Office Space

Office Space (1999)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Cast: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Mike Judge
Extras: Theatrical Trailer

“Office Space” is based on the “Milton” animated shorts that Mike Judge did for MTV’s “Liquid Television, ” dealing with the problems of the modern American workplace, starting out like a live-action “Dilbert” with Ron Livingston as an office-worker who has become disillusioned with cubicle-life. The first thirty minutes of the film are quite amusing, offering many dead-on satires of the ridiculous nature of office life, but then becomes convoluted. If the movie had stuck to it’s roots of mocking the workplace, it would have been much better. As it stands, it’s funny in places, but often feels like overtime.

The DVD of “Office Space” offers a very nice transfer of the film. The disc contains a non-anamorphic widescreen version of the film that is letterboxed at 1.85:1. The framing appears accurate and the source print shows no obvious flaws or defects. The color balance on the film is good throughout. As Judge shot the picture in a very realistic fashion, there are no harsh changes in lighting, save for a dream sequence. The picture is clear and there is little grain or artifacting present.

The disc’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is surprisingly active for a comedy and from the film’s opening on, the surround sound is clearly noticeable. The film contains a lot of rap music, which gives the audio a great deal of bass to work with. The only real extra on the DVD is the theatrical trailer, which is presented full-frame.