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The Office (S1)
DVD disk
Aug 22, 2005 By: JoBlo
The Office (S1) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Steve Carell
Rainn Wilson
John Krasinski

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Essentially, an Americanized version of the British “The Office” television series, made extremely popular by its star, Ricky Gervais, this one stars Steve Carell and features the everyday hum-drum functions of a small subsidiary corporate office, and its various personalities.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite the first “season” including only 6 episodes, I was pleasantly surprised by how funny, un-network-like and politically incorrect this show turned out to be. I’ve always loved dry humor a la “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Arrested Development” and “Curb your Enthusiasm”, and this show is right up those alleys, with no bullshit laugh tracks or lame TV directing turning one off. With a zippy documentary style, a ton of priceless moments, excellent dialogue, and above all, a fantastic cast of perfect office people, this show really provides a much needed boost to the horrible network “sitcoms” prevalent today.

Carell, in the lead role, is the show’s anchor though, with an amazing presentation of a so-called manager who is so obviously in over his head, but continuing to pretend like he knows what he’s talking about. He attempts to be “cool and funny” for his employees, while all the while, really coming off like a loser, and all-around ignorant and unimpressive individual. He rocks! It takes a great and funny talent like Carell to be able to make this unfunny guy so very funny (think about that). The rest of the cast also plays their parts to a tee, including the suck-up office assistant, the hip salesman who knows that he’s above working at the office, as well as the cute secretary, with whom the latter flirts a lot, and who together, give the show a little “heart”.

The secretary, played by Jenna Fischer, is in my opinion, also one of the show’s comedic pillars with the look on her face alone. Watching her react to some of her boss’ actions is priceless. Overall, all six episodes play easily and consistently (I actually watched them all again the next day and they were still funny!), and basically come off like little versions of OFFICE SPACE, but with plenty of uncomfortable and funny silences for everyone. The only thing that might’ve completed the show would have been the addition of profanity, if only because it would likely open up a lot more R-rated avenues for future show material, but then again, it’s surprisingly hilarious even without all that. Check it out…you won’t be sorry!
THE EXTRAS
Deleted scenes (~ 60 minutes): You read that right…close to 60 minutes of deletes scenes, which is amazing when you consider that each episode only runs about 20 minutes anyway. Unlike deleted scenes on movie DVDs, the ones included here were obviously not left out because of their lack of relevance to the show or anything, but because they would just make the shows run too long. Every single one of them is just as, if not funnier, than many of the actual bits from the shows, and will definitely be appreciated by fans. I had a blast watching these things, since they felt like a secret stash of jokes newly discovered. Very cool.

Episode commentaries: The DVD also includes 5 commentary tracks featuring almost everyone from the cast, as well as some producers and writers. Once again, I couldn’t help but listen to all of these tracks, every single one of which is a delight, with everyone offering their backgrounds to the show, anecdotes from the tapings and plenty of cool insight. It was interesting to find out that many of the secondary characters on the show (even some of its leads) are also writers on the program (for example, Mr. Brown, who teaches the diversity day class is one of the show’s writers). A great addition and interesting for all fans.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of dry humor TV programs and politically incorrect office shenanigans a la OFFICE SPACE and “The Larry Sanders Show”. The DVD doesn’t include many episodes or extras, but what is there is pretty awesome, and for such a low price (~ $20), you really can’t go wrong, particularly if you’re looking to put a smile on your face over and over and over again.
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