Lionsgate Press Release: The Limey (4K Digital)

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SANTA MONICA, CA (November 12, 2019) — One of legendary director Steven Soderbergh’s (Sex, Lies and VideotapeContagion; the Ocean’s trilogy) most critically acclaimed films, The Limey, returns remastered in time for its 20th anniversary on Digital 4K Ultra HD and On Demand December 10 from Lionsgate. A modern-day film noir told in broad daylight, The Limey is “a masterful bit of revenge cinema” (Frederick Bilchert, Vice) worth revisiting in stunning 4K starring Terence Stamp (Unfinished SongThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the DesertSuperman II), Lesley Ann Warren (Clue, TV’s “American Princess,” “The Cool Kids”), Luis Guzmán (TrafficBoogie NightsPunch-Drunk Love), Barry Newman (BowfingerDaylightVanishing Point), and Academy Award® nominee Peter Fonda (1969, Best Original Screenplay, Easy Rider; 1997, Best Actor, Ulee’s Gold).

After his release from a British prison, a former professional thief (Terence Stamp) finds out his daughter has been murdered in Los Angeles and travels there to learn the truth about her death. With the investigative assistance of another ex-con, he comes face-to-face with the high-rolling record producer with whom his daughter was having an affair.

Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K Ultra HD, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing this stylish and inventive film to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The Limey Digital 4K Ultra HD will be available for the suggested retail price of $12.99.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1999
Title Copyright: The Limey © 1999, Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for violence and language.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Closed-Captioned: English
Subtitles: N/A
Feature Run Time: 89 Minutes
Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 (1.85:1) Presentation with Dolby Vision
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio™

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  1. They put out physical releases when they think the market will bear it – see, for instance, Apocalypse Now.

    But consumer preferences are shifting rapidly, UHD costs more to manufacture than any other disc format and sells fewer copies than any other format. I can understand the reasoning behind taking a more cautious approach to what will he released. I’m glad to have my DVD version for the excellent commentary but would be happy to see something better looking, even if that means a digital rental or purchase. That a new 4K UHD transfer has been done also means it could be licensed at some point to a subscription service that I already have.

    This remastering will make the film more available to more people over the next 20 years that the prior standard definition DVD master could and I think that’s a good thing.

  2. I've always been of the opinion that the DVD release of The Limey was one of the better transfers for that format, exhibiting a clarity that at times seemed to exceed the technical limitations of that format (which I realize is physically impossible. 🙂 )

    Anyway, that is just my way of saying that I have high expectations for the 4K release. Unfortunately, that is all I will have as I currently do not have 4K capability. Sure wish there was a blu-ray release to go along with the 4K, but oh well. I am pretty happy with my current FP so I am not in any hurry to upgrade to 4K. Someday I suppose.

    – Walter.

  3. Scott Merryfield

    I have never seen this film. The description "a modern day noir" has me intrigued. Worth a blind buy?

    IMO? Absolutely! It's one of Soderbergh's best films, and while the entire cast shines, Stamp owns the movie 100%.

  4. Great cast, and they even find a way to use excerpts of Stamp from the 1960s films he did to allow some flashback scenes.

    I don’t know if the iTunes comes with extras, but if it does, the Soderbergh/Lem Dobbs commentary is one of the all time greats.

  5. Josh Steinberg

    Great cast, and they even find a way to use excerpts of Stamp from the 1960s films he did to allow some flashback scenes.

    And it worked really well. Caught me by surprise the first time I saw the film.

  6. Scott Merryfield

    I have never seen this film. The description "a modern day noir" has me intrigued. Worth a blind buy?

    Absolutely. It is a terrific film. It has a very interesting story structure that was admittedly a bit more 'novel' when the film was initially released, but still holds up quite well. If you've seen Out of Sight with Clooney and Lopez then you sort of have a feel for this film. Out of Sight was definitely lighter in tone, but in terms of a fragmented story structure and quality cinematography and editing the films do share some traits. The Limey is much darker and more serious however.

    Highly recommended.

    – Walter.

  7. Josh Steinberg

    I haven’t seen this in too long. One of the few films where I’ve heard the commentary at least as many times as I’ve watched the feature.

    Yeah, I need to listen to the audio commentary on the DVD. Just a fine film that I always enjoyed.

  8. Josh Steinberg

    Great cast, and they even find a way to use excerpts of Stamp from the 1960s films he did to allow some flashback scenes.

    I don’t know if the iTunes comes with extras, but if it does, the Soderbergh/Lem Dobbs commentary is one of the all time greats.

    No, the current HD digital doesn't have any extras, but, when it upgrades to 4K, we might get lucky.

  9. Robert Crawford

    iTunes has changed the artwork today to what's reflected in the first post. Next week the HD should convert to 4K/Dolby Vision.

    My HD Digital has just upgraded to 4K/Dolby Vision. Wow! It’s like watching this movie for the very first time.

  10. Yeah. I still wish that LG had maintained 3D support on their 4K OLEDs, but Dolby Vision support does make up for the loss in some measure. DV is a definite improvement over non-adaptive HDR when it comes to absolute white and brightness. Small details appear to "pop" more with 4K, DV treated material.

  11. Robert Crawford

    My HD Digital has just upgraded to 4K/Dolby Vision. Wow! It’s like watching this movie for the very first time.

    I hope they fix that major sync problem before they make that 4K digital available to purchase again.

  12. Robert Crawford

    My HD Digital has just upgraded to 4K/Dolby Vision. Wow! It’s like watching this movie for the very first time.

    Sweet! Happy to hear it. I'm traveling right now but am looking forward to checking it out in 4K even though I just watched it in 1080p a couple of months ago. 🙂

  13. Robert Crawford

    I hope they fix that major sync problem before they make that 4K digital available to purchase again.

    You experienced a bad audio sync problem with the transfer? I was planning on watching the film early this week, but I may hold off until this issue gets resolved. Out of sync audio really bugs me — it always ends up distracting me and I don't enjoy whatever I am watching.

  14. Scott Merryfield

    You experienced a bad audio sync problem with the transfer? I was planning on watching the film early this week, but I may hold off until this issue gets resolved. Out of sync audio really bugs me — it always ends up distracting me and I don't enjoy whatever I am watching.

    Yes, it's one of the worst audio sync problems I have ever encountered on iTunes.

  15. So yes, it is up on iTunes at 4K for $7 – a great movie, I've watched it many times.

    So while I occasionally notice extras on iTunes I have never witnessed a commentary track. They exist? Examples?

    Also, I see it is streaming on Amazon Prime – I wonder if they would do a 4K upgrade there too

  16. Ted Todorov

    So yes, it is up on iTunes at 4K for $7 – a great movie, I've watched it many times.

    So while I occasionally notice extras on iTunes I have never witnessed a commentary track. They exist? Examples?

    Also, I see it is streaming on Amazon Prime – I wonder if they would do a 4K upgrade there too

    Yes, they do exist. Usually if an iTunes title has the iTunes extras, they will also have an audio commentary if there was one on the disc. Again, the film title on iTunes has to indicate iTunes extras and if there was an audio commentary on the Blu-ray or 4K disc then more times than not, the commentary will be part of the iTunes extras.

    Out of curiosity the following 10 random titles that are in my iTunes digital library with the letter "A", until I got bored, and skipped around a little with other alphabet letters have audio commentaries on iTunes.

    The Age of Adaline
    Alien
    Aliens
    Alien Covenant
    Atomic Blonde
    Baby Driver
    Big
    The HItman's Bodyguard
    Deadpool 2
    Red Sparrow

  17. Robert Crawford

    @Scott Merryfield The Limey is available for purchase again on iTunes and the audio sync problems has been fixed.

    Thanks, Robert. I watched the film last night (didn't care about the two teams on Monday Night Football). The audio sync seemed to go in and out through the film for me, though — it was very odd.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie as a first time viewer. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to make the blind purchase.

  18. Scott Merryfield

    Thanks, Robert. I watched the film last night (didn't care about the two teams on Monday Night Football). The audio sync seemed to go in and out through the film for me, though — it was very odd.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie as a first time viewer. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to make the blind purchase.

    Scott,

    Did they didn't repair audio sync issues earlier in the film? I just restarted the film from which I couldn't stand it any longer and it was repaired from that point until the end of the film.

  19. Robert Crawford

    Scott,

    Did they didn't repair audio sync issues earlier in the film? I just restarted the film from which I couldn't stand it any longer and it was repaired from that point until the end of the film.

    The issue did seem worse in the beginning of the film.

  20. Scott Merryfield

    The issue did seem worse in the beginning of the film.

    For me, I just checked the worse sequences again which were in that bar, the movie set and car garage. I didn't see any obvious audio sync issues in those scenes this time. It was really bad a few days ago.

  21. Robert Crawford

    For me, I just checked the worse sequences again which were in that bar, the movie set and car garage. I didn't see any obvious audio sync issues in those scenes this time. It was really bad a few days ago.

    That's odd. The audio wasn't horribly out of sync, but it was noticeable and it happened randomly. I watched with my Apple TV 4K (I assume you did the same). Everything else I watch in 4K + Dolby Vision on the Apple app and Disney+ app is in sync using that device.

  22. I previewed part of The Limey in 4K last night and MAN, it looks FANTASTIC! This is far, far better than the HD stream available previously. I felt as if I was really seeing the film for the first time. Marvelous.

  23. meli

    I may go, too. I'm surprised there are still tickets available.

    Is this a streaming re-release only? Is there not going to be a 4K UHD Bluray?

    So far there's been no disc release announced, so streaming only for now.

  24. I was hoping for a regular Blu (non 4K) physical release of The Limey; too bad. This is an excellent flick! I first saw this about 10-12 years ago, and it's become one of my favorite '90's movies. Great thriller, and I liked the use of flash-backs from an older Terence Stamp film (Poor Cow) to show the character in his younger years; very clever way to depict the bygone era. Peter Fonda's character in the film reminded me of an older version of Wyatt, his character in the iconic Easy Rider (1969).

    However, a 4K streaming release is not something I'm interested in. That being said, this type of release just further illustrates something we already knew – streaming has become immensely popular, to the unfortunate detriment of physical media.

    I'll stick with the regular DVD – which I just got (unopened) for $5.

  25. The Drifter

    However, a 4K streaming release is not something I'm interested in. That being said, this type of release just further illustrates something we already knew – streaming has become immensely popular, to the unfortunate detriment of physical media.

    I'll stick with the regular DVD – which I just got (unopened) for $5.

    Assuming you have the same DVD as me – it has the Lem Dobbs/Soderbergh commentary track plus a '60s "docucommentary"

    Not regretting spinning media going away – if I never buy another spinning disk, I'll be happy – regretting all the special features of the DVD era not being in the iTunes releases.

  26. The Drifter

    I was hoping for a regular Blu (non 4K) physical release of The Limey (1999); too bad. This is an excellent flick, and one of Soderbergh's best. I first saw this about 10-12 years ago, and it's become one of my favorite '90's movies. Great neo-noir thriller that really explores the past & how the decisions you make when you're young affect the type of person you become. I really liked the use of flash-backs from an older Terence Stamp film (Poor Cow) to show the character in his younger years; very clever way to depict the bygone era. Peter Fonda reminded me of an older version of Wyatt, his character in Easy Rider (1969).

    However, a 4K streaming release is not something I'm interested in. That being said, this type of release just further illustrates something we already knew – streaming has become immensely popular, to the unfortunate detriment of physical media.

    I'll stick with the regular DVD – which I just got (unopened) for $5.

    It was released by Koch Media, a few days ago (available on Amazon Germany) as a "mediabook" with a DVD and a 1080p blu-ray:

    View attachment 66224
    (click here)

    I bought it and just received it, but I haven't watched it yet.

    It's one of my favourite movies, I was thrilled to see it finally released on Blu-ray.
    Although released in Germany, it has both German and English languages (audio and subtitles).

    Cees

  27. Hi Cees- please give us your impressions of the bluray once you have viewed it (picture/audio quality)…one of my favorite movies and easily in Soderbergh’s Top 3 in my opinion.

    I still have the ancient Artisan Entertainment DVD and have been waiting for this since the launch of the bluray format!

    I consider this film a classic. Brilliant acting all around.

    (quick tip…anyone who likes this may enjoy Mike Hodges gritty British film ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ (Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell)

  28. Blu_rayfan66

    Hi Cees- please give us your impressions of the bluray once you have viewed it (picture/audio quality)…one of my favorite movies and easily in Soderbergh's Top 3 in my opinion.

    I still have the ancient Artisan Entertainment DVD and have been waiting for this since the launch of the bluray format!

    I consider this film a classic. Brilliant acting all around.

    (quick tip…anyone who likes this may enjoy Mike Hodges gritty British film 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' (Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell)

    Hugh,

    Watched it last night.

    This is an excellent release.
    It's German (so European), meaning all info text on the cover, as well as in the booklet, is in German and regions are B (Blu-ray) and 2 (DVD).
    It won't play on my region A machine (having two machines is the less expensive solution, compared to region-freed players). That won't be a problem for you (in Ireland if I understand well).

    Audio is fine (no sync problem I noticed), language and subtitles both in English and German. The extra's have reviews in English with German subtitles.

    I don't want to hijack this 4k-thread, so for a more extensive (although not huge 🙂 ) description, please see the German Releases thread in the Blu-ray and UHD forum.

    Cees

  29. Cees Alons

    Hugh,

    Watched it last night.

    This is an excellent release.
    It's German (so: European), meaning all info text on the cover, as well as in the booklet, is in German and regions are B (Blu-ray) and 2 (DVD).
    It won't play on my region A machine (having two machines is the less expensive solution, compared to region-freed players). That won't be a problem for you (in Ireland if I understand well).

    Audio is fine (no sync problems I noticed), language and subtitles both in English and German. The extras have reviews in English with German subtitles.

    I don't want to hijack this 4k-thread, so for a more extensive (although not huge 🙂 ) description, please see the German Releases thread in the Blu-ray and UHD forum.

    Cees

    Thank you so much Cees- will reply in the other thread.

  30. The Limey screening at the Walter Reade was fantastic. The most interesting thing from the Q&A was that originally the film had beginning to end timeline, and the first test were a dud, so Soderbergh decided to chop up the timeline and mix it up The Limey – with wonderful results. This was helped by using an Avid for the first time to do the editing, which made it far easier to experiment with different cuts. It would have been doable by cutting and pasting the actual film, but more difficult and less likely to do when you were really not sure about the result.
    My pic of Steven Soderbergh greating Luis Guzmán:

    View attachment 66559

  31. meli

    Any chance someone in the audience asked Soderbergh about a 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "The Limey?

    No, they did not. Honestly, as someone with a 3,000+ spinning disc collection I’ll be happy if I never buy another one, and stick to iTunes and streaming. I have a feeling that most Walter Reade theatre goers feel the exact same way

  32. Ted Todorov

    No, they did not. Honestly, as someone with a 3,000+ spinning disc collection I’ll be happy if I never buy another one, and stick to iTunes and streaming. I have a feeling that most Walter Reade theatre goers feel the exact same way

    Actually, I believe the opposite. Many people who endure the inconvenience and expense of going to a movie theater to watch a film that they could stream at home for less money, they may also be willing to fork over the dough for a higher fidelity physical copy.

    I can't imagine you took that photo on your webpage with a phone. We have to fight the urge to sacrifice quality for convenience.

  33. meli

    Actually, I believe the opposite. Many people who endure the inconvenience and expense of going to a movie theater to watch a film that they could stream at home for less money, they may also be willing to fork over the dough for a higher fidelity physical copy.

    I can't imagine you took that photo on your webpage with a phone. We have to fight the urge to sacrifice quality for convenience.

    At one point that was true, but times are changing even for people that were once hardcore disc collectors.

  34. But what if providing that choices poses a threat to your business model?

    If you’re Netflix, you justified spending $165 million on The Irishman as a means to drive subscriptions. The appeal is that it’s a “A” picture that can’t be seen anywhere else. Once it’s available on another format or service, that value is gone. It may be on disc one day but first they need to protect their investment. They didn’t spend $165 million on a picture designed to win award recognition only to give it away before award season ends.

    In the case of Lionsgate and The Limey, they might be stuck in the perfect storm of higher costs for being a smaller label doing a smaller print run, limited availability of replication facilities, sharply declining catalog sales on physical media, and overall declining sales period.

    I can very easily envision a scenario where releasing a 4K disc that doesn’t sell could wipe out all profit potential remaining for this title.

    They might also do a Paramount and release a 4K disc later if the digital sales indicate stronger than expected demand.

    I agree it would be great to have these things on disc. But there’s probably also a point where the studio has crunched their numbers and determined that a disc release wasn’t financially worthwhile at this time. I’m not sure how reasonable it is to expect for profit companies to engage in money losing endeavors.

  35. I'm watching the 4K iTunes stream again and just wanted to reiterate that it is GORGEOUS. This is the best The Limey has EVER looked outside of a theater. Just a beautiful, film-like presentation! The audio sync is still off though. Hopefully it'll be corrected soon.

  36. Josh Steinberg

    …In the case of Lionsgate and The Limey, they might be stuck in the perfect storm of higher costs for being a smaller label doing a smaller print run, limited availability of replication facilities, sharply declining catalog sales on physical media, and overall declining sales period.

    I can very easily envision a scenario where releasing a 4K disc that doesn’t sell could wipe out all profit potential remaining for this title.

    With Twilight Time, we've seen that most catalogue titles struggle to sell even 3000 copies. And that's on standard blu-ray. 4K only represents about 13% of blu-ray sales – or 390 out of that 3000. What company in their right mind would go to the trouble of pressing and packaging discs to sell 400 copies in a best case scenario?

  37. Just purchased this film and watched it for the first time in digital 4k.

    It was a totally different film than what I expected it to be. That's not a criticism.

    I fell in love with the film within its first 15 minutes. I know very little about Terence Stamp, but his character is one that grabs and holds you.

    What I expected was a bloody no-holds-barred shoot-out thriller.

    Instead, I found it to be practically void of everything I expected and replaced with a superbly intriguing story.

    I feel as if I should be watching more Terence Stamp or more Soderbergh films.

    I look forward to your recommendations

  38. Soderbergh is awesome in that few of his films are alike. He will use similar techniques at times but he doesn’t make the same movie twice. I think his run from 1998 through 2002 is pretty unbeatable:
    -Out Of Sight
    -The Limey
    -Erin Brockovich
    -Traffic
    -Ocean’s 11
    -Full Frontal
    -Solaris

  39. I have seen a few of those films already and will catch up on those I have not.

    Will say that I don't think THE LIMEY really benefited from the 4k presentation. Overall, the transfer doesn't look as sharp and detailed as other titles I have seen. I would say more on the softer side. There were moments of increased facial detail that I noticed, but other than that, as much as I really enjoyed this film it didn't come across as a title that would do any better on 4k vs. Blu-ray.

  40. Ronald Epstein

    Aaah, did not know that. So, certainly, this is a huge upgrade.

    Yeah, it never got released on DVD so when I came across this 4K digital, I jumped on it because I liked this movie quite a lot. By the way, did you ever see Billy Budd? It's an early Terence Stamp movie that really put him on the map as he got his only Oscar nomination from that movie.

  41. Robert Crawford

    Yeah, it never got released on DVD so when I came across this 4K digital, I jumped on it because I liked this movie quite a lot. By the way, did you ever see Billy Budd? It's an early Terence Stamp movie that really put him on the map as he got his only Oscar nomination from that movie.

    It's $10 digital. If you think I should have it in my collection I rarely go wrong with your recommendations.

  42. Ronald Epstein

    It's $10 digital. If you think I should have it in my collection I rarely go wrong with your recommendations.

    It's a terrific movie. Just remember this is a Warner Archive BD release, but the HD digital is probably derived from an older transfer when the 2007 DVD was released.

  43. Ronald Epstein

    Just purchased this film and watched it for the first time in digital 4k.

    It was a totally different film than what I expected it to be. That's not a criticism.

    I fell in love with the film within its first 15 minutes. I know very little about Terence Stamp, but his character is one that grabs and holds you.

    What I expected was a bloody no-holds-barred shoot-out thriller.

    Instead, I found it to be practically void of everything I expected and replaced with a superbly intriguing story.

    I feel as if I should be watching more Terence Stamp or more Soderbergh films.

    I look forward to your recommendations

    Superman II, of course! "KNEEL before Zod!!!" 😉

  44. Ronald Epstein

    I have seen a few of those films already and will catch up on those I have not.

    Will say that I don't think THE LIMEY really benefited from the 4k presentation. Overall, the transfer doesn't look as sharp and detailed as other titles I have seen. I would say more on the softer side. There were moments of increased facial detail that I noticed, but other than that, as much as I really enjoyed this film it didn't come across as a title that would do any better on 4k vs. Blu-ray.

    I have to disagree with you completely here Ron. I've seen The Limey over a dozen times. Owned the DVD, which was pretty mediocre. The Blu-ray was a bit better, but nothing to shout about. Bought the HD digital from iTunes and watched that, and to be honest didn't feel that it was a huge leap above the DVD in quality. The movie as always looked a bit soft and the pastel-like color timing enhanced that look. However, within the first few minutes of watching the film in 4K on iTunes (via my ATV4K and 65" LG OLED), I was blown away. It is VERY filmic, displaying great grain structure and detail. It was like viewing it for the first time again. I think it's leaps and bounds better than the HD, both the streaming copy and the Blu-ray. No contest.

  45. Ronald Epstein

    Just purchased this film and watched it for the first time in digital 4k.

    It was a totally different film than what I expected it to be. That's not a criticism.

    I fell in love with the film within its first 15 minutes. I know very little about Terence Stamp, but his character is one that grabs and holds you.

    What I expected was a bloody no-holds-barred shoot-out thriller.

    Instead, I found it to be practically void of everything I expected and replaced with a superbly intriguing story.

    I feel as if I should be watching more Terence Stamp or more Soderbergh films.

    I look forward to your recommendations

    For Terence Stamp the obvious movie to see is Poor Cow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_Cow which is the source of his character in The Limey (and a few bits from Poor Cow are in The Limey).
    So far as I can tell, it is not available online – you can get the Blu-ray or DVD if your equipment can deal with Region B or 2: https://www.amazon.com/Poor-Cow-Blu-ray/dp/B01FXX8MV2

    Josh's list of Soderbergh films is an excellent one – here is my slightly modified version:
    -Sex, Lies and Videotape
    -Gray's Anatomy (Spalding Gray movie)
    -Out Of Sight (what clearly lead to The Limey in directorial approach – and an absolute pleasure)
    -The Limey
    -Traffic
    -Solaris (much hated by admirers of the famous Andrei Tarkovsky 1972 film but as someone who read the Lem novel more than once before seeing the Tarkovsky version, I see that Soderbergh has more in common with Lem than Tarkovsky – calling his version a "remake" makes no sense- but yes, certainly see Tarkovsky's film as well)
    -Ocean’s 12 (presumably you should see 11 first – but 12 is the Limeyfied version – again all your expectations are trampled)
    -Che (Parts 1 & 2)
    -Haywire
    -Magic Mike
    -"The Knick" (TV series, most (all??) episodes directed by Soderbergh)
    -High Flying Bird (like all his recent films – shot exclusively on an iPhone – forgot to mention, Soderbergh is and has been for a long time his own cinematographer under the fake name of Peter Andrews – I think he started with Traffic)

    Apologies for being in full film buff mode – but hey so is Soderbergh – lastly, after seeing Sex, Lies and Videotape I'd recommend reading his book on its making: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Lies-Videotape-Movie-Screenplay/dp/0060965266/
    (obviously out of print)

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