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1.14 A Little Bit of Soap


  • US Version
  • German Version
Release: Dec 16, 2014 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: DaxRider123 - 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:

8 cuts = 1 minute and 51 seconds.
5 alternate scenes = 1 minute and 5 seconds.
1 additional shot in the US Version = 4 seconds.

One certainly needs to make no words about the hilarious TV show "ALF". Even those who have not seen it have 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 was 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 for 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.
2 min
The intro was shortened. We do not see Alf's point of view when opening a door and walking to into the room.
3 sec

2 min
Another minor part from the intro was cut out when Alf wants to get his hands on the cake in the fridge, but Katherine hinders him.
8 sec

3 min
Only the US Version shows an exterior shot of the Tanners' house.
4 sec

3 min
In both versions, Dorothy turns to Alf in different shots. In the German Version there is some additional dialog:
Dorothy: I can't believe you're actually watching "Midwest General"!
Alf: What's wrong with "Midwest General"?
Dorothy: Total sleaze!
Alf: All you see is violence, revenge, murder!
Dorothy: That's not true! Gomez just entered a short-story contest!
2 sec
17 sec

US VersionGerman Version

4 min
The camera shows the TV a little longer. Alf and Dorothy are watching a movie.
20.5 sec

7 min
Willie: We've gotta try and pin her down, Kate!
Alf: Good idea! I'll get the pins!
Willie: We'll handle this!
Alf makes a note on a piece of paper: "We'll handle this!"
Katherine: That's right! She's my mother!
Alf: Is the word "mother" capitalized?

The US Version instead just shows a different shot of Alf.
2 sec
17 sec

US VersionGerman Version

9 min
Again, we see a little more of the movie on TV. Alf laughs about the scene.
9.5 sec

10 min
After Dorothy angrily left the living room, Katherine turns to Alf in different shots. Additionally, she only in the German Version says: Thanks a hell of a lot!
US Version: 2 sec
German Version: 4 sec

US VersionGerman Version

13 min
Alf is on the phone a little longer: Uh, Trish, quick thought: How do you feel about having a cat on the show? A speaking part! Yeah, you're right! Too sitcomy!
Subsequently, both versions show different exterior shots of the house.
10 sec

15 min
Willie: I'm trying to help here!
Alf: Well, you're not!
Willie: Look, why don't you just start writing? Write anything that comes into your head! Just put down the first thing that pops into your head!
Alf: Fine! Alf types on the typewriter.
Willie looks at the paper and then reads out what Alf has written so far: "I have writer's block!"
Alf: Monica wouldn't say that! See?
Willie: Don't panic here, Alf! Don't panic! Don't be so nervous!
Alf: Nervous? I've had 50 cups of coffee! I'm so wired, I had to strap myself to this chair!
Willie: Is that my belt?
US Version: 2 sec
German Version: 35 sec

US VersionGerman Version

16 min
Katherine: (Honey, there are some blintzes on a plate near the stove!)
Alf: (Those were for him?) We still have the plate!
Willie: I don't eat stoneware, unlike some people!
5 sec

17 min
The movie on TV is again shown longer. Also, in between we see shots of Alf, Katherine, and Dorothy.
26 sec

19 min
Alf: (There's not one word of violence in there!) And I cut out all the sex too!
Dorothy: Sex?
Katherine: What sex?
Dorothy: Who had sex?
Alf: It's gone, I said!
Willie: You know, I think Alf is telling the truth!
Alf: Thank you!
Willie: I mean, about the fight, anyway! There's no fight in here! But you do use a lot of "you knows!"
Alf: I know!
23 sec

20 min
Dorothy: You do use a lot of "you knows!"
Alf: If they bother you, drop them!
5 sec

21 min
Dorothy continue to read out the text: "I like to be with people! I like to take care of them! Maybe I go too far sometimes! That's because I care too much!"
12 sec

22 min
A different shot of the Tanners' house.
No difference in time.