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It Really Is the Greatest Day of All Time: Season 2 DVD Release
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Sep 6th 2006

So after learning over at Office Tally that some stores might have their copies of the Season 2 DVD in already, I went to Best Buy after work today and while they did not have the "Severance Package" with all of the extra goodies, they did have the Season 2 DVD by itself. Since I didn't feel like waiting another week to see if something else would come in, I went ahead and bought it.

Here are some questions to those of you with the DVD already, or those of you who plan to get the DVD (which should be everyone):

  1. What will you do first? Watch the episodes from The Dundies to Casino Night? Check out the commentaries? Deleted Scenes? Bloopers?

  2. Well, I guess there really is no 2. Make up your own 2.

Sep 6th 2006 edited

I guess I'll start...

The first thing I did was watch the final webisode (4th disc). It's genius. It's the best one yet. It was worth the wait.

Then, since I was already on that disc, I went to the blooper reel. Some outrageously hilarious moments, but I felt the clips could have been put together a little tighter. Not quite as well-done as the blooper reel on the British version.

Now I'm going through each disc, watching the deleted scenes and then watching the episodes with commentaries. I've made it through the first disc. The commentaries have a ton of people in each, but they manage to make it work really well.

The deleted scenes, as I expected, are stellar. They've varied in length so far from 4 minutes to 9 1/2 minutes for "The Dundies". There are some great, simple JAM moments in these.

I've just finished watching the deleted scenes from "The Client," and I think I have a new favorite talking head.

Most importantly, rewatching this stuff with commentary and the deleted scenes and all that has made me realize that I was crazy ever to have doubted/criticized John Krasinski's acting ability.

Another thing that I knew already (but perhaps had lost sight of the last few months) is that Jenna Fischer is absolutely amazing in her role, and at this point I am willing to say that her portrayal of Pam is the most convincing acting job in the history of acting as far as I'm concerned. Never before have I felt so close to or wanted to get to know or felt any kind of emotional connection to or wanted to date a completely fictional television character.

This coming weekend has been declared "PWJ sits on his ass and watches The Office and football from 6 PM Friday through 8 AM Monday" weekend.

Sep 7th 2006

I won't get the DVD until my birthday which is about a month from now, but when I do I will watch all the deleted scenes first (how great would it be to have every episode be 40 minutes). Then the bloopers because I love watching this cast interact. Then commentaries for my favorite episodes like The Dundies and Casino Night. I probably won't watch any of the actual episodes for a while because I've seen them enough thanks to re-runs and my DVR, plus I'll be in full-on S3 mode.

Never before have I felt so close to or wanted to get to know or felt any kind of emotional connection to or wanted to date a completely fictional television character.

What he said. It's the main reason this is my favorite show of all time.

Sep 7th 2006

PWJ, which BestBuy did you go to? I've checked a couple around here (near Seattle) without luck.

Sep 7th 2006

Oh, just a couple thousand miles away down in Houston. :-)

(For anyone in the Houston area, it's the one near the Galleria)

Sep 7th 2006

Expedia, here I come.

Sep 7th 2006

I picked up on the show about five episodes into S2, so I've always been a little out of sync with the storyline. After the finale I got the idea to start saving all the S2 episodes on DVR with the goal of watching them in order immediately before S3 (knowing the DVD would be released so late.) I only missed three, which itunes filled in for me nicely. In the last few days, watching a few at a time, I'm about halfway through and could do a weekend marathon to finish.

Problem is, when I get the DVDs, I won't have much interest in the actual episodes, not right away anyway. I'll definitely watch the deleted scenes first, since they were the best part about the S1 DVD. Then I'll watch the commentaries, for the insights they give. The webisodes were cool, but they're pretty played out for me. I plan to get the Target special, so the Booze Cruise extras should be my next stop. Between new S3 episodes, my new NetFlix-aided addiction to Arrested Development, and the Mets and NY Giants, that should carry me to Christmas.

Oh, and I thoroughly second this notion...

Never before have I felt so close to or wanted to get to know or felt any kind of emotional connection to or wanted to date a completely fictional television character.

Sep 7th 2006

my new NetFlix-aided addiction to Arrested Development

Yeah, blockbuster.com has revolutionized my life (that sounds like an ad, but it's not)...well, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but you know what I mean. Now I don't even have to get out of the car to rent a DVD. It's heavenly. Oh, and did you know that "AD" is being shown in repeats on some satellite channel? It's G2, or G8, or something like that, if you have DirecTV...it's usually a video game and "Star Trek" channel, but they have all of the "AD" reruns, too. It just started on Monday. So if you have satellite and can get the channel, it might give you a fix for that one day you have to wait between mailing your old DVD back and getting the new one in your mailbox.

Sep 7th 2006 edited

NetFlix-aided addiction

I joined Monday for their free 2 week trial so that I could see what Blockbuster does not carry: the BBC Office series. Almost bought it but thought I'd better give it a look first. I'm through S1 and midway through S2 and am in love with the British version. I absolutely love it. There are a few cultural references that I don't get, and I have to keep hitting rew to catch all (well, most) of the dialogue but it's so good. David Brent is a masterpiece. A master piece of work is more accurate. Tim makes Jim faces. Actually the other way around. But to me they are the most similar cast members. Gareth...Dawn...sorry, this is all old stuff for most of you but I'm so enjoying this. Gotta go...4 more eps to go. Let's see how late I can stay up tonight.

Sep 8th 2006

That's funny because I made it a summer goal to see the BBC series (lofty goal, no?) as a way of countering Office-withdrawal. It's really great, and the comparisons are fun, i.e. David's much less likable than Michael but equally pathetic, Jim and Tim are incredibly similar, Gareth is much more believably annoying while Dwight's more off-the-wall.

I had a hard time keeping up with the accent at first, and it seems like they mumble a lot, if that makes sense. Stick it out and don't forget the two specials, because they really wrap the whole thing up. It's funny how a British TV series can be so short-term compared to US shows that will go on forever as long as the ratings are there.

Sep 8th 2006

I found that it was really hard for me to understand the dialogue of the BBC series. I started watching it with the subtitles on and that made all of the difference. It's not just the accent. Sometimes they talk in a low sort of mumbled manner. Anyway, I think subtitle is what they call it. I watch it with the dialogue printed on the screen as they speak and I get so much more out of it.

Sep 8th 2006

I kind of find it amusing that some of you have difficulty understanding the British accent. I guess they can mumble a bit, slurring several words into one. But being Aussie (apparently we do the same thing) I have no trouble understanding them. We have a joke over here that we can ask someone a question and answer it ourselves all in one word... "Owyagoinmatealright?" Learn to say that incredibly fast and you might be on your way to understanding David Brent and Co. more easily! :-P

BTW, since this is the S2 DVD thread, I should mention that I just ordered both seasons 1 and 2 plus Lollilove from Amazon. Can't wait for the day they all arrive! I might take a few sick days from work...

Sep 8th 2006 edited

I might take a few sick days from work...

I don't know how I've managed actually to be at work the past couple days. And I'm struggling right now, I tell you what...

Sep 8th 2006

Oh my, you have no idea how jealous I am of you Americans. I am stuck up in Toronto without a copy of Season 2. Waaaaah. Can someone please send a care package? ;-)

Sep 8th 2006

JAMtastic, We Americans aren't getting the Season 2 release until September 12th. Aren't you getting them in Canada on the same date?

Sep 8th 2006

Yes, but Plain White Jim got his copy early (see post #1 here), thanks to an overeager Best Buy in Houston. A few people over at Office Tally have mentioned getting their copies early, too, and I think they're all down in the States, too. Then again, I haven't been to a Best Buy lately, so perhaps the Canadian ones have it early here, too. Worth checking out.

Sep 8th 2006

Don't feel too bad, JAMtastic. There are plenty of us here in the States who are in the same boat. I've been to two of the four BestBuys in our area, and neither had it out. I've been contemplating checking the other two after work, but I haven't had time (they both are way out of my way, and require driving through very bad traffic at the time I'd have to go, so it would take a long time).

At this point, I'll probably just wait. Unless I get bored over the weekend ;-)

Sep 8th 2006

I checked a Best Buy here in Chicago yesterday and not only were the S2 DVDs not out yet, the S1 DVDs were sold out!

Sep 8th 2006

OMG, that is the funniest username ever, DSC. Outstanding.

Sep 8th 2006

A lot of people say that Target is having a special collection with an extra disc about the Booze Cruise. I just went to Target to see if they were taking pre-orders and they didn't have anything about a special set. I looked up and down that store. Also, they had the "Coming soon" DVD's displayed on an end aisle and The Office wasn't even on that list! They did have Season I with their other TV series video's.

Where are people getting their information about the special Target DVD set? There's nothing about it in the store, and the website just directs you to purchase from Target through Amazon so it's the same set and price as Amazon, with no mention of a special disc..

Sep 8th 2006

This is the link posted at OT.com. It's hardly official, but it seems credible. Now you've got me worried too...

Sep 8th 2006

Brian, Thanks so much for that information. I looked up the weekly ad for my local Target, but that ad is only good through Sept. 9th, so the DVD set is not in it. The ad you sent the link to looks credible. I think I'll keep my order with Amazon and if I'm able to get a special edition at Target, I'll return the Amazon one unopened. It's really easy to return things at Amazon. I just want to make sure I get a set in good time, but I'd rather get the one with the extras if I can. Again, Brian, thank you so much. I spent way too much time online and in the neighborhood trying to find that out.

Sep 9th 2006

I wanted to get the "Severence Package" offered at one of the links on OT but they don't ship to Australia :-( I had to settle for the Amazon special which offers both seasons. They don't have the extra things that the Severence Package has and it's more expensive, but I can't stand not having both season any longer!

Sep 9th 2006

Glad to help, Plaid, though as usual credit goes to tanster at OfficeTally.

My Target flyer this morning listed the bonus Booze Cruise DVD, though there was nothing on display at my nearest store. I'll be back there Tuesday mornng, and I'll cancel my Amazon order once I nab my prize.

I wonder if the Department of Labor will report a massive decline in productivity in the days after this DVD set goes on sale.

Sep 9th 2006

I wondered about the veracity of the Target special as well, so I got my Sunday paper early and scanned in all the inserts.

:) Jennie

Sep 9th 2006

I went around to a few stores this weekend to see if anyone made a mistake, and sadly they didn't. I'm trying to accept that I won't be able to see it until Tuesday.

I think I'll start with the bloopers, because I am dying to see those. Then, if I do get the target version, the booze cruise, and then dive into the commentaries. I loved the commentaries on the season 1 dvd. I think I've seen/heard them all at least twice. I'm excited for the Casino Night commentary, even though John Krasinski isn't in it, I want to hear how everyone talks about the ending.

Sep 9th 2006

I'm gonna put off getting the DVD for a while, if only because right now I'm taking five English courses and a Spanish, so that's a lot of reading to do (and a lot of time that I know would be eaten into by the second season if I got it right away), so no time right now to devote to the second season with all the fervor and endless marathons it deserves. Maybe in a month or so (when my birthday rolls around), I can make time for it.

But I will be watching them in spirit (because I'm able to teleport through time and hang out with you in your living room ;-p )

Sep 10th 2006 edited

I'm a Target regular and my experience has been that they do have the new dvd's and cd's out bright and early Tuesday mornings. So, if at all possible (and especially if they have a limited number of special editions), I'd say to run on in on your way to work, school, or where ever.

I'm going to head over as soon as I drop my son off at school in the morning. I promised him we could watch the bloopers when he gets home. I plan to watch all the "extras" and leave the actual episodes for later since I've seen all of them multiple times already and have spent some time at NA dissecting most of them!

Tuesday can't come fast enough around my household!

ETA: The Special Target Edition Season 2 Office dvd is in my local Target ad in today's paper for release on Tuesday with a price tag of $34.99

Sep 10th 2006

Amazon just informed my that my pre-ordered Season 2 set has shipped with an anticipated delivery date of Friday. Too bad I've already made up my mind to get the Target set. I feel bad taking advantage of the whole free shipping/open return policy, but Amazon said two weeks ago that I wouldn't get my set before 9/20, so I had a chance to cancel prior to shipment. Either way, though, I'll be swimming in Office-y goodness by the end of the week. So...Catch-22

Sep 10th 2006

I have to be at work Tuesday by 7:45, and my Target here opens at 8. Bummer. But, my very kind husband has agreed to go on his way to work, since he goes later than I do. So hopefully in 48 hours from now, I will be enjoying some deleted scenes and commentaries.

Little spoiler:

Also, I hear we get to find out who left the joint in the parking lot.

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