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The Classic Adventures of Thomas & Friends: The Complete First Series [DVD]

Ringo Starr , David Mitton    Universal, particularly children   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ringo Starr
  • Directors: David Mitton
  • Writers: David Mitton, Britt Allcroft
  • Producers: David Mitton, Britt Allcroft, Robert D. Cardona
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: UC
  • Studio: VCI
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B93DS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The delightful stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends continue to bewitch children everywhere and this lovely classic collection brings together all 26 episodes from the first TV series narrated by Ringo Starr. Relive the first outings of the colourful engines and characters working on the Island of Sodor all over again. The TV series is based on the much-loved Thomas the Tank Engine tales in The Railway Series of books written by Rev. W. Awdry.

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119 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic show has finally arrived on DVD 29 May 2005
By A Customer
I have always loved Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends getting into scrapes or working together in different stories. It has a moral to each episode such as friendship, trust and teamwork, I loved hearing Ringo Starr's voice narrating the series which is 21 years old since it was shown on television in 1984.
It's great having all twenty-six stories from the first series because it saves a lot of space on your shelf, it's good value for money and plus there's over two hours of accidents, fun and mishaps on the Island of Sodor. My favourite stories are Coal, Troublesome Trucks, The Flying Kipper, Whistles and Sneezes, Off the Rails, and many more.
Even adults and younger children alike will adore watching Thomas adventures on DVD with a good sharp picture and clear sound to boot. I reccommend this to fans, whether they're young or old because it brought back happy memories for me and it'll probably do the same for you!
Thanks for taking time to read this, I hope you find it useful!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless family fun 27 Jan 2009
All 26 episodes from the first series, for under a tenner?! Amazon - you really are spoiling us!

Thomas and Friends has never lost any of its appeal over the years, as this DVD from 1984 demonstrates. My two year old absolutely loves it, but I know an awful lot of grown ups who have fond memories of it too!

I much prefer the earlier series to the later versions, which started introducing computer animation - I'm sure the new generation of kids don't mind it at all, but for those adults who remember the original, they just don't sit very well with our cherished memories of this great series. I never tire of watching this.
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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On a different level of classic... 27 Mar 2005
By A Customer
In recent times, later seasons of 'Thomas the Tank Engine' (now 'Thomas & Friends') are beginning to shunt it's origins further and further into the darkness of the past. Although it is always exciting to see new and original stories that were not adapted from Wilbert Awdry's 'Railway Series', there is truely no comparison to the delights of the classic first and season seasons of 'Thomas' from back in the early/late 80's.
This collection presents all 26 stories from the first classic series, all of which are adapted from the earlier volumes of the Railway Series. Made even more memorable by Ringo Starr's narration and the remarkable musical scores (I apologise for I cannot remember the composer's names!), these stories bring to life the Rly. Series in a way that stunned the world with awe. Where as more recent stories tend to focus on the importance of friendship and social skills, these classic tales deal with the comedy, sorrow, joys and tragedys of railway-life - which is exactly what Awdry wanted. Most of the stories that you see here are based on actual events that happened to one engine or another, somewhere in the world. For a taste of what it's REALLY all about - this DVD is essential for any fan, veteran or newly introduced.
Series 1 includes the world to the first seven engines of the main fleet, the concrete for the cast. Thomas, Edward, Gordon, Henry, James, Percy and Toby are established as family as time goes on, each with their own distinctive personalities. Thomas, who was at first cheeky, but grew wiser as time progressed. Edward, good-hearted and heart-moving. Proud Gordon, who's conceit often led to trouble. Henry, who's vainty and bad-health caused him many problems. James, flamboyant, rebellious and forever providing comic releif. Percy - baby-faced and adorable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a great dvd full of 26 episodes forming the complete first series of the amazing thomas and friends. All of the episodes are interesting and very well made and this makes them fun and interesting to watch.

Episodes on this DVD include:
Thomas and Gordon
Edward and Gordon
The Sad Stroy of Henry
Edward, Gordon and Henry
Thomas' Train
Thomas and the Trucks
Thomas and the Breakdown Train
James and the Coaches
Troublesome Trucks
James and the Express
Thomas and the Guard
Thomas Goes Fishing
Thomas, Terence and the Snow
Thomas and Bertie
Tenders and Turntables
Trouble in the Shed
Percy Runs Away
The Flying Kipper
Whilstes and Sneezes
Toby and the Stout Gentleman
Thomas in Trouble
Dirty Objects
Off the Rails
Down the Mine
Thomas' Christmas Party

All of the episodes make the DVD worth every penny and they are all interesting to watch. The running time of the DVD is 144 mins approx.
Overall this is a great DVD and this is why i have given it 5 stars.

The episodes have priviously been released on VHS under the titles
Thomas and the Trucks and other stories
Thomas' Christmas Party and other stories
Thomas' Train and 17 other stories
The Biggest Ever Christmas Collection
Chases Races and Runaways
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thomas the Tank Engine 10 Dec 2010
By P. Lamb
Having previously only had a handful of Thomas the Tank Engine episodes purchased via iTunes, it has been great to have the original series available on DVD. The episodes are a hit with our 3 year old boy.

Some of the episodes available via iTunes are apparently the same stories, but the versions on this DVD appear to be more complete, containing some footage apparently removed from the US versions on iTunes; things such as slower scenes and animations. I also find the slightly slower and more friendly narration of Ringo Star a little better for the kids than George Carlin (although I admire the style of both). These episodes are also pre-PC; "Sir Topham Hat" is still "The Fat Controller" and so on. The episodes are also correctly ordered, which is important to children as many of the stories dove-tail into each other.

The one downside is that the actual video quality is slightly lower on a handful of episodes.

Overall, I am very happy with the DVD and will be expanding our collection with more from the same "classic collection" series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this when I was little and it was on vhs, now mydaughter (2) thinks it's brilliant
Published 4 days ago by mz-b1tch
2.0 out of 5 stars scraches on the dvd and keeps jumping in the dvd player
The disc was scrached and it kept jumping in the dvd player wasn't worth £40 one bit I will not be purchasing anything else from this person.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas dvd
A really brilliant dvd of thomas the tank engine set to the original rev Awdry stories which is by far the best and read by Ringo Starr.
Published 6 months ago by GW
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Programme
Love it. It's a classic. Very expensive for an old DVD but I understand it's quite a rare one.
Who doesn't love Thomas
Published 7 months ago by K L Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sucess
This is my child's favourite DVD the old ones are the best. I would recommend it to any parent for a child is mad keen on Thomas the Tank Engine.
Published 8 months ago by G WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic but dated
Well I got i for a trip down memory lane. The other one we have is series 10 with Michael Angelis narrating, which is better filmed with better stories.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. D. J. Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Big hit with the toddlers that I mind.
I'm a childminder, Thomas has already earned his keep. The episodes are short; just long enough to persuade a toddler to sit still (on a potty!) for a few minutes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thomas DVD
Just bought this for the Grandchildren. Had it originally for my sons on VHS (now worn out) still the best Thomas with Ringo Starr. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Graham Gj Tapsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Original & best!
Love this DVD! My son had it when he was little on video & now his daughter is enjoying it & I have to say, so am I! Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Mrs. Maria Begley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
i bought this as a christmas gift for my brother, who works with steam trains, we both remember it from our childhood and it was great to see his face on christmas day. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2010 by Ms. Susan Colley
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