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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E9HML0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,514 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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66 of 66 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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25 of 25 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 20 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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6 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a winner (and I like Hiro myself)
This is the only Thomas my son wants to watch when we boot up Prime. It's a winner (and I like Hiro myself).
Published 25 days ago by Pastafarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay Thomas !
Grandson watches it over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by Nilda Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I recently discovered Thomas thru my grandson, age 4. As we're going to join him and his parents for a ride on Thomas the Train this afternoon (June 2014), I looked for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I bought his for my 2 year old, who was in to Thomas. He was pretty happy with the DVD and we watched quite a few times.
Published 1 month ago by Irina
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect movie night with the kids
Our kids love this movie! They love Hiro, and the fact that so many trains cooperate to help Thomas and Hiro. We also love that it's in CGI.
Published 2 months ago by Jim and Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars If your kid loves Thomas, they will love this
Typical Thomas DVD. My son loves trains and the shows so he also loves this. Can't recall a lot about it, unfortunately.
Published 2 months ago by C. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Great movie for the little ones! Just an hour long, which gives me enough time to put baby brother and baby sister to bed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Otteman
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
Published 3 months ago by Kristie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas the Train video
I cannot go wrong with the Thomas the Train videos and stories. My grandson spends a lot of time with me so we read many stories and watch some videos. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TV Gracie
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 3 months ago by Angel B. Voss
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