- Number of Discs: 4
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 16, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: BBC Warner
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Box Set
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 11/26/2004
"It's filmed reality-TV-style, yet has huge repeat value -- mainly because first time around, the cringe factor makes you wince before you laugh."
A huge hit on BBC America, this release contains the first and second seasons of THE OFFICE, alongside the acclaimed Special episodes:
THE OFFICE SEASON ONE: When the Wernham Hogg paper merchants needed someone to come in and shape up their office, they found the man who definitely thinks he is the most capable candidate in David Brent (Ricky Gervais). Brent rules a tight ship, but at the same time tries to be every employee's best friend. Brent is the centerpiece for this brilliant satire of 9-5 office life. Camera crews follow Brent and his employees around in this British series that uses no laugh track, and doesn't need it. The razor sharp comedy will have audiences in stitches. When released in England, this wickedly funny series broke all sales records for non-film DVD releases.
THE OFFICE SEASON TWO: David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is up to the same old sorry tricks in the second season of the BBC's masterful comedy series THE OFFICE. Unfortunately for David, his company has merged and coworker Neil (Patrick Baladi) is now his boss. Nonetheless, David retains his hopelessly "cheery" demeanor in order to stay pals with Tim (Martin Freeman), Gareth (Mackenzie Crook), and Lucy (Dawn Tinsley), who see through his pathetic facade. The only bad thing about Gervais' masterful comedy is that he chose to conclude the series after only two seasons and twelve episodes. This release ensures that audiences all over the world will be able to relive the hilarity for many years to come.
THE OFFICE SPECIAL: With David Brent (Ricky Gervais) receiving his marching orders at the end of THE OFFICE's second season, this two-part special shines a light on what happened to Brent in his post-paper merchant career. The office itself now falls under the watchful eye of Gareth (Mackenzie Crook), who took Brent's job, with his sparring partner Tim (Martin Freeman) going to increasingly odd lengths to make Gareth's life a misery. Meanwhile, Dawn (Lucy Davis) and Lee (Joel Beckett) have moved to the sunnier climate of Florida, but don't appear to be terribly thrilled about it. Brent blew his redundancy package on a pop career, which ended before it had really begun due to an awful single (a cover of "If You Don't Know Me By Now," with requisite cheesy video), and now plys his trade as a travelling salesman who sells cleaning products. But the documentary makers have some fun in store, by bringing all the former Wernham-Hogg employees back together for the annual office Christmas party. Naturally sparks fly, but the laughs still come thick and fast, as do a few surprises as the show reaches its dramatic, and poignant, conclusion.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Welcome to "The Office", a place of petty rivalry, bad flirting, and easily-bruised egos. Filmed in documentary-style, this sharply observed and highly acclaimed comedy exposes the excruciating truth about the world of nine-to-five. Complete collection includes all twelve episodes plus the special.