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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb DVD featuring nine Thomas stories and two songs.
This excellent DVD contains nine Thomas episodes, two songs and three games. The model railway used to film the episodes and the songs is superb and adds an element of reality not found in cartoons. Most of the stories are beautifully narrated by Ringo Starr, who brings the characters (especially the Fat Controller) to life in a charming way. The stories will appeal to...
Published on 20 Sep 2001

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best series
This double video contains all 26 five minute episodes from the fifth series of Thomas & Friends which was made in 1998. Although he never gets onscreen credit, Michael Angelis narrates this, his third series of Thomas. By this point, Britt Allcroft had gained all rights to Thomas and decided to write her own stories with David Mitton, in favour of using Reverand Awdry's...
Published on 16 Sep 2003


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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb DVD featuring nine Thomas stories and two songs., 20 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This excellent DVD contains nine Thomas episodes, two songs and three games. The model railway used to film the episodes and the songs is superb and adds an element of reality not found in cartoons. Most of the stories are beautifully narrated by Ringo Starr, who brings the characters (especially the Fat Controller) to life in a charming way. The stories will appeal to children aged two and over, but even younger children (such as my fifteen month old) will enjoy 'watching the trains' and pointing at things they recognise.
My personal favourite is Lady Hatt's Birthday Party. The Fat Controller (Sir Topham Hatt) is clearly both devoted to, and terrified of, his wife (a sort of Penelope Keith character), and suffers the most tremendous trials and indignations in order to be on time for her birthday party.
Another good story is 'Busy Going Backwards', in which the break van Toad becomes tired of always seeing things slip away from him because he is stuck at the back of the train.
'I have forward thinking views Mr Oliver,' he tells Oliver the Great Western Engine. 'I could be a leader.' And so it turns out when the trucks detach themselves from Oliver at the top of Gordon's hill and the train, now with Toad at the front, runs backwards down the hill out of control.
The songs are just as good as the stories and include 'karaoke style' words at the bottom of the screen. Be warned - the tunes are annoyingly catchy and you will find yourself humming 'Donald's Duck' at work ! 'Night Train' is very atmospheric and beautifully filmed, but the rather dark images may be lost a little on young children.
The games are a bit simplistic. The first asks the viewer multiple-choice questions about the episode just shown, the second allows the viewer to click on different images and hear an appropriate sound and the third encourages children to count. The games look as though they were put together quickly in order to add some 'interactivity' to the DVD, and they are of limited interest compared to the stories. However they don't detract from the DVD as a whole.
The menu structures are sensible and intuitive, and offer the chance to play the stories one after the other - which is important given their short duration. And of course the quality of DVD pictures makes watching Thomas a pleasure.
All in all this is a superb DVD which will give young children hours of enjoyment. It is well worth five stars.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best series, 16 Sep 2003
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This double video contains all 26 five minute episodes from the fifth series of Thomas & Friends which was made in 1998. Although he never gets onscreen credit, Michael Angelis narrates this, his third series of Thomas. By this point, Britt Allcroft had gained all rights to Thomas and decided to write her own stories with David Mitton, in favour of using Reverand Awdry's Railway Series Books.
Although, there are some solid entries (Cranky Bugs, A Better View for Gordon, Double Teething Troubles, Busy going Backwards and Rusty & The Boulder to name but a few) there are several clangers. These include Baa!, Duncan Gets Spooked, Snow, Bye George and Stepney Gets Lost. The stories have clearly been Americanised - there is crash in nearly every episode!
Some new characters are introduced aswell: Cranky The Crane, The Horrid Lorries, Old Slow Coach, Thumper and Derek The Diesel. Cranky The Crane is made a bit of a regular the others only appear once. This is all very well for the toy franchise but, come on, let's see more of the old favorites such as Henry.
This is definately not the worst series - I reserve that spot for series 3 - but certainly isn't the best. If you're after the classic stories then go for the first two series, which are a lot better.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chocolate Crunch....Thomas and Friends at their best!, 23 May 2003
To begin with, this latest collection of Episodes from Thomas and Friends is probably the best to be produced to date. This is the second DVD to include the latest episodes of Series Six, which introduces new characters, new plots and a whole new twist to the original classics.
Percy's Chocolate Crunch follows a typical day for Percy, as he avoids the threat of dirtniess, as the water tower is out of use and therefore he cannot wash. After a rather dusty and grimmy day of tasks, Percy is releaved to find that his next job is to deliever a train of sugar to Mr. Jolly's Chocolate Factory. At last he can be clean! However, disaster strikes when the rails are dosed in slippery oil...and Percy is soon to find that he his dirty spree is far from over!
Next, we are introduced to a whole new cast...the Sodor Construction Company. Meet Jack the Front Loader, a vehicle on a mission to become accepted into the Pack, a team of construction vehicles. Can Jack prove himself useful to the team? Or will his enthusiasm get the better of him? (My favourite episode on this DVD)
Diesel is determined to prove once and for all, that he is the World's Strongest Engine. But with the trucks help, it becomes clear that he is far from it.
Iron Arry and Iron Bert (from Stepney Gets Lost) return and are up to no good when they find that the steam engines have a weak spot - being the Middle Engine. Percy learns how to catch the sneaky diesels out, but James learns that it's not as easy as it is! (One of the best episodes on the DVD)
Bill and Ben are saddle tank engine twins who do everything together, but jealous shows it nasty face in this episode "Buffer Bother" (listed above as "Bill and Ben's Excellent Adventure"). Bill lands himself in a spot of heated jealousy when Ben is rewarded with a shiny new set of buffers. But what effect will this have on his work?
Gordon's fame is stolen in a puff of smoke, as an accident at the harbour results in Thomas becoming the fastest engine on the line...with the help of an airplane jet. But fame has it's down side...as Thomas soon finds out.
Duncan is fusy and wanted to get his work at the incline done as fast as he can. Rusty, Skarloey and Rheneas are not in the mood for his selfishness but Duncan simply won't listen. Maybe the trucks will show him how to really...take a dip!
Duncan returns once again, this time...without a whistle! And as we all know, an engine without a whistle is not safe at all. How will Duncan complete his days work? Why, with a Faulty Whistle of course!
Enjoy! This DVD is definetly worth the buy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thomas, 28 April 2000
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Thomas and his friends give you their last series narrated by Ringo Starr. The set has expanded and Diesels come along for the first time in Thomas series. One is devious Diesel, one is lazy Daisy, and the last is kind Boco. New steamers come too like, Duck, Donald & Douglas, Bill and Ben. But old friends of Thomas like Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy and Toby are all there to show them the rails.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a Really Useful Engine you know...., 25 Sep 2002
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This video incorporates catchy tunes with a great store of clips from the series. Sing the songs, name the engines, tell the stories - it's versatile and very entertaining. Just as well, really, because it has not been out of the VCR since it arrived! My 3-year-old certainly rates it at 5 stars - and that's good enough for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas The Tank Engine - Series 3, 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
The entire third series from 1992 all in one doublepack. Within it's 2hrs 20mins worth of stories, we meet new characters like Oliver and Toad the breakvan, Mavis and many more. This series may not be the best out of all of them but children will watch them over and over again. (It will also shut them u...er...keep them quiet for a while!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the BEST EVER Thomas video, 18 Oct 2001
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This excelent video features six more stories from the new series - Lady Hatt's Birthday, Baa, Double Teething Troubles, Thomas Percy & Old Slow Coach and Busy Going Backwards. Plus two classic Christmas episides - Thomas' Christmas Party and Thomas & Percy's Christmas Adventure.
My son and I both enjoy this video. My favorite episode is 'Busy Going Backwards,' in which Toad the break van and some trucks break away from Oliver, the GWR engine, on a hill. You are then treated to three minutes of him hurtling along the to the strains of the William Tell overture!
Oh yeah, Micheal Angelis' portrayal of the Fat Controller as having a Yorkshire accent cracks me up every time.
This video also features two songs - Night Train and Donald's Duck - with revelent clips from the episodes. Definatly the best Thomas video to date!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, 5 Nov 2000
This splendid video is crampacked with vacation adventures and is a very educational and enjoyable video. my children enjoy countless hours of entertainment with this video. I highly recommend this as well as any Thomas the Tank Engine video. My children especially enjoy the songs included in the video. very splendid Videl
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great video for those who love to sing along!, 22 Sep 2000
A wonderful video for all Thomas fans who love to sing! My 3 year old really loves this tape and will stand in the middle of the room ans joyfully sing and dance the whole tape through! There are quite a lot of words to learn but I'm sure this is a 'really useful' (sorry!)way of widening his vocabulary. All his favourite characters are featured and it's easily his favourite tape. Your child will sing these songs for hours and you'll still be trying to remember all the words!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Thomas is Great, 29 Dec 2005
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Bought this for my 3 year old son by mistake thinking it was the Old Thomas. However, he loved it more than any of his other Thomas DVD and now it's the one he asks for every day. The stories are great and the music is brilliant. Highly recommended.
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