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Cliffhanger [Blu-ray]
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on 17 November 2015
This is a review for Cliffhanger [DVD].

Why do most people hate this movie? Sure, it's not realistic, but then what movie is? So what if Sly Stallone's character climbs a freezing cold mountain in a blizzard in nothing but a T-shirt, Spandex pants and boots at one point? James Bond survives being peppered with depleted Uranium shards by a hit man before being accidentally shot by Moneypenny and falling well over 200ft from a bridge into a river without breaking every single bone in his body in the overrated Skyfall!

This DVD version (mostly black cover with HANG ON in large grey letters) has the more violent scenes reinstated that had been cut from the earlier DVD release (black and orange cover)!

Film ratio is 2.35:1. Audio is DD 5.1. Both are very good.

Extras include, documentaries, cast interviews, deleted scenes, trailers, etc.
Subtitles - Yes.

Cliffhanger is a fun action movie - just enjoy it without bringing along any pretentious anti-Hollywood prejudices.
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on 20 December 2017
This is one of Stallone's best films, in my opinion. It's a sort of "Die Hard in the mountains", but with a smaller cast. However, it is extremely entertaining and reasonably action-packed, so should hold your attention until the end credits. There are also some great stunts, some of which are very spectacular. I did read something in the press when this film was released that, allegedly, Stallone was wary of making this film, as he was afraid of heights! I get the impression that making this film high up in the mountains may well have cured him of this phobia, though...

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.
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on 22 March 2015
One of the best Stallone film - its got a great plot with a redemption theme. Stallone plays a tortured hero who blames himself for an accident of a climber whilst being a climbing instructor. Because of this he gives up teaching and is scared to climb again, but the chance to redeem himself comes when some baddies traverse the treacherous mountains for stolen loot.
It's a very good action film with great climbing sequences and characterisation. It's actually a remake of a 1970s Hindi film starring Sunil Dutt, which is a great change considering its always the other way round.
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on 3 May 2012
Stallone is a cult classic movie star and has starred in so many great memorable movies in his time, Cliffhanger of course being one of his best, a fantastic action movie with great locations and scenery that make for a unique and original action set, not many movie can pull off action in the snow but this does, a plane carrying millions of dollars is hi-jacked by terrorists in mid-air but the heist goes wrong and the cases of cash are lost in the mountain, the terrorists crash on the mountain and kidnap 2 mountain climbing experts who work as rangers and make them find the cash with a locator that tracks the cases, it should be simple but they are dealing with the wrong man!! Stallone shows off some great physique with plenty of great looking dangerous climbing and stunts and plenty of well paced action and shoot-outs and explosions, the rest of the cast is great too, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner play the other good guys and John Lithgow plays the villain which I always thought was unusual casting but he is quite a nasty character, and British actor Craig Fairbrass even stars as one his henchmen, this is a definitive action classic and fits snug into any movie collection!

Blu-ray picture quality looks very nice and sharp in HD
This review is for the German Blu-ray steel-book version UNCUT 20th Anniversary edition.
Features include a making of, interviews with many of the stars, trailer, all in English with option to turn off subtitles.
Movie plays in English (Removable subs) 113-mins, Region B, 1993.
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on 3 March 2017
It's one of Stallone's best, so enough said. Whether you like or dislike Sylvester Stallone, there is no doubt that Cliffhanger is a superb action movie with a great performance from all the cast especially Stallone, who`s acting ability feel is sometimes overlooked.
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on 7 June 2011
It's all too easy to dismiss this movie as Die Hard on a Mountain but that would be an injustice to this high octane entertaining yarn from 1993.

Gabe Walker (Stallone) plays a guilt-ridden mountain rescuer who absconds from his job after a rescue effort goes horribly wrong. Months later, he returns just in time to rescue victims of a plane crash, who unfortunately turn out to be Eric Qualen (John Lithgow with an unintentionally funny English accent) & his nasty cronies who have lost 100 million dollars over the Rockies in a botched mid-air raid (as you do).

It's a surprisingly decent performance from Stallone, the action sequences are spot on, it's well scored, there's plenty of shocks in store when we expect heroics but get disaster, young & old innocents indiscriminately blown away and all against the backdrop of stunning photography of the mountain region it's set in.

Highly recommended.

By the way, IGNORE THE 2001 DVD RELEASE OF THIS FILM FROM MOMENTUM PICTURES - that is the Cliffhanger DVD with the orange cover - that version of the film is ridiculously edited & toned down for violence completely stripping the film of some of its most effective moments. This product link will show you the one I'm talking about:

Cliffhanger [DVD] [1993]

Instead go for the 2008 DVD release with the black cover from Optimum Home Entertainment for the uncut version of this really good film. Here's the link for that

Cliffhanger [DVD]
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on 31 December 2008
AUDIO: English Dolby Digital 5.1
RUNTIME: 108:05 mins. (PAL) (previous BBFC cuts waived)
REGION: 2 (locked)
EXTRAS: Audio commentary, Personal Introduction by Renny Harlin, Making Of, Cliffhanger EPK, Deleted Scenes, Special Effects Featurette, Storyboard Comparisons, Theatrical Trailer, TV spots, Interview snippets

Video Quality: * * * * / * * * * *
Audio Quality: * * * * / * * * * *

In 1988 DIE HARD created a sub-genre within the action genre, the DIE HARD Clone: some were excellent (UNDER SIEGE 1 &2), some were bad (CON TRAIN), others were a bit different (CON AIR), but basically it comes down to the same story: a group of terrorists hijacks something and takes hostages, a sole hero manages to evade them and takes them on one by one.
1993's CLIFFHANGER certainly was one of the best DIE HARD clones and takes place on a mountain. Yes, it's DIE HARD on a mountain, an unbelievable and a very interesting variation. It stars FIRST BLOOD's Sylvester Stallone as the Bruce Willis substitute, as well as Michael Rooker (HENRY - PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER) and John Lithgow (RICOCHET) as the main baddie. Performances by all the cast is top notch. Direction by Finnish director Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT) is superb! One of - if not even - his best film(s).
The splendid mountain cinematography make this film eye candy, filmed in the Dolomites, Italy while the aerial photography was filmed in the Rocky Mountains.
The Optimum DVD and Blu-Ray releases restore the cuts (approx. 1 1/2 mins.) imposed by the BBFC despite retaining the 15 Certificate. Unfortunately the MPAA cuts still remain (it is highly doubtful that we will ever receive the full uncut version), so I can highly recommend getting this DVD edition (beware, Momentum Pictures DVD is the BBFC cut version!) or the Blu-Ray (also by Optimum, region B locked). The US Blu-Ray by Sony is codefree.
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on 22 June 2012
I just had to order the USA IMPORT bluray of this film as i knew it would be UNCUT and far better than the BBFC UK version which was cut by 5 minuets.(the usa disc is 113 mis and the uk version is only 108 mins long.)I also like the fact this usa import has better bons features than the UK bluray and the picture quality is awsome,far better than the previous DVD version,and i also liked the SOUND of this disc,it sounded so clear.
If your a fan of this 1993 action classic then i reccommend you getting this usa import from amazon!-its one of Stallones best films and looks even better on bluray!!-the USA import also plays on REGION B UK bluray players as its REGION FREE.(this is the main reason why i chose to get the usa import.)I wouldnt waste my money getting the UK version as its been cut by 5 minuets and it has no bonus features..i cant reccommend this usa import bluray anough..10 out of 10.
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on 19 June 2017
A classic Stallone film John Lithgow is excellent as the baddie It's been on TV a lot but the blu ray picture and sound are excellent and a good price
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on 9 April 2017
I love this film because of the mountain scenery . The over acting is on purpose and tongue in cheek ... I hope .
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