American Adaptations of successful british comedies, often fail, but, as with the case of "THE OFFICE," sometimes they're even better than the original series. "THE OFFICE: SEASON 4" has been released by UNIVERSAL, and while there are some annoying character proclivities popping up in this season, (particularly around "Jim"), it's still a great season, on par with the earlier ones. A few episodes, "DINNER PARTY" and "GOODBYE, TOBY"(the season finale) actually rival the best episodes of any season, in terms of writing and execution. There are a couple that, surprisingly, aren't great, but if the most disappointing thing that can be said about any series episode is that it isn't "great," that say's alot about the bar that's been raised by the show's consistently fine writing.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release, with 16:9 enhancement. As with previous seasons, colors are solid throughout, and contrast is impressive, with deep blacks and grays. It's a clean transfer, with fine detail(as far as dvd goes)and it's even slick for the most part!
UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, surrounds do get to kick in effectively for ambient and discrete effects, with impact. Although, being a comedy, most separation effects are front-focused.
Fans will enjoy the majority of "deleted" scenes that have been included for each of the 14 episodes, coming close to 2 hours of extra material, most of it hilarious!
4 episodes feature commentary, and there are some other brief goodies that have been thrown in.