Monday, 3 March 2014

DVD Review - The Venture Bros.: The Fantastic Fifth Season

The Venture Bros. The Fantastic Fifth Season
Studio: Cartoon Network/Turner Home Enertainment
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Retail: $24.98
Running Time: 198 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Buy Link: Amazon


Since 2001, Cartoon Network has had an Adult Swim lineup of animation and a few live-action series aimed for young adults and adults. One of the most popular series from Adult Swim is The Venture Bros., a spoof of Johnny Quest, which the sixth season is currently in product for either a Fall 2014 or Early 2015 premiere. Until then, fans can enjoy tomorrow's release of The Venture Bros.: The Fantastic Fifth Season, featuring all eight episodes and two specials. Special features include deleted scenes and commentaries from the series creator Jackson Publick and writer, director, and executive producer Doc Hammer.

The series focus on fraternal twins, Hank and Dean Venture, as they try to have a normal teenage life. They live with their father Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture at the Venture Industries, which was created by their late grandfather, Jonas Venture. Since their grandfather's death, the Venture Industries has slowly declined, though there is still a base on Skull Island and a space station called Gargantua-1.

Season five picks up shortly after the climax ending of season four, sending the Venture Bros. and crew to the steamy jungles of Central America, to the sands of the Greek Islands and to the jagged cliffs of By-Golly Glutch, as they try to out think their enemies.

Episodes on the two-disc set are:
  • What Colors Is Your Cleansuit?
  • Venture Libre
  • Sphinx Rising
  • O.S.I. Love Your
  • Momma's Boys
  • Bot Seeks Bot
  • The Devil's Grip
  • Specials include:
  • A Very Venture Halloween
  • From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Grave Story
If you're thinking about picking up the DVD or Blu-ray for your kids, you might want to rethink it, as The Venture Bros. is full of fowl language, brief nudity (yes, I know this is a cartoon) and violence. The series is meant for adult eyes only. That being said, the animation throughout the series is done well, which I'm glad the creators didn't go the computer-animated route, as 2D animation looks better. Though the original premise spoofs Johnny Quest and comic book heroes, the fifth season is completely original, throwing in a bit of humor and adventure in each exciting episodes. I only wish there were more episodes per season. Overall, The Venture Bros.: The Fantastic Fifth Season is an enjoyable adult cartoon that should satisfy any fan.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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