HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG (2008)
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon
Producers: David Burns, Michael Boretz
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
Run Time: 42 minutes
Commentary! The Musical: 42 Minutes of new music featuring the cast and
Commentary by the cast and creators
The Making of Dr. Horrible featurettes
Evil League of Evil Application Videos
Viewers will probably feel a bit short-changed by Dr.
Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. After all, it is so darned good that one
just wishes that it could go on and on – but unfortunately it runs a mere
42 minutes, a bit shorter than your average Buffy the Vampire Slayer
episode . . .
Neil Patrick Harris is Dr. Horrible, a wannabe
super-villain who wants to join the Evil League of Evil. Unfortunately his
attempts at impressing the League come to naught as his plans are usually
thwarted by a narcissistic superhero named Captain Hammer (excellently
played by Serenity’s Nathan Fillion). That
the hapless Billy (Dr. Horrible’s real name) also makes the somewhat
amateur mistake of announcing his illegal schemes beforehand on his
Internet blog doesn’t help matters either. Things come to a head one day
when Captain Hammer saves a girl Dr. Horrible secretly has a crush on. Dr
Horrible had better act soon if he wants to join the Evil League of Evil
and get the girl at the end of the day!
Fans of director / writer Joss Whedon’s off-beat
sensibilities will of course enjoy Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
the most. (Whedon is the brain behind the popular Buffy and the
short-lived Firefly TV shows amongst others
– as if you didn’t already know that.)
Like the beloved Buffy episode One More, with Feeling Dr.
Horrible’s is a musical. The whole affair is drenched in his typical
post-modern self-awareness (it pokes a lot of fun at super-villain genre
conventions) and the ending is wholly unexpected. Since it was originally
made for release on the Internet only the production values are the cheap
side, but that doesn’t distract from the onscreen events.
THE DISC: This disc is exactly the same as the
exclusive-to-Amazon.com-only DVD which has been available previously. Only
difference is that this release will be available at retailers besides the
online giant. Plus the DVD packaging finally acknowledges the fact that,
yes, Joss Whedon was actually involved with the project and that this is a
selling point with his small but devoted following. Thus Whedon is finally
mentioned on the front cover.
Special features, etc. are precisely the same as the old
release and there is no point in buying this edition as well if you
already own it. To be honest the special features, though numerous, are
somewhat on the disappointing side. A lot of Dr. Horrible-like fan
films are included on the disc, but they – with one or two exceptions -
just illustrate that one shouldn’t accept any imitations. The film-makers
seem to have a lot of fun on the voice-over commentaries and the musical
commentary (!) too, but we couldn’t make ourselves sit through them all to
WORTH IT? Yes.
RECOMMENDATION: If you’re the type who
appreciates the quirky and off-beat humor of shows such as Whedon’s Buffy
and Firefly then we suggest you buy this immediately if you haven’t
already done so.