Viewing The Office Season 9 DVD/Blu-ray will take you on a very sentimental journey, filled with tears and lots of great footage never seen before. Some highlights:
- Normally, my favorite part of any Office DVD is the blooper reel, but in this case, The Finale table read (1:17:19) trumps that. It’s an absolute treat to watch the cast read their lines for the first time (and I guess you can say, the last time). And you’ll immediately notice which scenes weren’t part of the table read. You’ll also hear a new cold open, a different ending for Kelly and Ryan, a callback to the original Office, and a big group scene (“Office plant! Office plant!”) that didn’t make it in the official episode. All in all, funny and very very tearful. Kleenex required.
- The blooper reel (14:14) is, as always, a blast, with my favorite line being “It’s not getting any better in my mouth.” (That’s what she said.) Other highlights: “I got some noodles in my car”, “Frank did it”, and Ed teaches Rainn how to say one of Andy’s trademark lines. Lots of good stuff!
- Cast auditions (5:43): you’ll recognize some people auditioning that haven’t been reported on previously! You’ll also see auditions for every member of The Office cast (including a few guest stars!). So great.
- The Office: A Look Back (29:24): this is a shortened version of The Office: A Retrospective (all episode clips are replaced by stills), combined with footage from The Office Farewells.
- Behind the scenes panel discussion (45:16) from “The Office Wrap Party,” Scranton: around 10 minutes into it, they show Prop Master Phil Shea (with executive producer Greg Daniels behind the camera) leading a tour of the props warehouse. The feeling of nostalgia will wash over you like a warm wave. More about the panel here.
- Deleted scenes: more Shabooya Roll Call, an Andy/Erin duet, Darryl “acting like a white guy who’s trying to act black” (Clark’s words), more brutal Jan, Broccoli Rob, a monologue by Hide, more amazing Die Hard reenactment by Pete, more on the Scranton Strangler, more of Sensei Ira, paintball with Dwight’s friends, a long and awkward Toby/Nellie sequence, more documentary questions from the audience, a lovely toast from Andy at Dwight and Angela’s reception, some back story on the Hannon family, and final talking heads from everyone in the cast.
A few photos are on the next page.