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The Pilot's Wife (2002)

The Pilot's Wife (2002)

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Released 2-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 85:32
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Robert Markowitz

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Christine Lahti
Campbell Scott
Alison Pill
Kirsty Mitchell
John Heard
Nigel Bennett
Rick Burchill
David Christoffel
Christopher Shore
Richard Donat
Bruce McAllister
Joseph Rutten
Mike Clattenburg
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Lee Holdridge

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† The Pilot's Wife is the story about a woman's struggle to uncover the truth behind her husbandís death.

††† Jack Lyons (John Heard) is the pilot of Flight 274, which is en route to Boston when it explodes off the coast of Ireland. Jack is one of 104 passengers and crew killed.

††† The story starts when Jack's wife, Kathryn Lyons (Christine Lahti), is woken in the early hours of the morning by an Airline Union representative, Robert Hart (Campbell Scott), to be informed of the tragic accident. Campbell Scottís character is both sympathetic and a little suspicious.

††† Whilst trying to deal with her own grief and, at the same time, offer support to her daughter Mattie (Alison Pill), Kathryn is forced to answer a barrage of probing questions from members of the Safety Board and the FBI. Knowing her husband better than anyone else, Kathryn defends him against all suggestions of suicide and foul play.

††† Refusing to believe that her husband was in some way responsible for the demise of the passengers and crew of Flight 274, Kathryn embarks on her own investigation to find out what really happened.

††† Despite being a relatively short movie (85:32), The Pilotís Wife moves along at a slow pace and fails to generate any real sense of anticipation. Having said that, the movie offers enough to keep you entertained on a rainy day and is worth a look.

††† Warning: Don't view the Theatrical Trailer until after you have watched the movie. It reveals a little too much of the plot and would almost certainly remove any enjoyment you might receive from this movie.

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Transfer Quality


††† The video transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

††† Unfortunately the transfer has a soft appearance that lacks shadow detail. There is no low level noise.

††† The colour palette is rather drab, depicting dreary seaside landscapes and interiors.

††† A mild amount of posterization can be found if you look hard and there is a small degree of grain during the earlier scenes. I did not notice any aliasing, though telecine wobble is present during the closing credits. Film artefacts are few and far between, with some examples occurring at 11:38 and 76:19.

††† There are no subtitles on this DVD.

††† There is no layer change during the movie.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


††† There is only one audio track on the DVD and that is the default English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s). The sound track is surround encoded.

††† The dialogue is clear and easy to understand, though the volume does drop off considerably during some scenes. I listened to this soundtrack with my amplifier turned up five decibels louder than normal.

††† At times the audio sync was clearly out, for example the conversation between Kathryn and Mattie at 26:40.

††† The musical score by Lee Holdridge has a predominately Irish theme and is appropriate for the movie.

††† The Pilot's Wife is dialogue driven so, despite the fact that the English Dolby Digital 2.0 sound track is surround encoded, the front sound stage dominates. The musical score finds its way to the surround channels, but little else does.

††† The subwoofer doesn't have a lot to do.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



††† An animated sequence introduces the menu, which depicts scenes from the movie. It is 16x9 enhanced. The main menu offers the following three options; Play Movie, Scene Selection (of which there are 12) and Play Trailer.

Theatrical Trailer (1:35)

††† The Theatrical Trailer is full frame and apart from some grain it is of good quality.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††††The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:

††† The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

††† The Region 4 version is the preferred option as its video transfer is 16x9 enhanced.


††† The Pilot's Wife was created as a tele-movie. Although enjoyable, the plot is a little predictable and falls short of expectations.

††† The video transfer is quite good despite its soft appearance, but the audio transfer is flat and lifeless.

††† Apart from the Theatrical Trailer there are no extras on this DVD.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Aaron Devereaux (read my bio)
Friday, September 23, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-533K, using Component output
DisplayInFocus Screenplay 7200 with ScreenTechnics 100" (16x9) screen. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to Amplifier. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC -A11SR
SpeakersJamo D6PEX wall mounted Speakers and Powered Sub (7.1)

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