Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld, Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

Cast: Barry Sonnenfeld, 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


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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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.

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[Dolby Digital]

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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

Scene Index

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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Addams Family Values 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
literaturemystery23 More than 1 year ago
I purchased the "Addams Family Values" DVD shortly after my VHS version was destroyed (the VCR had eaten the tape). I remember watching the sequel many a time when I young and enjoying it very much. Even today, I still laugh at the same jokes and understand more of it than when I was a child. Raul Julia as Gomez is superb and Anjelica Houston is nothing short of amazing. It is also exciting to see Christina Ricci do so well in a role at such a young age. Highly recommended for the entire family for a movie night.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
After the Addams family settles down with Fester (Christopher Lloyd) back in the clan, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez (Raul Julia) find out they're expecting. After the baby arrives, Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) try to kill the baby leaving Morticia and Gomez with no other choice but to find a nanny (Joan Cusack). But the nanny has bigger plans for Fester, which include Wednesday and Pugsley going to summer camp to get them out of the way. With a movie originally planned to be directed by Tim Burton, Barry Sonnenfeld did a surprisingly amazing job. No one actually expected it to do as well as it did, but it did so well that it warranted a sequel. While The Addams Family always looked good on paper in it's original Charles Addams conjecture, making a movie out of it with a first, third, and second act was not easy to do. Making a sequel to it would be even harder than making an original movie from the comic strip come TV series. So how did they do at making a sequel to the original Addams Family movie? On the plus side most of the original players are back to have a little fun with the Addams Family name. While I thoroughly enjoyed Grandmama (Judith Malina) from the first movie, in the second movie Taxi vet Carol Kane takes her place taking the role in a much more comedic direction than just a dark direction. On top of that, Raul Julia does an amazing job reprising his role as Gomez for the sequel, in what will become his last great major screen role (I, as well as many others, are trying to forget Street Fighter when I say this). All in all, Addams Family Values carries a bit more of a comedic tone than a darkly comedic tone this time around than the first installment. Christina Ricci really rules the roost this time around. While the first film was mainly about Fester and his journey to redemption (in a very Addams way), but this time it's more about Wednesday surviving something of a summer boot camp. Most of the players this time around are really just incidental, including Joan Cusack (who does do an amazing job as Fester's finace with much bigger intentions), Peter MacNicol, and Christine Baranski. Ricci, for a young, and inexperienced actress for the most part, does a great job of showing up the adults and playing a character that appears to go from dark to sweet and back again. More so than it's predecessor, I seriously have to say that this movie has it's flaws. While in the first movie, Fester was endearing, in this movie he's way too over the top. I love Christopher Lloyd, but he really needed to tone it down in this movie. On top of that, the writers seemed to be on a mission to place the characters in awkward positions. While this might have worked in the first film to a certain extent, placing all the characters in awkward positions throughout the second film is just a little too much for one film to completely sustain. It really wears on you after too long. The Addams Family was enough, in my opinion, the sequel didn't need to happen, and, unfortunately there are even moments when it seems they've run out of ideas (the dance between Gomez and Morticia is fun, but seems almost like a ripoff of the Mamushka dance from the movie before it). If you watch it, watch it for Ricci's brilliant performance and for Raul Julia's last great performance in a role he was born for. My only wish is that it was better, or should I say half as good as it's predecessor. 3/5
Vera-Iconica More than 1 year ago
It's not often that a sequel comes anywhere near the original movie, but this one is just as good as the original. I would definitley buy this if you have the first Addams Family movie.
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