Universal Brings Munich, McPhee14 Apr, 2006 By: John Latchem
Nanny McPhee (top) and Munich
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will bring the family fantasy Nanny McPhee and the Oscar-nominated Munich to DVD May 9 at $29.98 each.
McPhee, based on the Christianna Brand books, was written by and stars Emma Thompson as a governess who uses magic to curb the naughty behavior of seven children under her care.
The film, which has garnered comparisons to Mary Poppins, opened Jan. 27 in theaters and grossed $46.7 million.
The DVD includes two commentaries, a gag reel, deleted scenes, an alternate opening and four behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a look at the extensive make-up used to transform Thompson into the title character.
Munich tells the story of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
An Israeli bureaucrat, played by Geoffrey Rush, assembles a team of secret agents to hunt down those responsible for the attack. The team is led by Eric Bana and includes James Bond-to-be Daniel Craig.
In scouring Europe, Bana's character becomes troubled by the scope of violence escalating beyond his original mission parameters, and the film explores the effect such violence has on the soul.
Munich earned $47.4 million following a Dec. 23 theatrical release and earned Oscar nominations for best picture, best screenplay, best editing, best original score for John Williams, and best director for Steven Spielberg.