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The Venture Bros. - Season Two (2007)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M7XRC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Venture Bros. - Season Two" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs: Powerless in the Face of Death, Hate Floats, Love-Bheits, Escape to the House of Mummies part 2, 20 to Midnight, Victor. Echo. November., Assassinanny 911, Fallen Arches, Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?, I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills, Viva los Muertos!, Showdown at Cremation Creek part 1, Showdown at Cremation Creek part 2
  • Episode commentaries by cast and creators
  • Deleted scenes
  • Tour of Astro-Base Go

Editorial Reviews

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How do you launch a second season of a series when you concluded the previous one by murdering the title characters in cold blood? As is often the case on The Venture Bros., Adult Swim's hilariously funny poke at '60s adventure cartoons like Johnny Quest, the answer comes down to: weird science. It would be a crime to reveal how Hank and Dean Venture's beleaguered dad, Doc Venture (voiced by James Urbaniak) brings his hapless offspring back from the grave, but suffice it to say that the boys are back by the end of Episode One ("Powerless in the Face of Death") and making life miserable for their dad and bodyguard Brock Sampson (Patrick Warburton) shortly thereafter. But Team Venture's exploits share the spotlight this season with the misery of their main antagonist, the Monarch, who struggles to reclaim his lady love, Dr. Girlfriend (voiced by series co-creator Doc Hammer) from the suave Phantom Limb (also Urbaniak). Over the course of the sophomore season's thirteen episodes, the Monarch endures countless humiliations in the name of love (not the least of which is a disastrous double date with Dr. G and Limb in "Victor. Echo. November), while the Venture boys encounter countless historical figures (not the least of which is a thinly disguised Scooby-Doo and friends), screw up their own dates, and generally make a mess of things in their own cheerful but ridiculous ways. Meanwhile, the Ventures' neighbor, the overwrought Dr. Orpheus (Steven Ratazzi), also gets his own story arc, in which he re-assembles his "team" of vampire hunter Jackson Twilight and sexually ambiguous monk The Alchemist (voiced by Dana Snyder of Aqua Teen Hunger Force), with disastrous results. Exceptionally sharp writing that's rich with pop culture references and excellent voice performances make this series one of the smartest and funniest in Adult Swim's anarchic stable; here's hoping the network doesn't allow another two years to pass before they greenlight a third season.

The two-disc set offers raucous commentary by Hammer and co-creator Jackson Publick on all 13 episodes (Urbaniak and Michael Sinterniklaas, who voices Dean Venture, join them for several commentaries), as well as a barrage of deleted scenes from each story, and an amusing mock behind-the-scenes look at Astro-Base Go, the orbiting moon station where Hammer and Publick create the series with the help of SoulBot, a big-hearted robot which also lends its bloops and bleeps to the Ventures' mechanical assistant, H.E.L.P.E.R. Praise should also go to the exceptional packaging art and menu design (which feature Publick's character sketches), which evoke the series' retro feel with style. -- Paul Gaita

Product Description

An inspired spoof of 1960s action cartoons such as "Johnny Quest," The Venture Bros., follows the bizarre mis-adventures of Hank and Dean who believe themselves to be an unusually gifted team of "brains" and "braun" while actually possessing very little of either. The boys travel the world with their renowned scientist-father, Doctor Venture -- and treat even the most mundane situation as a bold new adventure. As a result, they often find themselves in danger with a host of oddball villains -- but rarely find their way out. The rely instead on their body-guard/undercover government agent Brock Sampson, voiced by Patrick Warburton of "The Tick" and "Seinfeld" fame, to save them.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:on all episodes
Deleted Scenes
Other:Tour of Astro-base Go!


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83 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Venture Bros. Are Back! From the Dead!! January 23, 2007
By Andrew
Format:DVD
The second season of Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. surpasses its first in nearly every way. The first season introduced us to the Venture universe, which is occupied by hilarious characters who never cease to reach new levels of incompetance. Many of the episodes were laugh-out-loud hilarious that remained so throughout the entire half hour. So if season 1 was taht good, yet this year is so much better, that really says something to the quality of season 2.

The precredits sequence of the season premiere, "Powerless in the Face of Death", is amazing to watch, though some of its power may be lost on DVD. There was a 2-year gap between seasons 1 and 2, and season 1 ended with the deaths of Hank and Dean Venture, the title characters. In the hiatus period, there was a lot of speculation of how the show would go on (Dr. Thaddeus Venture and his brother Jonas Venture, Jr. would be the new Venture Bros., Dr. Orpheus would ressurect them, Dr. Venture would clone them, Dr. Venture would use the Grover Cleveland time machine to save them), and it would be an understatement to say that fans were eagerly awaiting to see what happened next. Set to the tune of the song Everybody's Free, the opening sequence is a montage of the various major characters, reminding us where they were left and how they are dealing with their various situations. Dr. Orpheus is still upset about the boys' deaths, for which he blames himself, the Monarch is still in prison while Dr. Girlfriend appears happy, if somewhat bored, living with Phantom Limb, and the Mondarch's henchmen have nowhere else to go after blowing up the Coccoon lair. Pete White and Master Billy Quizboy have fitted Jonas with a robotic hand replacing his deformed chicken-wing-like appendage. Meanwhile, it appears that Dr.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, let me correct Fernando Gonzales by saying that this show IS still hand-drawn ... only the coloring and inking are digitally done. That's one of the reasons it's a favorite of mine, really.

Now, on to the review. It's not that I didn't think Jackson and Doc would be able to top Season One. It's that I knew they could ... and they STILL blew me away. If you've seen Season One of The Venture Brothers, you -need- to see this one. It's got everything the first had, and more ... the character development, in particular, is absolutely stupendous. The boys at Astrobase Go really know their characters, and they've started to show us just how much.

If you like your cartoons smart, funny, strange, and full of more clever pop culture references than you can shake a shrink ray at, check this one out. I did, at the urging of a friend, while the first season was still out, and I was hardly disappointed. VB is one of the few shows on television I actually care about missing, these days. I'm looking forward to seeing what the special features and commentary have in store, too - the ones on The Venture Bros. - Season One were phenomenal.

So, in the words of Dr. Byron Orpheus... "Yes! GO, Team Venture!"
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Team Venture! December 28, 2006
Format:DVD
One of the funniest shows on Adult Swim is the "Venture Brothers," a deeply warped look at boys' adventure characters like Jonny Quest and the Hardy Brothers.

The second season is basically much the same as the first, building on previous storylines (example: Jonas Jr.) and having various kooky violent adventures for our friends, and hilarious dialogue ("You've come to steal our great ideas. You've been foiled--we have none!"). That is, after they deal with the shocking cliffhanger that the first season ended with-- the death of Hank and Dean, the title characters.

The second season opens with Dr. Venture escaping to various exotic locales, before being dragged home by Brock. A devastated Dr. Orpheus decides to use necromancy to bring the boys back to life, but can't find their souls -- and a zombielike Hank and Dean appear in the doorway.

Oops, it turns out that the boys have a penchant for getting killed, and so Dr. Venture always keeps handy clones in the compound -- and presto, the Venture Brothers have returned, unaware that they ever died. Meanwhile, Dr. Venture has a nasty encounter with a teleportation device, and the Monarch escapes from prison (courtesy of a gay gorilla with a romantic streak).

In the episodes that follow, the newly cloned Venture Brothers (plus Dr. Venture and Brock) must deal with a variety of new and bizarre adventures: a crazy woman who might be connected to the twins, evil Egyptian cults, aliens, Lincoln's ghost, Japanese demons, "Venturestein," villainous double-dates, bad porn, and Baron Ünderbheit mistaking Dean for a girl... and falling in love with him.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly awesome February 9, 2007
Format:DVD
I love this show, simply said, I love it, and this season was a level above the last bringing even more excellence. The jokes are amazingly funny, the plots are amazingly funny, the characters are amazingly funny, it's just great. And one of the great strengths of the show is that you actually love the characters. Brock, although he is a Swedish murder-machine is a great guy when it comes to the kids. The kids although they are emotionally stunted freaks are intensely lovable. And although Dr. Venture is an immoral loser he's lovable in a George Costanza sort of way. All around excellent show, one that will go down for the ages as a classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go team Venture
I love this show, every season, every episode
Published 13 days ago by Keira Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars totally bummed with seller
At lest 2 episodes are completely unviewable. Shouldn't even rank a "good".
Published 1 month ago by beverly n
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works as described. Shipment went as planned
Published 1 month ago by Michael Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brock F---ing Sampson.
Its one of the best written cartoons ever made. The jokes are well timed and the homages to classic 1960s-70s era Hanna Barbera cartoons are hilarious.
Published 2 months ago by JamCityJive
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny
The Venture brothers Rule! Funny, funny, funny ! Must own if you are a adult swim fan !!!
Published 2 months ago by Claaberules
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for daughter
My daughter is a real fan. She watches it a lot. I would recommend this seller to anyone it came as promised.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Started strong and kept going
This is one of the best shows on TV. If you're not familiar, I highly recommend starting with Season 1. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim Hulley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This is such a great series. One of my favorites. Watch it, you'll love it. I don't really have anything else to say...
Published 4 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars GO TEAM VENTURE!
I got on the Venture Bros. bandwagon late. Very funny series that is even better unedited. Season Two was great!
Published 4 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Quest for Grown-Ups
When I was a wee tyke I loved the Jonny Quest cartoons on TV. Even on our crappy black and white Admiral with the rabbit ears it was a real adventure every episode ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Incagnoli
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play on computer?
I'm not sure what your problem is (old dvd-rom drive, need an update for wmp11, whatever), but it plays just fine in both my laptop and my pc.
Sep 3, 2007 by Spencer A. Miller |  See all 6 posts
Preview of Season 3???
I haven't scoured the set yet, but I highly doubt it, considering the bulk of Season 3 hasn't even been written yet. He keeps pretty detailed production updates on teh LiveJournal:

http://jacksonpublick.livejournal.com/
May 3, 2007 by expiredmonkey |  See all 3 posts
Easter Eggs.
I haven't yet. Any input on this would be great!

There was one hint in one of the commentaries, all they said was "here's a hint- The Monarch." However, I can't find The Monarch or anything that looks like him in either of the discs.
Apr 24, 2007 by S. R. DuVernay |  See all 3 posts
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