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Witty Superhero Musical Saves the Day,
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This review is from: Dr Horrible's Singalong Blog [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
When the Writer's Guild of America went on strike over pay issues in 2008, Joss Whedon called together his closest TV writer-buddies
and wrote, funded and directed this short comedy-musical completely independently, to prove their worth to the TV execs. There were
no teams of technical geniuses on hand to polish up the film with CGI. No lush sets. Nobody to fetch their coffees for them. No... no,
actually, that's all this film lacks. One set even looks impressive.
It's got great gags that are still funny five viewings later, it's got catchy songs that are written by talented songwriters, and it's
got some big stars including Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), Felicia Day (The Guild,
Eureka) and Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory.)
Best of all, it's a traditional three-act play with a very modern twist. Neil Patrick Harris is Dr. Horrible, a would-be supervillian
who dreams of earning a place in the Evil League of Evil, and winning the love of the girl he sees every week at the laundromat. He has
to show his crush how sweet he is and show the League how evil he is, while keeping his online followers up to date on his antics - yes,
the story is framed in the episodes of Dr. Horrible's video-blog.
If you're looking for explosions and lasers galore, you might be looking in the wrong place. Where this film shines is in the quality of
the script, and the songs. It's probably to its benefit that the film had a tiny budget, and an even tinier running time (42 minutes),
because every line of dialogue is a treasure.
The extras are well worth the money too. Also on the DVD is a making-of featurette, a director's commentary, and something entirely
new - Commentary: The Musical, a musical director's commentary comprised of songs sung by the actors and writers about the film,
the process behind it, and the fun they all had making it. (This musical is probably better, too!)
Not only is it a great story, but the soundtrack WILL get you singing-along, and it's a little piece of television history -
how many independent films made for the internet have won an Emmy?
It's not horrible - it's a brief but dazzling piece of musical comedy not unlike Avenue Q, Family Guy or maybe even Glee.
Just buy it.
Note: Although the DVD comes from America, it is region free, meaning you can play it on any DVD player. It's well worth the wait as
it ships across the pond!