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"The Office - Season Six" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

The Office TV show is a fake documentary look at the internal workings of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, PA.  The cast of characters includes Michael (Steve Carell) as the boss who is in over his head much of the time, but has his heart in the right place, to assistant managers Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) who constantly battle with each other, and more.  One of the anchors of Thursday Night on NBC, the office is at times painful to watch, and many others times can hit close to home for those of us who work in an office day after day.  This season was filled with events from the marriage of Pam and Jim, to the birth of their child, to the downfall of Dunder Mifflin.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 25 episodes
  • Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson
  • Directed by Various Directors
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Slight language
  • Language: No

Commentary

One of my favorite shows on TV since it debuted, The Office continues to be a fantastic show, though perhaps not as good in seasons past.  Many times it's almost too painful for me to continue watching as some of the characters go overboard into their weird personality traits, but even despite these issues, it's still one of the best shows on TV in my opinion, and something that I enjoy having on my shelf to go back and watch.

Technical

Presented in 1080p, The Office looks better on Blu-ray than it does on television thanks to the higher bitrate and better picture format.  The image is clean and crisp, and brings across the look of a documentary as it wants.  Because of the aim for the image, it's not as perfect and demo material worthy as a feature film can be, but it doesn't prevent it from being the best presentation possible of the show.  The audio track is also well done, though once again since it's meant to be a documentary style, you won't find fancy surround effects and amazing pans across all speakers.  it does bring across the feel of the environment you are in, however, and in lossless audio instead of the Dolby Digital that the HDTV broadcast is limited to.

Extras

You get multiple audio commentaries for a few of the episodes, deleted scenes, blooper reels, promotional clips, a full episode of Parks and Recreation (also on NBC's Thursday night), and other featurettes. The most exciting feature is that as Season 7 is on NBC this fall, people that own the Blu-ray set can use BD Live to stream episodes after they air, which is a great feature that I hope future TV shows on Blu-ray copy.  I can't wait to test it out once the new season begins.