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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Blu-Ray transfer
Sometimes when these older films (and sometimes not so old) are transferred to Blu-Ray, the work is appalling. Such is not the case with this one.

"The Addams Family" is one of my all-time favourite films and I never really understood all the bashing it got that led to the sparse production of DVDs of it. The film is solid, there are plenty of references to the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Screams in the night - it can only mean one thing"
The Addams Family begins with a hearty chuckle, as a group of nauseatingly cheery carol singers are treated to a dose of Addams hospitality. The film is of course a 1990s revamp of the 1960s television series with the catchy refrain: "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky." However, the film lacks the delicate balance between...
Published on 22 Oct. 2002 by Jennifer Litchfield


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Blu-Ray transfer, 10 Oct. 2013
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Sometimes when these older films (and sometimes not so old) are transferred to Blu-Ray, the work is appalling. Such is not the case with this one.

"The Addams Family" is one of my all-time favourite films and I never really understood all the bashing it got that led to the sparse production of DVDs of it. The film is solid, there are plenty of references to the original cartoons...it's the ultimate Addams Family film.
I have been waiting for this film to be released on Blu-Ray and the result could not be better. There's no grain, the colours are crisp and vibrant, everything is spot on.

The only "problem" I have with this is that there's nothing else apart from the 2 theatrical trailers. No cool extras nor anything alike. HOWEVER there's one thing to praise in the "theatrical trailers". Unlike other editions of old films, the image of the theatrical trailers was also restored. The sound wasn't on the 1st trailer but the picture was in both, which is remarkable.

Get this! And I hope they don't take long before releasing "The Addams Family Values" on Blu-Ray.

Also, for those in the USA or other countries: this release, unlike what Amazon.co.uk says, IS region FREE.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment for all the family, 2 Jun. 2001
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This film has an uncanny knack for making the unnatural seem normal, and for making normality appear offensive. It is delightful in its absurdity and very cleverly put together as no detail was too small for notice. The actors were well chosen, as demonstrated by the electric vibe between Raul Julia and Angelica Huston, and by Christina Ricci (Wednesday), who dominates scenes on many occasions due to the superb dialogue (and her inimitable glare). In my opinion, this film is the best of the trilogy, although Addams Family Values is still well worth watching. (If watching both, note the return of the girl scout from the 'Addams Family' in the sequel.) This film is truly a family movie as it can appeal to both children and adults.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantabulous!, 27 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Addams Family [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I grew up with this film so maybe I'm biast. It was this film that made me fall in love with the delightful Christina Ricci and making Wednesday Addams my idol.
What's so lovable about these characters, is that they don't KNOW they're weird. To them burying a cat alive is perfectly normal. The reactions of those around them is hilarious and you can't help but wonder why someone wouldn't be impressed by the blood soaked Shakespere performance of Wednesday and Pugsley. Beautifully gothic sets suit the Addams perfectly.
Anyone watching this however should not expect a deep a meaningfull plot. That's not what these films are about. Funny, beautiful and an absolute delight. A great film for you to just sit and watch over and over again, each time noticing more and more things about not only the characters but everything around.
(A special note on the lighting which I always loved. The subtle effect of Mortisha's eyes always being highlighted while the rest of her face is shadowed.)
So if you like a good fun film to watch, a fan of mad outrageous sets and characters, then this is a film for you.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Screams in the night - it can only mean one thing", 22 Oct. 2002
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Jennifer Litchfield (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
The Addams Family begins with a hearty chuckle, as a group of nauseatingly cheery carol singers are treated to a dose of Addams hospitality. The film is of course a 1990s revamp of the 1960s television series with the catchy refrain: "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky." However, the film lacks the delicate balance between finesse and crudity that marked the original; perhaps this is the result when a cult show is turned into movie fodder for the masses.
The Addams' live in a decaying mansion that boasts such attractions as a graveyard, a swamp and a vault full of money. It is this last which attracts the attention of a crooked accountant and his unscrupulous client Mrs. Craven. Their plan is to install Mrs. Craven's son Gordon in the house as 'long-lost' Uncle Fester Addams, with the purpose of gaining access to the vault. Initially Gordon is all for this plan, but once he gets to know and like the family, he undergoes a crisis of confidence and must decide where his loyalties lie.
The plot may be depressingly formulaic, but fortunately it is in the Addams' nature to be quirky. The humour is generally quite fresh and clever - who would have picked the villain's ultra-conventional wife pairing off with hirsute (and definitely unconventional) Cousin Itt? But along with the hits, there are some equally spectacular misses, including almost everything involving Grandma Addams. The other female Addams' are excellent, especially young Christina Ricci as the perpetually sullen Wednesday. Ultimately though, you have to wonder if the mysterious and macabre charm of the Addams has lost something in its modernisation, and if perhaps they should have been left to rest in peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, 26 Aug. 2002
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Peter Uys "Toypom" (Sandton) - See all my reviews
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This is an absolutely brilliant camp classic. The characters are charming and memorable, especially the understated Morticia, the swashbuckling Gomez, the stone-faced Wednesday and the villain, Dr Greta Penterschloss. The double entendres and ironic lines have since become part of the vocab of lovers of the Addams Family movies. Other interesting characters include the helpful "Thing," the weird butler and Fester, of course, while at the family ball Cousin It and the twins Flora and Fauna really impressed. The funniest scenes include the school play, the séance, the first visit of Fester to the vaults (where they watch an old home movie) and the psychotherapy session: "love, hate, hate, love - ze thoughts they bubble und collide." I have made a habit of watching this one at least once a year. It's a timeless classic, with great gags, excellent acting and a culture of its own. No wonder it has become a cult classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Addams Family" on BLU RAY - REGION FREE - But Where's The Fabulous Sequel "Family Values"?, 18 Mar. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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As another reviewer has already pointed out the BLU RAY transfer on this film is top class.
And its a rare instance of an American BLU RAY Title being REGION FREE - so there's no playback problems for anyone.

But I adore its 1993 sequel "Family Values" even more - so where is it on BLU RAY?

Hurry up someone and release it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars death, coffin, black rose and humour - perfect, 3 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Addams Family [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Just amazing movie for all the times. Can watch for many times and still you wanna watch more and more of it.

Anjelica Huston and Paul Julia are pale example of perfect eternal unusual, amazing, inimitable love. Christina Ricci is a perfect daughter - cold-livered deadly beauty. All actors match perfect and create "one big happy family"

Everything that have to be dead - will be alive in this movie, everything that have to be alive will be dead with a smile on it's face.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected it to be funnier, 16 Jan. 2015
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Excellent casting of Raul Julia and Angelica Huston, who both carry what are,of course,incredible characters into almost credibility and a 1960's TV rehash that isn't embarrassing ( Lost in Space,The Avengers etc etc )

BUT there really isn;t much more to the plot than to the early 90's pinball machine inspired by the film

AND Christopher Lloyd becomes grating very quickly

For me,smiley,smirky laughs rather than belly laughs and not enough of them -the sequel Addams Family Values is no improvement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At last! 15 years later., 9 Dec. 2014
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It is in spanish, french, german and italian, and with a lot of subtitles, like the Blu-ray. I wanted to buy this movie in DVD since the format was created, but copyright problems delayed it. I miss extras, there's only 2 trailers, and none of then are the original teaser; neither is the MC Hammer videoclip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their creepy and their kooky..., 8 July 2014
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If you have seen the original TV series then you will know the story, this film has an outstanding cast that really do mirror the originals to the best of their ability and that for me makes it a winner. The picture quality is outstanding and is a major upgrade on the DVD, this one and the sequel are the best out of the later films and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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