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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Action Movie!
Whether you like or dislike Sylvester Stallone, there is no doubt that 'Cliffhanger', which was a come - back for Stallone after several recent movies that were not recieved well by both the public or the critics, is a superb action movie with a great performance from all the cast especially Stallone, whos acting ability i feel is sometimes overlooked and underated...
Published on 19 Dec 2004 by no1filmaddict

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3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
This has to be one of the best action films i've ever seen (with the exception of PREDATOR and HARD TARGET).
The plot follows two mountain climbers who are called out only to find its a hoax, and waiting for them are a group of armed terrorists who have just stolen $1,000,000. The two mountain climbers are then ordered to help them find the cases which are scattered...
Published on 30 Jun 2002 by beef_2049


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film, 30 Jun 2002
This has to be one of the best action films i've ever seen (with the exception of PREDATOR and HARD TARGET).
The plot follows two mountain climbers who are called out only to find its a hoax, and waiting for them are a group of armed terrorists who have just stolen $1,000,000. The two mountain climbers are then ordered to help them find the cases which are scattered in random locations.
Lots of explosive action and great fight scenes with some great scenery make this fil a winner.
The reason this film only gets 3 stars is because it was cut by the BBFC, heavily removing violence and violent scenes. The UK version lost over 2 mins.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a dissapointment...., 2 Sep 2008
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Oliver Knieps "soul4rock" (Münster) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cliffhanger [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
..but also not a reference title. I had high expectations in "Cliffhanger". Being one of my fave movies, especially a great work from acclaimed director Renny Harlin, this blu ray release does not hold up with my hopes, but does not dissapoint either. The good news: the newly remastered picture and the overall transfer look definetly better than the DVD version. The bad news: It does not really give a thrill while watching the picture quality. Tough some scenes look pretty clear and sharp, and even occasionally touch the quality blu ray stands for, the all-in-all picture throughout the movie appears to be a bit un-sharp, somewhat with a loss of crispy clear pictures. There is no 3D-Feeling that some reference titles may give you.

Its hard to really judge on the pic, but it is not what i expected for a movie with glorious nature shots and breathless action. The compression of the 2,35:1 aspect ratio works very well, filmgrain is visible but does not disturb. Colours are saturated, but do not peak out. Close ups sometimes look awesome, sometimes blurry. The quality is changing a lot within the movie and left me behind with mixed feelings. All in all,
i'd give

65% out of 100% for the picture quality.

The audio does not come up any better. The music score is fine and supports the action, but dialogues sound often faded, while the whole work was done by my two front speakers and a bit by the bass speaker. At some point you can hear a bit wind and snow around the rest of the audio setup, but thats all. Shame is, there are NO subtitles available!

Thats 55% all in all.

The menu looks nice and works well, alongside with a bunch of extras that Optimum Releasing put on the disc, like personal introduction by Renny Harlin, Interviews, Behind The Scenes, Trailer etc. Especially the Audio Commentary work of Renny Harlin, together with his friendly and informative drop ins of the deleted scenes are worth a try. Thats 75% of 100%

Parting thoughts: "Cliffhanger" could have been a killer blu ray, if only the transfer and sound would be better. If you don't own the DVD, you may be very pleased with the blu ray, but if the title is already in your DVD collection, you better save the money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Action Movie!, 19 Dec 2004
This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
Whether you like or dislike Sylvester Stallone, there is no doubt that 'Cliffhanger', which was a come - back for Stallone after several recent movies that were not recieved well by both the public or the critics, is a superb action movie with a great performance from all the cast especially Stallone, whos acting ability i feel is sometimes overlooked and underated.
Sylvester Stallone plays Gabe Walker Mountain Rescue climber in the Rockies who quits his job and leaves town after a freak climbing accident which resulted in the death of his best friends girlfriend, him believing that it was in fact his fault. However, six months after the accident, Gabe returns to pick up the last few things he has, and to persuade his old lover to leave with him.
Meanwhile high up above the mountains a plane carring a hundred million dollars has been highjacked by a group of master mind criminals, and due to a loophole in their plan, have been forced to crash land the plane in the Rockies. With a big storm fast approaching, helicopters are out of the question to retreive them, and so Gabe is called upon to climb up and bring the back down safely.
However, the money that the criminals are after has been scattered in three black cases all over the place, and with the help of a tracking device, they force Gabe to take them to each location, little do they know that Gabe has his own plans and his familiarity of the mountains allow him to turn the tables.
The performances from all the cast are generally good, especially from Stallone whose acting ability if very often overlooked, and is in fact very good in this film. John Lithgow in his bad-guy mode plays Eric Qualen, the leader of the 'baddies'. This role was originally going to be played by Christopher Walken however he pulled out before shooting began. Michael Rooker plays Hal Tucker Gabe's 'ex' best mate who blames Gabe for the death of his girlfriend. And Janine Turner plays Jessie Deighan the girlfriend of Gabe.
As regards extras on this DVD, there are quite a few, which should please most fans. There are two trailers, a teaser trailer and an original theatrical trailer. There is a 'making of' documentary which shows you the dangers and problems of filming so high up in such an isolated place etc and some interviews from several of the cast and crew. There is a behind the scenes documentary which is just literally a look behind some of the scenes. There are a number of interviews with some of the cast, including Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, and Renny Harlin the director. Finally there is a a photo gallery with photos from the film. As i have said, plenty to satisfy fans.
This film also appears in the Guniness World Records for the most dangerous stunt ever in a movie. Which was jumping from one helicopter to another at thousands of feet up, with no for of safety cord or anything. This stunt was actaully performed by Stallone himself, no stunt doubles, as he wanted it to appear as real as possible. Obviously it was only performed once due to the danger risk.
On a slightly negative note, this DVD version of the film is significantly cut from the VHS version due to the age rating system of films now a days. Apparently the full version would not have made a fifteen certificate. Despite this, i don't think that the film really loses any of its excellence, and is just as entertaining amd enjoyable to watch.
Overall, 'Cliffhanger' really is a brilliant action movie that will certainly please fans of Sylvester Stallone, or just action fans in general. If your looking for a non-stop action movie to entertain you on a Saturday night, then this is the film for you. So an, awesome action packed movie with an awesome backdrop (the Alps), and some awesome performances. Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, Cliffhanger uncut!, 11 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] (DVD)
I'm not going to bother reviewing this movie - It's one of Stallone's best, so enough said. But I will say that this appears to be the uncut version! Fans of this film should avoid the 2001 Momentum Pictures (106 minute) version and get this 2008 Optimum Home Entertainment (108 minute) version instead.

The anamorphic 2.35:1 picture quality is pretty good (sometimes too good - it can be obvious what scenes are shot on a set!) and the audio doesn't let the movie down either. Add in some commentary and some extras, and you have a great package. Highly recommended!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film but edited !, 2 Sep 2002
This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
This film is a great action film but the problem is , is that it 2 mins were edited to get a 15 cirtificate rather then a 18 . This would'nt be a problem if the film was cut well but it isnt , as you can tell when the film has been cut.The worst scene for cuts is when travers gets shot and falls into the icy water , it looks pretty lame due to editing.With those problems aside this film is very good and great on dvd . Just one more thing , why is frank smiling at the beginning when the woman falls to her death ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A GREAT 'STALLONE' ROLE', 6 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Cliffhanger [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Last time i saw this was on 'VHS' i' knew i liked the film, but had forgotten how enjoyable it was.
'Sylvester Stallone' plays a mountain rescuer 'Gabe Walker' who after a tragic accident he blames himself for, leaves his partner and friends behind and disapears .
One year later he returns, can he re-kindle his previous life or is it too late ?
A call comes through for the rescue team, 5 people trapped on the mountain after a plane is forced to make an emergency landing, because of the weather the 'chopper' can't take to the air, 'Gabe' ( sly ) is asked to help because of his climbing skills.
The five stranded have a hidden agenda, and have a need for the mountain climbing skills of the team now on the way.
It turns into a fight to survive the brutal intent of those the team thought they had come to save.
Great action, great stunt work, great scenery, the latter of which is the main aspect of the film to benifit from it's 'Blu-ray' upgrade
the film is well worth owning or in fact re-visiting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking actioner from Sly and the gang., 18 Mar 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Gabe Walker (Sylvester Stallone) is an expert climber, but after a tragic incident leaves a girl dead, he leaves the mountains to get his head together. After his self imposed break he returns in the hope of rekindling a relationship with Jessie (Janine Turner). Whilst at the rescue centre he is called to help a group who are stranded in the mountains, he agrees to help out this one last time, unaware that the group in the mountains are heavily armed, murderous thieves, and they need help of another kind.

Directed by Renny Harlin, this is one of those films that shows that Stallone once had box office clout as big as his bodily frame. It's a delightful no brain action film that delivers royally to those with a bent for the action genre. What really lifts Clifhanger above average is the wonderful use of suspenseful situations. The film opens with a quite breathtaking sequence and then kicks on to literally have us hanging on by our fingernails. The bad guys are deliciously over the top, none more so than the bullishly nasty John Lithgow as Eric Qualen, whilst Sly gets beefcake support from the ever reliable Michael Rooker. Cinematography by Alex Thomson is gorgeous as he brings to life the Cortina d'Ampezzo area of the Dolomites in Italy. Score is by Trevor Jones, who keeps it orchestral as he lifts from his own work for Last of the Mohicans, which in turn is mixed with what sounds like the lead theme of Alan Silvestri's work on Predator.

Slam bang action, tense fraught moments, and a script written with knowing tongue in cheek persuasion, Cliffhanger literally does ROCK. 7.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking actioner from Sly and the gang., 22 Jan 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] (DVD)
Gabe Walker (Sylvester Stallone) is an expert climber, but after a tragic incident leaves a girl dead, he leaves the mountains to get his head together. After his self imposed break he returns in the hope of rekindling a relationship with Jessie (Janine Turner). Whilst at the rescue centre he is called to help a group who are stranded in the mountains, he agrees to help out this one last time, unaware that the group in the mountains are heavily armed, murderous thieves, and they need help of another kind.

Directed by Renny Harlin, this is one of those films that shows that Stallone once had box office clout as big as his bodily frame. It's a delightful no brain action film that delivers royally to those with a bent for the action genre. What really lifts Clifhanger above average is the wonderful use of suspenseful situations. The film opens with a quite breathtaking sequence and then kicks on to literally have us hanging on by our fingernails. The bad guys are deliciously over the top, none more so than the bullishly nasty John Lithgow as Eric Qualen, whilst Sly gets beefcake support from the ever reliable Michael Rooker. Cinematography by Alex Thomson is gorgeous as he brings to life the Cortina d'Ampezzo area of the Dolomites in Italy. Score is by Trevor Jones, who keeps it orchestral as he lifts from his own work for Last of the Mohicans, which in turn is mixed with what sounds like the lead theme of Alan Silvestri's work on Predator.

Slam bang action, tense fraught moments, and a script written with knowing tongue in cheek persuasion, Cliffhanger literally does ROCK. 7.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Features the most dangerous stunt ever, 13 May 2007
This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
If you want the thrills, excitement, terror, danger, and just all out drama and action then this is the movie for you. One of the biggest stars around Sylvester Stallone is just magnificent with this role especially some of the stunts he does, this role has Stallone as a mountain-rescue worker attempting to recover money stolen from the U.S. Treasury. Not only is the action and thrilling drama of Cliffhanger great, but the spectacular scenery and special effects are just great. This movie is a must watch for any guy who loves action films so have a blast! It is also featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the most dangerous stunt ever where a stuntman had to jump between two planes without any safety cords, harness or net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCITING, STUNNING, WELL-ACTED ACTION FEATURE!, 27 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Cliffhanger [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
A lot of movies with men such as Arnie and Sly Stallone are just violent romps with rubbish plots but this film really hits the spot. Sylvester Stallone plays a retired mountain rescuer who quit his job when he failed to rescue a good friend. Then a ruthless gang of terrorists go up to the local mountain range to search for the money in a briefcase that fell out of the plane that they had carried a mid-air cross onto just to steal it. The action and stunts hot up at the end, with some fun macho scenes that make the bad-guy look slightly stupid. This film also contains a spectacular fight scene on board a crashed helicopter that is hanging perilously high up a mountain-side. If you love a daft, funny but enjoyable action film with some top stunts and a funny script, then buy this DVD right now.
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