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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog [Blu-ray] (2008)

Neil Patrick Harris , Nathan Fillion , Joss Whedon  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (936 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KW29U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This Emmy®-winning phenomenon, a hilarious scifi musical starring Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), comes to Blu-Ray packed with over 90 minutes of bonus material.

Conceived as an "online miniseries event" during the 2008 writers' strike, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 42-minute musical romp that bears the distinctive stamp of Joss Whedon. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) plays the title character, who video-blogs about his twin goals to join the Evil League of Evil and to woo the fair Penny (Felicia Day, of Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Web series The Guild), a woman he met at the local laundromat. Dr. Horrible is foiled on both fronts, however, by his arch-nemesis, the self-absorbed superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion, Whedon's Firefly).

Dr. Horrible was written by Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed, and Jed's fiancee Maurissa Tancharoen, and the songs were written by Joss and Jed (who also produced, orchestrated, played, etc.) with some lyrics by Tancharoen. (Jed and Tancharoen have backup singing roles.) The offbeat, off-the-cuff humor is laugh-out-loud funny, and just like Dr. Horrible wants to take over the world, the songs will take over your head: they're engaging ("My Freeze Ray"), stirring ("My Eyes"), and sweet ("Penny's Song"). "So They Say" is particularly evocative of Jonathan Larson's Rent, but as with Joss Whedon's musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," the influences are diverse. It's hard to imagine a better cast. Harris, who's sung Sondheim on Broadway, is a great lead and clearly the best singer, Day is completely charming, and who better than Captain Tightpants to play the pompous superhero? One could argue about the ending, and the independent budget shows, but Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a complete hoot for people who enjoy musicals with quirky humor. Plan on watching it multiple times. --David Horiuchi

On the Blu-ray disc
Even if you've already watched or downloaded Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a number of bonus features might entice you. There are two commentary tracks: Harris, the three Whedons, Tancharoen, Day, and Fillion recorded a spirited track discussing the movie, and there's also "Commentary! The Musical" in which they ignore the movie and sing about the writers' strike and each other (e.g., Fillion sings "I'm Better than Neil")--the songs aren't as good as the Horrible songs, but it's good silly fun. A 20-minute making-of discusses the cast, the recording sessions, and how the movie became a phenomenon, and 10 videos (a half-hour total) were recorded by fans who want to join the Evil League of Evil. And when's the last time you wanted to pause the FBI warning? --David Horiuchi

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228 of 244 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of Absolutely Amazing November 28, 2008
So it's nothing short of a miracle that I ran into this webcast musical. I'd never dipped in the pond of Whedon's work and at the time I wasn't a fan of any of the actors, but boy did that change.

I first heard about Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog from a couple weekly podcasts that I listened to and everyone loved it, so I gave it a try. I came out of the experience singing the catchy songs for weeks, seeking out the actors' works, and wanting to be a bigger Whedon fan.

The acting is spectacular. Neil Patrick Harris is one of the best actors of his generation and he shows real and refined talent by both singing and acting as Dr. Horrible himself. It's a shame that Nathan Fillion, Captain Hammer, is not an exploding star. Felica Day, too, exhibits fine acting and singing skills and it's hard not to fall in love with her character, Penny.

The Whedon team (+ Mo) do an amazing job of weaving together fine acting, extremely catchy and well-written songs, and witty, yet thought-provoking dialogue in the tragicomedy that is Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and I, for one, cannot wait for more.
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124 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The horrible doctor is in! November 29, 2008
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"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" tells an incredible story of an aspiring villain... who blogs and sings. In this backwards world, the villain is the hero, and the hero is the villain. But which one will get the girl? If you're a fan of "Sweeney Todd," you'll love this movie. The acting is impeccable, and the music is flawless. Not a scene, not a song, not a word is out of place. This is a story you won't want to miss.

The fact that this DVD has two commentaries -- a typical filmmaker's commentary and, appropriately so, a musical commentary -- is unique in and of itself. The fact that it's the same stellar crew that put together the Sing-Along blog itself guarantees brilliance. The other special features, such as the "making of" videos, are horribly satisfying. I fell in love with the project all over again.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH HOLY HORRIBLENESS! December 4, 2008
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I just ordered my DVD but my original thoughts were blogged on July 18, and they still stand; well, of course:

Whether you are or aren't an acolyte of Joss Whedon, do yourself a favor and view this 45-minute serial TV show made for the Internet (and now on DVD).

This was an experiment devised by Whedon, two of his brothers, a writer friend of theirs, and countless others who contributed, during the fairly recent (now months ago) WGA strike. The artists on this project basically worked for free, with Joss Whedon and a few others ponying up the funds.

Dr. Horrible is the tale of a mad scientist (Neil Patrick Harris), would-be villain who wants with his entire being to be part of the Evil League of Evil, run by an Uber-Villain Overlord named Bad Horse. Why? He's in love with a girl named Penny, who he's afraid to talk to but wants to rule the world with. She in turn falls for a big lug with half a brain called Captain Hammer. Hammer and Dr. H have a hate-hate relationship, mostly because Hammer keeps giving him beatings and messing up his plans for world domination.

Did I mention it's a musical? The whole thing is brilliantly devised; archetypes of villains and heroes turned on their head, a sweet young thing who is their innocent catalyst for change, and a tuneful score which harks to musical theatre influences ... some Bernstein, some Schwartz, with emphasis on Sondheim. Whedon and his co-writers obviously love language and know how to use it to warp the woof of an oft-told tale; good vs. evil. But just who is good and who is evil? And for whom will you weep when the story is through?

Write and tell me. I'd like to know what you thought.
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118 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Evil, and just really really good! November 28, 2008
This is an amazing piece of work, and was one of the first "created for the web" creations to really succeed, both artistically and virally. Neil Patrick and the whole cast are perfect, and the entire production is highly original in content, format, and artistry. The songs are great (you'll be singing them for days, if not weeks) and bottom line, it's just really, really good, and worth watching or buying or whatever!
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105 of 120 people found the following review helpful
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First let me say that the content on the disc itself is great, but Amazon is not being completely honest with it's product descriptions.

On the top of the page, it says that the disc format is DVD, but if you buy it, there is a possibility that they will send you a burned DVD-R instead of a pressed DVD disc. This can be an issue because DVD-Rs are not as durable over time and some DVD players cannot read them.

You can tell if you received a DVD-R if it is a purple backed DVD-R disc. I didn't even realize this was a possibility until I opened the package and saw it since the product description doesn't even mention it except for in small print at the bottom of the page. I'm disappointed that Amazon couldn't shell out for a release of consistent quality.

UPDATE: Amazon recently changed the DVD logo on the top of the product page to DVD-R making the product description more accurate.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Amazing November 28, 2008
So I originally watched this like most people through the power of the internet. Then I downloaded it on iTunes. Then I bought the soundtrack. And now I'll buy this.

If only for a chance to support it and beg Joss to make more great movies and keep him in business.

The movie is perfection. The acting fantastic and the songs way to catchy to be considered legal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... watch on a flight to Japan and was not disappointed. Heads turned...
Downloaded this to watch on a flight to Japan and was not disappointed. Heads turned as I giggled though! Great watch and I love NPH. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Shirley Mailman Lenhard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
NPH singing. Nathan Fillion singing. Felicia Day singing. I only wish there was more material in it.
Published 11 days ago by chokolada
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, amusing "villain" vs. "hero" musical, and NPH is adorable
I saw "My Freeze Ray" in the shorts shown @ Alamo Drafthouse before seeing Gone Girl and I was so taken with the song I wanted to find out more. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kristen H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great performers, witty dialogue, snappy music.
Published 18 days ago by Andrea Spitz
5.0 out of 5 stars The music is awesome. The characters are great
The music is awesome. The characters are great, too. It's well worth owning and then forcing all your friends to watch when they come over. Very good acting and production.
Published 19 days ago by Susan Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Brand New Day
There is no better way to spend 45 minutes of your life than by watching this three-act musical masterpiece.
Published 21 days ago by Mistopia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny Movie and great songs!
Published 1 month ago by Laura H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you will laugh, you will cry and you WILL find yourself singing along
Published 1 month ago by Robert Bruce Graham II
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's just super! :)
Published 1 month ago by Heather Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Ties with Avengers as my second favorite Joss Whedon work.
Yes, it is a musical. Get over it. You will love it (unless you're a "friggin' 'tard").

FYI, Firefly is my favorite Joss Whedon work.
Published 1 month ago by George Hogge
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Should I buy this *again* on Blu-ray?
no new extra features on the bluray that aren't on the dvd
Feb 28, 2011 by S. KADDATZ |  See all 5 posts

You will enjoy the 40-minute main feature with its excellent subtitles.
However, NOTHING ELSE on the DVD is subtitled. The musical commentary, the director's commentary, the featurettes, and the ELE Applications, are all unsubtitled. This... Read More
Mar 17, 2009 by Mykro |  See all 6 posts
The disc isn't released until Dec. 9. However, every other Whedon series or television show I've seen, has a close-captioning/subtitling available on the DVD's, many with more than one language. Granted, this isn't from a major studio, I can't see why they wouldn't include a close-captioning... Read More
Dec 4, 2008 by Nathaniel L. Countryman |  See all 7 posts
Extras ?
Joss has mentioned (on a couple of extras included are:
(quoted from his post on
"Commentary! The Musical" the most painstaking and exhausting piece of whimsey I have ever mistaken for a good idea. It has nearly twice as much music as Dr. Horrible... Read More
Nov 30, 2008 by MarmaLady |  See all 4 posts
Europe encoding?
Hi dee_pesh,

The short answers are "not without a converter" and "yes."

In terms of your player reading the DVD, what you are probably thinking of is the Region Code. There is no Region Code listed, unlike many other releases from major studios. The expectation was that... Read More
Nov 30, 2008 by T. Clark |  See all 6 posts
This Just Won an Emmy award despite never being on tv.... Be the first to reply
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