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Nanny McPhee
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 109 (Jun 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Emma Thompson, Colin Firth & Angela Lansbury

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by director Kirk Jones and the children; commentary by producer Lindsay Doran and the nanny herself,Emma Thompson; the 12-minute "Casting The Children," four-minute "Village Life," six-minute "Nanny McPhee Makeover," and eight-minute "How Nanny McPhee Came To Be" featurettes; seven deleted scenes, including an alternate opening; a three-minute gag reel; and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 26309
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For mild thematic elements, some rude humor, and brief language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/09/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kirk Jones
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mary Poppins she ain't, but "Nanny McPhee" (Thompson) knows how to work her magic in just the same way as the practically perfect proper caregiver. McPhee is put in charge of widower Mr. Brown's (Firth) seven naughty children, who, so far, have managed to chase off 17 different nannies. But with her big nose, unibrow, warts, and single bucked tooth, Nanny somehow managed to get things in order and bring about quite a change to the household. Based on the "Nurse Matilda" books by Christianna Brand. (Tricia Spears0

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits bold, richly saturated colors that are bright and vibrant and a perfect complement to the lighthearted, family-friendly storytelling. Images are nicely sharp and detailed, with pleasing textures. Smearing is occasional, but other distractions, like pixel breakup and edge enhancement, are limited. The source element is revealing of some film grain on occasion. Overall, this is a fine visual experience for the whole family. (Suzanne Hodges)

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