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  • Widescreen 1.85:1
  • 16:9 Enhanced
  • Dual Layer ( )
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  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • German: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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Office Space

20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 86 mins . M15+ . PAL

  Feature
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"Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computers all day!"

Around the hurly-burly of the busy DVDnet offices, sometimes itís easy to forget we arenít all rats in cages being prodded constantly by the DVDnet Authorities to work harder and run that wheel ever faster. But here, in this dank underground of cubicles and partitions, of stale water coolers, molten coffee and crazy Pirate Costume Fridays, we as reviewers are reduced to just that. Rats on wheels.

ĎWhy donít you leave?í people say, ĎGet a better reviewerís position in one of those upmarket DVD review places where reviewers are treated like the valuable human beings they are.í

Iíve heard of such places. Where reviewers receive a lunch hour and desks arenít under dripping low wattage lightbulbs on frayed cords. Where DVDs donít have to be rented from the employer, standing there with a receipt book in hand and a low warning to have it back on his desk first thing tomorrow morning... but I dunno.

My desk here at DVDnet is nice. I have a little potted palm that I can look at every so often during designated periods. I have a huge computer that doesnít take all that long to warm up after Iíve hand cranked it. I get regular notes of appreciation from my fellow reviewers. Like this one, from Vince I got the other day;

ďHey you. Steal my ideas again and Iím gonna cut you. Signed, The Big F*cko Next Door.Ē

See? Itís a sweet life here. The payís great, the people are friendly (except maybe Dennis. Heís got problems) and the rewards are beneficial. Like, if I put a cartoon in a review, I donít get punched this week. If I put a screen grab in, I donít get punched twice.

As to the film I'm reviewing here... well, it's pretty funny and factual. It's about how life in an office sucks, the work blows and together they form a paradox of universal proportions. It's no wonder people go nuts. Like this dude Milton in this movie. This film is actually based on a series of Internet shorts featuring Milton and his thing for this sleak red stapler. This is exactly what I'm talking about, they push you until you focus all your remaining love on something, anything, to remain human. And the Authorities, they still pick at you and pick at you until you just can't take it anymore. Yet there's no way out. Not ever.

Vince says heís got a plan to get out. I hear him whispering it to someone on the phone, but heíd never let me in on it, no way. I donít like to ask about it because our friendship is a little fragile. And I donít think he can trust me anyway. I mean, Iíd just cave if I had to act all normal and everything. The minute the DVDnet Authorities saw me theyíd know something was up and then, well... Iíd just wreck it for everyone. And Vince. Poor beautiful Vince, heíd never get free of this dripping crypt.

And take that endlessly yapping puppy with him.

So, itís back to work. I watch something, I type something about it. The more words I use, the better the rewards. But what they donít know is, Iíve got my own plans to get out. I figured it out Ė if I write certain words in certain places then get people to read them in a certain order, they spell out a message. And that message is simply this:

Please send help. Cash donations to:
Jules Faber's Sad Escape Bid
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  Video
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Watching a movie down here is difficult at the best of times. Someone (Iím not sure who, but I have my suspicions) tends to fire wadded up paper at me when Iím studiously watching a film. The TV faces the room, so I have to turn my back on the office and thatís the whole problem. However, I did manage to make some notes about the film Iím currently reviewing, which is Office Space. The picture quality is superb and just ever-so-slightly off razor sharp. Everything looks great in it with no glitches at all. Even the layer change is undetectable. Itís delivered in the screen ratio of 1.85:1 with anamorphic steroids number 16:9. As noted, the film is based on a series of animated shorts by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) and while it is nothing like a cartoon, it does manage to capture the cloying atmosphere of the partitioned office very nicely.

It looks nice and clean though and doesnít have any growing piles of festering paper cups and half eaten doughnuts on my side of Vinceís cubicle.

  Audio
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When one guy in the office (way up near the lit end) plays his radio loud, weíre lucky to hear anything down our end because of the echo in the septic pipes that terminate beyond my desk. (Thankfully theyíve almost fixed the leak too). But today, he was away so I could hear the kickiní hip-hop gangsta soundtrack pretty well. It appears in all surrounds of the Dolby 5.1 setup and while the surrounds sleep (but for the music) for most of the film, the subwoofer stays alert and rumbling away to itself for the duration. Dialogue is all fairly clear, if a teensy bit muffled at times by soft-spokenness, but otherwise no troubles.

John Frizzellís score is even suitable, lending practically invisible support, if such a thing can be said.

  Extras
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To us down here in the catacombs of the DVDnet underground, extras are the sweet treat not even the Authorities can take away from us. Unfortunately, sometimes we review films that donít have any. This is practically the case here, with just the trailer accompanying the film for 2:25 at 1.85:1 with 16:9-tivity.

  Overall  
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Itís about life in the office this film, and it has all those annoying and irritating quirks that are both funny and intensely sad. Cubicle life has been captured in a very Hollywood style office compared to the stinking tomb we at DVDnet work in, and really sets a goal to work toward. Man, their offices look sweet.

(JULES! My office, NOW! - Ed.)


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      And I quote...
    "The revolution will not be televised."
    - Jules Faber
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Teac DVD-990
    • TV:
          Sony 51cm
    • Speakers:
          Teac PLS-60 Home Theatre System
    • Centre Speaker:
          Teac PLS-60 Home Theatre System
    • Surrounds:
          Teac PLS-60 Home Theatre System
    • Subwoofer:
          Akai
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard RCA
    • Video Cables:
          Standard Component RCA
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