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on 23 April 2010
This DVD is absolutely excellent. It contains 20 episodes and covers an episode from each of the 13 series. The only thing that is inaccurate is that it says on the 'description' on this page that all the episodes are narrated by Ringo Starr but only three are. That really doesn't matter because Michael Angelis is a superb narrator. The episodes from the first and second series are restored and the rest are in widescreen.

Episodes are:
1. Thomas and Gordon
2. Edward and Gordon
3. Ghost Train
4. Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
5. Trust Thomas
6. Henry and the Elephant
7. Cranky Bugs
8. James and the Red Balloon
9. Percy's Chocolate Crunch
10. Gordon and Spencer
11. Thomas to the Rescue
12. Thomas and the Birthday Picnic
13. Emily Knows Best
14. Percy and the Funfair
15. It's Good to be Gordon
16. Gordon and the Engineer
17. Duncan Does it All
18. Thomas and the Spaceship
19. Heave Ho Thomas!
20. Steamy Sodor

The thing that I love about this DVD is that it tells the story of the series from Thomas and Gordon (the first episode) to the new CGI animation and the voice actors in Season 13. Also, this really is the BEST OF THOMAS and there are very few episodes I would change. Also the runtime is excellent value for money unlike the usual Thomas DVDs nowadays that only last 40mins.

In summary - this is a must have DVD for any Thomas fan, young or old! You won't regret your purchase of this one!
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As a kid I loved Thomas the Tank Engine, and now as a daddy I love the fact that two of my three children also love it. This DVD contains episodes which span the full TV history of Thomas and as my kids watch and enjoy the episodes I get a good pang of nostalgia as I hear Ringo Starr narrating some of the earlier episodes.

This DVD contains twenty episodes and starts from the very beginning with the very first episode of Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends - "Thomas and Gordon" (and I actually remember it!). The episodes are shown in chronological order and it's interesting to see how the series have changed over time. More characters have been introduced, Ringo Starr passed the narrator baton onto Michael Angelis, episode durations have altered, and perhaps most obvious: as technology has progressed the series became filmed in widescreen and is now fully CGI. The move to CGI was an evolutionary one and in later episodes you can see some CGI elements such as smoke and moving faces - and by the last few episodes the series is fully CGI.

Personally I think it's a shame as using models gave the series a certain charm, it certainly didn't look poor and it also gave children the chance to believe that they could do the same with their model trains. I was always against the idea of Thomas being fully computer generated and although I prefer the traditionally animated series I have to say that the new episodes still manage to capture the spirit of Thomas and Friends and the computer effects have been done very well.

At two and a half hours in duration this is clearly excellent value for money, although I love the Thomas theme tunes they do tend to grate a bit when they seem to be playing every few minutes - they tire my son out though as he insists on dancing to it every time! The DVD does contain an advert for Thomas Land at the beginning which can be a bit annoying when all you want to do is start the episodes playing, the picture quality of the advert is poor too and it looks more like a video taken from YouTube! Thankfully though the picture quality of the actual episodes are good, the older ones are a bit grainy but it's nothing you don't expect.

In a nutshell: If you have Thomas DVDs already then chances are you'll already have some of these episodes - however, if you don't own any then this is a great addition to any child's DVD collection as it brings to your telly the magic of Thomas from the mid-eighties through to the present.
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on 30 January 2014
After one day entertaining my grandson with seemingly endless episodes I felt that I had already got my monies worth. I enjoyed seeing the old versions with Ringo, watched so avidly by my son in the 90's and quickly adapted to the later ones that are more politically correct.

The only annoying thing is I found myself singing the theme tune whilst trundling my trolley around the supermarket aisles this evening.
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on 12 September 2013
I bought this in the same way any parent buys Thomas... my child. It has been on constant repeat since she has opened the DVD. Admittedly I like the fact that this has episodes from across the entire history of Thomas. It does show how the show has grown over the years, not only in animation but also in story telling and characters.

It does seem that the Thomas from the days of yore was maybe a bit of a difficult character to like. But at the age of 2 all my child likes is shouting "Choo choo" at the trains and the theme music.
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on 14 September 2010
My son loves watching this DVD over and over again. It has many classic episodes, which he has read in the modern paperback versions of the series. It's also a nice souvenir to have of Thomas's 65th birthday year.
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on 10 May 2014
Great DVD that my nearly four year old loves. Full of good episodes from early on ones to present with moving and talking faces. Whats not to love about Thomas. The menu is set out well and easy to follow to find the individual episode you want to watch
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on 1 March 2014
Bought this more my 2 year old nephew as he adores the new series of Thomas. I thought he needed to see the original series and this has original and new so we can both enjoy Thomas. He loves this DVD although I think his parents may be tiring of it.....Fantastic!
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on 31 December 2013
We only have this one Thomas dvd and our little boy loves it. It is nice for the adults to see the older stories too but our little boy does prefer to mix it up with Thomas on Milkshake so he does prefer the newer ones. Great value collection.
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on 11 January 2014
Having been brought up with the original Thomas books over 50 years ago, both me and my grandson like to watch these DVDs which represent good value, and a variety of stories over all of the TV series from first to more recent.
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on 6 January 2011
This dvd was a great buy having kept my 18 month old occupied for hours. The only negative aspect is that although the stories are short, the thomas theme tune plays at the beginning of each episode thus it can grate on your nerves a little. overall great value for money
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