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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Ewen MacIntosh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WHUFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Duo of Christmas specials, first screened in December 2003, that conclude the award-winning faux documentary comedy series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In 'Part 1', three years have passed since the BBC documentary crew first began filming at Wernham Hogg. When they return for a final catch-up visit, they find Gareth (Mackenzie Crook) in the boss's chair. David Brent (Ricky Gervais) has become a travelling sales rep for a cleaning products company, blown his redundancy payout on releasing his own pop single ('If You Don't Know Me By Now'), and taken on a showbiz agent to book him a string of Z-list celebrity appearances. Despite his successful sueing of Wernham Hogg for unfair dismissal, Brent pays frequent visits to his old workplace with his dog in tow, much to the annoyance of boss Neil (Patrick Baladi). Tim (Martin Freeman) is flustered to hear of the imminent arrival of Dawn (Lucy Davis), who along with her fiancé Lee (Joel Beckett) is being flown back from her new life in Florida by the documentary crew to attend the office Christmas party. In 'Part 2', Tim's world is rocked when Dawn turns up at the office to say hello, but he tries not to get his hopes up, particularly since Lee is accompanying Dawn to the office party. Meanwhile, David Brent has joined a dating agency and, in between making his celebrity appearances in nightclubs, he meets up for drinks with a disappointing selection of single women. However, he hits the jackpot when he meets his dating-agency date for the office party, a very attractive and intelligent woman, Carol (Sandy Hendrickse), who seems to bring out the best in him. Meanwhile Dawn, who had left the party early with her insensitive pig of a boyfriend Lee, later returns alone, much to the surprise and delight of her real soulmate Tim.

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The two-part conclusion to The Office bids farewell to David Brent and his long-suffering co-workers in a surprisingly poignant not to say dignified manner. Supposedly accompanied by the fly-on-the-wall documentary crew three years after his highly undignified exit from Slough-based paper merchants Wernham Hogg, the first part reveals Brent as a travelling salesman by day and D-list "celebrity" by night, enduring humiliating club appearances organised by his clueless manager. But Brent can't keep away from his old stamping-ground in Slough, especially with the imminent prospect of the annual Christmas party. As much to spite suave rival Neil as anything else, Brent is on an agonisingly painful hunt for a date to bring along.

Back at Wernham Hogg, lovelorn Tim has to endure not only the officious behaviour of Gareth, now his manager, but also a cheerless existence bereft of Dawn, who is living in Florida with boorish fiancé Lee. Matters are brought to a head for all concerned--including Lee and Dawn, flown over specially for the occasion--when they finally gather in the office for the party.

As ever the script is full of priceless one-liners (witness big Keith's chat-up spiel, as he promises "at least one orgasm" to any woman), and the show is peppered with those direct appeals to camera (Tim's weary "I don't believe he just said that" look, Brent's desperate self-justificatory "Eh?"), as well as achingly effective silences that simultaneously enhance the fly-on-the-wall conceit and heighten the comic effect. Without descending into the sentimental or the trite, somehow The Office closes for business on a genuinely heartwarming note.

On the DVD: This single disc has good, if unexceptional, bonus features. There's a behind-the-scenes documentary in similar format to those on the previous releases, a commentary from Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais on Episode 2, a funny and deservedly self-congratulatory featurette on the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, the full video of David Brent's single "If You Don't Know Me By Now" plus a recording session for "Freelove Freeway" (with Noel Gallagher on backing vocals). --Mark Walker

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. L. York VINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I presume people buying this will already know the episodes and are merely looking for a nice souvenir edition with some helpful, interesting extras. If so, you will not be disappointed. It's a great value DVD with both of the glorious episodes in full (you can watch them separately or run them together). There's a really funny directors' commentary which you can hear over episode 2 if you choose, and Gervais and Merchant use their best, weirdest blend of self-deprecating and arrogant humour to describe the process of writing and filming the specials. Love it. There's also a great interview with them again, and several of the cast, talking about the experience of making "The Office" - quite sentimental but enormously worth the money if you're a true fan of the show. Particularly fascinating are the snippets of the interview with Mackenzie Crook (Gareth) who differs most obviously from his character in the show. Really highly recommended for true fans.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 July 2004
Format: DVD
Ricky Gervais and Steve Marchants decision to bring The Office to a conclusion after only two series with these two Christmas specials may have felt to many like a hasty one. However watching the episodes its difficult to argue with them for they bring the whole project to a satisfying ,moving and timely conclusion .After two series they clearly felt that a comedy so bound to one location and centring on the same characters so relentlessly would be hard to maintain in terms of quality and freshness. Plus having David Brent made redundant at the end of series two drove them up a comedy cul de sac. The problem was the story arc of some of the shows characters hadn't run its course so this was a nice way of tying up all the loose ends. It was a gamble but it's done with such panache and with a script that pays as much attention to the dramatic as the comedic that it pays off handsomely. These two episodes, particularly the second are superb.
David Brent is now a Rep, still spouting inane cod philosophical asides and crass bulls***, except now he does it scooting up and down Motorways. Garth has been promoted sort of and is still about as effective as wellies in quicksand. Dawn is still in America with her sexist plank of a boyfriend and Tim is still Tim. Brent is trying to cash in on the minor fame his TV exposure via The Office has given him, even to the extent of hiring an agent who with an air of weary resignation books him slots in seedy nightclubs so he can appear in excruciating "Blind Date" parodies along with Howard from The "Halifax." He has also joined a dating agency leading to a couple of acutely embarrassing encounters where his penchant for asinine effrontery goes up a notch. As ever these are wincingly funny but still make you take a sharp intake of breath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Rob on 25 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
The tide of public and media opinion may be turning against Ricky Gervais these days (his constant half-joking boasts being the main problem), but there is no denying that with The Office he produced a work of genius that will be remembered for decades to come.

I personally never hated the David Brent character and didn't quite understand 'the boss from hell' tag that he was lumbered with. I saw him as a human being who simply wanted to be loved. By everyone. He just kept making a pig's ear of it.

Anyway, the first two series of The Office were superb, but the Christmas Specials took things up a notch or two.

I'm not going to waffle on anymore (AKA talk crap, yeah?), I'm just going to urge you to buy the complete collection.

However, if you are a fan of 'My Family' or 'Two Pints Of Lager' then I suggest you refrain from buying this as the shock could kill you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct. 2004
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This is British comedy at its best. The follow up to the two series this Christmas is one of the best around, adding more depth to the main characters (including a more sympathetic side of David Brent) and introducing great new ones. Brent is probably the best lead character in recent Sitcom history and his appearence in a club version of Blind Date is hilarious. Also look out for his wince inducing single and its cheesy video. All in all absolute quality, a great script brilliantly acted and with a moving ending. Buy it!!!!
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As others have said, this is a superb ending to a great comedy. As i said in other reviews, i'm a late-comer to the Office but i love it now. I dont even want to watch the US version because i believe that Ricky and Stephen were right to not drag this out like perhaps the American's have. Even though you would love to know what has happened to these characters now, you also know they were right to end it when they did and just let everyone imagine what the characters we love are up to now.

And this Christmas special really is very special! I particulary loved Davids rendition of "If you don't know me by now" you will laugh so much when you see him in his guyliner and lingering looks at the camera. I dont know how Ricky Gervais managed to keep a straight face when doing that!

I want to gush and tell all my favourite things that happen but i dont want to ruin it for people who havent seen it yet. It's just amazing, and you really have to watch all of the Office from the start to appreciate just how funny and amazing it is. I also really loved the extra features, the behind the scenes bit with the actors talking about their characters with real affection is just so lovely. And the laughs they have, with Martin Freeman who plays Tim not been able to keep a straight face with Ricky adding more comedy to the script is just hilarious. Love it. Get it. You will love it too.
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