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Alf: Season 3 [DVD]
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Then the second season came out, again in syndication. I bought it because the show still was not on the air. Then I saw something shocking. During one of the episodes in the second season, there was music substituted, and the episode was shorter than I'd seen on TV Land. That was downright unacceptable.
So now we're at season three. Syndicated episodes again. This time one episode ran for under 19 minutes! I love ALF, and hate to see him get treated this way.
The episodes are all fantastic, and I'm still happy to own the DVDs, but the syndication thing has got to stop.
Unfortunately, this seems to be a recurring pattern with TV show box sets. The first season sets of both Roseanne and The Cosby Show were released in syndicated form. No studio in the world would ever dream of releasing edited movies, so why would so many want to release edited TV series? It's just wrong.
Season four will be out in September, or so I hear. I will probably buy it just to complete the set.
ALF was a show that always mixed somewhat childlike (or childish depending on your POV) low-brow humor with heart, but with the third season and the onset of far more somber themes, the show actually transcends its premise and becomes something much more affecting. And as a result, the humor is that much funnier, emerging as it does from human emotions and situations.Read more ›
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 1988 and 1989? 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...
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Great show, family friendly, very humorous. Arrived quickly and in good packaging.Published 3 months ago by Hoping Momma
What would the 80's be without ALF? A silly sitcom that is very classic for the time. Brings back so many good memories.Published 4 months ago by NightOwl
The definition isn't exactly hi-def, but that's what we watched then. Good quality.Published 11 months ago by Bob