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|Format||Color, Dolby, NTSC, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Renny Harlin, Janine Turner, Ralph Waite, Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Alan Marshall, Leon, Carolco Pictures Inc., Paul Winfield See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 53 minutes|
Sarah was an inexperienced climber. She trusted Gabe to rescue her. But something went wrong high above the valley floor...Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner and Ralph Waite star in this high-altitude avalanche of action: a non-stop adventure peak with suspense and capped with heart-quaking terror. For Rocky Mountain Rescue, the mission is almost routine: locate five climbers. With the woman he loves (Turner) and his best friend (Rooker), Gabe Walker (Stallone) braves the icy peaks only to discover that the distress call is really a trap set by merciless international terrorist Eric Qualen (Lithgow). Now millions of dollars and their own lives hang in the balance. Against explosive firepower, bitter cold, and dizzying heights, Walker must outwit Qualen in a deadly game of hide-and-seek.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.54 x 0.75 x 0.07 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Director : Renny Harlin
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, NTSC, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Release date : October 26, 2004
- Actors : Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Producers : Alan Marshall, Renny Harlin
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0002VYOWW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #224,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2019
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I always loved this film and I consider it to be Stallone's overall best, and a nice bridge from his 70's days into - getting old! The picture quality back on cable was great, as was to switch to DVD, BD and now 4K! 4K discs like "Animal House" are dark and dingy, but "Cliffhanger" gives you the picture quality that you expect and the Atmos track that is about as good as it get's right now!
The picture is as sharp and clean as you recall - but better on 4K! It is bright, with color strong and impactful (especially on the red helicopter and skin tones!), there is minute grain, but all details come in to POWERFUL detail and degrees! You can see snow crystals, leather sheen, mixed eye colors, detailed landscapes and the color looks like WHITE snow! This is like a snapshot in time, as it is nearly perfect!
The sound! Man, this Atmos soundtrack is the Atmos that finally puts your system to WORK! Before I got this, "The Incredible Hulk" had one of the more apparent Atmos/DTS-X tracks! Most others you had to wonder if it was really Atmos or if Atmos was even about anything. I knew that once given time, producers would put Atmos/DTS-X tracks to work!
Unlike most Atmos titles, this one works all fours corners of the height speakers and given the locale of the film, it keeps them working to give you the sense of height and being in the mountains with wind, snow and rocks. This Atmos soundtrack is the first (that I've had) that actually EVELOPES you in a DOME OF SOUND - in EACH, discrete speaker with PRECISION! Keep in mind that this is not made for the theaters, this Atmos was made for your home theater, and it does not seem slapped together - this is a MASTERPIECE or sound! Whoever did this, needs to be hired by everyone else! THIS is how you do ATMOS/DTS-X!!!
Not to mention, the sound was level, loud but CLEAN! There is a reason that reviewers call this a REFERENCE disc! Once I heard the first effects, I knew that this was a reference disc! As of now, there is no equal!
4K Quality: 5
If you were like me and were a little disappointed with your height system setup and thought that it was a novelty or a gimmick to sell equipment, after you put THIS disc in - your made will be changed and blown! There have been great 5.1 and 7.1 titles, but this is the first 4K Atmos/DTS-X titles that literally surrounds you at all times and puts you in a dome of sound! Give whoever did it an Oscar!
As for the disc itself, I do not like Amazon (and now another retailer) who reseal USED discs and sell them as new! Sell them as USED like you are supposed to do, with lower prices. We can tell because they are not new, the wrapping is not official and something else, which I won't say.
The film has aged very well and doesn't really date itself too much except the lack of CG special effects and stunts -- these are all done the old fashioned way, which a lot of us prefer. For me, nothing ruins a good story faster than adding a bunch of digitized content. Back in the day, making a film like this was very costly and blowing things up is a lost art.
A lot of people saying it's just Die Hard in the snow -- first, it made a lot more at the box office than Die Hard -- a lot more. I'm not a Bruce Willis fan by any stretch, but I did see DH and anyone who thinks Cliffhanger is similar must have only seen 2 action flicks in their life. I mean, why don't we say this is Rambo on a mountain. Oh, wait, it kind of was!
The movie has its flaws, no doubt. It is unfortunate that early in the movie there is a very suspenseful scene and one of the characters is reacting with a grin on his face. If I were the director, I would have cut out that scene or re-shoot it. If you pay attention to expression on that character's face, it is incongruous to what's going on in the scene. I think in a previous scene, the character is exerting some effort and that's why he has a grimace in his face but then it appears to turn into a grin.
Other than that, there are some other scenes which are typical to action movies, not entirely logical, but then it is expected of action movies to have certain scenes that defy logic. It really depends on your threshold of tolerance for such scenes. Personally, I think the movie still works in general, interrupted by some irrational scenes here and there. I love John Lithgow as the bad guy. I think he is fantastic. Critics are not happy with his accent but given his acting skills, I think his accent is negligible. Slyvester Stallone also does a great job. If you like action movies, (i.e. Die Hard), I think you will enjoy Cliffhanger.
There are special features (feature commentary by the director and by the technical crew) but they are on the Blu-ray disc and not on the 4K disc. I wish they were on the 4K disc. However, the production companies often do not add the special features onto the 4K disc and rather include a Blu-ray edition disc which contains the special features.
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You may also be interested to know that this version released by Optimum is the complete, uncut version, for the very first time in the UK. So, we are treated to even more swearing, violence and also a racist comment that was censored previously. The BBFC originally cut this film heavily for its original cinema and video release. It was then released on DVD, in another cut version, which was even more noticeably censored than the versions before. This Optimum release was the first time that UK audiences could see the complete, uncut version of Cliffhanger, even though we had to wait a long time for it. Believe me, though, it was worth waiting for!
I give this excellent film the full five stars. Watch this if you long for the days back when action films didn't ruin their action scenes with CGI and used proper stuntmen. I promise you, you won't regret it! If you haven't already seen it, buy it now! You'll be glad that you did.
P.S. I am a U.S.-based customer who uses a first-generation Samsung 4K player, the UBD-K8500. Since all 4K discs are supposed to be region-free, then there shouldn't be any problem. But...firstly, the loading times for these three U.K. 4K discs, Cliffhanger, The Fog, and The Deer Hunter are about as long as I remember the first-generation regular blu-ray discs. Secondly, the static screen on the Cliffhanger 4K disc gave the impression that the disc was damaged. And lastly, The Deer Hunter 4K disc has the same pinkish static screen like the Cliffhanger 4K disc, but The Deer Hunter 4k disc included a customary language option to choose in order to load the movie's start-up menu.
Q: Why the need for two loading options, especially a static screen that makes the disc appears damaged sans any indication that to move on to the movie's start-up menu, ENTER needs to be selected?
So why only 4 stars for this review?
The movies script is dreadful. It's embarrassingly bad at times. John Lithgow is miscast as the the mandatory English psychopath.
Apart from stallone the supporting cast all play characters that are impossible to feel anything for. Even the good guys are totally one dimensional
So why 4 stars instead of 1?
Because I love this movie. Its pure escapism.
Yes I cringe with almost every spoken word from the dislikable set of stereotypes but I still love the movie.
It's so bad its good
And then there's the picture quality.