Whedon Brings ‘Dr. Horrible’ to DVD Through CreateSpace18 Dec, 2008 By: John Latchem
Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” is bringing his hit Internet serial Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to DVD through Amazon.com’s CreateSpace DVD-on-demand program.
Dr. Horrible, which debuted in several installments this past summer, stars Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) as a wannabe supervillain who sings about how his schemes are constantly foiled by the heroic Captain Hammer, played by Nathan Fillion (“Firefly”). To make matters worse, Hammer also has captured the affections of the girl (Felicia Day) with whom Dr. Horrible has fallen in love.
CreateSpace will exclusively offer the Dr. Horrible DVD at $9.99, discounted from a list price of $14.99, beginning Dec. 19. Also available exclusively at Amazon is the Dr. Horrible CD soundtrack at $11.99. On-demand items are eligible for Amazon’s expedited shipping options, including free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime membership.
The video and soundtrack also are available as digital downloads via Amazon Video on Demand and Amazon MP3.
The DVD version will include behind-the-scenes extras, including “Evil League of Evil” application videos from fans, as well as “Commentary! The Musical,” featuring Harris, Day, Fillion and the writing team.
Whedon crafted the program with his family during last year’s writers strike. He said his aim was to prove the Internet is a viable outlet for creativity when mainstream distribution channels are not available.
“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was always meant to be part of a new wave of (somewhat old-fashioned) entertainment,” Whedon said. “The next step in that plan relies entirely on CreateSpace, a system that creates the exact supply for our entirely unpredictable demand.”