The geek favourite musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog by geek favourite writer Joss Whedon is now available for pre-ordering through Amazon.com. But, do you know what irks me? It hasn’t even been released, and people are reviewing it, mostly showering it with praise. Instead of reviewing the product they’re just reviewing the musical, and that’s just not right. If people want to talk about and review the musical exclusively there’s always IMDb. This is an online shop and you’re supposed to write reviews that can help other shoppers make an informed decision as to whether this is the product for them or not. Yes, whether or not the musical is good would be a part of such a review, but it should not be the whole review; it should also state whether the actual DVD satisfies or not, if the audio and video is acceptable, what and how good the extra features are, and so forth.
I did see that there was one reviewer who did write a relevant (and therefore acceptable) pre-release review, even making me aware of something I wasn’t, namely that it will be released on DVD-R. Perhaps not the best decision to also talk down at the musical’s author in the same review though, in effect getting voted down by fans as a bad review. But certainly when compared to the pure praise reviews, this is a gem.
That it will get released on DVD-R does indeed sound a bit iffy. Why couldn’t it get a proper DVD treatment? Are they worried it won’t sell enough copies, therefore not wanting to take on the costs that such a treatment would initially, emh, cost? Did their mothers not love them enough? I know that DVD-Rs aren’t playable on all DVD players (at least not the older ones – which includes mine – and my computer has been having some problems with some DVD-R discs as well) and they might not be as sturdy as professionally manufactured DVDs.
So probably won’t be placing any orders until more proper post-release reviews have surfaced and more definite information can be given about its format. Still, really liked the musical and would like to have a hard copy of it sooner or later.