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VENTURE!! TICK!! BUFFY!!Herc's Super-Exciting Season-Box DVD Vault!!

“You think you're hot shit in a champagne glass, but you're really cold diarrhea in a Dixie cup!” -- Venture nemesis The Monarch

“Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a fucking beard! They're mammals!” -- a Monarch henchman

I am – Hercules!!

2004’s The Venture Bros. is easily the funniest thing ever produced for The Cartoon Network. It rivals even “South Park” and early “Simpsons” in its genius.

Christopher McCulloch (a.k.a Jackson Publick), whose writing credits include stints on both the animated and live-action versions of “The Tick,” took the characters of “Jonny Quest” and “realed” them up a bit. Where Jonny and Hadji were quick-witted and well-spoken, adventuring preteens Hank and Dean Venture are tirelessly puerile . Where Dr. Benton Quest was heroic and good-natured, Dr. Thaddeus Venture is impatient, short-tempered and prone to fits of despair. Where Race Bannon demonstrated a penchant for overpowering evil spies with a well-placed uppercut, Venture bodyguard Brock Sampson (voice of Patrick Warburton) demonstrates a handy knack for torture, bloodshed and dismemberment.

Alarmingly entertaining supporting players include necromancer-neighbor Dr. Byron Orpheus and his hot goth daughter Triana, the Humanoid Electric Lab Partner Robot (HELPR), stunning yet fiendishly man-voiced Dr. Girlfriend, college rival and tyrant dictator Baron Werner Underbheit, aging hydrocephalitic “boy genius” Master Billy Quizboy, effeminate albino genius Mr. White, Team Venture vet Action Man and even Race Bannon himself. Other memorable characters include superhero/scientist Richard Impossible and the Impossible Four, bionic former astronaut Steve Summers, Steve’s lover Sasquatch, theme park maven Roy Brisby, screaming astronaut-ghost Major Tom, Conneryesque adventurer Col. Horace Gentleman, astronauts Bud Manstrong and Anna Baldavitch, and the conjoined Tiny Attorney.

The first-season DVD set, currently available for $20.99, includes all 13 first-season episodes on two discs, the special "A Very Venture Christmas," the 2003 pilot “The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay,” deleted scenes, commentaries by cast and creators on the pilot and four episodes, and a look “behind the scenes of the live-action movie.” (Note please that there is no live-action movie.)

To anticipate the question, the second season of “The Venture Bros.” is slated to premiere on the Cartoon Network June 25.

Speaking of “The Tick,” the animated series still isn’t quite available in season sets, but Aug. 29 will bring a Belated 10th Anniversary Edition (not pictured above) that will contain 12 of the 13 first-season episodes. No word on which episode is missing (apparently due to a rights hang-up), but my guess would be the pilot.

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

Today is the day Fox Home Entertainment issues the new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” slimsets, which contain all the episodes and all the extras in skinnier packaging for a whole lot less. Now you can inexpensively shower friends, family, libraries, places of worship and romantic conquests with the cool, funny and heartbreaking adventures of Willow, Xander, Tara, Giles, Cordelia, Oz, Angel, Spike, Dru, Jenny, Faith, Glory, Anya and the Nerds of Doom. (Herc says it’s the best television series ever forged by humans.) Here’s what the old cardboard sets cost:
$31.99 The Complete First Season
$47.99 The Complete Second Season
$47.99 The Complete Third Season
$47.99 The Complete Fourth Season
$47.99 The Complete Fifth Season
$47.99 The Complete Sixth Season
$38.99 The Complete Seventh Season

Here’s what the keen new slimsets cost:
$27.99 The Complete First Season
$27.99 The Complete Second Season
$27.99 The Complete Third Season
$27.99 The Complete Fourth Season
$27.99 The Complete Fifth Season
$27.99 The Complete Sixth Season
$27.99 The Complete Seventh Season

Fox also continues to lop a whopping 50-percent off a load of its animated titles, including season sets of “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.”

And a nice selection of Fox’s non-animated season-sets are still 50-percent off here.

TV-on-DVD Calendar

Last Week
Animated All-Stars Vol. 1
Boston Legal 1.x
Bugaloos: The Complete Series
The Closer 1.x

Deadwood 2.x
The Dog Whisperer 1.x
Fairly Oddparents: Fairy Idol
Fairly Oddparents: Jimmy/Timmy Power
The 4400 2.x
Jim Henson's the Storyteller: The Definitive Collection
Little Britain 2.x
M*A*S*H 10.x
Redwall 2.x
Samurai Jack 3.x
Samurai Jack 1/2/3.x
SNL: The Best of Cheri Oteri
SNL: The Best of Commercial Parodies
Will & Grace: The Series Finale
Wings 1.x/2.x
X-Men Evolution 3.x

This Week

ALF 3.x
ALF Animated Adventures
ALFTales: ALF and the Beanstalk

American Musclecar 2.x

Avatar Vol. 3

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 6.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7.x ($27.99 Slimcase Edition)

Dark Shadows Vol. 24

The Doris Day Show 3.x

The Dukes of Hazzard 6.x

Fat Albert Vol. 3

Joey 1.x

Kids in the Hall 4.x

Night Stalker: The Complete Series

Numb3rs 1.x

Queer As Folk 5.x

Rollergirls 1.x

The Tomorrow People: Set 3

The Venture Bros. 1.x
Will & Grace: The Series Finale

June 6
Air America: The Complete Series
Charmed 5.x
Cheyenne 1.x
The Chris Rock Show 1.x/2.x
Combat: Best of New Replacements
Combat: Best of the Squad
Def Poetry 4.x
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks
Entourage 2.x
F-Troop 1.x
Godzilla: The Original Animated Series Vol. 1
Godzilla: The Original Animated Series Vol. 2
He-Man 2.x Vol. 1
Home Improvement 4.x
NCIS 1.x
Power Rangers Mystic Force Vol. 1
Star Trek: Q
Teddy Ruxpin Vol. 3
The Time Tunnel Vol. 2
What's New, Scooby Doo Vol. 9
The Wild Wild West 1.x
The X-Files 7.x ($34.99 Silmcase Edtion)
The X-Files 8.x ($34.99 Silmcase Edtion)
The X-Files 9.x ($34.99 Silmcase Edtion)

June 13
America's Funniest Home Videos: Nincompoops and Boneheads

Beavis & Butt-Head Vol. 2
Cheers 8.x
Coach 1.x
The Dead Zone 4.x
Dharma & Greg 1.x
Frasier 8.x
Godzilla: The Original Animated Series Vol. 1
Godzilla: The Original Animated Series Vol. 2
Good Neighbors 4.x
Home Improvement 4.x
Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp: The Complete Series
MacGyver 6.x
Medium 1.x
Mulberry: The Complete Series
Pink Panther Vol. 4
The Rockford Files 2.x
Stargate SG-1 1.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 2.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 3.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 4.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 6.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 7.x (slimcase edition)
Stargate SG-1 8.x (slimcase edition)
This is America, Charlie Brown: Complete Miniseries
Waiting For God 1.x
Walker Texas Ranger 1.x
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

June 20

The Adventures of Superboy 1.x

The Adventures of Superman 3.x/4.x

Justice League 2.x
The King of Queens 5.x

Krypto the Superdog Vol. 1

Lois & Clark 3.x
Married With Children 5.x
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 4.x
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  • May 30, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Venture Brothers is quite good

    by Curtis Spicoli

    The testicle-torsion episode is destined to become a classic.

  • May 30, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Aha ha ha! Airbender! Aha ha ha! Aha!

    by Reelheed

    Any way whats the deal with Galactica sets in the US ATM? In the UK we've only got the original - no pilot no extras - season 1 set. Should I hold my breath and wait for something better? Cheers in advance...

  • May 30, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    "The Last Airbender"??!

    by RealDoubleJ

    Is it just me, or do kid's cartoons have the suckiest titles these days??

  • May 30, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    YAY! Nip Tuck finally!!

    by beefywhore

  • May 30, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    You forgot The Monarch!!!

    by Supermonkey321

    Herc, you mentioned everyone in Venture Bros. except one of the best/funniest characters in the whole series, Dr. Venture's most arch of nemeses (nemesi?): The Monarch... next to Brock, he is my favorite character. Taxi Driver: "What the hell is this supposed to be?" The Monarch: "An I.O.U.... FOR YOUR LIFE!"

  • May 30, 2006, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Stupid ENTER key

    by beefywhore

    Thanks for the Nip Tuck info Herc.

  • May 30, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST


    by Supermonkey321

    you seem to have missed the part where Herc mentions that the 10th Anniversary Edition is NOT pictured above. That's just a pic of one of the already released DVDs that only have like 2 or 3 episodes.

  • May 30, 2006, 7:09 a.m. CST

    OMG! How'd I miss Galaxy High on past lists?!?

    by chrth

  • May 30, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The Last Airbender is NOT anime.

    by Killah_Mate

    It's just a typical American mishmash of stolen Japanese ideas, packaged and sold to the US kids as something original. American (non-comedy) TV animation has never truly recovered from the Japanese invasion, and as long as the original US shows suck as much as they do (with Timm/Dini as the shining exception), I really don't care. Anime works just fine for me... just don't confuse the real deal with these weak copies.

  • May 30, 2006, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Anamorphic BLADE RUNNER DVD in September

    by Mr Brownstone

    4 disc 25th Anniversary edition in 2007. The news has been in Variety since Friday.

  • May 30, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    The long wait is finally over !

    by JohnnyFriendly

    Hazel ... August 1st, Bitches !

  • May 30, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    The Wire!!!!!

    by Blacket-Man

    Finally here, and it turns out to be a moot point, since starting tomorrow I will begetting HBO Indemand for free.

  • May 30, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    The Tick!!!

    by NeoCon

    I believe "The Tick" had to be some kind of inspiration for Brad Bird when he made "The Incredibles". I still chuckle to myself when I think about a superhero having to sleep on his sidekicks sofa because he can't afford his own place.

  • May 30, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    south park Season 8...

    by Blacket-Man

    You know I watched the South Park movies last night, and it is clear this movie enbolden them. Everything before this movie is just Jesus jokes, who cares? After the movie they figure they can get libs and hollywood. And they do so unrelentlessly. Family guy could learn a lesson from south park, but everyone already knows this.

  • May 30, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    OK, I vote Doris Day's face...

    by Roguewriter the most frightening image ever captured on these pages. Jesus H. Palomino, no wonder Rock Hudson went gay! What, does she have a grenade wrapped in that hair? Oy vey, anyone who tells you women in the 70s were any more attractive than, say, women in those old B&W photos from the 1920s -- they aren't paying attention...

  • May 30, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    It's "Tale Spin", NOT "Tailspin!"

    by Osmosis Jones


  • May 30, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by Lain Of The Net

    I found the live action Tick a couple of weeks ago for 10 loonies. Best 10 I ever spent. I've been hoping for the animation. The TICK is a righteous dude.

  • May 30, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I want Mannix.

    by KazamaSmokers

    Come on, gimme those sweet box sets of Joe and Peggy.

  • May 30, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Chronicles of Riddick / 3dvd $12.99

    by future help

    forgot to mention that one, eh? sure...they are not great...but all 3 flics for that price? (one being the cartoon) not too bad

  • May 30, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    You left out Tara

    by InsectReflection

    Heart & soul of the Scoobies; the show went completely downhill once she was gone.

  • May 30, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    No Monarch?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Herc, you're slipping.

  • May 30, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Home Movies Season 4 finally out in Canada...

    by DanielKurland

    That and Venture Bros. have made my day.

  • May 30, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    simpsons case

    by Jubba

    will there be another character head released with season 8 of the simpsons as a collector's case? i remember seeing a picture of 5 seasons' cases each with a different head of a simpsons family member

  • May 30, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    buffy - great stuff

    by Cory849

    The original prices make an awesome point: ===========$31.99 The Complete First Season $47.99 The Complete Second Season $47.99 The Complete Third Season $47.99 The Complete Fourth Season $47.99 The Complete Fifth Season $47.99 The Complete Sixth Season $38.99 The Complete Seventh Season ================ The first season was just a half season so it should be cheaper. But even they acknowledge that season seven sucked. bwahaha.

  • May 30, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    jubba- simpsons cases

    by mrgreentheplant SWAK motha fucka

  • May 30, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Jubba

    yeah that's the pic i've seen, just wondering why that version isn't on

  • May 30, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...that the ALF cover is a little bit tasteless? (Hey, it's my cat's birthday today!). I hope that Kids In The Hall will come out one day in Germany. It never aired here, but I was able to watch it two months ago on a trip to Canada. I laughed my ass off!!

  • May 30, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Cheers for Venture Brothers DVD!

    by fiester

    Jeers for the poor animated The Tick offering. I smell double-dipping. There ought to be a complete series set released. I find it hard to believe there are any serious rights issues clinging to a cartoon that went off the air almost ten years ago.

  • May 30, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by PushTheButton

    I threw up in my mouth a little when i saw the Williams Street dvds slip packed with this. I'm so glad I can watch this show whenever i want without having to wade through the crap that is the rest of [as]'s original programming

  • May 30, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Venture bros is medicocre as hell.

    by Gay Jesus Christ

    It's like one big family guy pop culture skit. totally lame. Let me take johnny quest and put pop culture jokes inside of it. Really smart. It's been done and been done many many times before. SEALAB 2021 was CN's funniest show and it was smart too.

  • May 30, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Just bought the venture set...

    by mechashiva

    and the art is killer. If there was a foldout poster, I'd be the geek with it on my wall.

  • May 30, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    Office Or My name is earl

    by clockpolitiks

    WTF? Where are they?

  • May 30, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    I'm actually surprised that the Venture Brothers are as popular as they are considering you had to be around in the '60s when Jonny Quest was on thursday Nights in Prime Time and back when the Marvel Comics Group characters the show parodies like the Fantastic Four and Dr. Strange were actually good. I suppose a hip enough youngster who saw JQ in reruns or had access to the reprints of the '60s comics might "get" the jokes, but that's not entirely the same as truly appreciating them. Yes, the Quest and Ventures casts are similar - except that the Venture Brothers have no occult ethnic pal (unless you count Dr, orpheus as the Hadji of the group) and no annoying pet dog mascot (unless you count Triana) and the Quests had no robot. But if you think there's a direct correlation, you're missing the point that Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture _IS_ Jonny Quest, grown up and badly messed up from his youthful adventures. *** And if you think Jonny is spelled "Johnny" take your "H", stick it in your arm and OD.

  • May 30, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    But Why...

    by Napoleon Park

    Why are "Threshold" and "Surface" labeled "complete series" but "Invasion" labeled "first season"? Were they really that optimistic about being picked up when the package was designed? *** Also, I'm not clear on one point: how much are they offering to pay people to take "Joey"? *** Oh, and not that anyone here would, but you can go to and watch every episode of Commander In Chief for free as streaming video - and only 45 minutes, with minimal ads, since no one wants to sponsor a bombed show. So why buy it when you can see it for free?

  • May 30, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    surface threshold invasion

    by Hercules

    surface and threshold were booted back when; invasion was cancelled just two weeks ago. the package could change before the series hits shelving.

  • May 30, 2006, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Battlestar Galactica Season 2 Street Date?

    by Hell's Cigarette

    I assume this will probably be late September or early October for Region 1. I wonder whether the whole season will be released as one set, or if they will just release a second volume (or both)?

  • May 31, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Doc Fucking Hammer.

    by Bachalon

    How can you give Hammer the shaft? He wrote a good portion of the episodes (including the great "Look under 'm' for 'Monarch.'" "Nope." "Then look under 't' for "THE Monarch." "No."). Not to mention he's an amazing painter and a stunning musician. You can see his art on DA, and his band is called Mors Syphilitca. I've met him twice. He kicks ass.

  • May 31, 2006, 1:23 a.m. CST

    "Girl Hitler?"

    by MCVamp

    "Oooohhh...tiger BOMB." "Despite his racial handicap, Kano is a crackerjack pilot! Why, he could land her on a puffin!" "Chupacabra. They're everywhere down here." "Mecha-Shiva! Mecha-Shiva! Mecha-Shiva!" "It's just oregano! You've been smoking a LIE, you tiny fool!" You coulda told me he was a...dude." "Hank...if there was ever a time in your life I needed you not to be Hank, it's now." "Tell...Jonny...I love...ehhhhhhhkk..." "Yeah, they never show that part on TV." GLORIOUS!!!!

  • May 31, 2006, 3:30 a.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    Specifically, Testicular Torsion. [Herc - thanx for responding to my question. That makes sense. It would just be sad if a fan - and the show did have some - misinterpeted that "first season" label and had false hope about the show being picked up on the "we don't want no stinking profits" network. Still, a movie to tie up the what happens to Larkin's baby cliffhanger would be nice, but I'm not holding my breasts.]

  • May 31, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Grimey! (as he liked to be called)

    by SnapT

    It's AWESOME that Frank Grimes is on the DVD spine of Simpsons Season 8.

  • May 31, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Frank Grimes...

    by DanielKurland

    It's fantastic, that at the funeral scene, Lovejoy says, "Frank Grimes, or Grimey, as he liked to be called," because it is clear that Homer just gave Lovejoy all of the information on him. And then the fact that Homer is sleeping, and everyone laughs at his "joke" as the body is just casually lowered into the ground. Fantastic stuff. Frank Grimes should have been involved with the Simpsons movie.

  • May 31, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    In her later years...

    by Bob of the Shire

    Doris Day's diet consisted mainly of wild berries and human flesh. It is rumored that most of her "meals" came from nursing homes and adult day care facilities.

  • May 31, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    art & hbo

    by biscuit turner

    Venture Brothers inlay art is by comic book genius Bill Sienkiewicz and it's awesome. Also, Phoney Bone, don't count on HBO On Demand running "The Wire" anytime soon - they will leave the Sopranos & Big Love on for a while, plus they have all of the new Deadwood/Entourage/Tourgasm/Lucky Louie eps to air. The DVDs are worth it anyway.

  • May 31, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    so Fox/Disney, where's my complete series of the TICK?

    by ashhole

    it's unforgivable, it would be like not having duckman on DVD. oh wait, they don't. way to go USA. both shows were later syndicated on comedy central, so maybe it's their fault? now i can catch the TICK at 10:30 on Toon Disney. Is Disney sitting on the TICK rights? regardless of what people say about the simpsons or south park, these two series were the best animated shows ever on television IMO, to not have either of them available on DVD is almost criminal. The friggin ALF cartoon is on coming out for cryin out loud.

  • May 31, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by Toxic Frog

    The TICK!!!!! ANIMATED!!!! DVD!!!!! FINALLY!!!! YEEEEHAW AND SPOON!!!! The cartoon is far superior to the still-pretty-cool live-action show.

  • May 31, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Venture Bros+DVD=About Damn Time

    by RaylanGivens

    And are you serious biscuit turner? Bill Sienkiewicz does the inside art? I am on my way to pick this thing up right now.

  • May 31, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    What does it mean ...

    by Flickerhead

    ... to be "alarmingly entertaining"?

  • May 31, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    VB DVD

    by Bachalon

    Actually the Venture Bros. DVD has been ready since at least Nov. of last year. Hammer had it in his computer.

  • May 31, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by biscuit turner

    Yup, he did the Venture Bros. art. See a sample here - It's incredible.

  • June 1, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    "Herc says it

    by moviemaniac-7

    by humans." ................ And Herc might be right... Still love Buffy after all these years. Brilliant writing!

  • June 1, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by nofate

    So many new TV shows that got cancelled a few episodes in on DVD and still no Wonder Years? Cruel fate, why must you mock me!!

  • June 1, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Hey Herc answer me this

    by comer2k

    Im a big fan of american tv shows, stuff like buffy, angel, 24, lost stuff like that. I have to admit Im not up un 'night stalker' or 'veronica mars' are these shows any good ? If you had to name some must see tv for someone in the uk what would it be ?

  • June 1, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Again, again I am voice in the wilderness...

    by lycanthrope

    No HAWAII FIVE-O... dang.

  • June 1, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I bet the Wonder Years delay...

    by mechashiva

    has a lot to do with securing the rights to all of the music. Most shows didn't think to ask for the home video rights back then.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Hey Herkie,

    by Borgnine JR

    ...what's ANAMORPHIC mean?

  • June 2, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Come On Fat Cats, put out an "Odd Couple"

    by Borgnine JR

    set or two or five.

  • June 4, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    "what's ANAMORPHIC mean?"

    by Voice O. Reason

    There's a version of the video encoded into the disk that is specifically shaped to fit a 16:9 screen, instead of a standard 4:3 screen.