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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)

Neil Patrick Harris , Nathan Fillion , Joss Whedon  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Writers: Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon
  • Producers: David Burns, Michael Boretz
  • Format: NTSC
  • 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
  • Studio: Mutant Enemy, INC.
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (870 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M5UDGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary! The Musical
Commentary by the cast and crew
Evil League of Evil application videos
Making-of featurettes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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...

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225 of 241 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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122 of 136 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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117 of 132 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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31 of 32 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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102 of 117 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Protagonist doesn't mean hero December 17, 2008
This is yet another great example of a film that demonstrates that the word protagonist doesn't mean hero. It ranks up there with "Thank You For Smoking" and "Payback" as a terrific way of making the bad guy someone you want to win.

I love all the songs. They get stuck in your head the same way "Once More With Feeling" did. They are wonderfully done. My fiancé criticizes Nathan Fillion's voice, but I think he did a fine job. However, Neil Patrick Harris is the true standout of awesome talent. He did a great job on this project.

The use of video blogging as a setup for the plot is genius, and I was actually kind of sad when Act 3 featured no blogging whatsoever. On a side-note, I think the sequel should definitely be titled "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Podcast."

My one gripe with this product has been mentioned by others: why a DVD-R? I know the limited shelf-life of DVD-Rs has been exaggerated, but still! Why not have a professionally made DVD that will last longer? I have seen a ton of low-budget stuff make it's way to DVD. Hell, "My Name is Bruce" is getting a blu-ray release! "Dr. Horrible" would be an awesome blu-ray! This complaint is not enough to get me to avoid buying this, but I am certainly disappointed with the quality of the product. Here's hoping for a future double-dip with some kind of deluxe edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad. PSYCH! I LOVE IT! So goooood...
Best short film I've ever seen, now in Blu-Ray. Not a lot of bonus content, but it's not what I bought it for.
Published 4 days ago by Will Sutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great have a copy of this web classic
I enjoy watching this this web short online. Great to add a copy with the extras on a DVD to my collection.
Published 6 days ago by Anthony. K
5.0 out of 5 stars So incredibly awesome!
Such a fun (and quick) watch. Nathan Fillion is fantastic, and NPH rocks. We had to watch it over and over because it was so funny!
Published 7 days ago by Amy A. Kinseth
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes 45 Minute for Joss Whedon To Do What George Lucas Failed To Do
It's no secret that both Joss Whedon and the ensemble cast (featuring NPH, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion) come with a strong following. Read more
Published 8 days ago by D. Melendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Goofy and Fun
The lyrics will be stuck in your head for days and you'll find yourself singing them without realizing it.

I don't think it's meant to be taken seriously. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Very catchy and easy to watch over and over again! This gets played often in my house and doesn't tire easily.
Published 14 days ago by Jeremy Downs
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Wonderful!
There's absolutely nothing horrible about this wonderful, hilarious little opera. I didnt' even know Neal Patrick Harris or Nathan Fillion could sing before I saw this. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mary Louise Pivec
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I find this sooner?
I was a fan of Whedon's work when I was younger, and never really paid attention to Whedons other work that wasn't televised until last year when I went on a binge of Firefly,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, funny and over too soon
Who would have thought you would see this line up of actors flexing their Musical Comedy chops like this! ordered it with no idea what it would be and it is a real hoot!
Published 20 days ago by finnes
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Best musical ever. I love Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris and they do these roles amazingly. Would recommend this tale that is so different from other musicals
Published 22 days ago by Steven Schwendiman
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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:
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"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
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