Cliffhanger [Special Edition] [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 3951067
  • Release Date: 06/13/2000
  • Rating: R
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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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

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


In Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone plays Gabe Walker, a member of a mountain-climbing rescue team. Gabe is haunted by an incident from his past when he couldn't save the girlfriend of his best friend, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker), from falling to her death. As the story begins, Gabe has left mountain-climbing rescue work and has set up business in Denver. He returns to the mountain rescue office to persuade his lover, Jessie (Janine Turner), to quit and come back to Denver with him. While he is begging Jessie to head out to Denver, things are happening in the skies overhead. A gang of professional crooks headed by psychotic Eric Qualen (John Lithgow) has hijacked a U.S. Treasury plane carrying millions of dollars. But the plane crashes, and the bad guys find themselves stranded on top of a mountain with the money (put into three cases) scattered around the wreckage and with no way to get down off the pinnacle to retrieve the cases. They put in a phony distress call that is received by the mountain rescue team. Gabe agrees to take part in one last rescue attempt, and they head up to help rescue the thieves. But Qualen has plans for the rescuers -- to force them to climb through the dangerous snow-covered peaks to find the three suitcases of cash. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sylvester Stallone
    Sylvester Stallone - Gabe Walker
  • John Lithgow
    John Lithgow - Eric Qualen
  • Michael Rooker
    Michael Rooker - Hal Tucker
  • Janine Turner
    Janine Turner - Jessie Deighan
  • Rex Linn
    Rex Linn - Travers

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Buy the Collector's Version


    'Cliffhanger' is decent entertainment and is worth one viewing if only to see the beautiful scenery utilized in the film. This dvd has no bonus features, unlike the collector's version, and the supposed 'improved' picture and sound quality aren't all that impressive, if even noticeable at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good For One Viewing


    'Cliffhanger' is decent entertainment and is worth one viewing if only to see the beautiful scenery utilized in the film. This dvd offers just about everything a die-hard fan could want, although I can't imagine there are too many people out there who are head-over-heels for this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Stallone Cheese

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    A typical 90s Stallone action movie with corny dialogue and over the top action. Gotta love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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