The Office: Season Four

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard
Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson
Ed Helms as Andy Bernard
Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone
Creed Bratton as Creed
Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer
Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor
Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin
Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson
Oscar Nuñez as Oscar Martinez
Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin
Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin
Amy Ryan as Holly

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Rabies: The More You Know
Episode Commentaries
Blooper Reel
The Office Convention: Writers’ Block
Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Ad
Summer Vacation Promo
Dinner Party Script

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official synopsis of the film:

“Steve Carell (‘Get Smart’) returns in his Golden Globe-winning role of “The World’s Greatest Boss,” Michael Scott, in Season Four of the hit comedy series ‘The Office’! This must-own four-disc set includes every irreverent episode from Season Four, including the five extended full TV-hour specials, plus hours of hilarious deleted scenes and bonus features! Rejoin Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) as they bring romance to the workplace, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) as he continues his quest to be Michael’s right-hand man, and newly deemed ‘Wunderkind’ Ryan (B.J. Novak), who’s working to drag Dunder Mifflin into the digital age. Developed for American TV by Primetime Emmy Award winner Greg Daniels (‘King of the Hill,’ ‘The Simpsons’), ‘The Office’ is an intelligent and edgy Primetime Emmy Award-winning series. You’ll enjoy the inappropriate remarks, uncomfortable silences and petty behavior again and again!”

Disc 1:
Fun Run
Dunder Mifflin Infinity
Launch Party

Disc 2:
Money
Local Ad
Branch Wars
Survivor Man

Disc 3:
The Deposition
Dinner Party
The Chair Model
Night Out

Disc 4:
Did I Stutter?
Job Fair
Goodbye, Toby”

“The Office: Season Four” is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I’m a big fan of “The Office.” It’s one of the few shows I watch religiously. I hated the fact that the season was cut short by the writer’s strike, but episodes that did air were pretty good. Pam and Jim managed to get together and the show didn’t suffer the curse of ‘jumping the shark’ when the romantic tension was lifted. (Plus Jim got out of his previous relationship rather gracefully, though at the price of his dignity in the Branch Wars episode.) Ryan spiraled into career implosion. Jan went crazier and crazier culminating in the hilarious Dinner Party episode. We got a peek at the Schrute bed and breakfast while the Dwangela relationship broke up. A lot happened though the season was cut short.

There is a good selection of bonus features on this DVD set. If you didn’t look at any of the extras online, then you’ll be thrilled with what’s here. If you already viewed the webisodes, then you may have seen it all before. In any case, I’m an “Office” fan who didn’t look at the online extras, so I was very happy with what was here. There’s almost 2 hours of bonus features, so it’s like viewing four extra episodes. That alone made the DVD set worthwhile to me. You see more of Ryan’s fall from grace, more of the Dinner Party, more of the Job Fair, and other good stuff. One line I loved was when Michael was speaking to Jan in The Deposition – “There was a time when they said you were out of my league. Oh, how the mighty have fallen…into my arms.” There’s also a blooper reel, commentaries, a funny rabies public service announcement, and a panel with the writers from an “Office” convention. Also included is a hard copy of the Dinner Party script. Flipping through it really made me appreciate the writing. You also see more of where the actors ad lib and depart from the script. It provides some real insight into the creative process.

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