Digest: 'Addams' bows; trio honored


'Addams' bows

The complete-series juggernaut continues to roll. MGM Home Entertainment is preparing a special gift set of the saucy monster comedy TV series "The Addams Family" for a Nov. 13 DVD release. The $70 collection, consisting of nine discs, will contain all 64 episodes of the show, which ran from 1964-66, as well as such extras as on-camera interviews with star John Astin, still galleries with original drawings and photographs as well as a karaoke version of the theme song.

Freakin' sweet DVD

Also coming to stores in pricey complete-series form: "Family Guy: Freakin' Party Pack," an 18-disc set 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing Oct. 30 that includes more than 90 episodes, the direct-to-video feature offshoot "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" as well as a bonus disc with deleted scenes, interviews and featurettes not available on any of the previous five volumes of "Family Guy" Fox has brought to market.

Trio honored

Warner Home Video president Ron Sanders, Shout! Factory CEO Richard Foos and publicist Vicki Greenleaf are the home entertainment industry "visionary honorees" at this year's Entertainment AIDS Alliance ceremony, taking place Sept. 27 at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. They are being honored for their work with and donations to the nonprofit organization, which helps supports charities connected with the fight against AIDS.

Name change

The International Recording Media Assn. has changed its name to the Content Delivery Storage Assn. An updated logo will help reflect the organization's move to include all forms of consumer content delivery and storage systems. The trade group was formed in 1970 as the International Tape Assn. and has helped launch such consumer products as the audiocassette, the Beta and VHS videocassettes, the CD and the DVD.