The Limey [DVD] [1999]

One of the more intellectual DVDs on the market, this underrated gem is a perfect example of creative and technical minds at the top of their game. This disc educates as much as entertains. For starters, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs gives incredibly insightful commentary about the themes and cinematic concepts behind their powerful story of a British con man (Terence Stamp) coming to America in search of his daughter's killer. However, the disc's second commentary track takes the subject one step further. Actors Stamp, Peter Fonda and Lesley Ann Warren discuss the social statements raised in the film in a '60's docu-commentary' track that includes audio speeches from such leaders as Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Filled with insight on the liberal vs. conservative movements in California in the 60's, it's a film historian's dream come true. Other extras, such as trailer and TV spots, an isolated music score, and cast and crew info, are all top notch, but a section entitled 'technical specifications' is something brand new to DVDs. It's an education by the film's post-supervisor on how film and audio transfers are conducted, as well as a comparison of different widescreen options (letterbox vs. anamorphic transfers). It's more complicated than the average viewers cares to know, but it's great to see that someone has finally taken the time to explain the process of preparing film for digital media.
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Special Features

  • Filmmakers' commentary: Steven Soderbergh [director], Lem Dobbs [writer]
  • '60's docu-commentary: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lewsley Ann Warren, Barry Newman, and Joe Dallesandro
  • 16:9 widescreen version
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Surround
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • Isolated music score
  • Production notes
  • Technical specifications
  • Cast and crew information

Synopsis

The Limey
Two actors best known for their work in the late 1960s, Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda, star in The Limey, a drama in which a recently released felon contemplates the gulf between aging criminals like himself and their modern counterparts. Wilson (Stamp) is a British career criminal who has been released after nine years in prison. He has learned that his daughter Jenny died under suspicious circumstances in Los Angeles, so he travels to America for the first time to find out what happened and who's responsible. With the help of an ex-con named Ed (Luis Guzman), Wilson discovers Jenny was romantically involved with Valentine (Fonda), a middle-aged record producer with a shady past and a fondness for young women. In hopes of getting the truth -- and getting to Valentine -- Wilson finds himself doing battle with some of the worst criminals to crawl from the underbelly of Los Angeles; along the way, he also meets Elaine (Lesley Ann Warren), an older actress who knew Jenny and reminds Wilson of how little he really did for his daughter while she was alive. Steven Soderbergh's first film after his commercial comeback with 1998's Out Of Sight, The Limey features, along with Stamp and Fonda, two other notable 60's actors in supporting roles, Barry Newman and Joe Dallesandro. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Terence Stamp
    Terence Stamp - Wilson
  • Peter Fonda
    Peter Fonda - Valentine
  • Lesley Ann Warren
    Lesley Ann Warren - Elaine
  • Luis Guzman
    Luis Guzman - Ed
  • Barry Newman
    Barry Newman - Avery

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