The Office (UK) Special Edition (10th Anniversary) DVD Review

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BBC has just released The Office Special Edition DVD. This DVD is a special 10th Anniversary Edition of the original British version of The Office. There is amazing stuff jam packed in this 4 set DVD. Not only does it contain the complete first and second series of The Office, but it also contains both Christmas specials as well as numerous extras. It is the perfect gift for The Office fans out there.

The Office premiered on BBC in 1991. The brainstorm of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it centers around the day-to-day activities of a group of employees working at the local office of a paper plant and managed by the entirely awkward and cringe worthy David Brent, played by Ricky Gervais. The Office was filmed in a unique documentary style manner where the employees were constantly being filmed by a crew and were able to speak directly to the camera. Although each series was only 6 half hour episodes long, The Office managed to cram in many storylines including a love triangle that ended up carrying the American version of the show. Upon popular demand, the show came back with two Christmas specials before it decided to call it quits.

Having first seen the American version of The Office, it was intriguing to watch the original British version. Although the characters have different names, they are still the same characters. In fact, many of the same stories and lines of the American version were taken directly from the original, so it is almost like watching a remix of a favorite show. After watching the two series on this set, I wished I had seen this one before the American version. Ricky Gervais’ David Brant brings a different level of embarassment to the viewer than the blatant awkwardness that Steve Carrell brought to Michael Scott. Don’t get me wrong. They are both good, yet different. If you love the American version of this show, but have yet to catch the original, you should definitely check it out.

Aside from the actual series, The Office Special Edition DVD set is full of extras. As this is a 10th Anniversary special edition DVD, some of the extras were actually on the original release of the series including the Exclusive Documentary: How I Made The Office, Deleted Scenes, Video Diary, Outtakes, Director’s Commentary, Golden Globe Featurettes, Music Vidoe and Making of “Freelove Freeway.” However, there are also new bonus features included just for this DVD including Episode Introductions to Series One that have Extended Interviews with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, as well as special guests Matthew Perry, Ben Stiller, Richard Curtis, Hugh Jackman, and many others. Other bonus features that are new include a retrospective documentry called “Comedy Connections” and the Original Pilot.

The length of these features is more than I expected. Some of the introductions to the episode lasted over five minutes. The Comedy Connections documentary was over 40 minutes. The documentary “How I Made the Office” was just as long, at just about 40 minutes. Although that many features and the length of each is fantastic, I found that a lot of it was repetitive or redundant. There is only so many times that writers can be interviewed about a two series, half hour show and its characters before they start repeating themselves. That, however, only minimally detracted from the extras.

The Office Special Edition (10th Anniversary) DVD is a winner in my book. Not only do you get the complete series and Christmas specials, but you get the web videos, deleted scenes, almost every interview ever done of the writers about the show including new ones, and behind-the-scenes looks and stories about the show itself. You also get to see what the stars of the show went on to do from there.

Whether you are a longtime fan of the original BBC fan of The Office, a longtime fan of the American version, or someone who has seen neither, you need to get this DVD. Your sense of humor and wit will thank you.

The Office Special Edition (10th Anniversary) DVD is now available for purchase on Amazon.