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Overview

The Office was one of the most critically respected situation comedies of its time. Featuring Ricky Gervais as one of the most realistic and unctuous bosses in television history, the program produced only twelve episodes and one holiday special. This set contains all 13 of those programs, as well as a documentary on the making of the show.
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Overview

The Office was one of the most critically respected situation comedies of its time. Featuring Ricky Gervais as one of the most realistic and unctuous bosses in television history, the program produced only twelve episodes and one holiday special. This set contains all 13 of those programs, as well as a documentary on the making of the show.
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Special Features

Series one: Exclusive documentary: "How I Made The Office," deleted scenes; Series two: Video diary, deleted scenes, outtakes; The Special: Documentary, director's commentary,; Golden Globes featurette, music video, making of "Freelove Freeway"
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Cree McCree
Viewer Advisory: This black-comedic gem from BBC America contains scenes of graphic backstabbing and other weasely behavior that may cause shocks of recognition in anyone who's done time as a nine-to-fiver. The Office may also make you laugh out loud -- ­­without the prodding of punch lines, laugh tracks, or sitcom shtick. Shot with handheld cameras in the vérité style of This Is Spinal Tap, The Office is set in a backwater branch of a fictitious British paper manufacturer. The big fish in this very small pond is David Brent, a nightmarish middle manager who gives new meaning to the word "wanker." As portrayed with fiendish glee by series creator Rick Gervais, Brent yo-yos between humiliating his staff and trying to ingratiate himself with groaningly awful jokes. The employees Brent commands are equally vivid characters, from his ghoulish assistant Gareth Mackenzie Crook to the odious sales rep Finchy Ralph Ineson to the charming but hapless Tim Martin Freeman, another sales rep whose dreams are repeatedly dashed on the shoals of his dead-end job. While baiting each other like schoolboys, the alpha males engage in much territorial pissing, which rings as true as life or the latest Dilbert strip. Throughout much of the season, The Office is also threatened with imminent downsizing­­ -- which Brent hangs over his staffers' heads while delighting in watching them squirm. Talk about reality TV.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Some critics contend that The Office is the best British sitcom ever made -- high praise indeed, given the Beeb’s library of classics. Judging by the superb episodes collected here, one may very well second that opinion. The show's greatest charms lie not simply in its biting scripts and its sterling cast but also in its hilarious (or, to some, distressing) familiarity, with daily office life depicted as a hell on earth. That said, it won't take long for newcomers to be drawn into the little intrigues at the Wernham-Hogg office in Slough. This time around, branch manager David Brent (series creator Ricky Gervais) finds his status undermined when Wernham-Hogg combines the Slough and Swindon branches, placing Neil Godwin (Patrick Baladi) above him in the executive pecking order and setting Brent’s spectacular fall into glorious slow motion. Meanwhile, Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) continues to find glee in teasing priggishly twisted Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook), and his unrequited love for the receptionist Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) gains a layer of complexity when Rachel (Stacey Roca), the office hottie from Swindon, takes a shine to him. As the Brits like to say, it’s all quite brilliant, really. The Hollywood Press Association handed Gervais the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and recognized the show as the Best Comedy or Musical for the year; which will likely be its last.
Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
In only two short seasons, the BBC comedy-cum-faux documentary The Office vaulted into the public consciousness, becoming the first British series ever to win the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. Fans consider it not only the best British sitcom ever made but the best from any country, period. With these kinds of accolades, creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant could have kept the show going forever but instead decided to go out on top -- but not before wrapping up the series with this hilarious final trip to The Office that originally aired in the U.K. as a two-part Christmas special in 2003. It's been three years since we last visited the offices of Wernham Hogg, and things were left in disarray: Bumbling middle manager David Brent Gervais had been made "redundant" that's "downsized" to us Yanks, and Tim Martin Freeman had finally made a play for receptionist Dawn Lucy Davis, only to be rebuked and have her move to the States with her loutish boyfriend. In that time, the original within-a-show documentary series has aired, and the producers are filming a "where are they now?" follow-up. Brent is now milking his 15 minutes by making appearances as a D-list celebrity, though he makes ends meet as a traveling office-supply salesman. He still makes time -- too much time, perhaps -- to visit his old workplace, seeing himself as a returning hero. Filling his position at Wernham Hogg is wiry, efficiency-obsessed Gareth Mackenzie Crook, much to the annoyance of Tim, who is still pining for Dawn and suffering from a dead-end job existential crisis. The story culminates around the annual Christmas party, to which Brent has weaseled an invite and resorts to online personal ads to find a date for it. Meanwhile, Dawn isn't quite finding the American Dream in Florida, and when the documentary producers offer to fly her back for the party, she jumps at the chance. While The Office Special offers many of the painfully funny, cringe-worthy moments fans have come to expect, Gervais also allows a little sunshine to come into these characters' lives, including one genuine lump-in-the-throat moment. A happy ending for The Office? That might be a stretch, but if a series this funny and perfect has to come to a close, we can't imagine a better finale.

In only two short seasons, the BBC comedy-cum-faux documentary The Office vaulted into the public consciousness, becoming the first British series ever to win the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. Fans consider it not only the best British sitcom ever made but the best from any country, period. With these kinds of accolades, creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant could have kept the show going forever but instead decided to go out on top -- but not before wrapping up the series with this hilarious final trip to The Office that originally aired in the U.K. as a two-part Christmas special in 2003. It's been three years since we last visited the offices of Wernham Hogg, and things were left in disarray: Bumbling middle manager David Brent Gervais had been made "redundant" that's "downsized" to us Yanks, and Tim Martin Freeman had finally made a play for receptionist Dawn Lucy Davis, only to be rebuked and have her move to the States with her loutish boyfriend. In that time, the original within-a-show documentary series has aired, and the producers are filming a "where are they now?" follow-up. Brent is now milking his 15 minutes by making appearances as a D-list celebrity, though he makes ends meet as a traveling office-supply salesman. He still makes time -- too much time, perhaps -- to visit his old workplace, seeing himself as a returning hero. Filling his position at Wernham Hogg is wiry, efficiency-obsessed Gareth Mackenzie Crook, much to the annoyance of Tim, who is still pining for Dawn and suffering from a dead-end job existential crisis. The story culminates around the annual Christmas party, to which Brent has weaseled an invite and resorts to online personal ads to find a date for it. Meanwhile, Dawn isn't quite finding the American Dream in Florida, and when the documentary producers offer to fly her back for the party, she jumps at the chance. While The Office Special offers many of the painfully funny, cringe-worthy moments fans have come to expect, Gervais also allows a little sunshine to come into these characters' lives, including one genuine lump-in-the-throat moment. A happy ending for The Office? That might be a stretch, but if a series this funny and perfect has to come to a close, we can't imagine a better finale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 794051208521
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Digi-Pak
  • Time: 7:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,672

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One: The Complete First Series
1. The Boss [5:01]
2. I'm a Sales Rep [6:14]
3. The Number Bods [7:43]
4. Putting the Record Straight [4:44]
5. It's Not Company Policy [5:16]
6. Credits [1:01]
1. The New Girl [5:31]
2. You're So Immature [5:53]
3. Afternoon Mr. Jackson [5:37]
4. Gareth Keenan Investigates [4:59]
5. Who Was It? [6:24]
6. Credits [:54]
1. Tim's Birthday [5:24]
2. Large Inflatable Cock [5:31]
3. Quiz Officials Only [6:24]
4. The Quiz [5:43]
5. The Results [5:05]
6. Credits [1:25]
1. Training Day [4:37]
2. Who Cares Wins [5:34]
3. Ultimate Fantasy [4:37]
4. Song Time [5:13]
5. Being Dumped [8:30]
6. Credits [:59]
1. A Fresh Start [5:41]
2. The way Forward [7:34]
3. Health and Safety [4:02]
4. Genius at Work [3:13]
5. Chasers [8:17]
6. Credits [:52]
1. Redundancy [5:28]
2. I am Leaving [4:29]
3. The Verdict [5:03]
4. What About Us? [2:47]
5. High Spirits [10:43]
6. Credits [1:02]
Side #3 -- Disc Three: The Complete Second Series
1. Episode One [5:03]
2. I'm David's Boss [6:23]
3. A Few Words [4:39]
4. The Joke [6:15]
5. Cramping My Style [6:08]
6. Credits [:45]
1. Episode Two [5:33]
2. Keep the Dream Alive [5:42]
3. Keith's Appraisal [5:04]
4. Pub Lunch [7:06]
5. Gareth Makes His Move [5:14]
6. Credits [:44]
1. Episode Three [5:52]
2. Bullseye [2:43]
3. Headhunted [4:55]
4. Gareth Dares [7:18]
5. Form an Orderly Queue [7:34]
6. Credits [:43]
1. Episode Four [5:22]
2. I'm an Educator [5:02]
3. Bluto [7:52]
4. The Gig [2:39]
5. Simply the Best [3:08]
6. Credits [4:25]
1. Episode Five [6:07]
2. Dirty Little Pervert [4:15]
3. Dance Fusion [4:49]
4. Showdown [8:14]
5. Generous Package [4:49]
6. Credits [:44]
1. Episode Six [5:04]
2. Inside Paper [5:24]
3. Notice [4:13]
4. Cleaning Up His Mess [9:04]
5. The Question [4:34]
6. Credits [:45]
Side #4 -- The Office Special
1. Stitch-Up [3:14]
2. Are You Famous? [3:38]
3. Back Again [3:27]
4. Florida [2:09]
5. Record Sales [5:09]
6. Tim's Agenda [2:09]
7. Perks of the Job [2:41]
8. Mumbo Jumbo's [3:45]
9. Looking for Love [6:26]
10. Party Planning [3:12]
11. Love Lottery [4:49]
12. Backstage [2:07]
13. Credits [:49]
1. The Yes/No Pile [3:34]
2. Lunch Date [1:57]
3. Old Friends [3:56]
4. Too Many Questions [4:27]
5. Pub Chat [4:00]
6. Secret Santa [3:19]
7. A Dog's Life [3:34]
8. On the Road [4:08]
9. Party Preparations [2:40]
10. Party Time [1:39]
11. The Waiting Game [1:44]
12. Christmas Carol [2:47]
13. Lee's Mates [5:29]
14. Present Time [1:49]
15. Brent Scores [2:16]
16. Only You [3:43]
17. The End [:49]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc One: The Complete First Series
   Play in Order
   Select an Episode
      Episode 1
      Episode 2
      Episode 3
      Episode 4
      Episode 5
      Episode 6
   Select a Scene
      Episode 1
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:30:03
      Episode 2
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:29:21
      Episode 3
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:29:34
      Episode 4
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:29:31
      Episode 5
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:29:42
      Episode 6
         Menu Group #1 with 6 chapter(s) covering 00:29:35
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Disc Two: The Complete First Series
   Documentary
   Deleted Scenes
      Brent the Peacemaker
      Thoughts on Music
      Gareth Reprimands Brent and Finch
      Gareth on the Pull
      'Slough' by John Betjeman
      Gareth's Anxiety
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Side #3 -- Disc Three: The Complete Second Series
   Play in Order
   Select an Episode
      Episode 1
      Episode 2
      Episode 3
      Episode 4
      Episode 5
      Episode 6
   Select a Scene
      Episode 1
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:16
      Episode 2
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:24
      Episode 3
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:08
      Episode 4
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:16
      Episode 5
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:01
      Episode 6
         Menu Group #1 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:29:07
   Extra Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Outtakes
      Video Diary
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Side #4 -- The Office Special
   Play in Order
   Part 1
   Part 2
   Select a Scene
      Part 1
         Menu Group #1 with 14 chapter(s) covering 00:43:42
      Part 2
         Menu Group #2 with 17 chapter(s) covering 00:51:58
   Extra Features
      The Office: Closed for Business Documentary
      Golden Globes Featurette
      'If You Don't Know Me By Now' Full Song and Video
      Full Band Version of 'Freelove Freeway'
      Director's Commentary (Part 2 Only)
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
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