‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along’ Comes to DVD Dec. 19
December 15, 2008 12:03 PM
It seems Joss Whedon fans have been very good this year, because this holiday season they’re getting “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” on DVD.
After making its debut online in July, Whedon’s evil superhero musical debuts on DVD Dec. 19 exclusively through Amazon (the same day the Paley Center for Media in New York hosts a “Dr. Horrible” sing-along).
The Daily Blink was able to secure an advanced copy, popped that sucker in and immediately thought her DVD player was broken.
See, the DVD’s standard FBI warning suddenly starts to flicker and goes fuzzy, then is replaced by an ELE (that’s Evil League of Evil, for the uninitiated) Warning.
“This disc is designated for evil purposes only. … DON’T BE A HERO!” the DVD warns.
You know who’s not a hero? The ten
lucky evil fans whose Evil League of Evil application videos made it onto the DVD. If ever there was evidence of Joss Whedon’s huge global fan base, it’s in the ELE video submissions, which come from all over the world and feature a minute-long list of Dishonorable Mentions.
Among the extras: a “Making of Dr. Horrible” featurette, with writers/Whedon brothers Joss, Jed and Zack and Maurissa Tancharoen, as well as actors Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, talking about the movie, the music and the project’s reception. You’ll learn that frequent Whedon collaborator Ben Edlund had been pitching Bad Horse on “Angel” for years and that Zack Whedon wrote the infamous “The hammer is my penis” line. You’ll find out that the video received 1,000 hits per second the first day it was released, crashing the site’s server. You’ll see footage of the writers laying down demo tracks and Mr. Harris and Ms. Day singing “My Eyes” for the first time, which brought tears to Joss’ eyes.
And that’s it. Oh, wait, there are two commentary tracks, including a regular one (stick around through the credits when it takes a slightly R-rated turn) and one composed of nearly 42 minutes of brand-new original songs. Sure makes you feel like a slacker, doesn’t it?
The whole gang is back for “Commentary! The Musical,” which deserves its own iTunes release, as are Moist and Groupies #2 and #3.
The decidedly more goofy and genre-jumping “Commentary!” recalls the “Buffy” musical episode “Once More With Feeling.” It jumps from Mr. Fillion singing about how much better he is than Mr. Harris to Zack “Black Sheep” Whedon rapping (check out the video below) to a ballad from Groupie #2 and Mr. Harris, which gives the Harris-Day duet “My Eyes” a run for its money. All that and it still manages to offer some commentary on the AMPTP-WGA deal.
“And lose we did,” they sing. “Impressively. Slump back to our offices declaring victory. If you need your residual, why did you all agree?”
The Daily Blink also hears there are some Easter eggs on the DVD, but wasn’t savvy enough to find them. So, gentle readers, please be sure to come back here when you get your DVD and help the Daily Blink out.