Morticia (Charlize Theron) and Gomez (Oscar Isaac) are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz), Pugsley (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton), Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. What could possibly go wrong?
For in-depth thoughts on The Addams Family 2, please see my colleague Michele Arbir’s review from its original theatrical release here.
The Addams Family 2 comes to Blu-Ray with a stunning and vibrant 1080p transfer. The colors present in this transfer are practically leaping off the screen with the wide range of hues permeating every inch of the frame. Even though the characters are dour, their environments are often very bright in this adventure. The textures, from the character designs to the environments, are extremely impressive and give the film a real sense of depth. One of the areas where the sequel improved on the original film is the fluidity of the character designs. All of the individual strands of hair are unique and flowing in a subtly more natural way. The level of detail these animators put into each environment shines through here. Black levels are incredibly strong with no hint of compression artifacts or digital anomalies of the sort. This is as close to perfection as Blu-Ray can get.
This Blu-Ray utilizes a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio lossless track that gives this lively film a real vitality. There is an emphasis on the front channels for a good portion of the sounds, but activity kicks in to the surrounds and rears during the more kinetic and action-oriented bits. The film really satisfies when it comes to the music, and this track pumps the sound straight through your body in a really satisfying, enveloping way. Dialogue is crisp and clear without ever getting lost amongst the music or sound effects. The low end effects from the subwoofer give certain moments that much-needed extra weight to completely sell it for the audience. Atmospheric sound effects are rendered appropriately within the mix so that directionality is never an issue. The film will have your house rocking and shaking in the best way.
- We’re Altogether Addams: A nice nine-minute featurette in which the cast and creative team run through the characters and highlight what each performer brings to the role. It is nice to hear Isaac discussing what Raul Julia meant to him growing up and why Theron enjoys getting into this role for her kids, among other interesting anecdotes.
- Courage To Be Kooky: A three-minute piece in which most of the same participants discuss how the Addams family represents the feeling of being an outsider and how their story shows how unique qualities should be cherished.
- The Addams Family Road Trip Checklist: A four-minute featurette which guides you on how to prepare for a road trip as if you were a member of the Addams clan.
The Addams Family 2 is not an essential sequel by any means, but it proves to be a very enjoyable time if you are a fan of the characters. The movie has a very heartwarming message about embracing what makes you unique and being yourself in the world. The voice performances are a lot of fun as the A-list cast bring some unique qualities to the characters. If you enjoyed the first entry in this animated universe, there is a really good chance you will have just as much fun with this follow-up. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has provided a Blu-Ray for this film that is quite a knockout in the A/V department and has a couple of light special features. If you are a fan of the series, this is a very solid release. Recommended
The Addams Family 2 will be available to purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD on January 18, 2022. The film is currently available on Digital.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the Blu-Ray.
Disclaimer: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.
Dillon is most comfortable sitting around in a theatre all day watching both big budget and independent movies.