TODAY | December 06, 2013
>> right now. right now. beat it. look, whatever it is, she's your problem now.
>> he's not acting a single bit. now a special blu-ray edition is out. this morning we have a minireunion. happy holidays .
>> thank you.
>> very, very excited about it.
>> it's fun. you guys did a little reunion.
>> we did. we released the blu-ray. it's so beautiful. it's excellent quality and we added a tea party to it. so we had miss honey 's tea party and rhea and i invited all the kids that were in the movie to come back to the tea party . this was just this summer and, you know, you -- it's amazing to see them all grown up.
>> 18 years ago. you were what, 7 years old?
>> yeah, we filmed in the summer so i was seven when we started but 8 when we ended.
>> you actually looked to her and asked for input as a 7-year-old as a director.
>> all the kids had a lot to say.
>> they definitely did. keira.
>> yeah, all of them. they all had a lot to say what should go on and how it should be dealt with.
>> she's the sweetest woman imaginable.
>> she also came in for the reunion. we had it on the blu-ray. we put this edition on. it's cool.
>> one of the great scenes in the movie is when she forces the kid to eat all the chocolate cake . we have all the chocolate cake here. by the way, rhea you said you would dive into that one right over there.
>> that one.
>> you see.
>> you don't have to force me. not at all. tell me about the characters. rhea, wormwood.
>> miss wormwood. what did you like about her?
>> she is such a trip. i love her, you know? she is just bigger than life and she is -- she is just like -- she is so happy with her life, with her husband. with her family -- not her family. she doesn't care about her family. but her clothes. she loves her hair. she loves all important things.
>> so it wasn't much of a stretch.
>> but you guys used to love this book and you would actually act out the roles.
>> we read the book -- how we found the book was our daughters brought it into the house because they wanted to read a chapter book . so we started, you know, we read picture books to the kids and then we started reading chapter books. this is one of the first ones and we would act out. i would act out mr. wormwood and she would do mrs. wormwood.
>> we would do matilda.
>> there's a great message to this story. it's about empowerment and inclusion and embracing our differences as people.
>> yes. he was way ahead of the game and always speaking to kids.
>> they get it.
>> they do. it's the kids against the parents in a way. but it really resinates as a good lesson to rely on yourself even though there's adversity and things in your way.
>> i'm coming up to commercial. so i have to do this. thank you.
>> now, rhea, you're going to have to read this because i have a mouthful.
>> danny devito and rhea perlman , mara wilson thanks. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.