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Alexander Babaev
Svetlana Ivanova, Wolfgang Cerny, Martha Kessler
Writing Credits:
Michael Smiy, James Heth, Austin Sepulveda, James Rabb, Victoria Belyaeva, Dmitriy Lemeshev, Maria Mikheleva

When passengers on the half-empty plane inexplicably begin to die, a woman’s grip on reality weakens and she must relive her worst childhood nightmare.

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Russian DTS-HD MA 5.1
Russian Dolby 2.0
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 78 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 5/31/2022

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Row 19 [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (May 25, 2022)

Given that they take place in locations from which one cannot easily depart, most airplane-based movies focus on the claustrophobia of the setting. That becomes a factor with 2021’s Row 19, a Russian horror-thriller.

In 2001, 7-year-old Ekaterina “Katya” Rykova (Vitalia Kornienko) turned into the sole survivor of a plane crash. 20 years later, the adult Katya (Svetlana Ivanova) remains the object of ongoing media fascination, though she moves on with her life as a psychologist and as the mother of six-year-old Diana (Martha Kessler).

When Katya and Diana take an overnight flight, they encounter unexpected terror, as passengers on the sparsely-populated jet begin to die for unexplained reasons. This leads Katya down a dark path, as she begins to believe that these events act as a reflection of her troubled past.

As noted at the start, the confined, inescapable setting of an airplane flight leaves it ripe for tense exploration. At the genre’s best, these themes can create a dark drama that punches us in the gut since most of us maintain some inherent fear of the helplessness that comes with the lack of control we experience during air travel.

Despite the natural advantages Row 19 enjoys as a thriller, it largely squanders its positives. Instead, we find a mess of a movie that lacks coherence or any real impact.

At its core, Row should deliver psychological horror. We should wonder if we encounter actual supernatural elements or if Katya instead goes through a mental breakdown.

Rather than explore those paths, Row opts for the easy route. This means lots of urgent music and jump scares but little in terms of real tension.

Row wears its influences on its sleeve. Anticipate that you’ll find ample helpings of movies like Flightplan as well as the “gremlin” episode of Twilight Zone and other airplane-based thrillers.

Despite all those connections, Row could find its own path. Unfortunately, it remains relentlessly derivative.

Which I might not mind so much if Row managed some excitement or scares. Since the entire story plays out in a trite manner, though, it becomes exceedingly difficult to care what happens.

On the positive side, Ivanova invests in her role well. She manages to add a sense of reality to the silliness.

Ivanova can’t save this dud, though. Even at a mere 78 minutes, Row feels padded and slow. Tack on an anti-climactic “shock” ending and the movie flops.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus D-

Row 19 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. No obvious issues cropped up here.

Sharpness satisfied most of the time. A few shots seemed a wee bit soft, but not to a substantial degree, so most of the movie looked accurate and well-defined.

No shimmering or jaggies occurred. In addition, I witnessed no edge haloes or print flaws.

Apparently Hollywood Standard Orange and Teal is also Russian Standard Orange and Teal, as those cliché tones dominated the film’s palette. Some reds cropped up at times as well. The transfer replicated the hues in an appropriate manner.

Blacks seemed deep and tight, while low-light shots demonstrated good clarity. The image seemed pleasing.

I also felt happy with the solid DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Row 19. The mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.

The many aircraft-based scenes used all the channels in a vivid manner that occupied the speakers with excellent action. These elements gave the mix real heft and impact,

Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.

Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.

Note that the Blu-ray also included a DTS-HD MA 5.1 English version of the soundtrack. The dubbed lines suffered from poor integration and even worse performance quality.

I got the impression they nabbed “voice actors” off the street and that was that. Even if you loathe subtitles, avoid the terrible English track.

The disc opens with ads for The Pilot, They Crawl Beneath and Hostile Territory. We also find the trailer for Row but no other extras.

Despite the natural thrills that accompany its airplane-based genre, Row 19 feels slow and meandering. It tosses out the occasional jump scare but lacks real coherence or impact. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio but it lacks bonus materials. This ends up as a forgettable ride.

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