The DVD contains EDITED versions! Boo Hiss Boo Hiss
S. Phillips | Las Vegas, NV United States | 08/10/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"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."
skinnyrobbie | NC, USA | 08/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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.
I'm not sure if the picture quality is due to the original source or not, so I'll reserve judgement on that. Just don't touch the Zoom button because the artifacting from the low bitrate encoding is completely useless. Even still frames in normal mode look bumpy. No other TV series sets in my collection have these problems. How could so many elements get overlooked?
The three stars are for the episodes themselves, which are priceless. A smart, funny, irreverent sitcom that eclipsed "Mork and Mindy", which aired opposite ALF on rival network ABC. I still laugh out loud every time I view this wonderful series. The disc introductions by the ol' ALFer himself are quite amusing in their own respect and deserve to be a part of a package that was created with more care, passion, and respect to the fans of the series."
GREAT if you like edited episodes
R. Pearrow | Montana | 06/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When a show comes out on DVD you expect it to be uncut, unedited, and the way it's supposed to be shown. This is not the case with "ALF," or at least, the first season box set. Being a big fan of the show I used to record the episodes on VHS tape during the first run. I was disappointed to find out that in the DVD set, the episodes do not contain the original opening in its entirty, and that a lot of content of the episodes has been cut. I thought I was watching a re-release of the show on TV Land which butchers episodes of TV only to fit in more rediculous commercials. Of the box sets of my favorite shows I've purchased, this is the first I've seen where a show has been horribly cut up, not reflecting the original length. I have returned the set directly to Lions Gate Entertainment who publishes the discs, seeing "Best Lie" would not take them back for a credit or a refund. Save your money. Do not buy these DVD's. In a positive kudo to Lions Gate, they did indeed send me a full refund for this DVD set. Perhaps if more customers do that, Lions Gate will take the hint."
This absolutely NEEDS to be re-released properly!! PLEASE!!
John A. Evicci | Dracut, MA, USA | 11/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let me just add my voice to the outcry of disappointment over the release of the edited, syndicated versions of the episodes rather than the originals. Don't they know that people who buy DVDs want and expect the definitive, uncut version? This is just unacceptable! I implore Lions Gate (or whoever else might have the ability to do so) to re-release the season one set with the original versions, and not to use that horrible, overlapping disc configuration in the case. What a bad idea!! Please... DO THE RIGHT THING AND RE-ISSUE!!!"