The Office - Season Nine
The Dunder Mifflin Dog Days are over. The ninth and final season of "The Office" is available on Blu-ray. It's a thoughtful and tender goodbye season that provides closure to a lot of storylines and brings back former cast members. The finale also provides an ending to the fictional "documentary" that was the basis of the series.
In nine seasons, the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company has seen major staff changes, relationships and even a few firings. But under the helm of longtime employees Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer), they have grown into a family. New additions to the series include new young staff members Pete (Jake Lacy) and Clark (Clark Duke).
The special features offer a poignant goodbye to the series. "The Office: A Look Back" is a retrospective on the series. Each of the actors discusses his or her role on the show, details on the show and the growth of their characters. Ricky Gervais also gives his two cents on the popularity of the series. There is also a heartfelt table read for the finale episode. It shows original ideas for the finale and the red eyes of the cast members during the read.
The most interesting special feature has got to be the original audition tapes from the first casting sessions of the series. Seth Rogen, Eric Stonestreet and John Cho all auditioned for major roles on the series. The deleted scenes also give a lot of insight into the improvisational aspect of the series. There is also the auto-tuned version of a song Andy (Ed Helms) sings in the finale.
The least appealing bonus features are the blooper reel. It is pretty dry considering the humorous nature of the series. It's mostly the actors laughing at jokes before they finish them. Also a little dry is the Blu-ray exclusive, "Behind-the-scenes Panel Discussion," which includes the writers, producers and directors of the series. Ultimately, they might be interesting to hardcore fans, but aren't very compelling.
"The Office" may have come to an end but you can have it in all its glory on Blu-ray and digital copy. The bonus features do provide an additional emotional tug to the farewell series.
"The Office: Season Nine"