Office Space (1999) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Fox || R - 89 minutes - $34.98 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Mike Judge
Writer(s): Mike Judge (Milton short), Mike Judge (written by)
Cast: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston


Theatrical Release Date: February 19, 1999


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Out of the Office
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trivia Track
  • 4 Java Games
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin

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.::THE FILM::.

(Synopsis Movie Review)

Peter Gibbons just can't seem to catch a break. His girlfriend is cheating on him, he has an obnoxious neighbor, and he's completely miserable with his job as a small cog in a company called Initech. Then he visits a hypnotherapist, who dies just after putting Peter into a state of complete bliss. Free of worrying about making a living, he no longer feels the need to keep his job, just as the company is going through a massive downsizing. However, his new attitude only makes him more valuable in the company's eyes, and his friends Michael and Samir are fired instead. Together, they scheme to plant a virus inside Initech's computer system that will pull money into their own account.

I've lost track on how many times I've seen Office Space - from VHS to DVD to UMD to random airings on Comedy Central I pretty much have the movie memorized. Something about this film just rings true to anyone that has ever worked in a cubicle before. I've known people like Lumbergh - the boss who lucked his way up the ladder. Milton? Yeah, that quite scary guy that you have to be nice to because you just don't know when he will snap. And Peter? That's me. I go to work every day, do about 15 minutes of "real" work and then just pretend like I'm working for the next 8 hours.

Anyone that has ever worked in an office before needs to watch this movie once. Way to often I find myself calling my real-life co-workers Milton or Michael Bolton just because I can see way too much in common with the Office Space characters. Itís a sickness. PC-Load Letter is a weekly phrase when the copy machine jams. Every person in this film played their characters perfectly - from Aniston to Livingston to Cole - itís a perfect cast.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

** Blu-ray Exclusives ** include a Trivia Track and 4 incredibly lame Java Games.

Out of the Office (30 Minutes) - A decent "look back" feature that provides interviews with the entire cast on the film and some of the issues they had.

Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes) - Talk about a grab bag... 8 different scenes of various lengths that add a chuckle here and there but most are not much more than a few seconds of cut dialog.

Rounding out the disc is a theatrical trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Office Space is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. An improvement over the previous DVD? Yes. A huge improvement? No. While I was excited to watch the film in HD for the first time, it just didn't seem all that sharp - colors were still very diluted and nothing really had that HD 'pop' I'm use to seeing. It appears to be cleaned up a bit more though.

Fox has included a lossless 5.1 English DTS MA track for this release. Since the film is almost entirely dialog driven (except the few gangster music scenes) having lossless doesn't really help this film out very much. Rears are barely active and dialog fluctuates just a bit every once and a while.



.::OVERALL::.

Office Space is one of my favorite comedies that I have watched over and over. While the Blu-ray release is only marginally improved in the Picture and Audio category compared to the DVD - who cares! Buy this movie!