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The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious “baby” of the family.

animalkingdoms1bluStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Run time: 440 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

“TNT’s” new series ‘Animal Kingdom’ is one that pushes the limit of cable TV it’s a brash, provocative, and outspoken family crime drama that takes no prisoners. Based somewhat on the 2010 film of the same name, the series follows the life and crime adventures of one southern California family. The head leader is the tough and sexy cougar mother and grandmother Smurf who helps run the show of money, bribes, heist, and criminal jobs with the help of her sons and the one that is the standout to me is the adopted one Baz and enter her young hormone driven grandson Cody who joins the crew after his mother dies from a drug overdose.

Without losing a step the Australian hit film Animal Kingdom got a new location to southern California where Los Angeles takes the place of Melbourne. But even the family name Cody remains the same and the plot structure of the film the same. Whether it can last as a television series is open to question. Young Finn Cole is numb from the death of his mother from a heroin overdose. His family such as they are take him in. They are some crew and by the way I don’t think the choice of Cody as the name of the grandson is an accident.

For Ellen Barkin family matriarch is a combination of Victoria Barkley and Margaret Wycherly from White Heat. Imagine if Ma Jarrett had raised a flock of children just like James Cagney and you’ve got some idea of what the Cody family is like.

Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a shifting aspect ratio between 1.78:1. Colors are strong bringing the world of ‘Animal Kingdom’ in California to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing out the beauty of southern California of the film. Blacks are deep looking. The blacks are some of the best that I have seen on a high definition format. Details are also very good with some very accurate looking Fleshtones. Yet again I was stunned with the sheer amount of details in this print. Dark scenes are well lighted with excellent depth where you never have a hard time viewing a single scene. There are hardly any issues for this print, except for a few scenes where there is some noise in darker scenes, but hardly noticeable.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Bass is just perfect with the score as it gives you that very unpredictable feeling. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix without having to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Inside Animal Kingdom [HD]
  • Animal Kingdom: Stunts [HD]
  • Meet the Codys [HD]
  • Getting Into Character [HD]
  • Setting The Stage [HD]
  • Family Comes First [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]

Special Features: 8/10

The Final Word

Putting aside some of the violent content that can be a turn off to some, the series has great acting, good photography, and a script that moves along with very little drag time. It deserves your attention.
Overall Rating: 9/10