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on 9 January 2009
I saw this when it was first released on the Internet, and couldn't wait for it to be released to buy. Being sad, I ordered it from Amazon.com and was overjoyed to have it arrive on Christmas Eve! It's great - a true Joss Whedon epic crammed into forty-odd minutes, with wonderful songs that stick in the mind, characters who grab your heart, and an ending that ... well, I won't say, just in case I spoil it for you, but it's pure Joss. As for the extras, there are mini-docs on the making of this phenomenon, some fan-created auditions to join the Evil League of Evil ... but the best is Commentary! The Musical, where for the entire length of the show you can sit back and listen to the main protagonists singing about, well, everything.

When it came out on the Internet, it crashed the server because there were so many hits, and has just won a People's Choice Award in the States, so dig out some hard-earned cash and settle back to watch a once-in-a-lifetime story (that we all hope gets a sequel) then go and buy Firefly, Serenity, Angel ...
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on 11 July 2009
Two words: Superhero Musical.
More words: This is the DVD version of a 3-part webseries masterminded by Joss Whedon. He's the guy who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, so you know you're onto a good thing here. He and his friends made this during the Writers Guild strike, in their own time and with their own money!

The songs are catchy, it's all very entertaining and there's some great one liners! The sad thing is it's very short (about 40 minutes), but the DVD comes with a bunch of extras (about 90 minutes worth), including real people applying to join the Evil League of Evil (they held a contest), as well as Commentary The Musical!

The DVD is also NOT Region 1 but REGION FREE, which means it works on any DVD player in the world! I heartily recommend this disc!
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on 6 May 2011
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!
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on 23 June 2016
Loved every second, I have no idea how I haven't bought it on DVD yet. Really recommend it to anyone looking for something to watch and wants a laugh. Music is also amazing.
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on 8 January 2009
This is sheer genius. Even if you have downloaded the musical from iTunes or watched it last summer on the Internet, you still need this DVD. It's worth importing from the US, but it would be so much better not to have to.

Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly) wrote this with family and friends during the writers' strike, filmed it just before embarking on Dollhouse and released it to enormous acclaim in the summer of 2008 - so popular it "broke the internet". The central character, Dr Horrible, desperately wants two things - Penny, the love of his life, and to be a super-villain. Alas - how can they be compatible?

The songs are fresh and stick in the head. The lyrics and script are as funny and engaging as you might expect from this master-writer. The DVD extras are awesome - where else would you get a whole new musical as a commentary? Applications to join the Evil League of Evil sent in from master criminal wannabes from all over the world? You know you need this!
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on 7 December 2009
This is a fairly short (~42 minute) musical centred around the video blog of Billy (a.k.a. Dr Horrible) and his attempts to get into the "Evil League of Evil", his interaction with Penny - a woman he sees at the laundry but hasn't plucked up the courage to speak to yet and Captain Hammer a super self-obsessed super hero.

The songs are great, all enjoyable and fit well into the narrative.
The style is super hero film (think superman, batman, spiderman sort of thing) except it's a musical.

Although this was released on the internet and you can see if for free it's worth purchasing both to encourage further work and for the extras on the DVD. There are two Commentaries, a 'normal' one and one done with the actors and writers singing a whole new 40 minutes of related (mostly related) songs which are excellent, I'd by them on CD if they were available (especially "$10 solo").

Extras also include a "behind the scenes making of"

and then there are applications (presumably sent in by the general public) to join the Evil League of Evil, most in song. Not up to Joss's level but worth a watch at least once.

Despite being filmed on a shoestring budget in only 6 days this has all the appeal of Joss's other works (Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity and Dollhouse)

There are also a number of easter eggs (hidden bonus material) that you can try and figure out for yourself or just cheat and Google to find how to get to.

Very enjoyable DVD, I keep watching it over and over again!
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on 19 November 2009
Centred around the video blog of Billy (a.k.a. Dr Horrible) and his attempts to get into the "Evil League of Evil", his interaction with Penny - a woman he sees at the laundry but hasn't plucked up the courage to speak to yet and Captain Hammer a super self-obsessed super hero - at least he thinks so.

The songs (it's a musical in case you'd not realised!) are great, all enjoyable and fit well into the narrative.
The style is part cartoon part super hero film, cheesy in places but it's supposed to be.

Although this was released on the internet and you can see if for free it's worth purchasing to encourage further work and the DVD is worth it for the extras. There are two Commentaries, a 'normal' one and one done with the actors and writers singing a whole new 40 minutes of related (and sometimes unrelated) songs which are excellent, I'd by them on CD if they were available (especially "$10 solo").

Extras also include a behind the scenes making of

and then there are applications (presumably sent in by the general public) to join the Evil League of Evil, most in song. Not up to Joss's level but worth a watch at least once.

Despite being filmed on a shoestring budget in only 6 days this has all the appeal of Joss's other works (Buffy, Angel, Firefly/Serenity and Dollhouse)

Very enjoyable DVD, I keep watching it over and over again!
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on 22 December 2008
Love well written scripts, great direction and songs that you just can't get out of your head? Well this is the thing for you, shame on you if you haven't seen this already, it is well worth it and you certainly will get your money's worth too by wanting to watch it a few more times.
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on 23 July 2010
Loved, loved, loved Whedon's 'Firefly' - which remains the most repeat-watched TV series ever in our house. Bought this on the back of it, and it doesn't disappoint. Ridiculously hummable songs, funny, sad, over-the-top, completely brilliant. The blu-ray extras (amongst other things, a sung commentary for goodness sake!) are great. Only wish it was longer. However, there are mutterings of a sequel, so that's alright then.
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on 13 July 2013
I found this short film / mini series to be hilarious fun when I first caught it on youtube, and knew I had to invest in it. Neil Patrick Harris shines as usual in this role as the comic book super-villain just desperate to make his name into the villain's league, and in his quiet alter ego who falls madly in love with Felicia Day's Penny; who struck me as very Alyson Hannigan-ish in the role (certainly no bad thing though!), with a cute cameo from his roommate Moist - Howard from Big Bang Theory. But the scenes are promptly stolen by the cheesy machismo of Nathan Fillion, who relishes his performance as the smug and suave superhero Captain Hammer, who takes great relish in making the life of his arch nemesis hell, making moves on Neil's love interest just so he can rub it in.
The dvd also boasts a fantastic and unique feature; the commentary itself is also a musical, performed by the cast and crew respectively, and is almost worth the cost of the dvd itself!

Overall I can't wait for the long-awaited sequel to this!
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