Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review (1990)

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 Blu-ray Review (1990)
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Directed by John Badham
  • Written by Louis Venosta & David Seltzer
  • Running Time: 111 mins
  • 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.Bird on a Wire Blu-ray Review (1990)

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 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.

  • Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • 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.

On to my movie rating for Bird on a Wire (1990)

  • Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
  • Extras: MINIMAL

Bird on a Wire (1990) is available now on Blu-ray priced £11.99 from Amazon (as of date of review)

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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


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Summary: Bird on a Wire (1990) Blu-ray Review

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.

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