James Knows…DVDs: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
With a bout of maniacal laughter, Dr. Horrible came on the scene earlier this year. I think it ranks very high in the list of media achievements for 2008. I mean, it was such a unique animal. Here is a three act story presented to you without the interference of a major studio and produced in the true nature of indie-film…except with actual money. And now I’ve got this handy DVD packed with extra footage that I can watch any time I want. Awesome.
If you haven’t seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, you can watch it for free online. Here, I’ll do the work for you, just scroll down a little bit.
There, now that you two have gotten acquainted, let’s continue to talk about the DVD.
The Dr. Horrible DVD is a real treat for any fan of Joss Whedon. Yes, you get the complete 45 minute serial that is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and yes, that’s fantastic, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg really. Included with this release are not one but two commentaries. There’s a regular filmmaker commentary where the creators discuss the in’s and out’s of how some of the scenes and songs came together and there’s some great and funny stories included there. The real special part comes in the musical commentary. You read that right. There’s a musical commentary to this musical. So it wasn’t enough that Joss and company crafted many songs for the feature that are currently making the rounds in my ipod and getting stuck in my head on a daily basis. No. They made a whole bunch more to run along side the feature and provide commentary. While most of the songs included in this track are purely for humor purposes, there are a few interesting tidbits that pop in. Mostly it’s just hilarious to listen to though. I really hope that they provide those songs for download in addition to the soundtrack for the feature too.
Also in this release are a group of featurettes detailing the making of Dr. Horrible. These are also presented in three acts showing first the concept and then the music and then the aftermath. These are all very interesting and are a must-see for any die-hard Whedon fan. But that’s not all! There’s also a bunch of videos that were sent in from fans all over the world as applications to join the Evil League of Evil. These all pale in comparison to the actual feature, but some are fun to watch. Most aren’t that good though. The total runtime of these is about a half hour, so it’s not that long to sit through. It serves as a reminder to how crazy loyal (or just plain crazy) some of Joss Whedon’s fans can be.
There’s also a few Easter Eggs scattered throughout this DVD. I found one, but there’s apparently more to it than what I found. A quick Google Search will turn up the how-tos on these. I haven’t tried them out yet, but they sound great.
Sure, you can watch this thing for free whenever you want thanks to the Internet. You don’t have to buy this DVD. No one’s forcing you too. But if you do pick this up (exclusively through Amazon at the time being), there’s a ton of extra footage included here that isn’t seen anywhere else. It’s definitely worth the price of admission here. Plus, you’re supporting a great independent cause since this was produced without the interference of any major studio. I hope that Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a testament of things to come in the media / Internet world. It’s amazing what this little serial that could has accomplished so far and I’m sure that it’s inspired others to go out on a limb and try to make things for themselves. Well done, sir.