A bunch of mischievous, animated young men wreak havoc on DVD shelves with today’s batch of home video releases. Fans of [adult swim] can now pick up the second season of The Venture Brothers and the first volume of Moral Orel, while younger Cartoon Network viewers get the complete second season of Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy. In addition, Sony has released an extended cut of Spider-Man 2 just in time to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the May 4 debut of Spider-Man 3.
A spoof of Jonny Quest and other animated action shows from the ’60s, The Venture Bros. revolves around the dim-witted sons of a famous scientist who travel the world getting into silly adventures with the family bodyguard, a former secret agent. The two-disc season two DVD offers 13 episodes, as well as deleted scenes and commentaries by cast and creators. The set from Warner Home Video carries a suggested retail price of $29.98.
Also from Warner Home Video comes Morel Orel: Volume One, which is being hyped as the first uncensored [adult swim] DVD release. The two-disc set contains 15 episodes of the irreverent, 15-minute stop-motion spoof of the classic Art Clokey series Davey and Goliath. The show follows the misadventures of an 11-year-old boy who loves church and wants to do the Lord’s work but ends up creating trouble with his pious enthusiasm and misinterpretations of religious morals. Bonus features include uncensored commentaries, the ‘awkward’ Comic-Con panel, a behind-the-scenes featurette, on-air promos, end animations and deleted scenes. The set lists for $29.98.
Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy: The Complete Second Season is another two-disc set from Warner that offers 13 episodes of the Cartoon Network comedy series created by Danny Antonucci at aka Cartoons in Vancouver. The boys are up to more scheming and mischief making in this batch of adventures, which come packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, lessons on how to draw Ed, a music video and other bonus materials. Devotees of the popular show can pick it up for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
You knew it was coming. Spider-Man 2.1: Extended Cut is a two-disc set that retials for $19.94 and offers eight minutes of never-before-seen footage as well as new bonus materials. Extras include an introduction by producers Grant Curtis and Avi Arad, a featurette titled Inside 2.1, commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, a trivia track, a look at the art of storyboarding, an exclusive trailer for Activision’s Spider-Man 3 video game and a sneak peak at the Spider-Man 3 movie.