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Thomas & Friends: The Early Years (The Complete First Season)

Michael Angelis , Michael Brandon    Unrated   DVD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Nov. 1 2004
By A Customer
For the first time in North Amarica, a complete first series of Thomas the tank Engine. All epidsodes narrated by the first storyteller Ringo Starr. Garrente to to be a collecters item in the future. So if your a fan of this show and not seen the Ringo Starr versin. Then what are you waiting for!
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This is a fantastic DVD set for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine who grew up with the series during the mid-1980's all the way through to the 1990's. The episodes included on this DVD are the original British versions, so there are some significant differences from the North American versions of the episodes, such as some of the wording, timing of the Narraration, etc. The timing of the music and sound effects are the same as the North American Versions. All of the episodes are Narrated by former Beatles Member Ringo Starr who is one of the best narrators of the show I.M.O. The episodes all look fantastic and the sound is superb, the extras are great for the younger viewers who are getting into the series. Overall if you are a fan of classic Thomas The Tank Engine Episodes, then you should go and buy this DVD set for you and your kids.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have. Nov. 26 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Before I begin, let me just say that Cloudy Harpe's review is wrong. This DVD is NOT a compilation of the first five Thomas tapes released in America, but is actually a compilation of all twenty-six episodes from Series 1. "Whistles and Sneezes," "Gordon Takes a Dip," "Down the Mine" and "Thomas's Christmas Party are on this DVD; "Double Trouble," "A Cow on the Line," "Old Iron" and "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" are not.

But anyway...if you don't already own this, go out and buy it now. It is, quite simply, the best Thomas DVD available. This episodes are from the good old days when Thomas was about trains and railways instead of friendships and morals.

What's even better is that the episodes are all narrated by the one and only Ringo Starr, and are in their original British format. Words and phrases like "trucks," "guard" and "Fat Controller are all intact (though the latter phrase might prove offensive to some over-protective parents).

The special features are not so good, however. They're rather poor-quality, and are narrated by the dreadful Robin Smith, who gives his characters awful voices and always sounds far too cheerful. But don't be put off by this; the rest of the DVD is fantastic, and something that every Thomas fan will love.

Buy it.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The earlier the better Sept. 16 2005
By Robert J. Underhill - Published on Amazon.com
First off, Ringo is the best narrator hands down. Alec and George aren't bad, but I can't stand the new episodes because of the new narrator. Getting 26 episodes for this price is well worth it. And its really nice have 13 episodes per disc IN THE CORRECT ORDER. I'm fairly new to the Thomas world but I would guess they re-did the voice on some of the older episodes was to make them a little more pc as the trains used to refer to Topham Hat as the Fat Controller. Who cares.

The only reason I didn't give five stars is I would have liked to have some Thomas songs on the bonus disc. My son is about to turn two and while he likes to watch Thomas and knows the characters, he doesn't follow the stories that well yet. He LOVES the songs on the Best of James and Best of Thomas DVDs. We currently have about 11 different Thomas DVDs but I'll buy more complete seasons if they ever come out with them.

To sum up, I enjoy watching the stories as much (if not more) than my son. It's a very refreshing change from Barney and The Wiggles. If you haven't purchased any Thomas videos I would suggest trying one that has some songs as a bonus feature. And be patient. My son didn't go nuts for Thomas the first time he watched it (too young) but now he just loves it. Also, I am biased because his Thomas Wooden train set is the first set of toys I like to play with as well, so its nice to have that to do with him.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now This is What I've Waited For Nov. 25 2004
By Mr. Bey - Published on Amazon.com
I already own every episode form the Ringo Starr era on the old videos but I plan on purchasing this DVD. The really funny thing is out of the five Ringo Starr videos made the three that were the best were all stopped being made. Tenders & Turntables is my favorite Thomas video but Thomas Breaks The Rules and Better Late then Never were my other too favorites. I'm really happy this is being made because I know there all a lot of you who never got copies of these great movies and now you are able to see the pure goodness Thomas used to be. I gurantee if you buy this set or the old videos you will want Thomas back to the way it was. If you think the new Thomas movies are good be prepared to be blown away.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas as he was meant to be! Oct. 6 2005
By C. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
We just got this set today and have already watched the whole thing. We were so pleased with these DVDs!

Years ago, when Thomas was new and before we had any children, we used to see it on TV and think how cute it was. But by the time we had children, it had changed considerably. We still like the newer Thomas stories, of course, but nothing compares to the old ones. My favorite in this set is The Sad Story of Henry because it is just so funny.

I highly recommend this set to anyone who is a new or old fan of Thomas. You will be so glad you have it!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. The Ringo Episodes. April 23 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Finally, all the Thomas and Friends early episodes all on one DVD and theyre ALL TOLD BY RINGO STARR, the original and best storyteller of the Thomas adventures. Here are the episodes:

Disc One

Thomas & Gordon (US: Thomas Gets Tricked)

Edward & Gordon (Edward Helps Out)

The Sad Story of Henry (Come Out Henry!)

Edward, Gordon, & Henry (Henry to the Rescue)

Thomas' Train (A Big Day for Thomas)

Thomas & the Trucks (Trouble for Thomas)

Thomas & the Breakdown Train (Thomas Saves the Day)

James & the Coaches (James Learns a Lesson)

Troublesome Trucks (Foolish Freightcars)

James & the Express (A Proud Day for James)

Thomas & the Guard (Thomas & the Conductor)

Thomas Goes Fishing

Thomas, Terence, and the Snow (Terence the Tractor)

Disc Two

Thomas & Bertie (Thomas & Bertie's Great Race)

Tenders & Turntables

Trouble in the Shed

Percy Runs Away

Coal (Henry's Special Coal)

The Flying Kipper

Whistles & Sneezes

Toby & the Stout Gentleman (Toby the Tram Engine)

Thomas in Trouble (Thomas Breaks the Rules)

Dirty Objects (James in a Mess)

Off the Rails (Gordon Takes a Dip)

Down the Mine

Thomas' Christmas Party

Disc Three-Special Features

Sodor Memories

Sir Topham Hatt's Commentary

Read-Along Story: Thomas & The Naughty Diesel

Build an Engine

Who Am I? Game

For all the serious Thomas and Friends collectors.
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