Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bad guys aren't that bad. A funny musical that the family can enjoy!Published 5 days ago by Daniel Hilliker
One of the most entertaining things I've ever seen. This DVD comes with beautiful and creative artwork and stands as one of the best film-festival style musicals I have ever seen. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. M Quiggins
Although you can certaintly stream it for free, the extra features alone make this worth the money. Plus, supporting arts (and Whedon) made without the traditional... Read morePublished 9 days ago by SpyBRE
Amazing movie! Interesting take on your traditional Heroes and villains story. I have only been able to find it on Amazon video. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chelsea Childs
I have loved this kid since he was DR. Doogie Howser, but this is above and beyond wonderful.
he has a charm that transcends the evil AND HE IS SO FREAKIN CUTE.
Funny, smart, catchy, and clever. Joss always knows how to break my heart. Small Spoileer: This is the best supervillain origin story ever. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Louise Kleszyk
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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 get a DVD-R with printed artwork and a DVD case with full color artwork for $9.99 but you would rather pay an extra $15 for a pressed DVD? If you were to put the two titles next to each other and mixed them up 99.9% of people could not tell which is which. Your DVD player takes... Read More
Dec 4, 2008 by Moray | See all 47 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
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