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The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 1

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Questions are answered and truths are revealed. Learn how Henchman 21 copes with life without 24. See what happens when Brock and the Venture family are forced to part ways. Discover the final fate of H.E.L.P.eR. And all the while, the balance of the free world hangs in the hands of Dean Venture, who must kill Hitler.

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The first half of the Venture Bros.' fourth season might be subtitled The Venture Bros. Grow Up, since so much change is afoot for the hapless Hank and Dean Venture, their scientist dad Rusty, and bloodthirsty bodyguard Brock Samson; naturally, most of these formative moments are utter disasters, as befits the Venture family, and all of it delivered in the most inventive and frequently hilarious ways. Season 4 opens with the Venture compound under assault and Samson (voiced by Patrick Warburton) out of commission due to an explosion; Samson eventually rejoins his old outfit, the G.I. Joe-esque SPHINX, which requires the reformed arch-villain Sgt. Hatred (voiced by Christopher McCulloch, a.k.a. series cocreator Jackson Publick) to step in and mind the boys. Meanwhile, Dean (Michael Sinterniklaas) is reluctantly groomed by his father (James Urbaniak) for a life in super-science, and Hank (McCulloch) searches for a father figure to replace Brock. Candidates include Hatred and Captain Sunshine (Batman regular Kevin Conroy), whose interest in Hank is decidedly prurient. There are also surprises afoot for necromancer Dr. Orpheus (Steven Rattazzi) and daughter Triana (Lisa Hammer), as well as the Monarch's Henchman, 21 (cocreator Doc Hammer), and the rise of the delusional Phantom Limb (Urbaniak) as a threat to the Ventures. It's a lot to digest, so newcomers are advised to backtrack and check out the first three seasons before diving in; Venture vets, however, will revel in the razor-sharp dialogue, the skewering of pop-culture sacred cows, and the terrific vocal performances by every member of the cast, with Urbaniak, Rattazzi, and McCulloch as standouts. Best of all, the rest of the season, which includes one of the series' most clever outings, the noir-inspired "Everybody Comes to Hank's," is still to come. Extras include witty, informative commentary by Publick and Doc Hammer on every episode, as well as a battery of deleted scenes and a very amusing abandoned cold opening that finds 21 ruining the Monarch's mock invasion of the Venture compound. Buyers should know that the eight episodes presented on the single-disc set are uncut. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Eight episodes
Creators' commentaries
Deleted scenes
Comic-Con promo
"Lost" Open

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VVBZ7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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kinda pissed I payed so much for the set...there was no reason to split this season into 2 volumes, other than to charge more. The packaging sucks too, theres no posters or inserts or anything- just a case inside a sleeve at a premium price.
Content wise, theres a bunch of great episodes with old-school cartoon and lifestyle/pop culture references, just like the previous genius series. This is my favorite cartoon, right behind TOM GOES TO THE MAYOR.
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The Venture Bros. is that rarest of all beasts: a great show that actually improves with each subsequent season. Perhaps the thing I love most is that the characters do genuinely grow as people, as does our understanding of them. And just for once, no, that isn't merely a euphemistic way of saying that they learn the same tired old lessons about caring and sharing we have rammed down our throats in so many other shows. No. The characters in the Venture Bros. really do develop into more complex and interesting people. Horribly, deeply flawed people, but people nonetheless. People that we genuinely want to get to know better. People that, for all their faults, we may find that we have even come to like.

Parallel with this, the show's internal universe (the "Ventureverse" if I may) likewise grows into a more complex and interesting place. Fundamentally, this is a show that satirises the adventure comics and cartoons that so many of us grew up with - Johnny Quest in particular. The satire we find in the Venture Bros. is by turns cutting, affectionate, and even brutal, but always devastatingly spot on. Indeed, given that Cartoon Network actually has the rights to the Johnny Quest franchise, Johnny Quest himself, now fully grown up and profoundly traumatised by his bizarre upbringing, has regularly made guest appearances throughout this series. So it is fitting then that just like the shows it parodies, over time the Venture Bros. has developed its own extensive internal cosmology and pantheon of players. Here again, one of the things I love most about this series is that even the bit players emerge as credible, memorable people with their own agendas and stories. None are merely throwaway cardboard cutouts.
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I love the Venture Bros. Season 4 was excellent! I highly recommend it to all Venture Fans! I don't know why they had to break up the season into two discs and sell them separately though, other than to make more money.
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First of all, I love this show. I will happily buy any DVDs they release. I could watch it over and over again without getting tired of it. And even though the special features are slim, the quality of the show more than makes up for it. My only problem is that they broke up Season 4 into 2 DVDs sets. And they're charging nearly as much for each set as a complete season set! This is clearly a ploy to make more money and it's insanely frustrating. But, obviously,I succumb to it like so many other people, so I guess it's working. Damn you, Cartoon Network!
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My only complaint is that Vol 1 and 2 aren't in the same box. Not because of the price, but because it's two dvd boxes I gotta make room for on the shelf. I'm picky that way, but I'm not taking a star off because of that.

Anyway, Venture Bros is one of the greatest animated shows out there. I hope to collect them all. :3
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After getting all 4th-wall-y and tiresome in season three, this show has returned in force. I dawdled about getting this DVD because I thought the series was ruined, but Doc and Jackson have somehow managed to un-jump the shark and wrest triumph from the ashes. I didn't know how the show could be good without Brock, but Sergeant Hatred is a really enjoyable character (and Brock isn't completely gone after all... The writing is once again excellent, full of hilarious dialogue and super-awesome-kick-ass action. The ongoing plot that bogged down season three takes a backseat this time, allowing each episode to stand on its own. The episodic style plays to the strength of the writers much better than the soap-opera feel of the previous season. The episodes about Phantom Limb's ongoing quest for vengeance were among the weakest material on this disk but thankfully he plays a very minor part in this one.

There is a lot more cussing this time, but the sheer frequency of it seems to somehow lessen its impact. It also occurs more naturally, in situations where the characters would actually be likely to drop an F-bomb or two. The swearing didn't bother me as much as it did in season three, where it seemed to have been inserted randomly, perhaps in an effort to test the thrilling waters of "ooh, we can say dirty words now." But in season four they made it work.

My only real criticism is that perhaps the vocal cast is being spread a little too thin. I started to notice that Phantom Limb sounds like Dr. Venture ... Sgt. Hatred sounds like Hank ... and a bunch of Doc's characters (especially Dermott, Henchman 21, and Billy Quizboy) all sorta sound the same. Also there are, like, NO women on the show. The only significant female character is "Dr. Mrs. The Monarch" (nee Dr. Girlfriend) and she is voiced by a man. Something about this season made the absence of ladies seem very noticeable to me.
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