cast led by Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd, the pair still makes for a perfect double feature this Halloween season whether solo or with the entire family. While unfortunately this ‘The Addams Family – 2 Movie Collection’ Blu-ray release doesn’t really have anything to offer in the way of bonus content, the fairly solid high definition video and audio presentations for each film which are also provided separate discs in this 2-disc set, as well the long-awaited arrival of ‘Addams Family Values’ on Blu-ray and the more than reasonable price should still make it worth adding to your collection. Especially if you don’t already own the first film on Blu-ray; fortunately though, even if you do Paramount has also made a single film Blu-ray release of ‘Addams Family Values’ (and a matching reissue of the first film) available for purchase.
Overall, Paramount Home Entertainment’s new 2-disc ‘The Addams Family: 2 Movie Collection’ Blu-ray release brings home both 1990’s films from director Barry Sonnenfeld, ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Addams Family Values’ which are each provided their own disc and deliver quite capable overall high definition video and audio presentations. Combined with the reasonably low price of the Blu-ray release (and even with the absence of bonus content) it will likely make this 2-Movie Collection a must own for fans of these fun and consistently amusing 90’s classics who don’t already own the first film on Blu-ray (and even if you do there’s now additionally a single film Blu-ray release for ‘Values’ available) and would love to own the pair together in high definition at last. And just in time for Halloween and the new (unrelated) animated feature no less.
‘The Addams Family’ 2-Disc Movie Collection Blu-ray release features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on both ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Addams Family Values’ with each film also provided its own disc. The video presentations look pretty good altogether and provide sharp, smooth and detailed presentations for both films, although perhaps a tad too smoothed over at times on the first. They hold up admirably even during the various darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences throughout each, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are altogether quite nice high definition video presentations that may not be entirely perfect at times, but still hold up quite well for the most part and shouldn’t have any trouble pleasing the majority of fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack for both films. These multichannel soundtracks sound great and offer plenty of extra fun and excitement to the viewing experience of each movie, serving up crisp, clean and often fairly aggressive audio presentations throughout. They repeatedly take advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, explosions and various macabre fun including knives and guillotine blades whipping throughout the various speakers, along with plenty more, and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that more than deliver in every capacity and should easily slap a smile on your face as they continually contribute to the offbeat fun.
The 2-disc ‘The Addams Family’ 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray release doesn’t really include any extras for the films. The first film’s disc includes ‘2 Theatrical Trailers’ for the 1991 movie (running approximately 3 minutes in length combined); while the second disc/film does not include any bonus content whatsoever.