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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - DVD review

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 12th 2009 10:02AM
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along BlogI recognize that the fans of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog have probably already gotten the DVD (available exclusively on Amazon.com), so in effect I'm preaching to the choir. However, if you haven't gotten around to enjoying it by now, what are you waiting for? This is, quite simply, the best thing to come out of the writer's strike.

If anybody thinks Joss Whedon's reputation is overblown, then you only have to listen to the genius that is "Commentary! The Musical" to realize how much of a genius the man is. It's tough to write a musical, but it's even tougher to write a 42-minute piece of musical metafiction that goes generally along with the beats of the original production and involves pretty much every cast member big and small (and some of the extras, as well). Granted, in all cases, he had help from his brothers Zack and Jed and Jed's fiancée Maurissa Tancharoen, so it must run in the family.

In the musical commentary, Joss and company do take a few friendly jabs at the fans. They sing near the end that if someone has listened that far into the commentary track, then they're "a big f**king nerd." The man knows his chief demographic.

In a close second place to "Commentary! The Musical" are the audition pieces by fans to get into the Evil League of Evil. These (mostly) musical shorts by fans are extremely entertaining. My personal favorite is Princess Zombie.

There are a couple of really cool Easter Eggs. One involves the members of the E.L.E. introducing themselves. Others have some outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.

I would buy this DVD for "Commentary! The Musical" alone. Hopefully, that aspect will be released as its own soundtrack album one of these days (and how meta would that be? A soundtrack to a commentary track). At a price of under $11 (cheaper than a lot of albums nowadays), this DVD is well worth the investment.

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My copy of the DVD was definitely a commercial pressing, but I have heard the DVD-R rumor elsewhere, so I suspect that they may have done a "desperation run" of -R's to make sure there was something to ship on release day and before the holiday deadline.

If anyone has a DVD-R and they can't play it, I'm sure you could return it to Amazon etc, and replace it with a pressed disc.

PS Dr. Horrible did not rip off Dr. Steel. Professor Normal, however, is GOING DOWN!

January 13 2009 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The whole DVD-R thing turned me off, so I bought it in 720p HD from the iTunes Store for $7.99.

January 12 2009 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There were also quite a few other deserving Evil League of Evil entries that weren't featured on the DVD (but received dishonorable mentions). My application (and more) can be viewed at http://www.furyofsolace.com

Bad things are coming...

Fury of Solace
Doing evil so you don't have to
Somewhere in Los Angeles

January 12 2009 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Joss Whedon but cannot for the life of me "get" the appeal of this or of Doogie Howser, who has to be the most annoying actor on TV with the exception of Kathy Griffin.

January 12 2009 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man, I just can't understand the appeal of this thing. Not funny, not original, not particularly well-written or -acted. Wish it would go away already.

January 12 2009 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brad Trechak

Mine had the Dr. Horrible image on the DVD itself and looked of professional quality. It didn't have the word "Memorex" or anything on it.

January 12 2009 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

Was it just lightscribed on? When you put it on your computer, what does it say the type is, if you go into properties. (I think you will be able to tell somewhere in there if it is a DVD-R)

January 12 2009 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Was it pressed on a commercial DVD? There is a pretty hot discussion going on the Amazon Discussion forum for the DVD about the Amazon disclaimer that this was printed on a consumer DVD-R. Some say there's looks like a pressed DVD. What is yours?

I will definitely get this soon.

January 12 2009 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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