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  • Actors: Olwen Griffiths, Anthony Jackson, Oliver Postgate
  • Writers: Oliver Postgate
  • Producers: Oliver Postgate
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: 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: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBP01E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All the colour episodes of the classic Sixties and Seventies children's series. Enjoy once again the adventures of Welsh steam engine Ivor, Jones the Steam and the good people at the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company - not to mention the dragon and his chestnut barrow!

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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Seahorse VINE VOICE on 1 April 2007
I bought this because of the fond memories I had of this in the past, it used to occupy that slot at the end of children's TV and the news and my childhood memories didn't let me down.

Ivor the engine reflects another age, a golden age, when choirs sang, visited the seaside for a day out and ate fish and chips. In some ways it is timeless, my three year old daughter loves it and has spent many a happy hour watching, it's quite long and already a favourite for long car journeys.

The animation is pretty basic, but the stories are strong and for the price you will struggle to find a better way to relive a different age or introduce yourself and your children to the magic of dragons and steam engines. It also gives your children something to watch, which is something other than a thinly veiled attempt to sell merchandising.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2009
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Childhood has a funny habit of playing tricks on the adult mind. Mars Bars and Wagon Wheels were always bigger, it never rained in the summer holidays and the TV was so much better. As one gets older of course, the realisation dawns that summers were not constantly bathed in sun (except maybe 1976) and that the sweets weren't as big as you recalled (and even smaller now).

Some things don't change, however, and this is one of them. The DVD contains the 24 colour episodes that Oliver Postgate's Smallfilms made in the 1970's and were shown on the BBC, usually around 5.30 just before the news in the spot The Magic Roundabout had on occasion. There aren't any extras, or the original black and white episodes. To be honest there is no need for them.

The animation is simple (some might even say rather primitive and simplistic) and others yet may blanch at the rather stereotypical view of the Welsh, but they shouldn't because each character is imbued with warmth and real fondness (even the slightly pompous Dai Station is shown to have softer side from time to time) and each story is a beautifully drawn and affectionate little vignette looking back to a time that has long past and perhaps never really existed at all. The stories are accompanied mostly by the sound of Postgate's own melifluous narration, though other voices do creep in on occasion. The episodes range in length from the more usual 5 minutes to around 20 for some of the longer ones.

Step back a little though, and beneath the cuddly exterior is a faint hint of gentle subversion. The subtext is always about the value of community and friends, and supporting the underdog against authority. Some examples of these ideas include the episode where the railway is to be sold, or when Idris the dragon arrives in Llaniog.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By DLS on 9 May 2008
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My son (aged five) loves this - as do his parents and grandparents! Lots of great storylines with humour that will please children and sophisticated adults. Totally unsuitable for those of limited attention span who prefer short, shallow stories with flashy GGI animation.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rhys Parsons on 12 Sept. 2008
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My 4-year-old now has an imaginary Ivor that goes everywhere with her (even to school). She's started calling me 'Jones' and Idris is always getting into trouble around the house!

This has caught my daughter's imagination like none of the modern children's programmes and it's lovely to share a part of my own childhood with my daughter.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Neville on 24 April 2009
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The reason i brought ivor the engine was my dad liked it. Sadly dad passed away before i got it. He liked the music. We watched it on tv when i was a kid it will bring back happy memeries of my time with him & i've like real stream trains.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. lines on 23 May 2009
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You don't have to be welsh to apprieciate this wonderful DVD of Ivor the Engine by the imitable Oliver Postgate set in the mountains of Wales. Children's DVD's do not come any better. It will bring your lost childhood flooding back to you with its innocent stories of dragons and trips to the sea. It knocks contemporary children's DVD's into a hat, with its gentleness and good english. It also feeds the child's imagination..... Mind you, never mind children, the adults will love it!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sophie K. Scott on 6 Aug. 2009
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I bought this for my 3 year old, and he completely loves it. Though it is a lot more 'basic' than a lot of animation on kid's tv, the programs are lovely and engaging, and it's a good example of how it is the story and the atmosphere that carry children's interest, not flashy animation. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Round on 13 Aug. 2008
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I always loved Ivor the engine as a child and brought this for my 4yr old son who is mad about trains, and even through he has been brought up on the fantastic animation we have today he has thoroughly enjoyed this DVD, At over 2hrs long it has kept him quiet and he has loved it, he hasnt watched a Thomas The Tank Engine Dvd for weeks now. The Best £5 I ever spent.
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