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ALF

1.01 Pilot

Comparison:

  • US Version
  • German Version
Release: Nov 22, 2014 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the cut episodes on the US DVD by Lions Gate / FOX and the uncut episodes on the German DVD by Warner Home Video.

The differences:

5 cuts = 26.5 seconds.
8 alternate scenes = 2 minutes and 47 seconds.

There is no need to make many words about the hilarious TV show "ALF". You doesn't know it has at least heard of it even though it has been quite some time since something new from the ALF universe was released. Anyway, the show consists of 4 seasons and aired in the late 80s and early 90s. Furthermore, there are two animated series ("ALF: The Animated Series" & ALF Tales) and a motion picture from the mid 90s.


As to the US Versions, a few minutes of each episode were cut for syndication in order to show more commercials. Unfortunately, these syndication versions were also released on DVD. Understandably, the fans were disappointed that the DVDs do not contain the uncut episodes. Whether or not the uncut episodes will be released one day (perhaps on Blu-ray?) is the million dollar question.
0 Min
Willie (voice over): This is the way it began that extraordinary night... the night he came!
Brian and Willie are walking across the garden, they are headed to the garage.
Willie: I'm gonna be in the garage calling Nemboshaba!
Brian: Me too! Who's Nemboshaba?
Willie: Nemboshaba's my friend in Yugoslavia!
They now enter the garage.
Brian: Dad, can I look through the telescope?
Willie: Of course, my son! Enjoy the cosmos!
Brians rushes to the telescope while Willie takes a seat at his table. Subsequently, Lynn runs in with Lucky in her arms.
Lynn: Dad, can I talk to Natalie after you're through?
Willie: Sure!
Lynn: I wanna tell her about my new boyfriend!
Willie: New boyfriend? What's his name?
Lynn: Lash!
Willie: Lash? That's not his real name, is it?
Lynn: You don't approve, do you?
Willie: I don't even know Lash!
Willie grabs the microphone of his radio and starts talking: This is K726 XAA Los Angeles calling Belgrade!
Then Kate enters the garage as well.



Katherine: How you guys doing?
Lynn: Fine! Dad hates Lash!
Brian: And I'm looking for Venus!
Katherine: Did you find it?
Brian: No, but the neighbors are watching Body Heat again!
Katherine: Brian... stop spying on people!
She closes the blinds but before she does, she takes another peek into the neighbors' window.
Katherine: Just get ready for bed!
Brian: I'm hungry!
Katherine: Because your didn't eat your mashed potatoes!
Brian: I don't like mashed potatoes!
Katherine: Come on! Did anyone feed the cat?
Lynn: Oh, I'll feed him!
Brian: Feed him my mashed potatoes!
Katherine: Lucky eats cat food!
Brian: Now I know why we named him Lucky!
Kate tells Brian to leave the garage, Lynn follows.
Katherine: Can I talk to your for a minute?
Willie: Sure!
When Willie puts away an electronical device, he gets juiced in the process. He screams, then he gets upset.
Katherine: You all right?
Willie: Yeah, I guess! The CB must have crossed circuits with the shortwave!
Katherine: You know, it's not easy being a 16-year-old!
Willie: I know I'm immature sometimes, but, you know, you put so much!
Katherine: It was talking about Lynn!
Willie: Lynn! Right! Was there a problem there?
Katherine: She thinks you hate her boyfriend!
Willie: She's such a bright girl! I'll talk to her right away! We'll get this thing straightened out, let me just shut this thing off!

In the US Version, there is a freeze frame of Willie and Kate in the garage right at the beginning, accompanied by Willie's commentary from the off originally from the beginning of the Uncut Version. Not until that comment, the movement in that scene starts. Willie and Kate are looking at the radio that suddenly makes a sound. From now on, the versions are back in sync.
US Version: 8 sec
German Version: 123 sec



2 Min
Only the US Version contains a shot of the monitor showing an active signal. The Uncut Version contains a shot of Kate and a subsequent shot of her and Willie.
US Version: 2 sec
German Version: 4 sec

US VersionGerman Version



3 Min
The opening is slightly shorter: the shot from ALF's POV opening a door and entering the room is missing.
3 sec



4 Min
Further missing part of the opening: the shot of ALF trying to grab the pie in the fridge plus Kate slapping on his hand because of that is missing.
8 sec



5 Min
Extended shot of ALF sleeping.
Lynn: I can't believe it!
3 sec



6 Min
Different footage during the following dialog:
Katherine: We've gotta get rid of it!
Willie: Absolutely! We don't know anything about it! It could be dangerous! It could be diseased! It could be hostile, or have hostile friends or acquaintances!
no difference

US VersionGerman Version



8 Min
Extended shot of ALF chasing Lynn and Brian.
2 sec



9 Min
Extended shot of Willie in front of the mirror in the bathroom plus ALF is putting on Willie's glasses. Meanwhile, there is some more dialog.
Alf: Yeah! Lynn and I got to gabbing last night, and she sort of feels...
5 sec



12 Min
Different exterior shot of the Tanner house. In the German Version, the camera pans in and shows ALF playing with the train while he is listening to the song "Proud Mary" from his walkman. He is singing it as well. Willie is standing on top of a ladder in order to repair something. He tells ALF to pass the screwdriver but ALF can't hear him and keeps singing. Lynn enters the room and starts smiling when she sees ALF singing. Willie is calling out ALF's name again and asks for the screwdriver one more time.
US Version: 4.5 sec
German Version: 24 sec

US VersionGerman Version



14 Min
Lynn: Oh, Alf... what are we gonna do with you?
Alf: I guess you'll just have to love me for as long as it lasts!
Lynn: We will!
They hug. Then ALF looks at Lynn and continues singing "Proud Mary". Lynn joins in while Willie is looking stressed out.
26 sec



14 Min
Exterior shot of the Tanner house. The camera zooms in on it.
2.5 sec



21 Min
ALF keeps talking for an extended period while Willie and Kate are listening in from behind without ALF noticing.
3 sec



22 Min
When the Tanners are sneaking out, ALF keeps speaking. He claims to have eaten the cat which makes the Tanners turn around in horror. The shot of that is slightly different in either of the versions.
US Version: 3 sec
German Version: 2 sec

US VersionGerman Version



22 Min
Katherine: More mashed potatoes, please!
Alf: Lob them over here when you're done with them! I'm getting kind of used to this mushy stuff! Alf fängt an zu lachen.
Brian: I like mashed potatoes too now, Mom!
Willie: He likes mashed potatoes now too!
15 sec



23 Min
Extended shot of the Tanner house before the transition to the end credits.
1.5 sec
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