"The Pilot" is the true story in 1941 of a highly decorated heroic Russian pilot who was shot down over the German-occupied Nvgrod Region and faces a relentless test of physical and mental endurance––battling hunger, extreme cold, and wild animals, all while seriously injured and evading Nazi soldiers––as he attempts to return home.
Special features include the trailer and upfront previews.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture depicts realism throughout. Color fidelity appears naturally hued within the context of freezing cold weather and snow-covered settings. White levels appear accurate as well as the forest settings. Flesh tones are naturally hued. Contrast is good with natural black levels, revealing shadows and natural whites. Resolution is revealing of fine detail for sharp and realistic imagery. This is one of the most realistic war-set picture that depicts survival. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.2-channel soundtrack is quite dynamic sounding with intense artillery, machine gun and revolver firepower. The sound of airplanes and artillery are realistic and enhanced with deep bass extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies, The Russian dialogue is clear and supported with English subtitles. Atmospherics are perfectly realistic. Sound effects are intense and exciting. Foley sound effects are perfectly in sync with the action. The aircraft maneuvers and fighting are spectacular. The orchestral score is dynamic with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressive extends to the surrounds. The surrounds are quite active and aggressive, which heightens the excitement and the realism of the harsh settings. This is an exciting and powerful holosonic® soundtrack that delivers extreme realism. (Gary Reber)