on 7 December 2012
Seeing that I live in the United States, the only way up until now to watch ALF on DVD was via the Region 1 sets released in the USA from Lionsgate. Although these releases contain a flawless restoration from an an audio / video perspective, the prints are not the original broadcast episodes. Instead they are syndicated versions lopping anywhere from 3 - 6 minutes off of each episode and are not arranged by broadcast date. Finally, a release worth of ALF. These are complete UNCUT episodes as orginally broadcast. Although I did have to get a region free DVD to player to view them here in the States, the cost of the player and the extra cost of getting the from overseas was well worth it. The only thing that prevents them from getting 4 stars instead of 5 is that the transfer is not as crisp as they could have been, but I will take the trade-off any day!
on 4 January 2014
I remember watching 'ALF' as a kid in the late '80s/early '90s, so finding this collection was definitely a trip down memory lane.
The collection includes all 4 seasons of 'ALF' and a small toy of the infamous alien.
As other reviewers have pointed out - this collection is tailored for the European market. However, despite the packaging, the actual DVD soundtracks are in English.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the excellent picture quality.
on 29 November 2015
This is a great collection of this series. It's a bit round the houses kind of way...it's a French product, but does have English as a choice of language. The doll is okay, but not a big one. Fond memories of when I first watched this in my early teenage years.
on 23 May 2016
First of all, why hasn't this iconic series been released in the UK? ALF was extremely popular in the UK during the 80's and 90's, airing on ITV and then SKY 1. Secondly: the DVD releases of ALF have been odd to say the least. In arguably its most popular market (minus Germany) the USA, ALF was released cut to bits, the syndicated episodes, losing many of the songs and funny throwaway gags. However, it did have a few notable extras, mainly the unaired pilot and some great DVD artwork. These episodes lost between two and six minutes per episode. Some of the episodes (like Wild Thing) no longer made sense.
Thankfully, in Europe the show was almost released uncut. The Germans wouldn't have bought a shoddy, edited version. The Christmas Chipmunk song is missing due to rights issues (shame, it was always a standout moment) and the episode where ALF electrocutes himself is changed to the version where he slips and bangs his head. This is because they were / are worried that kids will copy the scene. Not that ALF is just a kids show, the show regularly brought in sixteen million viewers, in prime time, in the US. The only episode that is completely edited is: Somewhere Over the Rerun. This is the syndicated version, probably down to missing / poor quality footage remaining. Once again, this is a shame, I want to see the whole thing uncut.
So what of this boxset? Every episode (102) is included in four seperate DVD boxes, with slipcases and episode guide inserts. These four DVD sets are housed in a nice red and white box, which isn't as big as you might think. It sits nicely on top of my bookshelf. The free, small, ALF puppet looks nice from a distance but boy is it cheap! It would cost you around £2 in a shop. The eyebrows aren't in the correct place on the puppet and the white cotton is clearly visible on the nose. It is much worse than those clip on ALF's from the 80's. But, it serves its purpose as a toy for modern youngsters to play with. Overall, as a set it does look nice.
The writing on the covers is in French, as are the episode guide inserts. The writing on the boxset is also in French. However, the writing on the DVD menus is in English! And there is an English soundtrack. Grab it while you can! This is a limited edition, and at ten pounds a series, well worth the asking price. It's sure to become a rarity, if the puppet stays in the box.