The Office - The Complete First Series

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Overview

A mockumentary-style workplace comedy series that has proven a hit on both sides of the pond, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's first season of The Office finds its way to stateside shores courtesy of BBC Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and clear with spot-on skin tones and little evidence of digital artifacting. Likewise, the sound, presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo, is a perfect re-creation of the original television audio. The inclusion of ...
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Overview

A mockumentary-style workplace comedy series that has proven a hit on both sides of the pond, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's first season of The Office finds its way to stateside shores courtesy of BBC Video. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and clear with spot-on skin tones and little evidence of digital artifacting. Likewise, the sound, presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo, is a perfect re-creation of the original television audio. The inclusion of optional English subtitles will no doubt be a thankful addition for Americans unable to keep up with the British accents and oft-used slang as well. Speaking of the slang, BBC Video has also found fit to include some great extras on this disc. First off is a hilarious recreation of the Wernham Hogg company newsletter, complete with character files and an insightful dictionary of British slang. The second disc of this two disc set includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and some interesting deleted scenes. Featuring interviews with both Gervais, Merchant, and numerous other cast members, the featurette is both revealing and hilarious as it follows much in the same vein as the series. Likewise, the deleted scenes included here -- while cut for obvious reasons in most cases -- are still quietly amusing even if they didn't work in the episodes.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive documentary: How I Made the Office; Deleted scenes; Wernham Hogg news; 'Slough Slang' - Glossary of the local lingo ; Wernham Hogg personnel file; English subtitles
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 794051181527
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,410

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ricky Gervais David Brent
Mackenzie Crook Gareth
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
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 Compant 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. 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. Hight Spirits [10:43]
6. Credits [1:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play in Order
   Select an Episode
      Episode 1
      Episode 2
      Episode 3
      Episode 4
      Episode 5
      Episode 6
   Select a Scene
      Episode 1
      Episode 2
      Episode 3
      Episode 4
      Episode 5
      Episode 6
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
Side #2 --
   Documentary
   Deleted Scenes
      Brent the Peacemaker
      Thoughts on Music
      Gareth Reprimands Brent and Finch
      Gareth on the Pull
      'Slough' by John Betjamen
      Gareth's Anxiety
   Subtitles: On
   Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious

    The Office (UK) is a phenomenal story. Such brilliant, original ideas that definitely started a new fantastic way to make a comedy show. Buy it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Show Ever created

    Sorry Steve Carrell, but the original just cannot be duplicated. It is the perfect mixture of painful comedy, a love story and ultimately redemption. All of the characters are amazing with a special nod to Garreth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wry and Witty

    It took me a while to get used to the unusual format, but I highly enjoyed these first episodes. In fact, it's the best comedy series I've seen in years. Low-key, subtle, and very British, it soon grows on you, with all of the characters endearing, even the boss! Because it's set in an office, most people will identify with the characters and the situations. It's horrible to think it's being remade. What's the point? MediaMale

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top notch

    A comic masterpiece, one that you can watch over and over again. It has the despicable boss, his butt-smooching lacky and all the rest of the office who make fun of them, but have little joy other than that during their day-to-day tedium. It's all great fun in Slough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This is one of the most entertaining shows on TV. It stays with you after viewing. The cast itself is amazing, but Ricky Gervais (as David Brent) is remarkably brilliant. The writing can't get any better. I recommend this especially to anyone who fancies British humor. Deadpan and Dry. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get ready to laugh

    My BIL just returned from a 2-year stint in England and he brought this DVD with him. I sat down to watch this and didn't get up until I had watched the whole thing. I was laughing so hard that I was sore the next day. I'm a big fan of the Office Space movie, but this takes the office experience to a whole new level. Basically, this is a show of office workers doing boring, tedious work. The boss, David, thinks everyone is SO happy, because he's such a hoopy guy. In fact, the entire office is obviously miserable BECAUSE the boss is so out of touch. A great show. A must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY!!!

    I CAUGHT THIS SHOW BY ACCIDENT ON TELEVISION ONE NIGHT AND I CRIED WITH LAUGHTER. THIS MOCKUMENTARY HAS TO BE THE FUNNIEST SHOW I'VE SEEN IN YEARS. IF YOU THINK YOUR BOSS IS ANNOYING...BUY THIS DVD AND YOU'LL SEE HOW LUCKY YOU REALLY ARE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Modern Day Classic

    If you have already seen David Brent (office manager) and his staff on BBC America then you will need no introduction. If not then it would not be an undersatement to say that David Brent is a one man Monty Python. He in his own words is a 'chilled out entertainer' trying to be cool constantly and usually failing... he's been in a band, he wants to live fast and die old and he thinks he is a comic genius. Only Gareth Keenan (the creepy office know it all) looks up to him but in the classic Training Day episode he has a captive audience as he takes over, gets his guitar out and puts on an impromptu gig for his staff... 'Free love on the freelove highway' being the highlight. If you've ever worked in an office you will see just how accurate this portrayal is completely with bad jokes, awkward silences, and office pranks. This is genius!

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