I agree with the above. Although there's some discussion about clarity ferm, I personally don't trust it, and it is too easy to make real hard cider to bother with. Although there is a place for ciders with malt in them (I think Graff is the term), and you could make such a thing using something like sorghum extract, 'good' cider is generally made from 100% juice.
I've made hard cider a couple times now. It is pretty easy, you can make something very good by just pouring 5 gallons of preservative free apple juice into your fermenter, then adding the yeast (sugar can be added as well if you want it ridiculously strong).