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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 (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJ6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,691 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

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12 of 12 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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9 of 9 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 A Customer on 9 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
No doubt like any parent out in cyber world reading this your child loves Thomas and all his friends, Britt Alcroft has made a bomb out of me with all the die cast toys, puzzles, videos etc, And yes Im sad to say it I have purchased a copy of this film as my son loves it, I will excuse him being five years old, he does not know he and my money are being swept along a commercial railway here. This film is terrible, the plot is so strange no one knows what is going on, on set. Peter Fonda should not carry the "Fonda" surname and throughout has a "I just read the lines attitude" Alec Baldwin, I so hope you did this film for your kids and no other reason. Even the voices of the trains are terrible, look for the part where "Lady" first talks. Done by a voice over actor who had no idea of the story, film or the fact she was a train. The only saving grace was Mr Conductors cousin who acted like he wanted to be there. But as a parent Thomas is on the front and we have to buy it. Britt you can have commercial sucess and a story line which dosnt leave parents cold, learn some leasons from Toy Story, as the next time you release a follow up it could be the end of the road for your gravy train, even kids want a plot they can follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Robson on 27 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I know this film is designed for four year olds. What I didn't realise was that it was scripted by four year olds.
Throughout this nonsensical movie (you need to watch it several times to figure out the plot(s) - or to be precise try and make them make sense, the plot is trivial) characters appear, disappear, play with trains a bit, throw magic gold dust around and wave bye-bye to lovable Thomas at the same time as their acting careers. Welcome to the world of TV movies Alec Baldwin.
The most entertaining bit is a throwback to the old TV game show 3-2-1. It had incomprehensible riddles that Einstein would have struggled with. And so does this film. "Then watch the swirls that spin so well" for example. Eh ? What ? Maybe it makes sense to a four year old.
Don't buy it. Buy a compilation of the five minute TV shows instead - they are several classes ahead of this idiocy.
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3 of 3 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE on 11 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
In 1945, the late Rev W Awdry started writing what turned out to be a series of 26 books of the Railway Series. This amounted to about 100 stories. Britt Allcroft bought the rights to the stories and she filmed them, very successfully, for television, narrated by Ringo Starr and then Michael Angelis.

Then a few things happened. Firstly, Britt's production company ran out of stories to film, so they had to make them up. The new stories, introducing new characters and locations, simply weren't up to scratch. But the children still loved them.

Then, perhaps eyeing the success of Teletubbies in the US, Briitt had the idea of a feature film, scripted and I believe directed by her.

This is the result.

If you are over the age of 3, this film may seem confusing and it should do. The plot has been warped by the fact that some serious editing had to be done, removing one of the characters completely. But the children still loved the film.

Unfortunately, the adults did not. The film crashed to poor reviews. Adults expected a better standard of production compared to the model railways that were the staple TV fare and the merging of real-life actors with the model engines in a bizarre fantasy storyline did not fit. But the children loved the film. But adults decide what to see at the theatre and they did not come to see it as a result.

Brit was forced out of her leading role at her production company as a result of this disaster movie. A disaster to watch. a disater to make and a disaster in the cinema. How sophisticated media types could get this so wrong is curious.

Your children may love this film. Watching it as an adult is an ordeal. As a person who takes delight in watching and reading the original stories this film is a travesty. Try to do something else while its on.
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