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Directed by Steven Soderbergh
USA 1999

 

Dave Wilson (Terence Stamp) is a tough English ex-con fresh out of prison who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. He quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con (Luis Guzman). His investigation has him encountering and confronting some of L.A.'s toughest drug criminals. After surviving a near-death beating, getting thrown from a building and being chased down a dangerous mountain road, the Englishman decides to dole out some bodily harm of his own. He learns that his daughter had been having an affair with a famous record producer, Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda) and that he is somehow tied to the drug and money laundering business. Wilson prepares to come face to face with Terry Valentine who is Wilson's ultimate target.

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The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After surviving a near-death beating, getting thrown from a building and being chased down a dangerous mountain road, the Englishman decides to dole out some bodily harm of his own.

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Theatrical Release: May 15th, 1999 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Review: Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Coming to the UK, on Blu-ray, from Lionsgate in April 2020:

Distribution Koch Media - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:28:45.320        
Video

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,445,226,972 bytes

Feature: 28,786,292,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4019 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4019 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1768 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Isolated Score:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

Commentaries:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Undetermined 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

Subtitles German, English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Koch Media

 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,445,226,972 bytes

Feature: 28,786,292,736 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by Steven Soderbergh and Author Lem Dobbs

Commentary by Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Barry Newman, Joe Dallesandro, Regisseur Steven Soderbergh and author Lem Dobbs

B-roll (7:10)
Interview with Cast and Crew (12:21)
German Trailer (1:25)
English trailer (1:23 in widescreen or open matte)
English TV Spots (0:52)
Gallery (5:03)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 12th, 2019
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ADDITION: Koch Media Blu-ray (January 2020): Koch Media have transferred Steven Soderbergh's stylish neo-noir 'The Limey' to Blu-ray much to the delight of the film's devout fan base. It looks very pleasing in 1080P with impressive detail in the many close-ups. There is fine grain and the 1.78:1 farmed image carries depth and layered contrast. It looked impressive, at times, but modestly thin, on my system.

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On their Blu-ray, Koch Media offer DTS-HD Master tracks - a robust English 5.1 surround (24-bit), a 16-bit German DUB and a lossy isolated score credited to Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon, King of the Hill, Contagion, Traffic, sex, lies and videotape) augmented by Danny Saber's Limey Vibes, Spy, Move, Moog Song and sampling from The Who's The Seeker and songs by The Hollies, Tower of Power, Boston, The Doobie Brothers, The Byrds and Donovan's Colours performed by Terence Stamp. It sounds very strong - with the first gunshots sounding like canons via the robust English track. Koch Media offer optional German and English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

 

 

The Koch Media Blu-ray has two commentates. The first by Steven Soderbergh and author Lem Dobbs is excellent in second-gusssing style conventions in the film and plot directions, expanse of character development and Soderbergh's idea to keep the film simple about Wilson and his daughter. It's incredibly frank and revealing. The second commentary has Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Barry Newman, Joe Dallesandro, director Steven Soderbergh and author Lem Dobbs giving further, individual, input on the genre, the era, their personal experiences, careers from Stamp expanding on his potential criminal life to Warren's immersion in ballet. There is also some B-roll 'behind the scenes' footage, standard short-ish interviews with Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Fonda, Amelia Heinle and Soderbergh. There is a German Trailer and an English trailer in the option of widescreen or open matte, English TV Spots and a gallery. The case is a media-book (digi-book) that has photos and an essay (In German).

Well, had we been able to see and review The Limey Blu-ray this would have been in our Year-end poll. Steven Soderbergh's film is less-definable artful-crime-character masterpiece that evokes cinema from Boorman's Point Blank to Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast. It's a film I am thrilled to own on Blu-ray and the commentaries and extras make it a must-own. Our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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