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.
Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
Audio: English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround) and 5.1 (Dolby Digital), Spanish, Portuguese
Worth the purchase & will keeping watching it many more times.
HDR always a great picture on an OLED.
Atmos mix is top notch on a 11.2 (7.2.4). A bit too high at times like when the planes land crashes, high frequencies distorted and was ear piercing in that scene and didn’t have it cranked up which was a downside. It was almost reference demo material as it was an immersive experience.
Was too high pitched at times.
Overpriced considering it’s an old title that has made all of its money already.
This is one of the better movies of Stallone's run at the top of action cheese mountain. This time he's climbing said mountain. What sets this one apart, other than the stunning scenery, is the rogues gallery of villains. All those actors are having a blast giving ridiculously over the top, moustache twirling performances. The 4k transfer is gorgeous making the film look the best it's ever been.
I love this story and the actors. The climbing sequences are breathtaking!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An Action Classic in Beautiful 4K
Coming on the upswing of Stallone’s career, Cliffhanger is a well-paced action classic from the best part of the 90’s.
Being shot on 35mm film, Cliffhanger is a true 4K transfer that really benefits from the upgrade. With both the picture and sound greatly improved, this is definitely the definitive way to watch this film. Not having watched this movie for several years, rewatching it on 4K reminded me how much fun the film is.
The biggest benefit are the special features. Loaded with two commentaries (one by Stallone and director Renny Harlin and the other commentary by the Technical Crew. It also comes with a personal introduction by Renny Harlin, deleted scenes, the “Stallone On The Edge: The Making Of Cliffhanger” making of featurette, a special effects featurette, and more. The biggest bonus is that it also comes with a digital copy of the film.
If you’re a fan of action movies or, more specifically, good Stallone movies from the 90’s, Cliffhanger is a must-own 4K title that is well worth the price!
I'm surprised a 90s classic like Cliffhanger has made it's way to 4K Blu-ray. Sony has done a excellent job, providing an excellent transfer to the format, very much identical to the theatrical presentation of the film. This is exactly what fans want: video and audio quality as close to the source format as possible.
The audio is great for a film of this age. Packaging also includes a digital code for streaming on the go, along with a Blu-ray - which seems to be the same Blu-ray released a few years ago, but no worries, it still holds up today just fine.
Worth adding to your movie collection, especially if you have a 4K TV and maybe even a surround sound system.