Nov 192021

Splitting Heirs is a slapstick comedy starring Rick Moranis, Eric Idle, Barbara Hershey and John Cleese and arrived on Blu-ray with a retro-style VHS slip cover on October 19th.



Splitting Heirs

Genre(s): Comedy
Mill Creek Entertainment| PG13 – 87 min. – $14.99 | October 19, 2021

Date Published: 11/19/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Robert Young
Writer(s): Eric Idle (written by)
Cast: Rick Moranis, Eric Idle, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cleese

Features: Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 22.23 GB
Total Bitrate: 33.47 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


At a wild party during the ‘60s, baby Thomas Henry Butterfly Rainbow Peace (a.k.a. the 15th Duke of Bournemouth) is accidentally “misplaced” by his rich hippie mom and dad. When the wrong baby is claimed, the real heir winds up being raised by a poor Pakistani family, while their “heir apparent” grows up in America with a silver spoon in his mouth. Once Tommy Patel (ERIC IDLE) learns that he, not Hnery Martin (RICK MORANIS) is the true Duke of Bournemouth, he’ll do anything to get back what he’s lost. Fortunately for Henry, Tommy’s a pretty inept assassin. Unfortunately for them both, Tommy’s seedy lawyer Shodgrind (JOHN CLEESE) is a tad more adept. Add to the mix a scandalous, nymphomaniacal duchess (BARBARA HERSHEY), a gorgeous golddigger (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES), plus a load of assorted loonies, and you have a Pythonesque cavalcade of silliness.



Theatrical Trailer (2:04)


VIDEO – 3¾/5

Mill Creek Entertainment releases Splitting Heirs onto Blu-ray and is presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part this video, which probably was supplied by Universal and received no restoration work, looks fairly good with decent enough detail and colors appear well balanced. There is some dust marks and specs that show up but otherwise isn’t distracting and likely this is a fair upgrade over the DVD version released in 2010 and later, 2015.

AUDIO – 4¼/5

The disc includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track which was surprisingly strong with clear dialogue and some fine depth for a movie and stereo track. Nothing amazing but more than satisfactory enough.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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