The Addams Family (1991) | 4K Blu-ray Review

Paramount Pictures is giving the 4K treatment to the now 30-year old (ouch!) film adaptation of The Addams Family. But, is this Mamushka filled upgrade actually worth inviting to your 4K party, or is this just a cash-grabbing imposter? En garde!

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The Addams Family, 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
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Released By:Paramount Pictures
Release Date:November 23rd, 2021
Video Format / Codec:H.265 (HEVC)
Resolution:Native 4K, 2160/24p
Digital Intermediate (DI):4K (from 35mm negatives)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Audio Format(s):English:
DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles:English, English SDH
Packaging:Single disc snapcase with slipcover*

*Slipcover may only be available on initial pressing
Region Coding:Region-free

Video Review:

Right off the bat, it should be noted this is a fully remastered picture from Paramount with new 4K scans being taken from the original negatives and clean-up clearly massaging the very best out of the picture. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good the image quality looked on the 4K disc especially given the past Blu-ray transfer being fairly average. There is much more detail revealed throughout the film with textures on costumes, from Morticia’s dress, makeup application on Fester/Gordon and Lurch, and all the cobwebs and fine details throughout the Addams mansion becoming much more refined, nuanced and noticeable. The overall source was clearly well cared for as well as properly repaired as there were very few, if any, noticeable flaws throughout the runtime.

There is film grain in the movie, but it goes from being barely noticeable to being clearly present, but all of it is well handled with nothing here to complain about.

As good as the detail is, the color grade and dynamic range are that much better, with the Dolby VIsion/HDR10 enhanced picture really coming to life. The movie is not meant to be a color feast with much of the aesthetic being drab, filled with black, whites, grays and browns, but the colors that are present in Morticia’s lipstick, the children’s play, Gomez’s smoking jacket, and more getting much more lifelike and rich without being an oversaturated. Pair that with an excellent handling of white and blacks throughout, we get a treat in both color and extracted detail. Shadows reveal a bit more and there was no real sign of black crush, although there are some instances particularly dark shadows, but that is more from intent than more mastering.

Overall this was a very impressive remaster from Paramount. I did have a couple of nitpicks, but nothing that would change my mind on the quality of the visuals. The color grade is generally very good, but there were times where certain scenes seemed a bit warm toned and others a bit cooler than past releases. It was not easy to surmise if this was truly intentional, but it really only became apparent when I was doing side by side comparisons. The second is absolutely not the fault of the transfer. The optical visual effects definitely do stand out just a touch more when presented in 4K, especially in a couple of select scenes. Specifically the golf ball crashing through the judge’s window, and Thing moving about in the cemetery, in the search for Wednesday, with it’s dark backgrounds and challenging moonlight. It’s a product of the time, and not something I hold against this release.

It is noted that there is no standard Blu-ray included, but it is available as a separate purchase if you have not yet made the jump to 4K. Given the quality of the 4K disc, and that new Blu-ray coming from the same remastering process, I have little doubt it would also be an excellent 1080p picture.

Video Score: 4.9 / 5

Audio Review:

The soundtrack included does sound to be the same as we have received in Blu-ray releases in this past decade, but thankfully it’s a fairly solid 5.1 mix. Dialog is clear and intelligible throughout and the surround speakers are put to good use especially in scenes with more action moving around, such as Fester’s celebration. The musical score is strong and full, and the general presence of the traffic is balanced, but authoritative when appropriate. LFE and bass is present, and put to good use, but it’s certainly not going to be used to demo your subwoofer.

Could this have benefited from a shiny new object-based mix? Possibly, if handled properly. But there’s also the risk of it coming out weaker than the original, so I’m OK with it. For those who do like a more immersive sound, this mix does upmix fairly well using both Dolby and DTS’s respective upmixers.

Audio Score: 4.4 / 5

Special Features and Packaging:

The movie does come with both the theatrical and the extended cut (More Mamushka). The extended cut is appropriately named as the extended song and dance sequence is really the only addition to the film. In that regard it was nice that they gave us the option for either cut so you can pick how much Mamushka you prefer. But beyond that, this release starts to let us down. We did actually get a couple new features, but one of them is a 30s intro to the extended  cut and the other is a 16 minute recorded discussion from the director, Barry Sonnenfeld about the movie. The other included extra is an archival featurette touching on various aspects of the movie, but totaling 8 minutes. That’s it. While I am happy they leveraged most of the disc space for the movie itself, it feels like a bit of a let down that they didn’t add a second disc for more new extras, and/or shoved onto a Blu-ray with the standard HD version of the movie. So I’m being careful not to say they should have put more on the 4K disc, but it definitely feels like the extras are where the cost-cutters got their win.

The packaging is pretty standard issue as well with a decent looking slipcover, matching artwork on the case, and a standard black disc. Overall fairly on par with what one would expect.

Features Score: 3.0 / 5


If you own any past standard Blu-ray release, or you don’t own the movie at all, this is definitely the version to add to your collection. Most of this recommendation comes on the back of the video quality, but the audio mix is no slouch for a 5.1. It currently (as of publishing) sits right around $20, but you could easily see this making its way down below $15 in the not too distant future. If you’re a fan, pick this up!

Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

This release is definitely the best this ever looked, and one well worth having on your shelf. Unfortunately the outstanding image, and solid audio were let down by the lack of features, but overall, it is still an excellent release.

Experience Score**: 4.5 / 5  (Excellent)

** Experience score does not take into account the quality of the film itself, just the technical presentation, packaging and included features.

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