Office Space (1999)

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Released 24-Feb-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 85:38
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Mike Judge
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston
Ajay Naidu
David Herman
Gary Cole
Stephen Root
Richard Riehle
Alexandra Wentworth
Joe Bays
John C. McGinley
Diedrich Bader
Paul Willson
Kinna McInroe
Case ?
RPI $19.80 Music John Frizzell
Ice Cube


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Swedish
Finnish
Danish
Norwegian
French Titling
Italian Titling
German Titling
Spanish Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     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.

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Audio

     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.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu was silent and static and easy to navigate.

Theatrical Trailer

     2.23 - a fairly accurate representation of the film.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

     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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Friday, January 30, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDSinger SGD-001, using S-Video output
DisplayTeac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTeac 5.1 integrated system
SpeakersTeac 5.1 integrated system

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Comments (Add)
Mmmmyeeeaahhhhh.... - Christopher
R1 is not anamorphic - Jace
That is horrible, this idea. -
Lumino Magazine March 2004 feature on Office Space - Travers (Travers bio)
My R1 version is anamorphic -
No Product Placement? -
Office Space SE coming out in Nov in R1 -