Alice: The Complete First Season
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Alice is the story of Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), a recently widowed single mom who finds herself working as a waitress at an Arizona diner while caring for her pre-teen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). The inimitable Vic Tayback plays Mel, the gruff owner of the diner, while Beth Howland and Polly Holliday play her co-workers, neurotic Vera and no-nonsense Flo. This 3-Disc, 24- Episode Collection collects the entire first season of the Bicentennial-era break-out hit, including the rarely seen pilot episode featuring Alfred Lutter from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the film inspiration for Alice. Guest stars include Batman's Adam West, Victor Buono, and Dark Shadow's Lara Parker.
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Top Customer Reviews
The dvd picture and sound quality is excellent, and is far superior to the versions they used to air on cable. Also, these are the uncut, 25 minute versions of each episode. These complete versions of the episodes haven't aired on TV in over 20 years!
It's unfortunate that nobody under 30 has ever heard of this fun show. I hope they release the remaining 8 seasons soon. I'm having a wonderful time watching these shows again- it's like visiting old friends I haven't seen in many years.
The early seasons were the best in my opinion. Like other shows of the time (One Day at a Time, etc), comedy was a wonderful vehicle for presenting complex & controversal topics on occassion. Alice and the gang are presented life's ups and downs, introduction to alternate lifestyles, shady characters, complex relationships, romance, heartbreak, and all that makes life interesting. Alice was topical, yet timeless. Very rarely are there cases where an episode is dated, and in such cases, the timeless humor and message overcomes any aspect of it being dated.
As a customer who has made this site my go-to-one-stop-shopping site, I am highly disappointed that they would try to pass off a flea market quality DVD set to me. Please note that there is a warning in the product description that states that these are DVD-Rs. However, I was unaware that these even existed. From a customer that has ordered hundreds of DVDs, I have never encountered this before.
UPDATE: After doing some research into Warner Brothers official site, I found that these disks are made On Demand even on their site. I am not sure if they are factory pressed or if they are DVD-R quality as they are not open at the time of this review. If they are DVD-R then I will be highly disappointed in a company as big as Warner Brothers being this lazy as to releasing products of this low quality. It's nice to have the shows available to purchase, but treat the customer with a bit more respect by not making them feel like they purchased something from the back of someone's truck in a shady parking lot.
I loved the show Alice and was really happy when a complete season finally came out on DVD. I pre-ordered ASAP. Unfortunately, the production quality was the worst I have ever encountered. The NEW set arrived with SCRATCHES on all three disks - even though it was new. I did not notice until the first disk started skipping with the third episode. Contacted Amazon. Amazon acted quickly and sent out a NEW replacement set. All of the disks in the replacement set also arrived SCRATCHED and DAMAGED.
I have over 500 seasons of different TV shows and HAVE NEVER ENCOUNTERED SUCH BAD QUALITY. The cast, writers, and creators of Alice deserve better as do the fans. I contacted the manufacturer to let them know of the problem and found out they could care less. Hopefully if more seasons or, better yet, a complete series are released they will be unscratched and something that can actually be watched. By the way,as Flo would say, the manufacturer can "KISS MY GRITS!!!!!!!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE THIS THEME SONG. I NOW HAVE MY BOYFRIEND HOOKED ON THIS OLD CLASSIC. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Going through life with blinders on, it was tough to see... then I rediscovered Alice and now there is a new "girl" in town! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Robert Stinnett
ALICE still works today as it did 40 years ago, a great blend of sophisticated humor and screwball comedy. I like it better now than I did then.Published 29 days ago by David R. Laman
The game at Mel Diner is great entertainment especially when Alice overbearing mother-in-law come to go visitPublished 1 month ago by shoplady
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Gotta Love Flo - Kiss My Grits!! And then there is Vera! Great Show
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