This isn’t a full review of the DVD, only what I’ve had the time to watch …
Of the four episode commentaries offered this year, my favorite one by far was for ‘Money’ — with commentary from Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Brian Baumgartner, Melora Hardin, Paul Lieberstein, Mike Schur, and Jen Celotta.
The commentaries I love the most focus on “behind the scenes” stories, and the one for ‘Money’ has plenty of that: a prank that John played on Jenna, the origin of turning Dwight’s beet farm into a bed and breakfast, Mose’s giant Amish neck beard, Pam’s evolving hairstyles, Mose running alongside Jim and Pam’s car (one of the finest moments of comedic television ever), what made Greg Daniel laugh harder than he’s ever laughed before during a table read, and of course, the poignant Jim/Dwight stairwell scene.
It’s fun just to listen to Jen, Paul, and Mike josh each other and laugh at each other’s jokes, the way only writers do. It was also interesting to hear Paul talk about what it was like to direct his first episode. Here’s to many more!
The blooper reel gets longer every year (this time it’s more than 22 minutes long), and it’s a joy.
It includes: appearances by writers/co-executive producers Jen Celotta and Mike Schur and director of photography Randall Einhorn, an office gone insane over the thought of “Pizza by Alfredo,” a shirtless John, Melora sneaking up on Jenna and John, Phyllis giving Angela some ‘tude, Steve eating something disgusting, a TWSS that catches Angela off guard, the ‘Branch Wars’ boys in the car, the indignity of Toby’s bowtie, and Dwight touching Michael with his pointer. (That’s what she said.)
The man-squeal is very prevalent in the Season 4 blooper reel, and delivered most by John Krasinski and Steve Carell. The man-squeal occurs when one of them finds something so funny, they utter a high-pitched squeal because there is no longer any other means to communicate. When you’re laughing so hard and gasping for air, really, there is nothing else you can do but man-squeal.
John’s most notable man-squeal moment comes near the end of the blooper reel, when he instigates it himself. That’s right, no one is trying to get him to break, people are saying their lines straight, and John completely loses it anyway. All by himself. It is awesome.
I’ve only had time to watch a smattering of the deleted scenes, but I do have one thing to say: Jim pranks Dwight in Second Life!
One lovely surprise
OfficeTally gets a mention on the “Did I Stutter?” commentary, around 8:45. Thanks, Rainn!