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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker


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Action and thrills collide on the slopes in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle Cliffhanger, directed by Renny Harlin. Columbia has done an excellent job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Everything about this picture looks clean, crisp, and very well-rendered with no signs of edge enhancement or digital artifacting present. All color schemes and


Action and thrills collide on the slopes in the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle Cliffhanger, directed by Renny Harlin. Columbia has done an excellent job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Everything about this picture looks clean, crisp, and very well-rendered with no signs of edge enhancement or digital artifacting present. All color schemes and black levels are top-notch with the fleshtones appearing bright and natural. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. This 5.1 soundtrack is very well-mixed featuring bombastic surround sounds through both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and Trevor Jones' music score are free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are English, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. Cliffhanger: Special Edition DVD is filled with some great extra features, starting off with two commentary tracks, one by star Sylvester Stallone and director Renny Harlin, and a second by some of the effects crew from the film. Both of these commentaries provide a wealth of knowledge on the making of the film, and are insightful as to how the story came into focus for all involved (as expected, the effects crew commentary track is more on the technical side). A special introduction by Renny Harlin includes the director discussing why he decided to make the film. "Stallone: On the Edge" is a 20-minute look at the making of Cliffhanger, which includes a lot of behind-the-scenes footage. Two deleted scenes are available in a rough cut form, plus some explanation by the director on why they were cut from the final film. "Special Effects: How It Was Done" highlights two scenes from the film, showing how the effects were constructed and accomplished. Finally, there are some storyboard comparisons, two photo galleries with location and behind-the-scenes pictures, some talent files on the cast and crew, and a theatrical trailer of the movie with an introduction by the director (the trailer is considered one of the best movie previews ever made). This is an excellent edition of Cliffhanger and a must for any serious action movie fan.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One film that really lives up to its title, Cliffhanger generates more high-octane action and nail-biting suspense than most adventure movies. It represents a welcome change of venue for megastar Sylvester Stallone, generally seen plying his trade in urban locations. Here he plays a rugged mountain man whose flagging self-confidence is tested when criminals invade his snow-covered domain. John Lithgow portrays the ruthless leader of a gang responsible for the theft of $100 million, which has been accidentally lost in the Rockies. Stallone, forced to help Lithgow locate the swag, attempts to outsmart the crooks before the loot can be recovered. Director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea), shooting in Italy's picturesque Dolemite mountains (standing in for the Rockies), skillfully deploys his cameras to capture a succession of dizzying action sequences replete with heart-stopping stunts. Not overburdened with plot, Cliffhanger succeeds admirably in its primary purpose: keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video; Audio: English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround) and 5.1 (Dolby Digital), Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese; Director Renny Harlin & Sylvester Stallone Audio Commentary; Technical Crew Audio Commentary; A Personal Introduction from Renny Harlin; Making-Of Featurette: Stallone on the Rock; Weblink Featuring Exclusive Offers; Deleted Scenes; Storyboard Comparisons; Photo Galleries; Theatrical Trailers; Talent Files; Production Notes; Animated Menus; Scene Selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Gabe Walker
John Lithgow Eric Qualen
Michael Rooker Hal Tucker
Janine Turner Jessie Deighan
Rex Linn Travers
Paul Winfield Walter Wright
Ralph Waite Frank
Caroline Goodall Kristel
Leon Kynette
Craig Fairbrass Delmar
Denis Forest Heldon
Michelle Joyner Sarah
Max Perlich Evan
Mindy Marin Actor
Gregory Scott Cummins Ryan
Zach Grenier Davis
Vyto Ruginis Matheson
Don S. Davis Stuart
Scott Hoxby Agent Hayes
John Finn Agent Michaels
Bruce McGill Treasury Agent
Rosemary Dunsmore Treasury Secretary
Kim Robillard Treasury Jet Pilot
Jeff McCarthy Pilot

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director,Producer
John Bruno Special Effects
Tim Cooney Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Crane Stunts
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director
Jim Davidson Associate Producer
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Michael France Original Story,Screenwriter
Gene Hines Co-producer,Screenwriter
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Neil Krepela Special Effects
Mindy Marin Casting
Alan Marshall Producer
Terry Miller Asst. Director
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Munafo Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
David Rotman Co-producer
Lynwood Spinks Producer
Sylvester Stallone Screenwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
John Vallone Production Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director
James R. Zatolokin Co-producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
0. Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:52:36
1. Start. [6:06]
2. Sarah. [7:17]
3. Gabe is back. [7:13]
4. Travers' move. [2:09]
5. "Let's make history." [4:26]
6. Crash landing. [2:46]
7. "We need insulin." [4:26]
8. Qualen's FBI dossier. [3:35]
9. Useless items? [2:23]
10. Gabe on a leash. [4:45]
11. An expensive funeral. [3:54]
12. Jessie to the future. [:45]
13. Old Douglas Mine. [2:26]
14. Fresty the Cash-man. [2:57]
15. Flair for skiing. [1:43]
16. Bats. [5:54]
17. Kynette gets the point. [:39]
18. Wired for landslide. [7:32]
19. Frank to the rescue. [3:13]
20. Real love. [4:05]
21. Dirty soccer. [3:30]
22. The rabbit lives. [4:02]
23. Leap for life. [3:20]
24. Ice fishing. [2:55]
25. Can the angel fly? [1:37]
26. Ladder to live by. [1:37]
27. Qualen & Walker. [1:58]
28. Safety Rules. [4:22]


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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie.
wendlz23 More than 1 year ago
slyvester stalone plays a great protagonist. THe movie was great, good scenery and drama. All the charactors do a good job. It makes you want to go out and climb a mountain and the drama keeps you on the edge of your seat. Good add for your collection of sly movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing the trailer for this movie before it came out and made sure I went to see it when it came out! Stallone has always been a favorite of mine and I don't care what people say or think about him. This film was clearly one of his best roles and it will forever remain in my library. The DVD has some cool features including a commentary by Stallone who wrote the screenplay. In his own words it is a balls to the wall action flick.