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The Office - The Complete First Series [2001] [DVD]

Ricky Gervais , Mackenzie Crook    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Martin Freeman, Ewen MacIntosh
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W2U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It feels both inaccurate and inadequate to describe The Office as a comedy. On a superficial level, it disdains all the conventions of television sitcoms: there are no punch lines, no jokes, no laugh tracks and no cute happy endings. More profoundly, it's not what we're used to thinking of as funny. Most of the fervently devoted fan base that the programme acquired watched with a discomfortingly thrilling combination of identification and mortification. The paradox is that its best moments are almost physically unwatchable.

Set in the offices of a fictional Slough paper merchant, The Office is filmed in the style of a reality television programme. The writing is subtle and deft, the acting wonderful and the characters beautifully drawn: the cadaverous team leader Gareth, a paradigm of Andy McNab's readership; the monstrous sales rep, Chris Finch; and the decent but long-suffering everyman Tim, whose ambition and imagination have been crushed out of him by the banality of the life he dreams uselessly of escaping. The show is stolen, as it was intended to be, by insufferable office manager David Brent, played by cowriter Ricky Gervais. Brent will become a name as emblematic for a particular kind of British grotesque as Alan Partridge or Basil Fawlty, but he is a deeper character than either. Partridge and Fawlty are exaggerations of reality, and therefore safely comic figures. Brent is as appalling as only reality can be. --Andrew Mueller

On the DVD The Office, Series 1 is tastefully packaged as a two-disc set appropriately adorned with John Betjeman's poem "Slough". The special features occupy the second disc and consist of a laid-back 39-minute documentary entitled "How I Made The Office by Ricky Gervais", with co-writer Stephen Merchant and the cast contributing. Here we discover that Gervais spends his time on set "mucking around and annoying people", and that actress Lucy Davis (Dawn) is the daughter of Jasper Carrott; as well as seeing parts of the original short film and the original BBC pilot episode; plus we get to enjoy many examples of the cast corpsing throughout endless retakes. There are also a handful of deleted scenes, none of which were deleted because they weren't funny. --Mark Walker

Product Description

A six-part comedy series set in a Slough paper merchants. Starring Ricky Gervais as David Brent. Episode 1 - David Brent learns that his branch of the paper merchants might be closed down. But he promises his staff, that under his regime there will be no redundancies. Episode 2 - Donna arrives on work experience. But her first day at work is dominated by a dirty picture of her boss that's been e-mailed around the office. Episode 3 - It's Tim's birthday. But it's also the annual quiz night. Will Brent and Finchy be able to beat the young pretenders Tim & Ricky? Episode 4 - Rowan, a management consultant, has come to Wernham Hogg to give the staff a special training day. Episode 5 - Even though some of the staff may be made redundant, Brent decides to take on a new secretary. Naturally, he chooses the prettiest woman. Episode 6 - It's judgement day on whether the office is to be downsized. DVD Extras: 40-minute documentary, ''How I Made The Office'' by Ricky Gervais including: Out-takes, Pilot and pre-pilot footage, Cast interviews, Full length Peter Pervis ''Staff Training Video'' as featured in Episode 4 Includes English Subtitles

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it? 27 Jun 2008
Some people still don't get this. I'm amazed how many people still give me that perplexed glare when I compare the genius of `The Office' with that `Faulty Towers'. `The Office?' they say, as if their long-standing respect for my opinion is suddenly in jeopardy, `but why is it funny? It's just people in an office'. An worthy reflection and précis, no doubt! I'm increasing convinced that people just don't WANT to get it! People just don't want to give undivided attention, absorb every aspect, and conclude for themselves (.e., without the assistance of a studio audience or laughter track) precisely what is and is not funny. Yes, the lack of a `laughter prompt' is a hindrance for some. I can't help but wonder how many past sitcoms would have been so superior if the laughter track been dropped: `I'm Alan Partridge', `Father Ted', `The Young Ones'..... but the dim reality is that they would not have been half as successful!

Thankfully, Merchant and Gervais managed it! In fact, they used this concept to attract the audience they desired: an audience who appreciated their art. Indeed, in this fast-paced day and age, many simply do not have the time they wish to emerge themselves in book, classics and culture, but are completely aggravated with the monotonous so-called entertainment that the `box' offers.

`The Office', in this sense, is perfect! That is not to say that it is for the elite. Actually, I fail to comprehend what is NOT to get or what is NOT funny. Gervais sets up the exasperatingly over-confident tactless idiocy of character David Brent right from the opening shot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult & British Too 29 Mar 2007
By Jay
British comedy took a new twist in "The Office," the brief but funny series starring Ricky Gervais as the worst boss you will (hopefully) never have. While the ending is somehow a letdown, the road there is a glorious tangle of cubicle hell and mad boss antics.

The first season opens with David Brent (Ricky Gervais) learning that either his branch or another branch of Wenham-Hogg will shortly be downsized. So this wannabe-comedian sets out to prove that his branch is better, stumbling. Trailing in his wake is bored everyman Tim (Martin Freeman), dead-looking yes-man Gareth (MacKenzie Crook), and pretty, quietly cynical receptionist Dawn (Lucy Davis).

"The Office" is clearly destined for cult status alongside classic "Fawlty Towers." While it has its dud moments, the mockumentary office comedy is a must-see for fans of subtler, weirder television.

We all have those moments in our own little offices
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best BBC comedy since Blackadder... 10 Jan 2003
In fact the best comedy since Blackadder, period. When I first stumbled upon The Office halfway through the first episode, I took a moment or two to realise that it was a spoof, and not a genuine fly-on-the-wall. When I realised I laughed my head off at it's often painful accuracy, and have done so with each episode since.

For those few who haven't yet seen it, The Office is not a traditional sitcom. The 'plotlines' are intentionally drab (end-of-financial year disco!!) and nothing of note happens at all. But this ridiculing of docusoap culture and it's pointlessness is what makes the series. As of course, are the people in it.
The character of Brent is magnificent. Every last mannerism, every utterance of cringeworthy 'let's all pull together' management-speak is spot-on. Finch is revolting in every way, Tim is terrific (although a little unrealistic, has there ever been a 20/30-something lad as intelligent and thoughtful as that?) and his yearning for Dawn, already in the clutches of caveman Lee is genuinely poignant. The scene where Lee discusses their future, and his plans for Dawn (a few kiddies under her belt and a cleaning job!) is priceless. So true, and so sad.

As for Gareth...well, as Mackenzie Crook says in the documentary, 'a right wally'. Boasting about army exploits has never sounded so ridiculous.

The vast majority of us have known the characters featured in The Office, and had the misfortune to work with them. It is a comfort to those of us who always suspected how supremely sad these people were, but never wanted to say. Now we have it confirmed. The Office is a masterpiece, and I hope it will stay that way, and that Gervais and co. don't blow it by making abysmal feature length versions, for example.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Office 27 Oct 2005
Format:UMD Mini for PSP
If you don't already own the Office Series One on DVD, then you might consider getting the series on UMD. The Office provides comedy which will make you laugh so loud everybody on the bus will want to know what's making you laugh so loud.
There are scenes from this TV show that are timelessly funny, and you'll enjoy watching them again and again. Each episode is 30 minutes and there are six of them. However, the series has been split onto two discs, so three are on each. Also, because of the shortage of space on the discs, there are no extras, which you would get on a DVD.
One more criticism is that the sound isn't very loud, even if you are wearing earphones with the sound to the maximum. If you're travelling on a bus that makes a lot of sound, or there are people around noisily chatting, you'll struggle to hear what is being said on the DVD. The only option is to have subtitles on.
Despite this, the Office is a comedy classic; and although its comedy concept has been done before (in the Day Today) it still manages to have you laughing out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the U.S. version...
This is the best comedy I have ever seen, all the episodes are great the acting and delivery of lines is perfect. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Carlos Maia
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
A real classic British comedy. This was so intensely funny to watch when it first aired on TV.

It has really passed the test of time, years later it is still laugh out... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T Singh
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series
I do sometimes think that 'the office' is overrated; but that is only because people describe it as the best sit-com ever. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a great comedy sitcom and I think Ricky Gervais is so talented. He's a great standup comedian, writer, director and actor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L J A
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Item!!
The product is as described and will recommend this item to anyone!
Item also arrived in-time and as described without any issues.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
having missed this series on the telly i purchased the dvd`s to see if its as good as everybody says and yes it has me hysterical with laughter.
Published 15 months ago by W. Holburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much swearing
I much prefer the more family friendly American version.
I found the language rather offensive, not being British and therefore not being used to this manner of speaking.
Published 15 months ago by van de merwe
5.0 out of 5 stars The offce
Another great comedy series by Ricky Gervais, anyone will enjoy this fantasttic comedy, all the cast of this mockumentary are perfect and create a very funny show!
Published 17 months ago by Matty08
3.0 out of 5 stars good
This dvd came to me on time. The casing is crushed and damaged but the dvd itself works fine. I paid for a used product at a low price, the service was fine.
Published on 23 May 2012 by Eleanor
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Gervais's humor is understated and sarcastic, so you have to match him in taste if you want to enjoy his work. I frankly didn't, but it is simply a matter of taste. Read more
Published on 2 April 2012 by Alfredo Hamill
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