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The Office: Complete Series (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)

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In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the BBC premiere of the original Ricky Gervais comedy sensation, The Office, BBC releases The Office Collection Special Edition featuring the complete, original UK series plus an assortment of new bonus features. The inspiration for the long-running NBC comedy, The Office garnered tremendous critical acclaim when it originally premiered on BBC AMERICA, including being declared the best comedy on television by The New York Times and pretty much the funniest show ever by Newsweek. Only twelve episodes and a 2-part Christmas Special were ever made, but its influence on television comedy is unparalleled. New bonus features include the original pilot, six specially recorded episode introductions by co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and two BBC specials, Comedy Connections: The Office, and Heroes of Comedy: Ricky Gervais.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook, Ewen MacIntosh, Ben Bradshaw
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NHZAFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First of all, far too few episodes!

This show mastered the "let's see how long an uncomfortable moment be funny" department. I can't really tell you my very fave moment from the whole thing...there were so many. Like when David does his...uh "dance" in an effort to upstage Neil's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER tribute. See, I can't even get started.

Of all of my American friends who are fans of the US version, only a very few have seen the UK version. It's a shame.

BUT, at the end of the day, this is a classic and is def in my top 5 fave comedy shows!
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This original version is great. I picked it up for $5 to round out my The Office library, although I had previously watched this series. The jokes are funny and the characters are perfect. I guess a comedy in the office setting really translates no matter upon which side of the pond you live.
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I can remember watching this when it was airing the first time around and thinking how uncomfortable the characters made me. That's a sure sign an actor and the writing is done well. When you feel the tension in a scene. I was glad the made the US version but will always remember and appreciate this original series.
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Ricky gervais is a comedy genius and this series is my all-time favorite. (I like the American series of the same name a lot, but it is a very different cup of tea.) Gervais and Merchant are quoted as saying that the long arc and the central plot of the movie was always the love story of Dawn and Tim. When that was wrapped up in the Christmas episode, the story was over and the series ended. For me, the pathos of Gervais's fragile, self deluded character David is equally compelling. His semi epiphany in the final episode when he finds the promise of a long term romance with a woman who, against all odds, seems to accept and even like him, is a terrific pay off. I think the writing of this comedy is much tighter and more carefully plotted than it seems. The pseudo documentary, reality tv format gives it a spontaneous, adlibbed feeling that is misleading. I also love the soundtrack which grounds the series in time and place and also comments on the themes and the realities of the post industrial, post Thatcher workers' lives. Oops. Mostly it is just terribly funny and sometimes terribly moving.
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I am still watching this set weeks later it has to be repeated often. I can hardly contain myself as the laughter rolls on. If you have never met a David Brent you have never been employed...The only thing that is missing in this set is the infamous Microsoft Training videos that have long been popular on YouTube. You do get renewed extras and even some music videos. Don't hold back one of the most side-splitting TV shows to ever traverse the pond.
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Hard-hitting, edgy, and with a razor-sharp wit that can come only from Britain, "The Office" is the darker older brother of the American series. The British series certainly has its differences from the American one - no soap opera-worthy protracted romances, less slapstick, and fewer guffaw-out-loud moments. What it does have, however, is a humorous take on the abuse of power by people who shouldn't have any power to begin with. Such is the corporate life for those trapped inside.
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This is the original version of The Office made in the UK in 2001, and while the style of humor does differ from the American version, I still find it to be a brilliant show! Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant proved themselves to be an amazing writing team for this series. Dry humor, awkward situations, well-written characters that you either sympathize with or outright dislike, and the story wrapping up nicely at the end with the Christmas special. I find some of the stories and characters to be especially darker in some ways compared to their US equivalents on the NBC version. For example, David Brent, the boss at Wernham-Hogg paper merchants, is practically despicable compared to Michael Scott, who's still awkward like Brent but a bit of a more light-hearted character, and he has very few redeeming qualities. But then you still end up feeling bad for him at some parts in the series, and he'll seem like not that bad of a guy. And Tim, compared to Jim, is a bit more depressed and fearful of revealing his true feelings for Dawn, the receptionist. I just love the way the series and characters overall have been written, and this is a must-buy for anyone who enjoys a nicely-written series, a dry-humored comedy, or British comedy in general.

On a side note, there is a feature length film about David Brent coming in the next year or so. Merchant has no involvement, but let's hope it turns out to be as good and as memorable as the original series he was featured in.
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Had to use he subtitles to make sure I picked up on all the fun British dialogue- this version includes the essential two Christmas specials which made the whole series complete. Love this show, the characters, and the off-kilter jokes which catch you off guard and throw in all kinds of cultural references that help clue us in on the hohum drudgery that is life in a modern, imperfect and forced-politically correct workplace in the UK. Some great deleted scenes and gag real footage and even includes music videos and disco dancing practice scenes. <3
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