My notes from 2008 complain about the aspect ratio for the PAL disc of Airborne:

For movies with the wrong aspect (PAL), that should be flat but show up in 4/3 try this:

mplayer airborne.vob -monitoraspect 1.00

That should straighten it out. :)

Also, sometimes mplayer dvd:// will play them correctly (I guess it was a libdvdread issue the whole time).

Warner Archive released an NTSC version of the film, which eliminates this issue. :)