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ALF - Season Three ALF Animated Adventures - 20,000 Years in Driving School ALF Tales - ALF and the Beanstalk and Other Classic Fairy Tales


TITLE: ALF - SEASON THREE

TITLE: ALF ANIMATED ADVENTURES - 20,000 YEARS IN DRIVING SCHOOOL

TITLE: ALF TALES - ALF AND THE BEANSTALK AND OTHER CLASSIC FAIRY TALES


Info on ALF - Season Three:

DVD Release date: May 30, 2006 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Color/1988-89
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 27
Running Time: 550 minutes
Total Running Time for Special Features: n/a
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special Features: “Interactive Menus Hosted by ALF”

Info on ALF Animated Adventures - 20,000 Years in Driving School:

DVD Release date: May 30, 2006 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Color/1987
MSRP: $14.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 9
Running Time: 225 minutes
Total Running Time for Special Features: n/a
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None

Info on ALF Tales - ALF and the Beanstalk and Other Classic Fairy Tales:

DVD Release date: May 30, 2006 (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Color/1988
MSRP: $14.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 7
Running Time: 175 minutes
Total Running Time for Special Features: n/a
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


Introduction:

ALF is back on DVD with Season 3 ­ The Syndicated Version. We were all outraged when we found out that Lionsgate used syndicated copies for season one, but for seasons two and three they label it on the back of the box (in semi-small print) that this is indeed a syndicated version of seasons two and three. 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 three DVD of ALF! Also available are the first 9 episodes of ALF: Animated Adventures and the first 7 episodes of ALFTales both sold separately for $14.98 each. I will talk about these two sets as well in this review. So three reviews in one! Can’t beat that!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some famous ALF season three episodes include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” where Trevor stays with Tanners; the one-hour episode “Tonight, Tonight” where ALF is the host of The Tonight Show; the two-part episode “Turkey in the Straw” is the Thanksgiving episode where the Alien Task Force come in; “Fight Back” is where Willie goes on a consumer advocate show; “Baby Love” where ALF learns he is allergic to babies and starts sneezing like crazy; and “Running Scared” is the one where ALF is being taken as an illegal alien. Famous guest stars include Ed McMahon (Himself), Fred De Cordova (Himself), Tommy Newsom (Himself), Dr. Joyce Brothers (Herself), Joan Embrey (Herself), Rich Little (Himself) all in “Tonight, Tonight.” Other guests include David Ogden Stiers (Flakey Pete) in “Turkey in the Straw,” Kathleen Freeman (Betty Susla) in “Alone Again, Naturally,” and Carla Gugino (Laura) in “Standing in the Shadows of Love.”

The animated sets have the first episodes of the respective series. ALF: The Animated Adventures set has the first 9 episodes (there are 47 in total for the series). ALFTales set has the first 7 episodes (there are 21 in total for the series).


Packaging:

The packaging is pretty much the same as the first two seasons for ALF. The box cover is in green this time with little star like shapes and ALF with drinking an ice cream milkshake with a cat inside. 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 three credits. There is also a photo of ALF’s head peaking behind a picket fence 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 again, and are a little improvement over season two. 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 green color scheme and have the ALF logo in red with the words season three in white. 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. 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 22-27. Basically all of the photos on the discs are the same as the previous sets. Each disc has its own holder. Also inside the case we get a form saying if we buy season three and either ALF Animated Adventures or ALF Tales, we get $5 back! This form is also inside the ALF animation sets.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screens are probably the best thing about the sitcom ALF 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 a satellite radio show. Howard Stern even calls in (not the real one of course). Just like it was on previous sets, 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 4th disc also has a credits option, which is 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 5 chapters or so.

As for the animated sets, it is simple--a nice sky blue background with the characters. The only options are Play All and Episodes. There are chapter stops. There is no music on the main menu screen.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio look decent and expect the same as you did for previous seasons. 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 around 19 minutes only. So, again, these episodes are of the syndicated versions. It clearly says that on the back of the box. The one-hour Tonight, Tonight episode clocks in at a little over 39 minutes—so probably edited, too.

As for the animated sets, ALF Animated Adventures has decent video and audio. The runtimes for the 9 episodes are: 22:21, 22:10, 21:37, 22:14, 19:00, 22:18, 22:24, 22:33 and 22:26. I’m not sure if they are edited or not, but I think they might be unedited—at least most of them. The first episode was available on the Season 2 ALF set last summer. After the closing credits, there are some logos: DiC logo and Alien Productions logo ALF Tales also has decent video and audio. The runtimes for the 7 episodes are: 24:41, 23:35, 22:29, 23:18, 22:11, 21:48, and 24:44. As you can see they are all over the place. The first episode was available on the Season 2 ALF set last summer and didn’t have closing credits. It is the same thing here but the rest of the episodes do have closing credits, followed by a DiC logo and Alien Productions logo.


Special Features:

There are no special features for season three other than ALF hosting the menus. The animated sets also have no extras.


Final Comments:

The set is decently done not counting of course the syndicated prints. Again, Lionsgatee 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, but I am not happy getting edited episodes, so my score again will be down. If you want to watch ALL the episodes in their entirety, then I guess this is not for you. ALF hosting the menu is fun to watch though. The animated sets are good to have and let’s hope they release every episode from both series. ALF season four is still left. I hope we get that by the end of the year, along with more animated sets!


Final Numbers for ALF - Season Three (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 3/5

Final Numbers for ALF Animated Sets (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 05/26/06

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