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ALF - Season Two


TITLE: ALF - SEASON TWO


Info:

DVD Release date: August 23, 2005 (Lions Gate Home Entertainment)
Color/1987-88
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Running Time for Special Features: approximately 47 minutes
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special Features: “Interactive Menus Hosted by ALF,” “ALF’s Animated Adventures: Phantom Pilot,” and “ALF Tales: Robin Hood.”


Introduction:

ALF is back on DVD with Season 2 – The Syndicated Version. We were all outraged when we found out that Lions Gate used syndicated copies for season one, but this time they label it on the back of the box (in semi-small print) that this is indeed a syndicated version of season two. Anyhow, the Tanner family is back on DVD with Willie (Max Wright), Kate (Anne Schedeen), Lynn (Andrea Elson), and Brian (Benji Gregory). The nosy neighbors the Ochmoneks (Trevor and Raquel) are also back, who always seem to find something fishy going around in the Tanner household. Will they ever figure out who ALF is? Find out on the season two DVD of ALF!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some famous ALF season two episodes include the Gilligan’s Island themed episode “Somewhere Over the Rerun – The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island,” ALF and the Tanners become a Nielsen TV rating family in “Primetime,” ALF and Willie in a wild adventure in “Night Train,” the one-hour “ALF’s Special Christmas,” and the 2-part episode “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Famous guest stars include Gilligan’s Island’s Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Russell Johnson, & Dawn Wells; Empty Nest’s David Leisure; TV’s funniest old lady Nedra Volz; and Anne Meara is also back in her recurring role as Dorothy.


Packaging:

The packaging is pretty much the same as season one. The box cover is in yellow this time with little star like shapes and ALF with a rose in his mouth in the center. The ALF logo is in red. The back of the box lists the special features, a brief synopsis of the show, four ALF Facts, and ALF season two credits. There is also a photo of ALF in his full body pointing to the synopsis while holding the DVD set! The case also has the same cover as the box and the same back as the box, like last time. They should have made it different, but no biggie. Inside the case of course are the 4 discs and also an episode index sheet. The discs this time are not overlapping, so that is a good fix from Lions Gate. The episode index sheet lists what episodes are on each disc with episode titles, and who wrote and directed the episode. It also features two quotes from ALF!

All the discs are in the yellow color scheme and have the ALF logo in red with the words season two in light green. Disc one has ALF’s face with a shot of a planet on the far left. It also mentions that disc one contains episodes 1-7. Disc two has ALF’s body with a rose in his mouth and has episodes 8-14. Disc three has ALF in a red Hawaiian shirt pointing to the sky. Disc three features episodes 15-21 and has an episode of ALF’s Animated Adventures. Disc four has a tough looking ALF with a gold chain and a silver chain representing a dollar sign, something out of the closet of Mr. T. Disc four has episodes 22-25 (really 26, since the 2-part Christmas episode is counted as one) and it has an episode of ALF Tales. Basically all of the photos on the discs are the same as season one. Each disc has its own holder this time (no overlapping discs), so the packaging is slightly better this time around.


ALF- Season Two DVD Menu ALF - Season Two DVD Menu

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screens are probably the best thing about this DVD! ALF himself hosts the menu screens again! They are very interactive. This is fun to watch. Each disc has a different menu screen, with ALF saying different things. This time ALF is the host of ALF’s Shopping Network. He sells all sort of ALF memorabilia, even the season one DVD. A fake 1-888 number is used. Just like it was on season one, when you select the episodes option, you go to a screen with all the episodes listed. There is a play icon, a photo from the episode, and a question mark icon. When you click on the question mark, ALF gives you a brief video synopsis of the episode—in his own words! ALF was again really involved in this DVD, it seems! The 3rd and 4th discs have a special Bonus Episode option, more on that in the special features section. The 4th disc also has a credits option, which are the credits for the DVD, on who was involved basically on the menus and more. There is no scene selection screen for each episode, but there are chapters on each episode, which you can use with your remote. I think there are about 6 chapters or so.


ALF - Season Two DVD Menu ALF - Season Two Menu

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio look decent and expect the same as you did for season one. The set is newly remastered, so you can tell how crisp the video looks and how good the audio sounds. The audio is in 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround. I didn’t find any faults in the audio or video. Each episode runs about 20:30 to 21:30 or so. There is one episode on disc 2, “Night Train” which runs less than that at about 19:45. So, again, these episodes are of the syndicated versions. It clearly says that on the back of the box this time. Though, I do think one episode is unedited. The one-hour Christmas episode clocks in at a little over 47 minutes. It is also in its original one hour format and has the original credits, which are rolling at the start of the episode instead of having an opening theme. Are you wondering if the two bonus animated episodes are unedited? They might be! ALF’s Animated Adventures is 22:30 and ALF Tales episode is over 24:40. For more information on those, read the special features section below!


ALF - Season Two DVD Menu ALF - Season Two DVD Menu

Special Features:

The special features for this set are two animated episodes. I suggested in my season one review that Lions Gate include a few episodes of the two animated series on the next DVD and they listened! Well, maybe they didn’t listen because of me, but they are actually on this set. One episode from each series is on this set, the first episode of each. Disc 3 has “ALF’s Animated Adventures” with the episode “Phantom Pilot.” It runs 22:30 as I stated earlier. I believe it is unedited, but I’m not an expert nor do I have any originals to compare to. I also have good news to report, at the end of the episode there is a little screen saying “ALF’s Animated Adventures” coming soon to DVD from Lions Gate!

Disc 4 has the first episode of “ALF Tales.” An animated –ALF look at Robin Hood. The episode runs 24:40 and has to be unedited. Though, there is one thing I did notice that could be missing. There are no closing credits! ALF’s Animated Adventures had them, even with all the closing logos intact, but ALF Tales has none. So maybe we are missing that. More good news though, at the end of the episode there is a little screen saying “ALF Tales” coming soon to DVD from Lions Gate!


Final Comments:

The set is decently done not counting of course the syndicated prints. Lions Gate did explain to us why they used those prints instead of the originals (if you do not know, read here: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=2067). And they do mention on the box that these are indeed syndicated versions. Some pluses for this set include: fixing of the overlapping discs, maybe an unedited episode with that Christmas episode, the menus are again fun to watch, and the clean video. Basically, if that is what you are looking for, then this set is for you. If you want to watch ALL the episodes in their entirety, then I guess this is not for you. Lions Gate is coming out with the two animated series on DVD soon, and it seems those will be unedited, so buy those instead, I guess.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 3/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/12/05

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