The Office: Seasons 1-5
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It’s funny business as usual, as Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch celebrates 100 episodes of comedy and laughter in this uproarious five-season collection. Join Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his downtrodden staff of paper pushers as they shamelessly conduct their office affairs in front of the all-seeing eyes of a documentary film crew. Developed for American television by Primetime Emmy Award-winner Greg Daniels, The Office: Seasons 1-5 Collection not only contains the critically acclaimed series’ first 100 episodes but goes into overtime with tons of bonus including deleted scenes, gag reels, commentaries, webisodes and more!
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P.S. If you order used, expect awkward packaging, but flawless disc play nonetheless.
"The Office" reinstills my faith in the ability to make new television for written production. Anyone that has worked in an office can instantly identify with several of the situations that make this program spot-on the mark. Having a crush on someone you work with, sharing a workspace with someone whose habits are different than your own, having a boss who is ridiculously clueless, and so many more that I can't even think of them all.
It is also incredibly funny just on its merit, and really does not require you to have ever worked in an office. Believable characters that find themselves in situations that truly make one laugh out loud.
As for this DVD pack, I'm mostly impressed and happy with it. I have been without television connection for a few years, and only caught a few episodes of this show in syndication on TBS from time to time at a friend's house before I purchased this boxset. Apparently, the show continued to a sixth season, whereas this boxset ends at season five. Not that big of a deal, since the enclosed packaging are actually just the individual seasons' sets previously released individually. But it's a little bit of a drag that this boxset doesn't complete a collection. (I suppose I didn't make it clear, but the sixth season is currently being broadcast, and hasn't been released on dvd yet) I have two other problems with the discs. One is that one of my discs came with an episode completely unwatchable. It looks like there was some kind of error in the production of the disc; which is not that big of a deal, anyone who's burned a disc knows that not every one will be perfect. I've been meaning to contact the dvd company to see if they'll replace my disc. The other is that the compression quality is rather shabby. Seasons 1 and 2 show definite artifacts, suffering from, I assume, a low bitrate. I've only watched season 3 of the rest, so far. But even that one has not improved much. I did notice that some of the later seasons were released on Blu Ray, which will look much better. I've seen one episode of season 4 on Amazon on demand's high definition playback, and it looked great.
As a quick hit to get your "Office" fix, this set is fantastic. It is packed with a lot of extra features, including several videos made by characters within the show that you can watch full screen. But if you really want everything, you might want to wait to get all six, or however many they come out with.
Top international reviews
You will fall in love with this show. The characters are so loveable. You never get bored of seeing the actual office they work in. The first season is not brilliant in all honesty, the quality is very poor and its almost an exact replica of the UK version but adds its own charm.
When you get to season 2 The Office US starts to take its own and will leave you wanting more every episode. Very odd humour, sometimes you are waiting for something funny to happen but it doesn't but when it does you cant stop. The stupidity of the Office manager is incredible and some amazing acting by Steve Carell (and all the rest of the cast for that matter).
If you don't love this show you are mad!
If you don't like American shows or American humour then please don't listen to my review :D
It's always a toss up between who I love most, but I thoroughly enjoy Dwight and Michael. Both are fabulous. They're kind of like the Patsy and Eddy from the show Absolutely Fabulous- both crazy in a good way, but both love and accept each other's craziness. There are also some fantastic other storylines. I think Jim and Pam are great, but it's not my favourite love story. They have a subtle love. I love the love stories where the passion and connection is obvious, like Holly and Michael, or Dwight and Angela. But there is definitely something for everyone, and there are so many tender moments and laugh aloud moments. What are you waiting for? Buy it!
To sum up, the programme itself is great. Watch it, you won't be disappointed. But be cautious about buying this boxset, as it seems to be a common problem that the audio is off. Maybe stick to Netflix for this one.
You won't regret buying this!