Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dr. Horrible DVD Review - June 4, 2009

Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog At PaleyFest09
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is now out on DVD and I wanted to share my thoughts on it. If you haven’t heard of it, this was the Joss Whedon and company project that was done during the writers strike last year. They took the project straight to the internet where it was a phenomenon. Dr. Horrible was originally able to view for free and was so popular that it crashed their website the first couple of days of release. That Whedonverse is a loyal bunch!! Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion. Harris plays Dr. Horrible who is a super villain in training ready to prove himself worthy to join the Evil League of Evil. Dr. Horrible has to battle his arch nemesis, Captain Hammer, while also realizing his feelings for a girl at the Laundromat by the name of Penny. This is a musical and Buffy fans will love it as it is, of course, very Once More With Feeling like. The music will get into your head and the story is a fun one. The cast does an amazing job and they had a great time doing it. I’m hoping that this internet phenomenon will encourage more to try out these kind of projects. The DVD itself is a lot of fun as well. Even if you’ve seen Dr. Horrible already, there is plenty more on the DVD for you to enjoy. I say that in full confidence cause I watched it around the time that it was released online. There was plenty more good stuff to watch on the DVD. There are two separate commentaries. One with the cast and the other is a musical commentary. Yep, a newly written musical which is used as commentary on a musical. Follow that? The cast is reunited with new songs. Lots of fun. I especially laughed at the song which has groupie #3, Stacy, singing a song about how she paid Joss $10 for a solo on the musical commentary. Then, Neil steps in at the end to reveal that he had paid Joss $15 and the solo was now his. Funny stuff. Really clever writing on it. Another fun extra on it is based on the contest done a while back with fans able to send in their videos to apply for The Evil League of Evil. The best ten were picked out and put on the DVD. There are some really good ones on there that had to take a lot of time to do. Variety of picks with some focusing more on the editing, some on the music, and others. I have to admit that the one that I laughed at the most was the animated one which was basically the character just wanting to meet Felicia Day. Then, he goes into a love song that he wrote for her which goes along with pics of her including him put into the pictures. I thought it was hilarious. I loved the idea of this contest for an extra and looked forward to seeing what fans could come up with. They didn’t disappoint. Like I said, this is a very fun musical and another Whedon hit. I just hope that we eventually get a sequel.

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