Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 4/12/00
1993 (1999) - Paramount
review by Brad Pilcher of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): C+/B/C
Specs and Features
94 mins, PG-13, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, 2
theatrical trailers, film-themed menu screens, scene access (16
chapters), languages: English (DD 5.1 & 2.0), subtitles:
English, Closed Captioned
someone. Someone very special. Someone who won't press charges."
The Addamses are back in Addams Family
Values and they have a new baby, Pubert, along for the
ride. Picking up nine months after the first film, we open with the
birth of the baby. Sensing the need for some assistance, Gomez and
Morticia hire a nanny. Unfortunately, she happens to be a homicidal
maniac interested in marrying Fester and then killing him for his
money. The added subplot of Pugsley and Wednesday (played by
Christina Ricci who really shines here) going off to summer camp
brings that much more hilarity to the film.
This sequel isn't quite as good as the original, but it's still a
fun romp through the macabre. In all honesty, this film would have
flopped had it not been for Ricci's stellar deadpan. The
fish-out-of-water situation she's tossed in gives her a chance to
really blow the roof off the role. Meanwhile, back at the Addams
residence, we get an amusing (but not quite as good) tale involving
Fester's seduction and attempted assassination.
The video on this disc is quite disappointing compared to the disc
for The Addams Family. The
first scene shows some atrocious grain, and it goes on through the
whole film, though not at that wretched level. The black levels are
appropriate, but a little too much at times. The colors oversaturate
a few times in the summer camp scenes, but this is the least of the
complaints on the video side. Granted, it could be worse and I'm
really singling out some particular portions, but those portions can
be really bad and it pulls you right out of the viewing experience.
The audio, however, is good and solid, with a sufficiently
encompassing field. Just as on the disc for The
Addams Family, the only extras we have are two trailers.
To any fan of The Addams Family,
this is a disc easily worth purchasing. The video, which could be
much better, is the only major detraction from an otherwise good
disc. And fans of Christina Ricci will really appreciate her
wonderful performance here. So snap your fingers, hum a few bars of
that catchy little tune and pick this title up.