Nanny Mcphee/Nim's Island/A Simple Wish/Fly Away Home/... (DVD)
Collection of five family adventures. In 'Nanny McPhee' (2005) Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) has recently lost his wife and is faced with the prospect of trying to raise his seven unruly children on his own. With the wild children too much for most nannies, all of whom have quickly left his employ, Cedric is one day commanded by a mysterious voice to hire the witch-like Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), who uses her magical powers to keep the children in line. In 'Nim's Island' (2008) Nim Rusoe (Abigail Breslin) lives on an uncharted tropical island with her marine scientist father, Jack (Gerard Butler) and her best friends, Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the seal. When Jack departs for a day of research on the ocean, Nim begins an unlikely e-mail correspondence with Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), an agoraphobic novelist who lives in New York City. Alexandra is under the impression she's communicating with Nim's dad and Nim thinks she's writing to Alex Rover, the hero of Alexandra's books. When a huge storm hits the island, preventing Jack from returning, the novelist begins to realise that her cyber correspondent is not a scientist, but a little girl who is alone and in danger. Alexandra decides to confront her fears and leave the safety of her townhouse to go and rescue her young friend. In 'A Simple Wish' (1997), seven-year-old Anabel (Mara Wilson) wishes for a fairy godmother after the death of her mother, but doesn't expect anything like Murray (Martin Short), the world's first male angelic guardian. Instead of guaranteeing Anabel's dad a part in a new Broadway musical, Murray manages to turn him into a statue. The problems really begin with the arrival of Claudia (Kathleen Turner), a former fairy who has turned to the dark side and stolen all the other godmothers' wands; all she needs to become all-powerful is Murray's wand. In 'Fly Away Home' (1996), after spending nine years apart, 13-year-old Amy (Anna Paquin) and her father Thomas (Jeff Daniels) are finally reunited. But things don't go smoothly at first, and while Thomas spends all his time testing a lightweight aircraft he has built, Amy finds solace with the geese nesting in a nearby lake. When developers then threaten to displace the geese, Amy volunteers to lead them on their migration by flying in Thomas' aircraft. Finally, in 'The Water Horse - Legend of the Deep' (2008), a young boy is left with a problem when he finds a mysterious egg on the shores of Loch Ness. One day, while beachcombing beside his home on Loch Ness, Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) finds an egg that he's never seen before. After taking it home, the egg hatches, and Angus is amazed to find he is the proud owner of a water horse, the loch's most famous, fabled inhabitant, which Angus decides to christen Crusoe. But with his new friend growing ten times its own size every day, and some not too friendly locals to contend with, Angus soon has his hands full trying to keep Crusoe under wraps.