September 29th, 2006


The Return of Elvira's Movie Macabre!


Movie Macabre: Doomsday Machine / Werewolf of WashingtonLegacy of Blood / Devil's Wedding NightDracula's Great Love / Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks
Legacy of Blood, The Doomsday Machine, The Werewolf of Washington, The Devil's Wedding Night, Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Count Dracula's Great Love

It's back! The evocations have come to be, as these episodes are unearthed from forbidden vaults lain deep in the subconscious. They are now being incrementally released via DVD, so now, all of sultry Elvira's salaciously sarcastic humor may be appreciated in the darkness of your viewing rooms, to invoke the immortal muse into timelessness...

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Addams Family series DVD

Family PortraitThe Addams Family: Volume One
MGM Home Entertainment Dusts The Cobwebs Off A True TV Classic, Exhuming The Complete First Season Of The Hilariously Morbid Sitcom On DVD October 24

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Blissfully macabre and outrageously morbid, The Addams Family turned the sitcom formula upside-down for two hilariously ghoulish seasons. Interred for almost half a century in the mausoleum of televisions golden oldies, the monster comedy series is back, proving that classic humor just wont stay dead in The Addams Family Volume One , exhuming on DVD October 24 from MGM Home Entertainment. Based on Charles Addams single panel cartoons that originally ran in The New Yorker magazine, the Addams household featured a grisly array of inhabitants, including dark and dashing Gomez (John Astin, The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.); slinky and shadowy Morticia (Carolyn Jones, How The West Was Won ); creepy Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan, The Kid ); problem children Wednesday and Pugsley (Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax); ancient Grandmama (Blossom Rock, Abbott And Costello In Hollywood ); hilariously hirsute Cousin Itt (Felix Silla, Spaceballs ) and, of course, the ever-faithful silent manservant, Lurch, and Thing, the roving severed hand (both played by Ted Cassidy, Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid ). The Addams Family Volume One DVD collection features 22 offbeat episodes, as well as select audio commentary from director Arthur Hiller ( Silver Streak ), featurettes and a karaoke version of the addictively catchy theme song. The Addams Family Volume One is available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada.

The Addams Family Volume One DVD Collection Disc Content Specifics:

The The Addams Family Volume One DVD Collection is compiled on three dual-layered discs (full frame, aspect ratio 1.33:1), and is presented in English Mono with Spanish subtitles. In addition, the following episodes and special features are exclusive to each disc:

Disc 1 - Side A :

"The Addams Family Goes To School"
"Morticia And The Psychiatrist"
"Festers Punctuated Romance"
"Gomez The Politician"

Special Features

Audio commentary for The Addams Family Goes To School featuring cast members Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax and Felix Silla with The Addams Chronicles author Stephen Cox and director Arthur Hiller

Disc 1 - Side B :

"The Addams Family Tree"
"Morticia Joins The Ladies League"
"Halloween With The Addams Family"
"Green Eyed Gomez"

Disc 2 - Side A :

"The New Neighbors Meet The Addams Family"
"Wednesday Leaves Home"
"The Addams Family Meets The VIPs"
"Morticia, The Matchmaker"
Special Features

Audio commentary for Morticia, The Matchmaker featuring cast members Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax and Felix Silla with The Addams Chronicles author Stephen Cox

Disc 2 - Side B :

"Lurch Learns To Dance"
"Art And The Addams Family"
"The Addams Family Meets The Beatnik"
"The Addams Family Meets The Undercover Man"

Disc 3 - Side A :

"Mother Lurch Visits The Addams Family"
"Uncle Festers Illness"
"The Addams Family Splurges"
"Cousin Itt Visits The Addams Family"

Special Features

Audio commentary for Cousin Itt Visits The Addams Family featuring cast members Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax and Felix Silla with The Addams Chronicles author Stephen Cox

Disc 3 - Side B :

"The Addams Family Court"
"Amnesia In Addams Family"

Special Features

You Rang, Mr. Addams featurette
Snap, Snap featurette
The Addams Family Portrait featurette including on-camera interviews with John Astin

Theme Song Karaoke

Still galleries featuring original drawings and photos


"A Neighborly Act"

A Neighborly Act

Immigration: Good fences make good neighbors, and the Senate's decision to move ahead on a border fence makes sense for all sides. But Mexico's government is kicking up a fuss. It needs to look a lot closer.

The Senate's expected passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, following the House's vote to build a $1.2 billion 700-mile border fence, is good news for all sides. But right off, Mexico's government is warning of disaster for U.S.-Mexico relations if the bill is passed and the fence is built.

"Such a thing, unfortunately, is a deterioration in the relationship," said Mexican Foreign Secretary Ernesto Derbez. "Shameful," added President Vicente Fox, calling it a new Berlin Wall.

They couldn't be more wrong.

Mexico is no enemy, but it wouldn't be looking at a fence if it didn't show so little regard for lawful boundaries in the first place.

It has failed so badly at it that one wonders what Mexico's idea of good relations with the U.S. is, given that no nation on Earth will tolerate an unchecked flood of people into its boundaries.

In the long run, this fence won't mean bad relations with Mexico, but more sovereignty to both sides. The current situation on the border, where criminals operate unchecked, is exactly the opposite of that. And a million illegal aliens crossing into the U.S. from Mexico each year creates big social problems for both countries.

Rule of law on all sides is undermined with the growth of underworld smuggling rackets on the borderlands. Meanwhile, U.S. cities are flooded with illegals who impose. On the Mexican side, children grow up with absentee parents, as parents head north.

But instead of recognizing this trouble derived from the porous border, Mexican officials have actually encouraged it, to the extent that it's grown to at least 6 million Mexican illegals in the U.S.

Fox hailed the Mexican gate-crashers as heroes, and Mexican officials toasted their $20 billion in remittances sent back to Mexico. They even printed out government guides for would-be illegal crossers into the U.S., encouraging more illegal immigration.

But the long-running official wink and nod for illegal immigration has turned into a problem for Mexico too. Vicious human-smuggling networks have grown, and a war between them is escalating, mainly on the Mexico side. It's precisely because there are still holes in the border to fight over.

Ending access to those routes will raise the costs of drug smuggling and discourage illegal immigration. It will also make drug traffickers and people smugglers easier for Mexican law enforcement to corner, as they literally won't be able to flee across borders.

Given the benefits, why Mexican officials like Fox and Derbez would prefer a badly policed, porous border over an efficient, impenetrable fence is beyond us.

In short, fences work. The Great Wall of China kept barbarians out for hundreds of years, failing only at intervals when the Chinese military was neglected. UPI reports that Israel's West Bank fence ended the second intifada and saved 1,100 lives.

Instead of complaining about a fence that may well give Mexico as well as the U.S. more sovereign control, Mexican officials ought to start thinking about how the sovereignty they so fiercely claim to defend might just benefit from it.