The Office Special

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Overview

It's been three long years since the public last caught up with the cubicle-dwelling paper merchants of Wernham Hogg, and now viewers who may have wondered what became of The Office finally have a chance to see what became of their old friends. With David Brent (Ricky Gervaise) abandoning his post to release a single and sell cleaning products door-to-door, and Gareth (Mackenzie Crook) promoted to office manager, it seems as if the overzealous former right-hand-man's dreams of power have finally come true - but ...
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Overview

It's been three long years since the public last caught up with the cubicle-dwelling paper merchants of Wernham Hogg, and now viewers who may have wondered what became of The Office finally have a chance to see what became of their old friends. With David Brent (Ricky Gervaise) abandoning his post to release a single and sell cleaning products door-to-door, and Gareth (Mackenzie Crook) promoted to office manager, it seems as if the overzealous former right-hand-man's dreams of power have finally come true - but what of the other loyal Wernham Hogg employees? Despite having relocated to Florida, Dawn (Lucy Davis) and her fiancé Lee (Joel Beckett) agree to return to the old office to take part in a documentary about the annual end-of-the-year office bash, and it appears as if the hapless Tim (Martin Freeman) may finally be near the end of his rope.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Office: Closed for Business documentary; Golden Globes featurette; "If You Don't Know Me by Now" full song and video; The Making of "Freelove Freeway"; Director's commentary
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 794051208422
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,580

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Ricky Gervais Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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 --
   Play in Order
   Part 1
   Part 2
   Select a Scene
      Part 1
      Part 2
   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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartbreakingly Funny

    In an age when comedies are sophomoric and gratuitously scatalogical, and political correctness trumps humor, along comes The Office. The series and the special are poignant and hilarious with just the right touch of unself-conscious bawdiness. At last something for smart people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!

    The Office is a classic English comedy that if hilarious through and through. It is a excellent blend on side spliting humor and heart-warming emotion

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