He came from the planet Melmac, crash-landed into the garage of an American suburban family, and won the hearts of millions of TV fans. He's Alf, and now you can enjoy all four seasons of the side-splittingly funny series that made this wacky, wisecracking E.T. an entertainment sensation. Whether Alf is dealing with planetary culture shock, hiding from nosy neighbors, or following his show-biz dreams, he's guaranteed to deliver the biggest laughs in this galaxy...or any other!
Between the years 2004 and 2006, ALF
season sets came to DVD from Lionsgate Entertainment...all four seasons. Fans were upset though, because - as we reported at the time
- the studio was only supplied with edited-for-syndication versions of the episodes (which the owners of the show had in better quality).
In 2012, Alliance Films Media (who had purchased the previous Canadian distributor, Maple Pictures, from Lionsgate in 2011...and who has since in turn been purchased by eOne Films!) released a DVD set with all four seasons titled ALF - The Complete Series
on DVD. That set was only in Canada, and - as it turned out - the episodes were both the syndicated versions, and not presented in original broadcast order.
We do NOT know at this time if any of these issues are being resolved in this newly announced item (we suspect "no," however...but then again, we haven't heard from the studio about it either, so we could possibly be wrong about that). But now Lionsgate Entertainment has scheduled a May 9th
release of something they are calling "ALF - The Seasons 1-4 Collection
." It's a 24-DVD package, priced at $54.98 SRP, and with closed captioning.
Lionsgate has informed retailers that this is "Now available as a gift set for the first time!," "Timed for Father's Day promotions!," having "Specialty packaging with a 3D 'Thermoform' Alf Face," and "The Complete DVD Collection including ALF Seasons 1-4." Nothing in the studio's wording claims that the episodes are any different from the previously-available-on-DVD ALF
episodes, and the title seems calculated to avoid making it seem like there's more than the previous USA-available DVD sets had. Also, package art hasn't been provided so far.
We'll bring the packaging pictures to you as soon as we can, and if we find out anything different about the episode length then we'll tell you as soon as we possibly can. Stay tuned!