WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Splitting Heirs

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rick Moranis, Eric Idle, Barbara Hershey, John Cleese, Catherine Zeta Jones.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41672
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Young
(Screenplay/Written By): Eric Idle
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Beard
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Jympson, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Eric Idle
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Simon Bosanquet & Redmond Morris

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.88:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A wickedly funny comedy playing on the theme of mistaken and confused identity in a distinctly Monty Python style. At a wild party during the 60s, baby Thomas Henry Butterfly is accidentally misplaced by his rich hippie mum and dad. When the wrong baby is claimed, the real heir winds up being raised by a poor Pakistani family.

LaserDisc Picture:
This 1.88:1 transfer has the sharpness and color fidelity of the better discs. Fleshtones are accurate and natural looking and image detail is excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is very well recorded, defined and dynamic with a subtle Dolby Surround® ambience. Dialogue intelligibility is exemplary!
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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