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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E9HML0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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See Thomas & Friends™ like never before in this new action-packed movie. Follow Thomas as he discovers Hiro, an abandoned engine from a faraway land. Fearing that Hiro will be scrapped, Thomas enlists the help of many friends, but mishaps, mistakes and one boastful engine could foil their rescue plans. Watch and find out if they can work together to help their new friend in the most heroic movie of the year!

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See Thomas & Friends™ like never before in this new action-packed movie. Follow Thomas as he discovers Hiro, an abandoned engine from a faraway land. Fearing that Hiro will be scrapped, Thomas enlists the help of many friends, but mishaps, mistakes and one boastful engine could foil their rescue plans. Watch and find out if they can work together to help their new friend in the most heroic movie of the year!

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Steams Strong in CGI September 26, 2009
By R. Wolf
Format:DVD
The fourth Thomas movie down the line (after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad", "Calling All Engines", and "The Great Discovery"), "Hero of the Rails" makes the biggest change in Thomas's history so far; the entire film is done in CGI animation produced by Nitrogen Studios in Canada. All of the characters are now individually voiced, although Micheal Brandon returns to narrate through the film.

In the story, Spencer, a big silver engine from the mainland, is visiting Sodor to help build a private summer house. Thomas, after being teased about his size, foolishly tries to compete with Spencer, but ends up crashing onto an abandoned old line. There he finds Hiro, an old abandoned engine who once worked on Sodor long ago. Wanting to prevent him from being scrapped, Thomas promises to help return him to his former glory, along with the help of Victor and Kevin (a steam engine and a crane, respectively), who work at Sodor's famous "Steamworks". Along the way, he has to avoid the suspicious eyes of Spencer, and keep Hiro's secret from Sir Topham Hatt.
Not spoiling the end of the story, it's vaguely similar to "Magic Railroad", but it was fantastically executed overall. Hiro's character is very believable and likable, and Victor and Kevin make a wonderful pair on-screen. The story's moral is laid in through the narration, but isn't thrown right into the viewer's face, unlike most children's films, which is a refreshing change.

The film's main focus, however, is the new animation. While the original model series was wonderful, the new CGI is a breath of fresh air. The moving faces give a whole new life to the characters, and each locomotive looks as realistic as they can be.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thomas Movie Yet October 15, 2009
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My 4 year old went bananas when he saw that I bought this for him. He was so happy. I watched it with him the first time and I was impressed with it. The Thomas movies have always been good for kids and now that they are animated it is even better. Not quite as creepy I think! So if you have a Thomas fan in your house this is a must see & buy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thomas Movie that Won't Make Adults Go Insane November 27, 2009
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My daughter loves Thomas the Tank Engine but sometimes the videos make me want to eat nails. That stupid song gets caught in my head and the stories just seem so short and underdeveloped. This movie is very different. The music is more modern (read: no annoying children's choir)and the character voices are much more natural. The longer story was developed well and did not seem to end abruptly. I actually enjoyed watching this Thomas video with my daughter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thomas Movie Ever! April 25, 2010
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I bought Hero of the Rails for my 2-year old. He is an absolute Thomas fanatic!

This movie does not dissappoint. Initially, I was not a fan of the CGI. After watching what seemed like endless hours of Thomas minatures and voiced-over character dolls in the older shows, it seemed that was the only proper way to watch Thomas. The CGI would simply cause "confusion and delay".

Was I wrong! CGI breathes new life into this series. The characters have lost that "homey" feel of the minatures, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the graphics. The scenes flow very well, and I must admit, they hold your attention better than "The Great Discovery".

The storyline is very believable: a broken-down and forgotten engine is made new again. This seems to be a recurring theme in many Thomas episodes: Something old is made new. Or, something old is worth keeping around, e.g., steam engines in the age of diesel.

The characters are great! Some of the voices are bit overboard, such as Gordon's "High & Mighty", and Henry's whine. Spencer's voice is perfect, as are Hiro's and Emily's. Personally, I don't care for Thomas's voice. It seems a bit too youngish, but considering who this DVD is aimed at, it works for kids. As was mentioned in an earlier post, Victor and Kevin are a match made in Heaven: the seasoned veteran and the new kid in the shop. Perfect!

Without getting too specific and spoiling the movie for all, I will just say this movie is great for kids and adults. I have even snuck it into the DVD player when no one was around...

Buy it. You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revitalizes a childhood classic November 9, 2010
Format:DVD
Hero of the Rails is a surprisingly effective movie that demonstrates the potential the Thomas series still has.

Breaking from the usual plot formula of the show, Thomas finds an old engine left for scrap, and tries to repair him in secret. Meanwhile visiting engine Spencer is feeling sore from his competition with the Sodor engines, trying to sabotage them in any way possible.

For a show that was admired for its trainset-come-to-life imagery, changing Thomas to a CGI show seems like a controversial move. However, Hero of the Rails shows the new medium being used to its full potential - wonderful scenery, dynamic "camera" work like tracking shots, and a new sense of scale in Thomas' world. In fact, one new setting is the Steamworks - a giant workshop modeled on several installations from the glory days of steam.

There are new characters, too, and while often Thomas introduces new characters with little purpose other than merchandising potential, these seem like natural extensions of the Sodor world: Victor, the even-tempered workshop engine; Kevin, the Steamworks' accident-prone mobile crane, and Hiro, the abandoned engine whom Thomas and friends hope to restore.

The movie's not without its flaws. For instance there's little regard for actual railway practice, which the older shows almost always adhered to. Finally there are times when the narrator keeps talking even though it's perfectly clear through the characters and on-screen action what's happening. It's not really adding anything other than repetitive rhyming and alliteration.

Still, Hero of the Rails is a refreshing chapter in Thomas' history, and deserves a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kids Movie
My son has watched this over and over, and had to buy all of the trains that had major parts in the movie. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great lessons aboard
My son and daughter love this movie! They love all Thomas, but this one has quickly become a family favorite.
Published 13 days ago by Angel B. Voss
4.0 out of 5 stars My Grandson Loved It
Great way to capture the attention of three-year-old. This is one of our favorite childrens movies. A truly great resource.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really, Amazon?
I don't understand why Amazon would ask me to rate this. Ask my 2 yr old and he'll give it 'eleventeen' stars. Ask me, you'll get zero because I have seen it 39 times. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Sabrina Linde
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for my 22 month old!
My son loved this movie! He is almost 2 years old. We have watched it a bunch of times along with other Thomas movies. I like the new ones not the old ones.
Published 17 days ago by Caitlin O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Great episodes! Thomas and friends always have very good stories, and they are educational. Great quality of the image and sound.
Published 23 days ago by woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas & Friends: Hero Of The Rails [HD] was great
My granddaughter just loves Thomas. She wants to see it over and over and over and over and over and over.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
My son is addicted to Thomas right now so yes we love the videos. Even when they are mean to each other it always has a happy resolution.
Published 1 month ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas is my hero
My son can watch Thomas and Friends for hours and hours and never seems to be bored. Most of the stories are entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by C. D. Hernandez
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