ALF - Season One
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On September 221986 a lovable alien named Alf crashed his spaceship into the home of unsuspecting tanner family for the next four years Alf elusively avoided houseguests chased the family cat ate everything in sight and broke anything of value but the Tanners always loved the old Alfer.System Requirements: Running Time 616 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 031398157526 Manufacturer No: 15753
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So why did I give it only two stars? Unfortunately, these DVDs contain the chopped up versions of each episode that you see in syndication. This means that they cut up each episode as it originally aired and left two - three minutes of it on the cutting room floor. That's a tenth of each episode. Worse, the scenes that were cut were mostly those immediately preceding or immediately following the commercial breaks on the originals, which means that many of the very best scenes got the ax. They did this so that more commercials could be added when the episodes played in syndication. But WHY, oh WHY, would they use these mangled versions on the DVDs, where of course there are no commercials?
Want the full episodes as they originally aired back in 1986 and 1987? You'll have to seek the European DVDs. These are invariably quite elusive and therefore very expensive. And they're Region 2, meaning you probably can't play them on a US or Canadian DVD player -- you'll have to rip them on your computer to watch them. But at least they let you watch the episodes the way they were intended to be enjoyed...
played Alf in the series. The dwarf died at 76 yrs of age a few years ago.
The family adopt an Alien into their family and there are many transitions.
Money well spent for series one. A great family sitcom.....rated G.
Anyway bought an episode so he could see what this was all about.
He was not thrilled , he said it was okay.
I still thought they were funny. Silly fun.
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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Package was broke discs are scratched, cover is ripped, boy the shipping was quick but damn it sucked, I wld like a new one