I just found out that Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog DVD became available in stores nationwide yesterday. This is amazing because frankly Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is an idea that shouldn’t have worked.
Travel back with me to the year 2008. The Writer’s Guild Strike is going full force and all kinds of creative types suddenly have a lot of time on their hands. Joss Whedon, along with Maurissa Tancharoen and his brothers Zach & Jed Whedon decide to spend some of that time writing a supervillian musical/video blog to be distributed for free on the Internet. They gather together a cast and crew, including Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day, who are donating their time. Joss Whedon does promise to pay the cast and crew with whatever profits they make.
What could possibly go wrong?
Amazingly, it went went stupendously right. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog quickly became an Internet sensation. Although initially available only for a limited time, it eventually was made available on Hulu. In fact, feel free to watch it now. Just make sure to come back here when you are done.
Waiting… Waiting… Waiting…
Back? As awesome that was, the Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog DVD is somehow much more awesome. Probably because it is jam packed with extras! It has the “Making of” documentaries, and Easter Eggs we have all come to expect, as well as much, much more.
First, there are the Evil League of Evil Applications. Joss Whedon solicited the fans to to create applications to join the Evil League of Evil and post them on YouTube. The top ten made it on to the DVD. Some of these are very funny, they didn’t cost Joss a dime, and they made the fans feel they were part of the Dr. Horrible experience.
In addition, while commentaries are popular on DVD’s nowadays, how many of these commentaries can claim to be musicals as well? Commentary! The Musical can! Composed of entirely new songs which (mostly) ignore what is going on onscreen, Commentary! The Musical should be listened to at least once. Even if listening to it all the way through does, in the words of the song, make you “a huge fucking nerd”.
So I guess what I am saying is, if you haven’t seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog yet, watch it online. However, if you have seen it and are craving more, then buy the DVD!