The Addams Family / Addams Family Values (Blu-ray Review)

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The Addams Family / Addams Family Values (Blu-ray Review)
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Paramount Pictures

The Addams Family (1991)
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Raul Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:78/1080p

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?

I remember this movie being a big deal when it first came out and that means we had merchandise everywhere! And for good reason. Not only is it a very markable movie, but it has a great cast and in a decade that felt like it had a million comedies, this one stood out for being pretty darn good and packing a story that was fun, even if a little predictable. The characters had already been known and loved by cartoons but this movie used great actors to bring them to life in a very fun way. The movie also packs a great tone and mood that makes it all the more enjoyable as you watch. It is hard to make horror-typed characters get to a point where you can legit get behind them and want to see them prevail, but that is exactly what happens here in this film. You love the family and hate the bad guys.

While we get to see a lot of things that really show us the characters and what makes them who they are, the character of Uncle Fester (played by Christopher Lloyd) gets time to shine here with his character being at the heart of the plot. You will get behind everyone here from Cousin It to Lurch, but his arch that carries this one really stands out. Director Barry Sonnenfeld crafts a very fun and cool looking film here. And for what it’s worth this a Blu-ray that really takes the look of stuff like the Addams house and makes it look really good. You could always tell this was a movie that was made on a good looking, set but this disc only proves that even more.

Extras

– None

Quality of Transfer: 93%

 

Addams Family Values (1993)
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Raul Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:78/1080p

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 time around for The Addams Family we have new issues for the family! One is more of a problem for Wednesday and Pugsley who are not happy at all about a new baby coming into the family. This leads to comedic ways of them trying to do away with the little thing all the while Fester has a new woman in his life that people aren’t too happy about either. The movie is a good time all in all but still suffers from the comedy sophomore slump of being funny but not as funny as the one before. Some ideas might even feel like a bit of a rehash but it still serves its purpose and the addition of a new member of the family isn’t a bad plot point overall.

The cast is still intact and solid, the set still looks nice here in HD, and the things we enjoyed about the first movie are represented enough here to get you to give this one a pass even if it isn’t as good as the first. People have been waiting a long time for this one to finally hit HD and now here it is and I don’t think anyone that has been waiting will feel too disappointed about what they get and see. You can get these movies by themselves or in a two disc set together. This review was done on the set that comes together and I feel that is a good option if for nothing else save a little room on the shelf. At the end of the day, these movies are fun and are nice to watch with the whole family.

Extras

– None

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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