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Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding super-villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry. His two goals: getting accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his laundromat crush Penny, played by Felicia Day (The Guild). The only thing standing in his way is Captain Hammer, Billy's superhero arch-nemesis played by Nathan Fillion (Firefly). With one big score, Billy could get into the E.L.E. and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer...
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Dr. Horrible was written by Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed, and Jed's fiancee Maurissa Tancharoen, and the songs were written by Joss and Jed (who also produced, orchestrated, played, etc.) with some lyrics by Tancharoen. (Jed and Tancharoen have backup singing roles.) The offbeat, off-the-cuff humor is laugh-out-loud funny, and just like Dr. Horrible wants to take over the world, the songs will take over your head: they're engaging ("My Freeze Ray"), stirring ("My Eyes"), and sweet ("Penny's Song"). "So They Say" is particularly evocative of Jonathan Larson's Rent, but as with Joss Whedon's musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," the influences are diverse. It's hard to imagine a better cast. Harris, who's sung Sondheim on Broadway, is a great lead and clearly the best singer, Day is completely charming, and who better than Captain Tightpants to play the pompous superhero? One could argue about the ending, and the independent budget shows, but Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a complete hoot for people who enjoy musicals with quirky humor. Plan on watching it multiple times. --David Horiuchi
On the DVD
Even if you've already watched or downloaded Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, a number of bonus features might entice you. There are two commentary tracks: Harris, the three Whedons, Tancharoen, Day, and Fillion recorded a spirited track discussing the movie, and there's also "Commentary! The Musical" in which they ignore the movie and sing about the writers' strike and each other (e.g., Fillion sings "I'm Better than Neil")--the songs aren't as good as the Horrible songs, but it's good silly fun. A 20-minute making-of discusses the cast, the recording sessions, and how the movie became a phenomenon, and 10 videos (a half-hour total) were recorded by fans who want to join the Evil League of Evil. And when's the last time you wanted to pause the FBI warning? --David Horiuchi
What do you get when you take Joss Whedon, an amazing cast & great music?... This masterpiece of a film! You will thoroughly enjoy Dr. HorriblePublished 2 months ago by Jordan
Witty, funny, and great cast. It's a movie you never thought you might watch but when you do you fall in love with it.Published 7 months ago by ANDREW
For Joss Whedon fans, this is a must. For everybody else, why aren't you a Joss Whedon fan? Watch this movie!Published 15 months ago by Angie Hentze
If you're a fan of Joss Whedon or just like quirky and well done things then you will adore Dr Horrible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher r cook
For ppl who like musicals and singing to the extreme only. I constantly felt embarrassed for the actors/actresses. I swear fans love this because it is so original and niche. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jrock
The bonus content made it worth purchasing! It was great to see the commentary and the commentary musical that was put together.Published 21 months ago by Kramer13
Great flick. My wife bought the soundtrack and listens to it every day... Seriously. Even if you are not a fan of musicals, it is totally worth watching. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2012 by Psychoholic
Funny ,good songs ,awesome and Neil Patrick Harris just simply awesome. it is just 45 minutes of pure enjoyment to watch . Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2012 by porkins
NPH is wonderful, as always. The fact that Nathan Fillion was asked to be MORE cheezy is awesome. He takes it to 11. Read morePublished on May 17 2012 by Dana Shaw