Cliffhanger: Superbit Edition DVD Review

by Phil Hinton
Movies & TV Review

Cliffhanger: Superbit Edition DVD Review
SRP: £28.98

Picture

The film is over 10 years old, yet looking at the image here you would be hard pressed to believe it. The print is crisp, clear and highly detailed, with only a few white sparkles and slight dirt visible now and again. Colours are beautifully saturated with no blooming or bleed present, and there is plenty of shadow detail in the darker scenes. Only one scene let the print down, with some video noise in the background, but given the age of the production, and the fact the rest of the image is first class, I think we can overlook this one scene. This superbit disc is on a par with the R2 Japanese disc reviewed elsewhere.
Cliffhanger: Superbit Edition

Sound

I have to say that I was well impressed with this sound mix, which is a 5.1 remix from the original Dolby SR theatrical track. I used to own the Laserdisc version when the film was first released, and it was a great prologic track even then, but the sheer dynamics and clarity contained within the dts mix is brilliant! All the tricks of the trade are used to great effect, creating an enveloping soundfield with a great bottom end, and split surround effects. The Dolby Digital track is also very good, but switching between the two just proves what a great dts track this is. And you don't even have to import it from Japan for the dts track as Columbia have finally released this superbit. I could also hear no difference between this half bit rate mix against the Japanese Full Rate.
Cliffhanger: Superbit Edition

Extras

Nope, this is a superbit, you will find no extras here.
Cliffhanger: Superbit Edition
A fun well paced action flick with excellent picture and sound quality on this superbit. Recommended.

Scores

Movie

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8

Picture Quality

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9

Sound Quality

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9

Overall

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8
8
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