21.4 C
New York
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Masterpiece: Turks & Caicos (Original UK Edition) Blu-ray Review

masterpiece-turks-and-caicos-bluray-cover U.S. Release

– –

The Film



Turks & Caicos is the second of three made-for-TV political thriller feature films written and directed for the BBC by David Hare (Strapless).

Following the events of the previous film, Page Eight, Turks Caicos finds the ex-MI5 intelligence officer Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) hiding out on the tiny Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos where he is approached by a stranger calling himself Curtis Pelissier (Christopher Walken) who claims to know him. Pelissier later leads him to a dinner with a group of international businessman from a conglomerate called Gladstone, and there he also meets the intoxicating and mysterious beauty Melanie (Winona Ryder). It is later revealed that Pelissier is in fact an undercover CIA agent investigating Gladstone and that he also knows that Johnny is hiding from the British government. In a deal, Johnny decides to help Pelisier uncover Gladstone’s unscrupulous dealings overcharging the US government for building secret torture prisons around the globe and tie them to London financier Stirling Rogers (Rupert Graves) and his front charity organization The Bridge.

A tightly woven, suspenseful, and sexy (Ryder has never looked better, I might add) spy thriller that might as well be a James Bond film of old, Turks & Caicos is set in the deceptively laid back atmosphere of this tropical paradise, but it is rife with double crosses, murders, and political machinations. Bill Nighy plays a wonderful spy, and the chemistry between him and Winona Ryder is quite palpable and believable.

The film, thanks to the direction and writing of David Hare, also works well as a self-contained unit. While it does take just a little while to ease into the story, there is sufficient backstory offered to acquaint viewers with the characters. The various plots and subplots also unfold easily and with an easy to follow fluidity that makes the story very involving.

Video Quality



Turks & Caicos looks wonderfully colorful and appropriately tropical in this AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement to Blu-ray from PBS. While there are some small instances with the digital source like banding that pop up, but they do not detract to much from is generally a strong made-for-television feature film.

Audio Quality



Turks & Caicos is only supplied with a stereo mix in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit) it provides clear dialogue with an expansive dynamic range and wide stereo imaging.

Supplemental Materials



A brief twenty-minute behind the scenes featurette is offered up. It includes some interviews with the cast and crew speaking about the production and the Johnny Warricker character.

  • Behind the Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:19:23)

The Definitive Word




The second Johnny Worricker film, Turks & Caicos is a suspenseful thriller with strong acting all around that ends with a superb cliffhanger that leaves us wanting to see more in part 3, Salting the Earth.

Additional Screen Captures













Related Articles

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

%d bloggers like this: