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The Venture Bros.: Season 1 (2006)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Venture Bros.: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs
  • Commentaries by cast and creators
  • Show pilot: The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay
  • Bonus episode: "A Very Venture Christmas"
  • Behind the scenes of the live-action movie
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

If Jonny, Haji, Race Bannon, and the rest of the Jonny Quest gang were idiots, their animated adventures might play out like The Venture Bros., a consistently funny spoof on '60s adventure cartoons from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming. The premise should be immediately familiar and nostalgic for any Saturday morning TV aficionado who grew up in the '60s and '70s: Dr. Venture (James Urbaniak from Henry Fool) is an inventor, while sons Hank and Dean's insatiably curiosity lands them in hot water with supervillains, robots, magicians, and the like. Brock Sampson (voiced by the very funny Patrick Warburton of The Tick) is the good doctor's right-hand man, who rescues the boys with good old-fashioned manpower. The twist in The Venture Bros. is that every single character, down to the supervillains' henchmen, are complete and utter dolts, and their adventures are inspired more by foolishness, personal obsessions (for Brock, it's sex and violence, and for Dr. V, it's diet pills and a daddy fixation), or just plain cosmic weirdness than any sense of post-Kennedy-era adventure and derring-do. The result is subversive and occasionally shocking insanity (Dr. V loses his kidneys in the series opener "Dia de Los Dangerous"; Dean suffers an unmentionable personal injury in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"; the boys believe that Dr. Venture's stomach tumor is actually a pregnancy in "Return to Spider Island"), but with enough flashes of surreal brilliance to make this a must-have for modern animation fans. The Season One two-disc set contains all 13 episodes, as well as two bonus episodes--the show's original pilot, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay" (for Hank and Dean, the secret is something decidedly salacious), and "A Very Venture Christmas," as well as a handful of deleted scenes. Commentary by the show's creators and cast can be heard on five episodes, including "Turtle Bay," and the extras are rounded out by "Behind the Scenes of the Live-Action Movie," a 20-minute mockumentary that features much of the voice-over talent dressed in some ridiculous costumes. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Once a child prodigy, Dr. Venture now fails as both a scientist and father. Luckily, his twins, Hank and Dean are too stupid to care. And they've got their vicious, macho bodyguard, Brock, looking out for them. Together they'll get in all sorts of situations involving wild alligators, street ruffians, and booby traps. Brock really likes the booby traps.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:On 3 episodes: "EENEY, MEENEY, MINEY...MAGIC!", "TAG SALE--YOU'RE IT!" and "GHOSTS OF THE SARGASSO".
Audio Commentary:On "RETURN TO SPIDER-SKULL ISLAND" and bonus pilot episode, "THE TERRIBLE SECRET OF TURTLE BAY".
Deleted Scenes
Documentary:Behind the scenes of the Venture Bros. live-action movie (a Mockumentary).
TV Special:Bonus Episode - "A VERY VENTURE CHRISTMAS" and the pilot episode "THE TERRIBLE SECRET OF TURLE BAY".

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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does NOT get better than this. February 26, 2006
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This warped take on the old Jonny Quest adventures features some of the best comic book/sci fi/action adventure hilarity you can imagine. I've been waiting a year for this DVD set to finally come out and it's finally arriving. Sit back, keep the kids away and enjoy. For Adult swim fun, you seriously can't beat the Venture Bros. The voice acting, animation, music, stories, you name it, all 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand why I'm the only one... May 30, 2006
I can't figure out why I seem to be one of the few people who thinks the Venture Bros. is one of the funniest cartoons to appear on Cartoon Network.

It is a spoof on the "Superscientist and His Family of Adventuresome Heroes" genre. Instead of being the pre-eminent superscientist, however, Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture has been, in the words of one character, "riding his father's corpses' coattails for 30 years."

Basically, he's not a very successful superscientist. In fact, he's more adept at getting himself kidnapped, which is why he has Brock Samson, his blonde, rage-prone bodyguard.

His kids, Dean and Hank (who I maintain is a spoof on Freddie from Scobby Doo), are more interested in irritating one another than anything their father wants, and the family is completed by H.E.L.P.E.R., a robot who never once lives up to his name.

Aside from Brock, the Venture clan is pretty much a sad lot, which makes it difficult for The Monarch, Dr. Venture's arch-nemesis, to really hate him properly.

"Here I am, in the belly of the beast, and I don't even care," the Monarch says when he sneaks into Venture's laboratory in one episode. "I don't even want to take a whiz on this... I used to DREAM of taking a whiz on this!"

Essentially, the series is about a bunch of marginal superheroes and supervillains with modern concerns and problems.

One of the best episodes involves Dr. Venture's tag sale, where, natch, he is selling used atomic death rays and other assorted superscience weaponry.

There is a lot of low-key, but hilarious humor throughout the whole season. I love it, but judging by the reaction from a lot of my friends, I guess it's not for everyone.
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166 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockpits! Booby Traps! Hilarity! February 18, 2006
By Andrew
The first thing I'm going to say is this: although this is a cartoon, it is most definitely not for kids! The Venture Bros. deals with a lot of adult situations, and it can get very vulgar and graphic at times. Having said that, this may be one of the best new cartoons I've seen in a long time.

I was never really a big fan of Adult Swim; until I got to college, the only show on the block I had seen was Futurama, which debuted on FOX. While I still don't like overall, it does have its gems, such as Cowboy Bebop (best anime ever!), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (when it was in its prime), and The Venture Bros. The Venture Bros. is a show that most heavily parodies Johnny Quest, though it also draws from Star Wars, DC and Marvel Comics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and even Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

The plot is as follows; Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture is the son of Dr. Jonas Venture, one of history's greatest inventors and adventurers. Jonas built up a successful science industry and led a team of heroes known as Team Venture. Unfortunately, Rusty was never able to live up to his father's image. He never completed college (thus the fact that he calls himself a doctor is called into question a couple times), and he is pretty incompetant at most everything he does. Most of his inventions don't even work, and when they do, they always malfunction. He is also a pill-popper who suffers from dreams involving his dead father and a weird flashback to his mother's womb. However, he is a genius compared to his two sons. Hank and Dean Venture redefine naive. Even though they see themselves as cool and brave, they are anything but.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
(The above quote comes from The Monarch in the episode "Trial of the Monarch"; the penultimate chapter of the turgid first season of Venture Bros. It very nearly made me cry with laughter... or was that the ole manic-depression kicking in again?)

What can be said about Venture Bros. that hasn't been said before? Its basically the funniest show on tv right now. The funniest tv show I've seen in years. Essentially a smart, sardonic, hipsterific, geektastic comedy geekfest; an endlessly inventive gonzo-transgressive parody of Johnny Quest and other action cartoons of the 60s and 70s that also, oddly, manages to be both hilarious and exciting (gotta love it when the ridiculously hyper-manly testosterone-fueled Brock clears the room of men in butterfly suits, ninjas, mummies, or tries to castrate giant living statues; all the while covered in blood and screaming; then later on talking about how much he loves Led Zepplin and a russian superspy named Molotov Cocktease). Then theres the Doctor Strange inspired Doctor Morpheous who declaims all of his lines in a booming voice dropping with gravitas while a bombasticly grim music cue blares in the back ground -- "DON'T GO IN THERE! I had TACO BEELLLLL for lunch!" Yeah, this is pretty much a must-buy for fans of avant-retardo subgenius style wackiness.

Did I mention that Jim "Foetus" Thirwell supplies the soundtrack? (Which basically sounds like his STEROID MAXIMUS project; the theme song is an edited version of an early SM track entitled "Fighteous.") Yeah, you need this. Its basically the greatest thing in the world. Go buy it. BUY IT NOW!
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