Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

     
 

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Paramount's DVD release of Barry Sonnenfeld's The Addams Family Values utilizes the qualities most admired by DVD converts: namely, 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio. The former is particularly impressive, allowing the image to be conveyed in the sharpest of detail and showcasing the movie's rich palette of colors. The…  See more details below

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Paramount's DVD release of Barry Sonnenfeld's The Addams Family Values utilizes the qualities most admired by DVD converts: namely, 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio. The former is particularly impressive, allowing the image to be conveyed in the sharpest of detail and showcasing the movie's rich palette of colors. The audio track is similarly impeccable, with the film's musical score balanced throughout all channels. Unfortunately, Paramount has failed to provide any features such as biographies, filmographies, or production notes, though two versions of the original theatrical trailer and optional subtitles are included. Given the rich history of the Addams Family, more background in the form of storyboards or references to the original comic strip would have been welcome. That said, Addams Family Values is still a terrific buy for fans as well as newcomers to the story as it contains all the key elements for an entertaining product: good ideas, good performances, and an ironic sense of reality.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although it didn't enjoy the unbridled success of its predecessor, this comic sequel is tons of squeamish fun, finally capturing the ghoulishly funny, dark edge of the cartoons upon which the '60s television series and first film were based. Screenwriter Paul Rudnick has been permitted a freer hand, his trademark wit and biting social satire presenting themselves in the form of a scheming gold digger played with gusto by Joan Cusack and a wholesome summer camp that is systematically destroyed and traumatized by the Machiavellian plotting of Wednesday Addams. The latter is a breakout role for actress Christina Ricci, making a major impression with her gloomy demeanor and blessed with perfect gothic looks. Cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld provides his usual crisp, flawlessly composed images, but the film definitely lacks the sitcom bathos of the first film, to the delight of some and dismay of others. It comes down to a battle between those who prefer the demonically humorous art of Charles Addams and those who prefer the watered-down TV show and sitcom gag-writer vibe of the first film. It seems the tastes of the latter group won, as Addams Family Values grossed only a fraction of the first film, its failure consigning further sequels to the direct-to-video bin.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
UPC:
0097363280644
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; 2 theatrical trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anjelica Huston Morticia Addams
Raul Julia Gomez Addams
Christopher Lloyd Uncle Fester Addams
Joan Cusack Debbie Jelinsky
Christina Ricci Wednesday Addams
Carol Kane Grandma Addams
Jimmy Workman Pugsley Addams
Kaitlyn Hooper & Kristen Pubert Addams
Carel Struycken Lurch the Butler
David Krumholtz Joel Glicker
Christopher Hart Thing
Dana Ivey Margaret
Peter MacNicol Gary Granger
Christine Baranski Becky Granger
Mercedes McNab Amanda Buckman
Debra Zane Actor
Sam McMurray Don Buckman
Barry Sonnenfeld Mr. Glicker
Nathan Lane Desk Sergeant
John Franklin Cousin It
Charles Busch Countess Aphasia du Barry
Laura Esterman Cousin Ophelia
Maureen Sue Levin Flora Amor
Darlene Levin Fauna Amor
Steven M. Martin Donald
Douglas Brian Martin Dexter
Ryan Holihan Lumpy Addams
Lois de Banzie Delivery Nurse
Vickilyn Reynolds Foreceps Nurse
Cynthia Nixon Heather
Edye Byrde Mrs. Montgomery
David Hyde Pierce Delivery Room Doctor
Rick Scarry Lawyer
Monet Mazur Flirting Woman
Ian Abercrombie Driver
Chris Ellis Moving Man
Camille Saviola Concetta
Zack Phifer Passport Clerk
Tony Shalhoub Jorge
Cheryl Chase Pubert
Peter Graves Host
Julie Halston Mrs. Glicker

Technical Credits
Barry Sonnenfeld Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Anastos Choreography
Arthur Schmidt Editor
David E. Diano Camera Operator
William Joseph Durrell Art Director
D. Scott Easton Production Designer
Burtt Harris Asst. Director
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Mark McGann Asst. Director
Jim Miller Editor
James M. Miller Editor
David Nicksay Executive Producer
M.A. Page Producer
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Susan Ringo Associate Producer
David Rubin Casting
Scott Rudin Producer
Paul Rudnick Screenwriter
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Adam Shankman Choreography
Debra Zane Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selection
1. It's An Addams [4:50]
2. Sibling Rivalry [5:26]
3. The Nanny [5:35]
4. The Black Widow [1:46]
5. Summer Camp [:30]
6. Prince Charming [2:06]
7. The Addams Clan [5:07]
8. Unending Love [9:35]
9. Romantic Living [3:23]
10. Love Slave [3:19]
11. Terrifying Changes [2:41]
12. A Thoughtful Gift [4:01]
13. He Lives [5:39]
14. What About Debbie? [3:53]
15. Dementia [5:43]
16. End Credits [11:17]

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