WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sylvestor Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Special Editions
(Catalog Number): PSE95-57
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$124.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 174
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 5/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Renny Harlin
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael France & Sylvester Stallone
(Story): NA
(Music): Trevor Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Vallone
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Frank J. Urioste, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mario Kassar
(Co-Producers): Gene Hines, James R. Zatolokin & David Rotman
(Producers): Alan Marshall & Renny Harlin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.30:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cliffhanger is an explosive action thriller from director Renny Harlin. It is one incredible production with its visually stunning on location filming on the spectacular Dolomite mountain range at an elevation of 13,000 feet above Cortina, Italy. This is a nerve-shuddering adventure peaked with merciless terrorist suspense in which Sylvester Stallone plays a mountain rescue team member who is called upon to face off with a villainous crime lord, chillingly portrayed by John Lithgow.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.33:1 transfer from a print has slight grain and noise, and generally inconsistent picture quality scene-to-scene.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is as before harsh, but with powerful extended bass and an aggressive surround field.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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