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The Office (S2)
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Oct 5, 2006 By: Scott Weinberg
The Office (S2) order
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Actors:
Steve Carell
Jenna Fischer
John Krasinski

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The bland yet hilarious non-adventures of the colorful staff at Scraton's Dunder-Mifflin Paper Supply Company.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For me to say "THE OFFICE is one of the best sitcoms on TV right now" would be not only an understatement, but a serious backhand compliment. The truth is that there are stunningly few GOOD sitcoms on TV right now -- especially since ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT got tossed off the airwaves.

Anyone who's ever spent at least a week in an "office environment" will recognize (and laugh at) what goes on here: The gossiping, the parties, the clueless manager, the officious ass-kisser, the sweetly sexy secretary -- but what makes THE OFFICE so great is its unflinching air of ... discomfort. As a huge fan of the British version, I was a little skeptical about the series leaping over to the U.S., but the first season was surprisingly strong -- and the second one is a thing of beauty.

In addition to Steve Carell's award-winning turn as the wonderfully obtuse Michael Scott, THE OFFICE is packed to the rafters with fantastic actors and writers -- several of whom pull double duty here. Refusing to use the moronic "laugh track" and presenting itself in a clever faux-documentary fashion, THE OFFICE is, far and away, the best sitcom on TV right now. And if ever there were a series that deserved to be viewed over and over again -- it's this one. I've seen each episode at least three times, and I keep finding subtle little gags that just kill me.

You'll tune in for Steve Carell, but you'll keep coming back for Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson. Hell, even the background characters are hilarious.

THE EXTRAS
Yee-haa! These four discs are absolutely swollen with extra treats. First off, every episode comes with numerous deleted scenes -- and this footage was cut for time, not lack of funniness. Trust me.

You'll also find ten audio commentaries scattered across the four platters, each of which is packed with thoughts, memories, and silliness from various actors, writers, and producers.

There's also a 17-minute blooper reel, 17 Fake PSAs, ten Webisodes called "The Accoutants," a few Olympics Promos, and a funny little self-interview called Steve on Steve, in which the comedian talks to himself while pimping THE OFFICE and THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
To those who think I might be overhyping this package, all I can say is this: Phenomenally funny season, anamorphic widescreen transfers, and tons of really awesome extras. Frankly I think this is one of my very favorite DVD releases of the year.
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