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

Neil Patrick Harris , Nathan Fillion  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (905 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg
  • Writers: Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon
  • Producers: David Burns, Michael Boretz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (905 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001YB29HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" on IMDb

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Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding supervillain 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 archnemesis 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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227 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Short of Absolutely Amazing November 28, 2008
Format:DVD
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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123 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The horrible doctor is in! November 29, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"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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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
Format:DVD
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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32 of 33 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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103 of 118 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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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Amazing November 28, 2008
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate the homeless...ness
Was great when the world needed it! Is still great to this day!
Published 1 day ago by Heidi Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
It's awesome. Don't even think about it- just buy it already!
Published 2 days ago by Anjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watch it and you'll understand.
Published 3 days ago by Benjamin March
5.0 out of 5 stars Plot Twist Warning
If you are looking for a sweet, cute little musical with fun characters that will leave you smiling after you're done, LEAVE. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Julianna
4.0 out of 5 stars It's funny and silly
I had heard about this and got it just to check it out. It's funny and silly, but enjoyable and I like Neal Patrick Harris.
Published 12 days ago by Carmen C. Keeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I bought this as a gift for my brother, so I can't give a real review on this.
Published 18 days ago by DarcWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil is never better
Dr. Horrible, or Billy is one of the best characters Neil Patrick Harris has tackled... just a wonderful musical... singing along with all the songs.. they get stuck.in your head. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kelsea Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars PhD in AWESOMENESS
Brand new, fun, awesome short movie. Love it so much.
Published 23 days ago by Monteith
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
Brilliant. Funny, touching and full of great songs and performances. Come on Joss Whedon, where is the big budget movie version?
Published 24 days ago by C. T. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easily one of my favorite movies!
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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
Subtitles?
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
Closed-captioning?
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 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
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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