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20th Century Fox has decided to release the two seasons of The Addams Family in three sets. Fair enough. This volume gives you episodes from season one and the first episodes of season two for a total of 21 episodes so this would be the DVD set I'd recommend if you're considering buying only one. Of course, true fans will want all three volumes, right?
One stand out feature on these this discs is the commentary one one episode by Steve Cox who wrote the book about the show. I mentioned Steve's excellent commentary on The Beverly Hillbillies a while back in the Blog and his ruminations here are incisive and entertaining, full of fascinating facts and trivia. I wanted more!
The added 'commentaries' on several episodes by Thing and Cousin Itt are as irritating and unnecessary as they are bizarre. Why not have more of Steve Cox? I could sit and listen to his stories all day.
There's also a mini-documentary on the show that features AF experts and the show's star John Astin, who looks great by the way. I'm glad to see he's still working but why isn't he seen more on TV? The packaging is very attractive and the prints are pristine; it's almost like watching the show for the first time.
Classic TV lovers should be very pleased with this brand new release.
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Plot Outline The misadventures of a blissfully macabre family.
Plot Synopsis: The Addams Family
is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things
that "normal" people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams
is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia's
every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit
dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don't
seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler "Lurch" or the
helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named "Thing").
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