Office Space (1999)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Mike Judge|
Twentieth Century Fox
John C. McGinley
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
There's something about satirical comedy don't you think? Finding that knife edge between comedy and comment is incredibly elusive. In Office Space, they do get there a fair number of times. For anyone who's endured the ludicrous environment of office "Cubeland", there'll be plenty to recognise here, both in the characters portrayed and the situations they find themselves in.
We meet our antihero, Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) who, along with his computer programmer mates, Michael Bolton - no relation (David Herman) and Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) are stuck in dead-end jobs under threat of "efficiency consultants" and a completely sleazy boss, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). After a disastrous hypnosis session, Peter has a eureka experience and decides he simply will no longer work. He'll continue to turn up - he just won't work.
Ironically, the more he malingers, the more he's seen as management material by the idiotic consultants. To add further insult, his more industrious buddies are slated to be on the hit list of the company's next redundancy round. So the three lads hatch a cunning plan of revenge, but nothing goes exactly to plan.
The concept for this film came from a series of animated shorts called Milton, and was created by the makers of Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill - and this heritage does show. There were times when it feels as though the film could have benefited from a tighter edit but overall, it's not a bad little movie, with some genuinely funny moments. There are hints of The Office, and, strangely, for me, there were times when it looked like a less maniacal, corporatised version of Brazil. When it worked, it really worked quite well. When it didn't, well, it was just a case of waiting for the next good bit. Not an über film, perhaps, but not an entirely unworthy one either.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 16x9 enhanced.
The luminance was generally excellent, with no low level noise, good shadow detail and fine grain properties.
Colours were well rendered with great skin tones and a clean, broad palette.
Apart from the usual aliasing suspects, MPEG and film artefacts were kept to a minimum.
Subtitles were clean, accurate and legible.
I detected no layer change on this disc.
There are five audio tracks on this DVD. They are all 5.1 surround presentations in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. I listened to the English track.
Dialogue was generally clean and clear and audio sync presented no problems.
The musical score by John Frizzell was an eclectic affair with hip-hop and other musical genres all collaged together. Generally, it worked quite well, but didn't particularly provide a strong presence in the film.
The surround channels were appropriately used with the subwoofer making infrequent but effective appearances.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was silent and static and easy to navigate.
2.23 - a fairly accurate representation of the film.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
There appears to be no difference between the R1 and the R4 versions of this DVD.
It doesn't work all the time, but when it does, it's excruciatingly clever. Presented with a pretty decent transfer, this is a film that deserves to be seen.
|DVD||Singer SGD-001, using S-Video output|
|Display||Teac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Teac 5.1 integrated system|
|Speakers||Teac 5.1 integrated system|