One of the rare sequels that actually equals the output of the first film, "Addams Family Values" shows the material still has enough not yet mined for a second picture - it works. I wouldn't think of doing another one of these pictures, but "Addams Family Values" manages to be successful, mainly due to the return of director Barry Sonnenfeld, who gets the tone and humor exactly right. Not only that, but he even has a small role in the picture.
The film starts off with Morticia(Angelica Huston) announcing that she's going to have a baby. "Right now", she says, in her usual deadpan manner. Taking enjoyment in the pain of delivery, the Addams soon have another member of the family, which they name Pubert. They find the need for a nanny to take care of the new addition, and Debbie Jalinsky(Joan Cusack) arrives. At first, she seems like the perfect nanny. She's good with the children and doesn't seem to mind the upside-down world the Addams live in.
Soon though, her intentions are revealed. She marries rich men and her newest target is Fester(Chistopher Lloyd). While the gags during the early portion of the film when the baby is new in the house are funny, there are a number of equally funny moments when the two kids are sent to Summer camp.
It's a very funny movie and a solid sequel, proving that the characters had enough good material to make a second movie work.
VIDEO: A very good anamorphic transfer from Paramount, but not without a couple of minor flaws. Images are certainly enjoyably sharp and clear throughout, with good colors and very good detail. Images are consistent in quality, even in the darker halls of the Addams mansion. Flesh tones are generally accurate, as well. There are some slight instances of shimmering, and like the first film, there are some marks on the print used. It's an above average image with only a few small problems. Nothing majorly distracting, though. Don Peterman, who also did the cinematography for Sonnenfeld's "Men In Black" and "Get Shorty", did the cinematography for this film.
SOUND Certainly good sound, but nothing that's hugely impressive. There are occasional effective uses of surround, and the score by Marc Shaiman (who also did the score for the first "Addams Family" film as well as last year's "South Park" movie) sounds excellent. Dialogue is clear and clean, with no problems.
MENUS:: Pretty similar to the first film in this aspect as well: taken from the cover art, and using the same type for the selections. Again, if any movie could use animated menus it's the "Addams Family" movies, but oh well.
EXTRAS: Same as the first film: the two theatrical trailers. A commentary or even a documentary would have been appreciated.
The Film B
Video 93/A = (372/400 possible points)
Audio: 90/A- = (360/400 possible points)
Extras: 70/C- = (210/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B- = (240/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: B
DVD GRADE: B