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(Widescreen Edition)

NANNY MCPHEE ($30) is an absolute charmer of a childrenís movie. With a screenplay by actress Emma Thompson (who is hidden under a ton of hideous makeup), NANNY MCPHEE has decidedly English sense and sensibilities, as well as a darker edge than your typical MARY POPPINS type tale. The plot of NANNY MCPHEE finds widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) unable to keep a nanny, due to his seven unruly children. Having exhausted the local supply, seventeen nannies to be exact, Mr. Brown is forced to engage the services of a "government nanny" named McPhee (Emma Thompson).

Although not exactly easy on the eyes, Nanny McPhee proves to be a magically good influence on the children- teaching them valuable lessons, which help them deal with an impending disaster. It seems that wealthy Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) has given their father thirty days to remarry of lose the stipend she has been sending to support the family. Of course, having so little time to find a bride, forces Mr. Brown to compromise in his choice for a new mother for his children. The cast of NANNY MCPHEE also features Kelly Macdonald, Thomas Sangster, Eliza Bennett, Jennifer Rae Daykin, RaphaŽl Coleman, Sam Honywood, Holly Gibbs, Hebe Barnes, Zinnia Barnes, Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth Berrington, Derek Jacobi, Patrick Barlow, Adam Godley and Claire Downes.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made NANNY MCPHEE available on DVD in a 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. This is truly a superb looking presentation, featuring excellent detail and tremendous color reproduction. Contrast is very smooth and there is a good level of shadow detail in the picture. Grain is modest and the film elements are free from blemishes. Digital compression artifacts are well contained. NANNY MCPHEE comes with a truly fine Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack that is a bit more expansive than your typical kids movie, thanks to a good use of the outlying channels during the more "magical" moments. Fidelity is first rate and the dialogue is always crisply rendered. French and Spanish 5.1 tracks have also been included on the DVD, as have English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a very nice array of supplemental materials. Two audio commentaries are included; the first features director Kirk Jones and actors who portray the filmís children, while the second features actress Emma Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran. Four featurettes are also included Casting The Children, Village Life, Nanny McPhee Makeover How Nanny Mcphee Came To Be. Seven Deleted Scenes and an Alternate Opening, plus a Gag Reel close out the supplements.

As far as family friendly fare goes, NANNY MCPHEE is a charmer and absolute delight. Universalís DVD looks and sounds great, plus it offer a good body of supplemental content. If you are looking for quality family entertainment, enjoy English comedy or are just a fan of Emma Thompson, Colin Firth or Angela Lansbury, youíll want to engage the services of NANNY MCPHEE. Recommended.



Nanny McPhee (Widescreen Edition) (2006)



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