Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review – Fabulous 90’s Gibson/Hawn Comedy

It’s time to take a look at a nineties action comedy starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn that has recently been released on Blu-ray courtesy of Fabulous Films. So without further ado here’s my Bird on a Wire Blu-ray review.

  • Bird on a Wire (1990)
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Directed by John Badham
  • Written by Louis Venosta & David Seltzer
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Fabulous Films
  • Blu-ray Released: 10 April 2017
  • Starring Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke


Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson) helped to convict a corrupt drug dealing DEA agent Eugene Sorenson. In doing so he is forced to go into the witness protection program severing all connections with his love ones.

Jump forward 15 years and Sorenson is finally released from prison putting Rick’s life in danger once more. Rick is now working at a garage when his former girlfriend Marianne Graves pulls into the Gas station and recognises him. She had been lead to believe that he had been killed in a plane crash 15 years ago.

Rick now faces a problem having been recognised and contacts his handler to arrange another move within the witness protection program.

However while waiting for his move his is paid a visit by both Sorenson and ex-girlfriend Marianne and all hell breaks loose.

Style / Direction

The film is directed by John Badham with the cinematography handled by Robert Primes. Fast paced action and comedy means there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of gunfire, explosions and car/bike chases.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is provided by Hans Zimmer and the score is a good mix of action and comedy and works very well.

Acting / Characters

The acting is outstanding which is what makes Bird on a Wire so entertaining.

Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn provide plenty of laughs along the way, make no mistake this film plays to both of their strengths.

Great casting.

Conclusion: Bird on a Wire (1990) Film Review

Bird on a Wire is a highly entertaining mix of action, comedy and romance which is incredibly well done. Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn have a fantastic chemistry making for a rip roaring ride.

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Conclusion: Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review

Good news the Blu-ray looks terrific; the picture quality is clean, sharp with vibrant colours. There are no signs of any dirt marks which makes this yet another excellent Blu-ray release from Fabulous Films.


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  • Cast & Filmmaker’s Notes

Not much in the way of extras but I don’t feel a film like this needs too many. That said the main point of any older title making its way on to Blu-ray has to be great picture quality. In this case the film looks simply fabulous.

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Bird on a Wire (1990)





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Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review (1990)

Bird on a Wire (1990) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…

Clip NOT representative of the Blu-ray version

What Do You Think?
Summary: Bird on a Wire (1990) Blu-ray Review
Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review (1990)

Movie title: Bird on a Wire (1990)

Duration: 111 mins

Director(s): John Badham

Actor(s): Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke

Genre: Action, Comedy

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A highly entertaining action comedy that looks superb on Blu-ray.