Release: Nov 24, 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.
7 cuts = 1 minute and 15 seconds.
4 alternate scenes = 46.5 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.
After ALF was messing around with "Lucky" the cat, Willie turns away from him and leaves the house. Then ALF at the table again, he is looking at Lucky.
The opening is slightly shorter: the shot from ALF's POV opening a door and entering the room is missing.
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.
The conversation about ALF's appetite and its costs is longer:
Alf: Yeah! Hey Kate, you know, you could save a fortune by clipping coupons! They did whole show about it once on Mer - The fat guys show!
Katherine: Coupon clipping is not a good idea! I shouldn't be allowed to hold scissors!
She picks up a pomegranate stuck to a cushion. Then she throws everything in the trash can.
Alf: Am I being overly sensitive, or is there tension in this room?
Lynn: Alf, let's get this place cleaned up! I'll give you a hand!
Alf: Can we hold off on that a second? I feel a burp coming up!
Katherine: Oh, goody!
Willie: While we're waiting, would you take off my shirt?
ALF is brandishing Willie's tie.
Willie: No, not! The one you're wearing!
Alf: Just kidding! On Melmac, a cat-fork joke is a classic! It's right up there with seltzer bottles and whoopee cushions! No wonder vaudeville is dead!
As compensation, the shot of Willie is longer.
US Version: 2 sec
Uncut Version: 14 sec
After ALF asked around if anyone believed he hadn't eaten Lucky, Lynn's reaction ("Well...") plus ALF thanking her for it is missing.
Shot of ALF's farewell note, followed by a fade to black. In the next scene, the camera zooms in on the kitchen window (exterior shot).
Willie and Brian quickly leave the mise-en-scène. Then a shot of ALF looking for Lucky. He is standing on a wooden box, looking through the bars above the door of the restaurant.
More dialog at the animal shelter:
Man: Well, what kind of cat is that?
Employee: Oh, I don't know! I don't know too much about these things! I only work here part time! I'm an actor!
Girl: My dad's a producer, and he says all actors are idiots!
Employee (with a smile): Well, he's right! Very nice to meet you, sir!
Girl: What is that monstrosity!
Shot of ALF sitting and grunting inside the cage.
The US Version only contains ALF grunting plus the girl asking the employee about the creature inside the cage. The latter is being presented from a different angle.
US Version: 5 sec
German Version: 23 sec
Different shot of the employee recommending another cat. In the uncut version, he also speaks about the background of the cat.
US Version: 2 sec
German Version: 13 sec
The man and his daughter keep walking with their new cat "Lucky". The employee cat-calls at them: Oh, Listen! Listen, I'm in a small workshop production of Extremities this weekend! If you're in the neighborhood, I'm the one in the fireplace!
Extended shot of the eymployee being upset about ALF's noises.
The employee runs after ALF who snatched Lucky and is now on the run. Then a cut to the Tanner house. The US Version contains an exterior shot of the house as well but a slightly different one.
US Version: 3 sec
German Version: 8.5 sec