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ALF - Season One (1986)

Paul Fusco , Max Wright , Paul Fusco , Gary Shimokawa  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson, Benji Gregory
  • Directors: Paul Fusco, Gary Shimokawa, Nancy Heydorn, Peter Baldwin, Peter Bonerz
  • Writers: Adrienne Armstrong
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 616 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DB5N6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ALF - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 25 episodes from the 1986-87 season plus the un-aired pilot, all newly remastered
  • Gag/outtake reel
  • ALF facts

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"He's just like E.T.," says a character of the fuzzy extraterrestrial stranded on Earth in the pilot episode of ALF. But the fun of this late 1980s family sitcom is that the sardonic ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form) is nothing like the interplanetary innocent of Steven Spielberg's classic. With his whiplash wit and huckster sensibility, ALF (real name: Gordon Shumway from the late planet Melmac, Lower East Side) enters the lives of the Tanner family as a fully formed rascal whose spacecraft crashes into their garage one night. Worried that the feds will chop ALF up for research purposes, the Tanners--father Willie (Max Wright), a cautious civil servant who doesn't like a lot of fuss at home; wife Kate (Anne Shedeen), and kids Lynn (Andrea Elson) and Brian (Benji Gregory)--reluctantly take ALF in like a shambling, profligate uncle who cracks wise despite having fallen on hard times.

There is a touch of darkness to ALF that inspires some interesting episodes. While most of season 1's episodes find the Tanners and their permanent guest struggling with compatibility, certain stories are sharper for indulging a little black comedy. "Looking for Lucky," for instance, finds Willie and Kate assuming that ALF--who is quite open about his fondness for eating cats--made a snack out of the family kitty. In "Pennsylvania 6-5000," Willie is accused of being a terrorist after ALF uses his host's ham radio to contact Air Force One. One of the best episodes, "Wild Thing" (written by David Silverman, later a co-producer on The Simpsons), is a nutty burlesque in which ALF asks the Tanners to lock him in a crate while he undergoes a 24-hour madness peculiar to Melmac-ians. After he escapes, chaos ensues in the community as cats disappear, a gorilla is freed at the zoo, and Willie--looking for ALF--prowls the streets in his pajamas. Fans of Jerry Stahl's book Permanent Midnight: A Memoir, in which the Hollywood writer describes working on ALF while supporting a severe drug habit, will be interested in his season 1 scripts, particularly the surreal "La Cucaracha," in which ALF and Willie do battle with a car-size cockroach. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Max Wright, Anne Schedeen. One starry night in 1986, the Tanner family get an unexpected houseguest-a furry, four-foot-high Alien Life Form" they call Alf, who quickly becomes part of the family. Includes all 26 episodes and more. 4 DVDs. 1986-1987/color/10 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite sitcom finally on DVD! June 12, 2004
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At long last, my favorite sitcom is being released on DVD.
I remember when my father had me watch the show ehn it first aired. I was 5 years old at the time. He taped several episodes which I continued to watch. A few years ago, I was able to gat all the episodes on tape from a friend. The humor became much more understandable as I was 20 years old.
An interesting fact is that almost all the episodes are named after songs and that the episode name often describes the plot.
Here is a brief synopsis of the episodes
Pilot Episode
ALF crash lands his spaceship in the Tanner family's garage and he begins to live with them
Strangers in the Night
The next door neighbor babysits Brian and ALF causes trouble but later catches a burglar
Looking for Lucky
After ALF trashes the house and the family cat, Lucky disappears, the family falsely accuses ALF of eating him.
Pennsylvania 6-5000
When ALF usus Willie's shortwave radio to call the president on Air Force One, Willie is arrested for the crime
Keepin' the Faith
ALF buys $4000 worth of cosmetics and convinces the family to resell them at a higher price
For Your Eyes Only
ALF meets a blind woman on a call in radio show and wants to meet her in person.
Help Me Rhonda
ALF manages to contact his girlfriend, Rhonda, on the shrtwave radio and debates about whether he wants to live with her
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
ALF has a crush on Lynn and makes a rock video to woo her.
Jump
ALF convinces Willie to try again on a skydive that he chickened out on years earlier.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Show's funny, gets less stars for the syndicated thing August 13, 2004
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If you've read the other reviews, you'll already know that the episodes on this disc are syndicated versions, not the original NBC ones. That's a shame, as my wife and I watched the show since Day 1 (I'm 38 in 2004, you do the math).

It is nice to have them on DVD. Would it have been better to have the original uncut ones? Hell yeah. But I'll take this. I just hope that if the next seasons are released, that they don't use syndication.

The comments by Alf on the DVD menus are pretty funny, and the blooper reel is awesome (What the hell is that? A plane?) As a long time Alf fan, I'm glad to see these on DVD, but my excitement is tinged with disappointment over them being edited.

The DVD intros recorded by Alf are quite funny. The bit about more FBI warnings made me laugh out loud, as did some of the blooper reel - to hear Alf (mildly) swear made me and my wife really laugh out loud). The syndicated issue aside, the show is STILL damn funny - there's no getting around that issue. :)

NOTE: There's a statement from Lion's Gate on why they have the syndicated versions over the originals online over at TVshowsondvd.com - look in their Alf section.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MAJOR disappointment! August 11, 2004
Format:DVD
I have most every episode taped from the original NBC airings. I expected to be able to eliminate them from my ever-cluttered collection of stuff with the purchase of this long awaited set. Why Lions Gate chose to use edited syndication episodes completely baffles the imagination. Perhaps they plan on later releasing a "Deluxe Edition" so that the consumer will get hit twice to pay for the same product. The $40 list price should have more than adequately covered licensing the rights to the full episodes, but I guess there's no end to corporate greed.

I am stunned by the rave reviews of the Extras: 1) a short gag reel of which only about 15% is funny, 2) some brief trivia screens which is mostly made up of obvious facts that any fan of the show already knows (like A.L.F. stands for Alien Life Form, for example), and 3) credits screens - credits for the DVD authoring is now considered a bonus extra?!?! Sheesh! Would have made better sense to have included some of the best ALF bits from Hollywood Squares, or even included some of the many commercials ALF has appeared in over the years. Or interviews with the cast reflecting on being a part of the show.

The omission of a feature to play all of the episodes on a disc is simply appalling. Interactive is nice, but can you imagine an audio CD in which you have to select each song separately? Adding this feature would have taken the authors mere minutes to code. I just don't get it.

Rather than deluxe packaging, like you get with most TV series box sets, a clamshell case crams in the four discs in a clunky, overlapping layout. No book, either, just a single sheet listing the discs and episodes, and a slipcover for the case. I've seen public domain sets packaged better.
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147 of 173 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD contains EDITED versions! Boo Hiss Boo Hiss August 10, 2004
Format:DVD
I'd love to give the DVD set a good review, as the show is funny. However, in an outrageous and unacceptable move, the studio has released EDITED, CUT versions of the series, made for syndication. When I go out and BUY a TV series on DVD, I do not expect edited junk, I can see that on cable stations.

BOO! HISS! AVOID THIS DVD! Write the studio and tell them you will not sit still for this. Save your money and record the edited versions from TV reruns yourself. Glad I have the uncut network versions from NBC.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars ALF DVD's a sham!
These ALF DVD sets are cut-up with many favorite scenes missing from the original TV airings. These are the poor syndicated versions with 4-6 minutes cut out of every show. Read more
Published 8 days ago by DougieDo
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
ALF and hi hi jinx. my kids love watching classics like this TV shows. Brings back memories for me as well.
Published 23 days ago by Merton J. Dewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars and a 1/2 stars-- ALF has landed... well, sorta
This is the first (of four) not-so-complete seasons of ALF on DVD. As countless diehard ALF fans have noted, the episodes on all ALF DVDs are the syndicated versions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barlow Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family show...
My kids, ages 7yrs (boy) and 10yrs (girl) love this show! It's also fun to watch with them, makes a great family night.
Published 1 month ago by Kim Kolodrub
4.0 out of 5 stars Alf, you're a laugh a minute!
I'm not sure what it is about Alf and but the scripting keeps me in laughs and always has.
Gosh, you just have to love the little alien!
Judy Krohn
Published 1 month ago by JUDITH A KROHN
5.0 out of 5 stars Still laughing
We are totally enjoying the whole series. These episodes are as funny today as they were back then. Great family fun.
Published 2 months ago by mk
5.0 out of 5 stars Alf is hiliarous still
Got this for my girlfriend, ALF is about the most hilarious alien I've ever seen. Always witty and ready to put in his 2 cents, plenty of laughs. wow much laughs
Published 2 months ago by Cody Vu
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories that my kids love!
I cannot explain how happy I was when I found this DVD. I used to love ALF as a kid and I still love it as an adult. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lors
5.0 out of 5 stars the stars speak for themselves that is why i get tired leaving a...
the stars speak for themselves that is why i get tired leaving a rating for this and i just forget and get caught leaving 5 star
Published 2 months ago by James P. Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my aunt
My aunt loved Alf. For her birthday I purchased 2 or 3 of the seasons and she loved them. My son had never heard of him and watched at least one whole season as well.
Published 2 months ago by vicki3835
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