Columbia/1993/118m/ANA 2.35

   True to its name, Cliffhanger provides a thrill a minute as a nasty group of hijackers kidnap a mountain rescue team to lead them to their illegal booty. There's plenty of great icy mountain climbing footage, a cave or two, explosions aplenty, some intricate air maneuvers and Sylvester Stallone as the lean and mean hero.

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Stallone hangs on.©Columbia Tristar

     Along with Stallone, John Lithgow has fun playing brilliant borderline psychopath. Ralph Wait as the helicopter pilot seems to have the strangest smile smile affixed to his face.
     This is a beautiful DVD, delivered Anamorphic with astounding clarity. Colors and details attack the senses. The Dolby 5:1 sound is consistently penetrating. Bass laden explosions are compact yet powerful. Don't miss Cliffhanger everything you might ask for in a "B" movie with "A" production values.


































































































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Robert Harris is part of the dynamic duo that restored Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, My Fair Lady and Vertigo. Harris rides a white horse into the battle to preserve our film legacy. Click on the image to read more.

Check out the  Movie Poster   Archive for short bios and images of Susan Hayward, Kirk Douglas, Katharine Hepburn and many more. This month's featured star is  John Wayne. The Feature Archive has articles ranging from Akira Kurosawa to Blonde Bimbos and John Ford. 

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