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Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding super-villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry. His two goals: getting accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his laundromat crush Penny, played by Felicia Day (The Guild). The only thing standing in his way is Captain Hammer, Billy's superhero arch-nemesis played by Nathan Fillion (Firefly). With one big score, Billy could get into the E.L.E. and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer...
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 DVD
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
Perfect. Good versus evil. Humor. Music. Neil Patrick Harris. No more need be said.Published 12 hours ago by Alan F Zidek
This needs a review?! Seriously?!
NPH as a potential villain who finds his true reason for being evil.
I have an Evil League of Evil Party every year. Bought the shirt. Read more
A quirky musical, Dr. Horrible has a well-deserved cult following. The songs are simply splendid and it is so funny! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Busy Working Mom
You just cannot not watch this; it is classic! Any Whedon fan will fall in love...Published 13 days ago by Tanya Schulz
I heard about Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog from a friend and was giddy with excitement. I came out of singing for weeks, and knowing Josh Weldon's work, not disappointed. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amarh
Something good that came out of the writer's strike! Thanks Joss Whedon, NPH, and Nathan Fillion. I watch/listen to this while cleaning my house, because I know the words to all... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
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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
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING:
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
Joss has mentioned (on Whedonesque.com) a couple of extras included are:
(quoted from his post on www.whedonesque.com)
"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
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
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