Warner has issued The Astronaut’s Wife as a no frills Blu-ray. The 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer is acceptable, but nothing more. The 13-year-old movie looks pretty good overall, with a clean image throughout. Sharpness is mostly strong, while detail seems to be a bit compromised as the movie has kind of a flat, textureless look. That’s not true for all shots, however. Spencer’s NASA ceremony is held outdoors with gigantic U.S. flags unfurled as a backdrop. The red, white, and blue look bold and the folds and creases in the flags are quite detailed. It’s by no means a demo-worthy disc, but for an unpopular film being released at a budget price, it’s solid.
As for the audio, it is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and is also serviceable. The film’s sound design emphasizes subtlety over bombast, for the most part. Dialogue presents no problems. Atmospheric ambiance emanates from the surround channels at key moments. George S. Clinton’s eerie music underscores everything, mainly situated in the front channels.
The Astronaut’s Wife includes nothing in the way of extra features, with the ho-hum exception of a theatrical trailer. The point here seems to have been getting the film out on Blu-ray, mainly for fans of the two leads. Each delivers a strong enough performance to justify a mild recommendation.