Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) works at Initech Corporation, which isn’t where he wants to be. He has grown tired of the office gossip, office politics, and pretty much anything related to the office. After all, he has multiple bosses to report to and when he makes a simple mistake, he is reprimanded by each one. His friends don’t sympathize with him much either, as they just accept that work is required, so they might as well get used to it. But Peter wants more out of life, which is why he agrees to see a occupational hypnotherapist. But when the therapist dies while Peter is in a hypnotic state of intense relaxation, it sets off a chain of events that will alter his life path. He starts to treat his job like he wants to, which means brutal honest with his bosses, taking time for himself, and doing what he wants to do. But when this new outlook lands Peter and his friends in some potential hot water, will Peter man up and be accountable?
Didn’t you get the memo? Office Space is a hilarious look inside the cubicle domain, a world in which you have to laugh, or else you’ll go insane. Mike Judge’s vision of office life is easy to relate to and connect with, as it captures the tedium and listlessness to perfection. The story doesn’t revolve around office politics as much as one man’s attempt to avoid them, but make no mistake, the cubicle lifestyle is skewered without mercy in Office Space. Judge’s script is loaded with quotable lines, memorable characters, and laugh out loud moments. The lovable Milton, the jump to conclusions mat, two chicks at the same time, TPS reports, overexcited waiters, all of that and more make Office Space so much fun to watch. This Blu-ray disc offers no substantial new extras, but the enhanced visuals and soundtrack are enough to warrant an upgrade.
Video: How does it look?
Office Space is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This might be the dynamic visual experience that you’ll use as your home theater demo disc, but this is a marked improvement over the DVD. The overall detail gets a nice bump, so depth is much more impressive here. Not just closeups either, but all the shots benefit and have a more refined presence. The colors perform well, especially the bright whites and bold blacks. In short, this is a title even casual fans will want to upgrade, as the visual presentation is much enhanced.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sounds of a hard working office have never sounded so good, not to mention the bangin’ gangsta rap soundtrack. This DTS HD 5.1 option offers a better than expected experience, with more life and presence than I anticipated. Of course, the bass rocks when the rap kicks in, but the entire sound design seems more alive here. The office sounds immersive and layered, which adds to the realism. Not powerful stuff mind you, but subtle and effective, just as the material demands. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, Spanish and French language tracks, and subtitles in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Back from the Special Edition are a retrospective featurette, some deleted scenes, and the film’s theatrical trailer. New to this edition are a trivia track and a few interactive games. Nothing here is landmark, but decent enough.