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VENTURE BROS: SEASON ONE

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMGIDC
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Venture Bros ~ Season 1

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I fully agree with the review before me (although I maybe disagree a bit about it being a Simpsons beater) - The Venture Bros season one is the funniest dvd I've seen recently. Venture Bros works without being offensive about race or sexuality (unlike Family Guy or American Dad), its not just sordid violence or stupidity (unlike Aqua Teen Hunger Force) (well...not that graphically violent, Brock Samson sometimes gets a bit of out of control but the jokes are more than just him ripping people in half with his bare hands)or full of swearing, stupid catchphrases or characters making stupid noises (Harvey Birdman hold your head in shame)- it makes its own humour or gently takes the mick out of other peoples stories. For a relatively short cartoon I can think of several shows, like Aqua Teen and Harvey Birdman for example, that could learn an awful lot about packing humour into a short running time from The Venture Bros -this makes them look incredibly lazy and dull in comparison! Buy it and laugh - I defy you not to find Brock Samsons escape technique in the Ghost Pirate episode funny, it had me in stitches!
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okay, I know this is a region 1 but godamnit, this show is brilliant. just make your dvd player multi-regional because it is so worth it.

The premise of the show is about the venture family. There's Dr Venture, ex kid adventurer, now failed scientist, his two idiotic sons, Hank and Dean and their body guard, the greatest american secret agent, Brock Sampson. It follows their exploits and confrontations with their many stupid enemies like the monarch, a failed butterfly themed villain, Baron Underbheit (dont ask) and many more.
The first series is hilarious and continues onto a second brilliant series, which is rare with adult swim series as the first series is usually brilliant whilst the second is a let down.
A must own for all those lovers of old action cartoons like johnny Quest and those who look for the wierd and wonderful cartoons.
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The Venture Bros is the best cartoon on adult swim ever! Hilarious but subtle comedy and great parodies of other cartoons makes it a throughly enjoyable experience.

Buy it now! (but make sure you have a dvd player that can play US DVDs)
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this is what there meant to be like.the venture bros. beats all other cartoons currently broadcasting it has a unique style and animation with some great 80's pop-culture and parodies you really need to buy this make sure your able to use region 1 dvds though i hat the way my reviews are always so short but you get the idea
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5.0 out of 5 stars It does NOT get better than this. 26 Feb. 2006
By Rick Lundeen - Published on Amazon.com
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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... 30 May 2006
By Patrick G. Varine - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
168 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockpits! Booby Traps! Hilarity! 18 Feb. 2006
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
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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. They get squeamish around violence and are easily scared, yet they are always clamoring to go on new adventures, in which something always inevitably goes wrong. Fortunately, the three Venture men are protected by CIA agent Brock Sampson (voiced wonderfully by Patrick Warburton, who played David Puddy in Seinfeld and was The Tick in the live action series). Brock is basically an unstoppable man-beast who defies the laws of physics and biology to keep Dr. Venture and his sons safe. Other Venture allies include Dr. Byron Orpheus, a sorceror who tends to speak in an overly dramatic voice (even when warning others not to use a bathroom due to his choice to have Taco Bell for lunch) and his daughter Triana, who is kind of a goth/punk and is embarassed by her dad very often. Dean has a crush on her, but she finds the Ventures pretty silly. Dr. White and Master Billy Quizboy are two other allies who help out Dr. Venture from time to time. Dr. White is an albino while Billy is a vertically challenged genius with an oversized head.

On the villains side, Dr. Venture's archnemesis is The Monarch, a man who was raised by monarch butterflies after his parents died in an accident. He too is incompetant (seems to be a running theme in this show); he doesn't really have any "powers" per se, besides his weak weapons he built into his suit, and his henchmen are morons. The best twist though is that while The Monarch considers himself to be Dr. Venture's greatest nemesis, he has no reason to (Dr. Venture barely realizes that he exists). In this sense, I like to attribute The Monarch to The Joker; in a sense one can't exist without the other, or at least, that's how things would be if Venture actually paid attention to what was going on around him. The Monarch is dating Dr. Girlfriend, a woman who dresses like Jackie O. and probably has the deepest voice on the show. The other main villains include Baron Werner Underbeit, a Dr. Doom-esque villan who blames Venture for a lab explosion that blew off his jaw, as well as Phantom Limb, a man whose arms and legs are invisible.

Most of the episodes involve the family, Brock, and H.E.L.P.eR (the Venture's robot) going on some sort of misadventure, where Brock basically has to bail everyone out by the end. That's not to say that the episodes are formulaic; each one is very unique and very hilarious. For example, in one of them, Dr. Venture holds a yard sale in order to raise money, only to have a bunch of villains show up and create havoc. In another, the family goes to a theme park run by a Walt Disney lookalike who tries to get Venture to clone him. And in one of my favorite episodes, The Monarch is put on trial, and the opening scene is priceless (MECHA SHIVA!).

A lot of the show's humor is derived from the sheer bizarrness of the situation; most of the adventures are beyond impractical, and knowing how limited the abilities of the Venture family are, one has to wonder why they don't just give up. There is a good amount of parody, but the show doesn't overdo it (the way too many shows and movies are doing nowadays). And there are some very dirty jokes thrown in for good measure. As I said, this is not for kids. It is somewhere between a PG-13 and an R in terms of rating (they can only go so far because its TV, but there are times when, if it hasn't crossed the line, it is walking it). I think that at times, its even dirtier than Family Guy (and much funnier).

The Venture Bros. is not for everyone; the humor is for a very select group, and there are some scenes that are extremely disturbing and disgusting. However, it is a hilarious show that deserves a look. You're only hurting yourself by not checking it out.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How Does It Feel To Be A Liar With Your Pants Constantly On Fire?!" 26 Aug. 2006
By Louis T. Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
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(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!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comedy show on TV Today 1 Dec. 2006
By HeadRusch - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike some of the other stuff that turns up on Adult Swim, this show could literally stand on its own on any major network. Its not an amateur effort, its not Flash animation with funny-the-first-time-you-heard-it diologue, this is an honest to goodness real 1/2 hour "adventure" show that just happens to be slathered in absurd situations, commentary, and dialogue. This show deserves awards on a whole lot of levels.

20 years from now this show will be on an awful lot of "best of" lists, its a shame more people aren't aware of it today. Its not generic redubbed Japanese Anime, its not stickfigures or drowning in tired SouthPark-esque toilet humor......its good stuff.

Keep an eye out for the "impersonated celebrity voices" too.....

It is brilliantly written. Let me say that again, it is BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN. The gags aren't thrown in your face, you might miss a few if you're not paying attention. If you ever watched Johnny Quest, if you ever collected Comic Books, if you are in your mid 30's right now (so you'll get all the pop culture references from the 70's and 80's)....and if you like your humor on the TWISTED side, this show is for you.

The voice acting is fantastic, and the show actually has continuity going for it. Watch the shows in order, especially if you start watching season 2 currently airing (And expected on DVD in early 2007) which picks up on events from Season I.
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