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Venture Bros – Season Four (2009/Adult Swim/Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: B     Episodes: A-



Season 4 of Venture Bros picks up right where Season Three left off, building upon the established plot and creating more mysteries with each passing moment.


As Venture Bros is continually building upon itself in both plot and creativity, I don’t find it fair (to fans) for me to divulge too much about the series at this point.  Season Four is NOT the place to join Venture Bros as too much as happened and by this point the creators/writers are assuming the viewer knows what is going on.  Even as an avid fan I had to watch the episodes several times to understand past episode references; annoying and fun at the same time.  So I implore those who are interested to start the series from the beginning as I am more than sure you will be hooked.  Venture Bros is a perfect mix of action, adventure, comedy, and pop culture references.  Whereas at first it may seem unintelligible, it is in fact genius in both style and delivery.


In terms of the technical features all I can say (ask?) is why, why, why?!?  Can you say compression issues.  Though this is the second time Venture Bros has appeared on the Blu-ray format, this is the first time they have really messed it up.  The 16 episode season is CRAMMED onto one (yes, 1) disc and that includes all of the other supplements as well.  This release is an example of pure disregard for the fans and the series itself.  The picture is a 1080p VC-1 MPEG-4 1.78 X 1, but you would never know it as compression issues appear left and right.  The colors are muted, there is aliasing everywhere, the characters have an odd glow and the panning shots even seem to blur; all thanks to compression.  The disc is about to burst from so much in such a tight space, so much so that the artifacting is a disgusting norm for this set.  It is horrible and I would recommend this set to no one.  The sound is just as screwy as the Dolby 5.1 True HD (What? Why?) track proves to suffer from as many compression issues as the picture does.


Annoying as the picture and sound, the extras (though good) are hidden within the disc.  To find the audio commentaries for each and every episode look closely at the episodes tab.  The commentaries have creators Publick and Hammer divulging a ton of info and interesting factoids about the series; definitely worth a listen.  There are other bonus features that include Deleted Scenes, Finale On-Air Promos, Comic Con Promo, Lost Open, and “So this is Captain…” line gag.


As previously mentioned, I would NOT recommend this set, unless you missed this season and the DVD release is just as bad.  I would however call this one of the best animated series of all time.  Venture Bros is smart, funny, referential, and the interconnecting stories put it over the top.  A truly great series that was let down by a single disc Blu-ray release.


For a look at the BETTER Season Three Blu-ray release, please follow the link below:





-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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