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The Very Best of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ringo Starr, Michael Angelis
  • 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: U
  • Studio: VCI
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9NW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes:

  • Thomas and Gordon
  • James and the Coaches
  • Cranky Bugs
  • Rusty and the Boulder
  • Dirty Work
  • Paint Pots and Queens
  • Buzz, Buzz
  • Thomas and the Special Letter
  • Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
  • Trust Thomas
  • Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  • No Joke For James
  • Pop Goes the Diesel
  • Ghost Train
  • Percy Runs Away
  • Gallant Old Engine

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Just over 150 episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine were produced in all. It must have been a difficult job picking 16 of the best to feature on this collection. Sensibly it begins with the very first appearance of "Thomas & Gordon", in which we are introduced to all the principal engines and familiar locations. The rest come randomly from the six seasons. This means there's some jumping about from the British shows narrated by Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis, and the American ones featuring Alec Baldwin and George Carlin. Early US shows such as "Cranky Bugs", expanded the Thomas universe with the first of several new Bob the Builder-like characters. It was also the point where the stories no longer come directly from Rev Awdry's Railway Series books. Some are more fantastical than others, a visit from the Queen, for example, ("Paint Pots & Queens"), an encounter with a dragon ("Thomas, Percy & the Dragon"), or even a "Ghost Train". Mostly of course, tales follow the format of obstructions on the line, derailments and delays. All of which provide adults with another level of entertainment as art imitates life.

On the DVD: The Very Best of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, like the previous DVD releases in this series, is a bit of a missed opportunity with sadly no extra features. Picture and sound are per TV broadcast. --Paul Tonks

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2006
Format: VHS Tape
MY SON BEN IS AGED 6 AND MUST HAVE EVERY VIDEO AND DVD GOING OF THOMAS THE TANK, HE KNOWS EVERY ONE OFF BY HEART, AND HIS COLLECTION IS GROWING. HE LOVES ALL THE STORIES WHETHER IT BE ON DVD OR VIDEO. HE STARTED GETTING INTO THOMAS AT THE AGE OF 2 AND FOUR YEARS LATER IS STILL LOVING IT...THOMAS ALWAYS COMES FIRST NO MATTER WHAT YOU BUY HIM!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VIDEO TO ANY PERSON WHETHER THEY ARE YOUNG OR OLD!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Ross is 3 years old and loves Thomas The Tank Engine and all his favourite episodes were on this video. We have had it for a week now and I think we have watched it about 50 times already!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
An entertaining series of Thomas stories including all the usual characters that Thomas fans love. Just about the correct length for a young child to watch, although each story comes as a unit so you can stop and start at leisure.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Tony Park on 7 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
Yes, it has lots of episodes, which makes it good value for money. My daughter loves to watch it, which is good. However, the DVD's production could have been better.
Why are the episodes not in chronological order? This is particularly annoying in the case of the two included 'diesel' episodes. In terms of story, the first immediatly follows the second, but on this DVD the second is episode number 5, while the first is episode number 14. Why? Furthermore, if you read the books, this is clearly a series of 3 episodes, but the last in the series is not included on the DVD, which leaves the story hanging in the middle.
Finally, the 'boulder' episode is unspeakably awful. Poor Rev. Awdry must be spinning in his grave. Thank goodness my daughter finds it frightening so I don't have to watch it.
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Format: DVD
This DVD is really the very best of Thomas the Tank and his friends. There are so many DVDs out there that this one really contains a good selection of episodes! My 2 year old son loves it so much he even learned how to operate our DVD player.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Watched this many many times. Very much loved by our two yer old. The original animations are still the best and Ringo Starr's voice is a perfect accompaniment.
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My nephew love watching the DVD when he is new born, he always collected at Thomas and the tank engine and friends to buy the toys and the books
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By Mahalath Mckeown on 18 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
my children loved this dvd it worked didnt crash or stop half way through great thank you will buy again
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