The Venture Bros Season One dvd set is a worthy presentation of the first 13 episodes of an original and intelligent television show.
The show itself is superficially a send up Johnny Quest and similar whiz-bang cartoon shows. However, this animated dark comedy for adults quickly reveals itself to be so much more, drawing most of its humor from a wide range of cultural references. I don't know if anyone could catch all of the show's jokes the first time around, but the attention to detail and hilariously unlikeable characters make it a pleasure to rewatch.
The first season comes on two dvds packaged in an artwork covered fold-out housed in a black slipcase featuring the show's familiar skull graphic. The high quality, dramatic artwork of the characters posed heroicly suits the ironic tone of the show perfectly.
The dvds themselves contain a nice selection of extra features in addition to the show itself, including genuinely enjoyable creator commentary on select episodes, deleted scenes (unusual for an animated show), and a very funny sneak peak at the never-to-be-made live action movie. The only flaws are a few minor picture faults (jagged edges on outlines) that are almost inevitable when transferring tv animation to dvd, and that the commentaries are so good that I was left wanting more!
Highly recommended to any fans of the show, or, given its reasonable price for a full television season, a worthwhile gamble for anyone unfamiliar with this brilliant comedy. Go Team Venture!