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The Venture Bros: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart - Review

2023

Director: Jackson Publick

Starring: Doc Hammer, James Urbaniak, Michael Sinterniklaas, Chris McCulloch, Clancy Brown, and JK Simmons 

The Venture Bros.: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart is an absolute triumph that brilliantly continues the story of the beloved animated series. As a long-time fan, I couldn't be more thrilled with this new movie, which picks up right where season 7 finale left off. Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has delivered a truly special piece of animation that had me from start to finish.

While the plot for the film is about what you'd expect from a direct to home video feature based on an animated series, there is something in the way all the pieces come together that is utterly compelling, making it impossible to look away. The story is well-crafted and the return of an imposing evil from the past adds a layer of depth and intensity that fans will appreciate.

The voice talents in The Venture Bros. have always been top-notch, and Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart is no exception. James Urbaniak, as Dr. Venture, brings his A-game, and Patrickbutm Warburton shines as the beloved Brock Samson. Michael Sinterniklaas, Chris McCulloch, and Doc Hammer reprise their roles flawlessly, breathing life into their iconic characters once again.

The supporting cast is equally outstanding, with performances from Nina Arianda as Mantilla, Clancy Brown as Daisy and Red Death, and JK Simmons as Ben. The star-studded ensemble truly elevates the film and adds layers of charm and complexity to the characters they portray. For as absurd as the film is, and believe me its fucking absurd, there is a bizzare emotional honesty on display that many dramatic endevours fail to achieve. 

The animation style, a signature of the series, remains as wonderful as ever, showcasing the creativity and attention to detail that makes The Venture Bros. so visually unique. The action sequences are fun as hell, the humor is spot-on, and the emotional moments are surpirsingly effective, creating a well-rounded experience that caters to both die-hard fans and newcomers alike. My wife had never seen VB and she had a great time with this one.

Kudos to series creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick for their exceptional writing and to Jackson Publick for his stellar direction. They have crafted a movie that perfectly encapsulates everything we love about The Venture Bros., while also pushing the boundaries of the story and characters we thought we knew.

The Venture Bros.: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart is a true testament to the legacy of the original series, and it's a must-watch for anyone who has followed the adventures of the Venture family and their eccentric allies and foes. Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has delivered a cinematic gem that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on fans of all ages. I, for one, cannot wait to watch it again.

The Venture Bros.: Radiant is the Blood of a Baboon Heart - will be available to own on Digital on July 21, and Blu-ray on July 25.

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