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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Jenna Fischer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7A0D4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Language: English
Subtitles are listed only for Season 2: these are Danish,  Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Season 1 PAL region 2 16.9 full frame
Season 2 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Season 3 16.9 full frame
Audio:
Season 1-2 2.0
Season 2-3 5.1 Dolby Digital

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Season One

The British sitcom The Office has the most devoted American following since Monty Python, so an American remake seemed doomed. Amazingly, the remake actually finds its own enjoyable version of the original's uncanny comedy of embarrassment. Office manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell, The Daily Show, The 40 Year-Old Virgin) believes he's the beloved leader of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of a paper products company--but his relentless and painfully forced efforts at comedy creep out everyone around him, including paranoid Dwight (Rainn Wilson, who had a memorable recurring role on Six Feet Under), nervous receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer, LolliLove), and aimless salesman Jim (John Krasinski, A New Wave), who's smitten with the already engaged Pam. The pilot episode suffers from closely replicating the British pilot, but after that The Office finds its own footing, turning diversity training, an office birthday party, and a basketball game into excruciating yet hypnotically funny rituals of humiliation. Carell, though clearly talented, can't match Ricky Gervais' unique performance as the aggressively needy British manager (it's hard to imagine that anyone could); as a result, the supporting roles become more prominent, and Wilson, Fischer, and Krasinski quickly create a rapport that matches and may even exceed that of their British counterparts.--Bret Fetzer

Season Two

Thank goodness for second seasons. While the first season of The Office started dubiously with a pilot that was just a poor copy of the original British version, it did manage to provide enough good material to stay on the air and hint that better was yet to come. And here it is. The second season of The Office finds its own footing and manages to do the near-impossible by not only breaking free of the gravity of that excellent BBC version to stand solidly on its own, but establishing it as one of the best comedies on TV. Season 2 starts out strong with "The Dundies," where Regional Manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell, The 40 Year Old Virgin) hosts the company’s annual office-awards event with his signature less-than-perfect grace. Things seem to only get worse for him this season as he bumbles a potential affair with his boss, Jan (Melora Harding), angers his employees by reading their emails ("Email Surveillance"), cooks his foot ("The Injury"), and accidentally destroys the warehouse with a forklift in "Boys and Girls," one of the season’s highlight episodes. Always at his side is the clueless paranoid Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), the Assistant Regional Manager ("Assistant to the Regional Manager," Michael always reminds him in one of the show’s running jokes). One of the reasons for the show’s improvement in the second season is increased focus on Dwight’s character, who’s becoming something of a pop-culture icon right down to having his own bobblehead. He in turn provides so much good material for Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinsky) to play off of, to their own amusement. But of course, Pam and Jim’s simmering relationship is the real meat of the show, as their compatibility becomes more obvious, Jim’s feelings for her continue to grow, and Pam struggles with the impending marriage to her less-than-caring boyfriend, Roy (David Denman). Things have to come to a head, and they do nicely in the final episode, "Casino Night." As strong as the leading characters are in The Office, it’s the excellent peripheral characters that really make the show hilarious, especially dimwitted office-slug Kevin (Brian Baumgartner), long-suffering intern Ryan (B.J. Novak), office-ditz Kelly (Mindy Kaling), and ultra-conservative Angela (Angela Kinsey). --Daniel Vancini

Season Three

After a shaky first season of finding its footing, and a second season of establishing itself as one of the funniest shows on TV, the third season of The Office finds the show in its strongest form yet, thanks in large part to the addition of some new characters and stronger plotlines centered on office romances. A corporate merger brings the Stamford staff to the Scranton office of Dunder-Mifflin a quarter of the way through the season giving a nice boost to the season's arc of story lines, especially the addition of Andy (Ed Helms, another Daily Show alum in a role that seems custom made for him) who serves as yet another foil to Dwight (Rainn Wilson) in his unending fight for Michael's approval. As the season begins, the focus is more on Michael (Steve Carell) and his unique "leadership" style in the Scranton office. "A good boss gruntles the disgruntled," and despite his best intentions, he proceeds to somehow screw it up, as in the opening episode, "Gay Witch Hunt," in which he accidentally outs a gay employee. In the second episode, "The Convention," Michael tries to get the party started at the Mid-Market Office Supply Convention ("fun jeans"), and ends up revealing his insecurity about Jim's (John Krasinski) decision to move to Stamford. It leads up to "The Coup," where Dwight meets with Michael's Boss Jan (Melora Hardin) in a misguided attempt to take control of the office. The merger of the two offices into the Scranton location provides the fuel needed to continue the Jim and Pam (Jenna Fischer) subplot as Jim returns with his new girlfriend, Karen (Rashida Jones) who also transferred, and with Pam no longer engaged to Roy, the tension among them increases significantly. Other major plot points this season include: Dwight shows his true feelings for Angela in an excellent climax to one of the funniest subplots on the show; Michael negotiates a raise after learning he barely makes more than his subordinates; new office suck-up Andy is forced into anger management classes; and finally, in what may be the most bizarre company retreat in history, a day at the beach ends with Pam revealing her true feelings for Jim in front of the entire office. The season wraps up in unpredictable fashion when Karen, Michael, and Jim all travel to headquarters to interview for the same position. The strength of this season just continues to solidify The Office's place as the preeminent satire of today's cubicle culture. --Daniel Vancini

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Like many people, i was very sceptical about the American version of The office and kept avoiding it as i couldn't imagine it would even touch Ricky Gervais and co, but after catching it a few times on TV, I was hooked. I think the best way to enjoy this is to try not to compare it, as once you stop, you realise it is genius in its own right.
I have never written a review before, but I felt compelled to as so many people are missing this as they think nothing can top the English version - I wouldn't say this is better, as it's quite different after the first season, but i definitely enjoyed it more and am so glad i gave it a try.
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Being a massive David Brent fan I watched the 1st Series comparing it to the UK office and was slightly disappointed - Brent, Garath and Co were much funnier. However, i approached the 2nd US series with caution and was completly surprised and totally hooked. Me and my girlfriend just watched episode after episode and just couldnt stop laughing. Watched the lot in one weekend (sad?!) Dont judge the series on the weaker 1st - 2 and 3 are amazing (even though the 1st series is well worth watching - some v funny episodes). Dwight and Angela are my fav characters.

Ps - only downside to the boxset is the total pants cardboard inlays that hold the discs - you end up ripping the cardboard and can scratch the disc trying to slide them out - why not something better quality like the 24 boxset inlays? However, a total bargain at £20 for the disc content.

Pps - totally bored of people ripping the US series - its just as good (and dare I say) better than the UK series (due to stronger supporting characters).

Buy Buy Buy - can't wait for the 4th
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This is absolutely brilliant. Please stop comparing it to the UK version - while based on the same idea - they are different. The American version is funnier, the UK version takes a more psychological look at the charaters. For laugh out loud funny and entertainment I prefer the American Office. The cast is brilliant, with the support cast being much stronger than in the UK version. This will cheer you up as you cry with laughter - just make sure you have a free weekend when you start watching as you will not be able to stop - just one more episode can end up viewing a whole series in one sitting. American humour does not always work on this side of the atlantic, but this most certainly does - cannot wait for series 4 - BUY, ENJOY AND LAUGH - you cannot go wrong.
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Season 1 of the American version of the Office gets off to a bit of a slow start as the character development begins. In later seasons you'll note that many of the original character's have moved on leaps and bounds. It is well worth pushing through the first 6 episodes of season 1 to then move on to the hilarious dialogue and excellent chemistry displayed by this awesome cast. Season 2 sees the romance angle really come into it's own with Jim longing over Pam like Ricky Gervais' original characters Tim and Dawn in the English version of The Office. What's great here though is that as time goes on this angle can be explored in more detail and ultimately becomes more rewarding throughout each season. The addition of Andy Bernard (The Nard Dawg) in Season 3 if my personal highlight. He is an excellent character that adds an extra flavour to my favourite show. If you enjoy this box set then you'll be very happy to learn that Seasons 4, 5 and 6 are also now available. I say roll on 2011 so we can all enjoy Season 7......cos in my opinion The Office: An American Workplace is far more superior than Ricky Gervais' original Office.
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Warm up with the first season... sit and enjoy this hilarious sequel! Focused on each character through an funny, effective and bold script, The Office season 2 became my favourite among the first three. (What I like less from season 3 is the continuous use of embarrassing stories as hook). Very creative, this American version surpasses the original British craft with new twists calling for an endless series of fun. All this said, I recommend The Office seasons 1-3 though, with rich deleted scenes. Two thumbs up!
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Firstly...

Don't be put off if you're already a big fan of the UK version, the US version really does stand up on it's own.

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Like many other reviews have said, don't bother watching season 1. It's not very good and doesn't represent the show as a whole.

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Season 2 onwards are AMAZING! Every show has many laugh out loud moments and the relationships between the characters have been written beautifully. The Jim and Pam relationship is what makes the show for me and Dwight "Assistant to the Regional Manager" is cringingly awkwardly funny (his facial expressions and smirks are hilarious)! Michael Scott is perfect as the boss, thinking he is very popular and an 'entertainer' but really everyone thinks he's a fool!

Fron season 2 onwards you'll be hooked on this show. Even if you're scared it wont live up the the UK version, give it a go... it's just as good as the UK version... if not better!

Enjoy :-)
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Remakes are always things to be approached with caution. But don't hesitate with this one. Steve Carell has taken a slighty different take on the manager character than in the UK version. It's better than Ricky Gervais in my opinion, especially as he's someone I find it harder and harder to watch these days since his smug, obnoxious public persona infects everything else he's done. Carell's take is still vile at times, but with more attempts made at giving him a heart, so he's a lovable idiot rather than a complete twit. Add in an excellent ensemble and, after a few episodes to reset itself, this becomes an hilarious depiction of the hideousness of the workplace. The petty squabbles, bonding through silliness and the hideousness of spending so much of you adult life with people you would actively avoid in your personal life. All are featured and used for humour here and it's wonderful.
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