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

Ricky Gervais , Martin Freeman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Ewan MacIntosh
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W63T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second series of the award-winning BBC2 mockudrama The Office exceeded even the sky-high standards of the first. Indeed, it ventured beyond caricature and satire, touching on the very edge of darkness. Ricky Gervais was once again excruciatingly superb as David Brent, a subtly shaded modern English comic grotesque in the desperate and self-deluding tradition of Alan Partridge and Basil Fawlty.

In this series, however, Brent's to-camera assertions concerning his man-management qualities and executive capabilities are seriously challenged when the Slough and Swindon branches are merged and his former Swindon equivalent Neil takes over as area manager. To compensate Brent cultivates his pathologically mistaken image of himself as an entertainer/motivator/comedian whose stage happens to be the workplace. This culminates in a comically disastrous motivational session ending with a sing-along of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best", which is greeted, typically, with stunned, appalled silence.

Meanwhile, Tim, who can only maintain his sanity by teasing the priggish, puddingbowl-haired Gareth, continues to wrestle with his yearning for receptionist Dawn, a sympathetic character persisting with a relationship with a yobbish bloke about whom she still maintains unspoken reservations. As ever, it's the awkward, reality TV-style pauses and silences, the furtive, meaningful and unmet glances across the emotional gulf of the open-plan office, that say it all here.

As for Brent, his own breakdown is prefaced by a moment of hideous hilarity--an impromptu office dance, a mixture of "Flashdance and MC Hammer" as Brent describes it, but in reality bad beyond description. Then, when his fate is sealed, he at last reveals himself as a humiliated and broken man in a memorable finale to perhaps the greatest British sitcom, besides Fawlty Towers, ever made. All this and Keith too. --David Stubbs

On the DVD: The Office, Series 2 is a single-disc release unlike the more generous Series 1. Extra features are enjoyable nonetheless. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant feature in a gleefully shambolic video diary--highlights of which include Gervais flicking elastic bands at his cowriter and taping their editor to his swivel chair. The ubiquitous Gervais also mockingly introduces some outtakes (mostly of him corpsing throughout dozens of takes) and a series of deleted scenes, notably of Gareth arriving in his horrendous cycle shorts. --Mark Walker

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars office: series 2 12 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
I loved the Office when it came out but hadn't seen any episodes for a couple of years, so I decided to buy the 2nd series DVD (partly because I remembered thinking at the time it was definitely superior to the 1st series), and I have to say I sat down watched the entire thing back to back in one go. The way this show manages to switch from moments of awesomely banal, cringeworthy humour to some of the most absurdly profound and affecting drama you've ever seen (sometimes within the space of just a few seconds) is something that will probably never be replicated in another tv show. This show hasn't lost any of it's original impact, and I was blown away watching it again just as much as I was the first time round. The Office deserves 6 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 3 Feb 2012
By alda
Format:DVD
I have enjoyed Series 1, which I found comparable to some films by the Coen brothers in terms of wit and performances, but this series was too much a circus, with David Brent as the worst of clowns (the best of clowns are endearing, in my view), painful slapstick behaviour included.

I thought the point of this comedy was to actually walk and shift the line between plausible and implausible, not to dispose of it altogether. What's left is rather uninspired comedy that ultimately fails to engage us - quite the opposite of Series 1, I think.

Not just David Brent comes off as a complete weirdo, but also Gareth, who was weird, of course, in the first series as well, but with a nicely done comic touch. Here he is just a sex maniac, with crude sex jokes and behaviour that is way overemphasized.

There are some good lines in there, but too much of the comedy was flat or flat and insensitive in a way that just wasn't that funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Second Series 30 July 2007
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I think that it is fair to say that the second series of "The Office" doesn't quite scale the heights of the first. However that said , it remains amusing throughout with some memorable highlights. In this series, David Brent's Slough team integrate with their Swindon counterparts causing various problems for Brent,namely that the whole Swindon team neither like nor respect him. Worst of all for Brent is his new boss,nemesis Neil Godwin, a popular,capable and authoritative figure who patronises and outshines Brent in every episode, much to his chagrin. The usual likeable bunch of characters feature in this second series and their interrelationships are the strength of this classic comedy. Funniest moment for me, apart from the underused Finchy's cameos, would be Neil and Rachel's "Saturday Night Fever" dance. The look on Brent's face...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Dance Fusion anyone? 5 July 2007
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I had no idea what to expect from The Office (and I was about to watch the 2nd series without seeing the first), but I was enthralled by the realistically (mostly) pathetic characters, sharply observed details and the tightness of David Brent's shirt as he showed off his unique dance skills. This is a deliciously woven poly-blend sweater (posing as a tapestry) of life as too many of us office staff know it.

Apart from the wonderfully awful David Brent, my favourite character is the sweet and hopeless Tim. He is everyman, in fact every viewer, as so many of his reactions to Brent's uniquely obnoxious behaviour mirror our own.

In every scene, the acting is faultlessly controlled and the situations are often painfully familiar.

One of the finest quality shows ever. Enjoy and try not to throw an over-full stapler at the screen. This is a comic invention that is just too true to life.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Comedy at Its Best 15 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
The phenomenon of 'The Office' has swept the Nation and indeed America, from this DVD you will see why. If you are a fan of alternative humour then you will love this. It is a spoof document set in a paper merchants office in Slough, whos manager is a certain David Brent, played superbly by Ricky Gervais. Brent is basically a character we can all relate to as there tends to be a David Brent in every boss from hell. The 'documentary' follows the life of Brent and his colourful workforce throughout their working days, and the never ending attempts by David to fit in with the other workers whilst still trying to be better than them. This leads to some truly classic tv moments. People who say that this comedy is anything but hilarious probably do not understand the humour in it, as it can go over some people's heads. Yet as I say, if you are a fan of alternative humour, or just good old British comedy, this is a must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 8 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
You watch the series and find yourself becoming David Brent!!! Some of the most funny and embarrassing moments ever filmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Item!! 5 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The product is as described and will recommend this item to anyone!
Item also arrived in-time and as described without any issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review 17 May 2013
By L Biggs
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
hilarious one of the greatest sitcoms ever made. brilliant actors and brilliant writers this is a must have British sitcom.
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