The Addams Family Blu-ray Review

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor. Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
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97

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 87 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, DTS-HD 7.1 High Resolution, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Charlize Theron, Oscar Issac, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janey, Snoop Dogg
Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Music by: Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna
Written by: Matt Lieberman
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: January 21, 2020

“Think Your Family is Weird?”

Synopsis:

“Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.” – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

My Take:

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.

This is a cute animated film from the directors that brought us Shrek 2, Madagascar 3 and Sausage Party. The story carries a theme about acceptance/tolerance of others etc. while taking a well-aimed shot at commercialism. I thought the filmmakers did a great job in their handling of the visual essence of these iconic characters.

I found the film enjoyable but, from more of a nostalgic point of view. I think this adaptation conveys the story’s primary components just fine but doesn’t quite rise to the level of innate charm found in TV series or live-action films, especially the first one. The voiceovers by the cast do it justice and add an air of familiarity and fun that is complimented by the beautifully crafted animation. The Addams Family is a fairly entertaining family film that brings Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley and the gang to animated life via a contemporary screenplay that slightly misses the mark when compared to their live-action counterparts. I do think that young viewers unfamiliar with these characters will more than likely enjoy it a bit more than their parents.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for macabre and suggestive humor, and some action.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 94
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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 100
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The Addams Family comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.

This film features beautifully crafted animation that looks superb in high definition. The color range mates perfectly with the source material and are reproduced naturally, revealing subtle degrees of delineation that sparkle. Each of the characters has distinctive physical qualities that are attributable to them and all are easily discernable. The video is immaculately resolved with pristine quality and fine minutia that shows strict attention to detail. The facial features of the various characters have a lifelike quality that allows them to display a varied range of emotions. Contrast and black levels strike a great balance as whites are bright, detailed and punchy while blacks exhibit discernible depth and dynamic range. This is a polished and beautifully rendered Blu-ray presentation that looks fabulous on my front projection display.

Universal’s lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 channel surround mix compliments the film’s recorded elements quite nicely. This was a well-balanced presentation that features high level detail in a resplendent blend of dialogue, sound effects, bass and music with discretely placed effects and atmospherics that utilize the entire soundstage. This isn’t a dynamically powerful mix but bass response is palpably rich and on occasion room filling in support of the soundtrack. The audio is crystal clear, free of the sibilance and has an immersive essence that enriches the listening experience.

Bonus Features:

  • • Deleted and Extended Scenes*
    • Welcome to the Family* – In this combined Making of/Character Profiles, we hear from the filmmakers and stars of The Addams Family about how the film came about, the animation process and insight into the characters.
    • Life of a Scene* – From black & white storyboards and layouts to animation and lighting, follow along with filmmakers as they bring to life a scene from the movie.
    • Charades with Thing* – There’s nothing quite like a game of Charades with your friends. But what happens when the person giving the clues isn’t exactly a person? What if he’s just… a hand? On talent day, stars of the film are invited to play Charades with Thing. Talent goes head-to-head, competing to see who can guess Thing’s clues. Graphics reveal the answers and keep score for each player.
    • Addams Family Throwback
    • “Haunted Heart” Lyric Video – performed by Christina Aguilera
    • “My Family” Lyric Video – performed by Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia & Snoop Dogg
  • DVD
  • Digital Code

Final Thoughts:

Based on the popular, mysterious and kooky TV family The Addams Family lacks the innately dark charm and appeal of the subject matter from which it is derived but, makes for good wholesome family entertainment that little ones are sure to appreciate. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent technical merits mated with a fair supplemental package. The Addams Family is easily worth the price of a rental on movie night with the kids.

 

Ralph Potts
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