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Thomas And The Magic Railroad [DVD]


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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Mara Wilson, Peter Fonda, Russell Means, Cody McMains
  • Directors: Britt Allcroft
  • Writers: Britt Allcroft
  • Producers: Britt Allcroft, Phil Ferhle
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJ6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,655 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thomas the Tank Engine's first big-screen outing. When Diesel 10 and his dastardly sidekicks Splatter and Dodge begin causing trouble in Sodor, the magical realm inhabited by Thomas and friends, the place soon begins to lose its sparkle. Not even Mr Conductor (Alec Baldwin), the man with the magic dust, seems to be able to help. But when Thomas discovers the the magic railroad, the line which connects the human world with the world of the talking trains, and when a young girl named Lily (Mara Wilson) resolves to help, it seems there might be hope after all.

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Thomas, as anyone familiar with the eponymous, wildly popular TV series knows, is a very useful engine, and never more so than in his first theatrical release, which was a modest box-office success. On a tank filled with little more than pluck, determination and goodwill, Thomas sets out full-steam ahead on a danger-fraught mission to help his friend Mr Conductor. The conductor's stash of magic gold dust has run out, leaving him stranded on the Island of Sodor with Junior, his flaky cousin, and Lily, a little girl enlisted to lift her grandfather out of a funk on nearby Muffle Mountain. When Thomas bravely chugs beyond his hometown tracks' buffers with Lily aboard, he's transported to Muffle Mountain's secret railway and to Lady, a long-lost steamer whose legendary engine makes her more powerful than Diesel, the train-yard bully. Together, Thomas and Lady lead Diesel on a chase that causes a bridge to collapse, taking the dastardly Diesel down with it. Most impressive about the movie is its marquee names: Alec Baldwin works magic as the dutiful worrywart Mr Conductor, Mara Wilson is Lily and Peter Fonda plays the cool-looking but lugubrious Grandpa. It's a cast that will keep put-upon parents watching, if half-heartedly. Thomas fans of five years and under, meanwhile, will wish the actors wouldn't blow so much hot air; they will want to see their hero a bigger part in steaming up the storyline. --Tammy La Gorce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Our two year old thinks this film is great. Older critics are more divided. We love this film for all the wrong reasons. Not since Alice Through the Looking Glass has there ever been such a bizarre and surreal experience puporting to be entertainment for children.
What were the casting company thinking of? Alec Baldwin as Mr Conductor? (Who?) He was so embarrassed in most scenes he couldn't even look into the camera. Who was the weird Scottish cousin, and more importantly, why? Did we really see Peter Fonda playing a grandfather - and as if within seconds he was about to swallow the pills, throw the noose, slit the wrists or - if all else failed - jump right under Diesel 10? No man has ever given such a depressed, never mind depressing, performance before, surely? He must have been kidding. Please.
This film has nothing to do with Thomas the Tank Engine, nor The Rev W Awdry. What a wasted opportunity for the kids. Oh but what a feast of hilarity for parents! Bunuel eat your heart out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
My daughter is almost 4 years old and a huge Thomas Fan. I first rented this movie about a year ago at our local video store. She loved it so much, I had to rent it over and over again, all throughout the last few months, until I finally decided to buy it. It is definitely worth the money for all the little Thomas Fans out there. My daughter sure loves this movie above all the other Thomas-tapes she has :-)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Children's hero Thomas the Tank Engine Steams into Hollywood. Oh hurrah. Jump for joy. How very exciting. Wake up parents. Your kids may love Thomas, but will they love this movie? you wonder. Well, First of all, most of the trains have american accents and the only ones that don't are Thomas, the cousin and the big engine, Gordon. The TV series and books are great. But the movie is plotless and dull... P.S The Fat Controller is not in the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. H. Wheeler on 20 April 2009
Format: DVD
I have to say its not the best film i've seen but my 3 year old LOVES it! It's not got a great story line thats got much to do with thomas really but if you take it on face value and who its targeted at then they have gone a brilliant job. I had bought a Lady train for my son and he never looked at it until this movie, now he sets his train set up and has his diesel 10 chasing thomas and lady! So to sum up dont expect too much and after all its for the kids, not us over critical grumpy grown ups!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rss on 11 July 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have seen bad reviews for this film written mostly by middle aged men. My two young children adore the film and all the music, If you are aged between 2 and 6 then this is a great movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H Mercer on 4 July 2010
Format: DVD
Well where do I start. Thomas is a gr8 long standing classic loved by all, what did the americans do with it!! Like they always do with ideas they buy change everything about it so it's not what they bought in the first place. The voices are all wrong, wrong, wrong, Alec Baldwin (altough I like him as an actor usually) hams it up far to much, there's no real story, they mad Diesiel ten into this really evil engiene (guess thats cause in america they don't understand grey areas everything has to b either good or bad no in between), Peter Fonda looked embarresed to be in it, initially we thought our Son liked it as while me and t hubby sat constantly cringing our son sat and watched it all. But he now has gone from Diesil ten being his fav engine to him being frieghtened of him and if we suggest to put the film on he looks in horror saying no no no (so kids do have taste). Pleased i never spent my own money on it as it was a present but don't know what to do with it as I wouldn't even give it away.Unless I don't like them!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Nicholson on 19 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
5 minutes into the file and my three year said "They're not the right voices" - how true he was.
After 10 minutes he went off to find some toys to play with - this from a kid who would gladly watch hours of Thomas from TV (if we let him).
The story tried to merge 2 worlds and it it didn't work at all - why they couldn't have set the whole film on the island of Sodor I have no idea.
This is really aimed at the US market - a shameless cash in to generate more revenue!
If you need a Thomas fix - buy the TV series instead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Clare on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
My 3-year-old loves Thomas, loves the DVDs and loves playing with the toys. I picked this up for him, despite the mixed reviews, and it's an absolute disaster! The character of Diesel 10 is morphed into an evil, destructive threat, out to kill other engines seemingly without any explanation. It's completely americanised good vs. evil rubbish, totally unsuited to Thomas & Friends or the 2-5 age group it's aimed at. My little boy seemed to accept the human characters and the different voices, but after 20 minutes he became visibly upset at Diesel 10 (one of his favourite toys!), and asked for it to be switched off. The only moment this movie brought our whole family together was when we all took it to the bin!
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