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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XMGGL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Join Thomas & Friends™ as they speed through the Island of Sodor in these six spectacular stories of fun and adventure. Capture the spirit of "steamwork” as Thomas learns to share his workload, rescues the water works, and takes on the challenge of a high-speed race! So hop on board and strap on your conductor's hat for this thrilling collection of High Speed Adventures!

Customer Reviews

It was a present and our 5yr old loved it!
phyllis martin
It is too bad they have once again "fixed" something that was not broken.
Mom, homeschooler, small business owner
Our daughter turned her head away and was scared until we turned it off.
34pbxth

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on May 17, 2009
Format: DVD
I think you just can't go wrong with Thomas & Friends. The programs always contain positive messages, they are wholesome in nature and yet still exciting enough for children to enjoy. There are always great lessons in that the characters make the same types of mistakes that everyone is prone to make. We see the consequences from being in a hurry or just plain fooling around, becoming jealous of others or lying to cover up mistakes.

These episodes feature the new CG animation, which means better facial expressions for the trains and townspeople. As always, the same great life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation are most certainly included.

In Thomas and the Billboard, Thomas becomes upset when he is inadvertently excluded from a photo taken of all the trains. Although it was a genuine mistake by the photographer, Thomas heatedly blames another train, which causes a whole new set of problems.

Steady Eddie refers to Edward, one of the older and most reliable trains. Because of his reputation, Steady Eddie is given the special job of delivering valuable cargo. He feels proud of his status and takes an alternate route where more people can admire him, instead of taking the directed path and gets himself into hot water.

Rosie's Carnival Special: Rosie is specially requested by Sir Topham Hatt to be one of two trains to transport the Carnival Special. Rosie is greedy and wants to do it alone, which causes an accident. She realizes that working together as a team can be very rewarding.
These are three of the six episodes on the disc. Also included are Mountain Marvel, Henry Gets it Wrong and Don't Go Back. Each one has its own valuable lesson which kids will benefit from, and plenty of action in the train yard they will enjoy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alana on April 19, 2009
Format: DVD
This DVD is a new series where Thomas and every characters are animated. It's pretty neat to see them animated and move more than just their eyes and their mouth expressions. PBS started playing these episodes and I'm glad they are finally out on DVD for when we travel. My 4 year old LOVES Thomas and I have to admit I was pretty excited when these episodes came out on tv too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on September 23, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this movie for my 3 year old son. At first he was not happy about "talking thomas" and wanted to watch an old Thomas movie. The next day he asked to watch "talking thomas" and enjoys watching it every time now.
I am also a preschool teacher, and for a special treat on Fridays we watch a movie. I brought in this movie to watch, every single boy I have LOVED it and always ask me if we can watch "Talking Thomas" for movie day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BizzyBee on September 4, 2009
Format: DVD
Another wonderful Thomas DVD in new CGI animation format. It is wonderful to see Thomas talking and more expressive. My 2 1/2 yo son and I love to sit together and watch each story. I love when Rosie announces in one story "I'm driving the Carnival Special!" It also has a bonus Rory the Racing Car story and this one gets my son laughing up a storm with the helicopter lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Smit on December 3, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Normally I *HATE* CGI but the Thomas animators have done a reasonably good job with the technique. Eyes aren't deadened (they move around and blink), faces don't look overly plastic, and nobody wobbles around like a car dash head bobber (as they do on the CGI-"enhanced" Bob the Builder). The animators have been wisely conservative in keeping the look & feel similar to the older episodes, and minimizing the flashy stuff. Even with the famously grey faces and wooden dialogue, I didn't find the new characterizations any creepier/more uncanny valley than the old ones. Which is creepier, an anthropomorphic engine that moves its mouth when it speaks, or one that keeps the same frozen expression while you're looking at it but MOVES as soon as you look away? (::shudder::) All in all, a good job.

On the other hand, I find the story-telling to be less well-executed. Most stories are trite, repetitive, and predictable (even for Thomas!). Realistic railway details are de-emphasized while engines & their personalities are overly emphasized. I could do with a bit more respect for the Rev. Audry's original vision, and stories that made more sense (are there no tarps on Sodor???? every load is left uncovered and ready for disaster!).

Incidentally, my son wasn't afraid of the moving faces -- in fact he LOVED them. Possibly because he's 3 years old, and developmentally normal? I feel for the parents whose kids didn't like the change, but it looks like they are in the minority. Given that there are more Thomas episodes than there are days in the year -- 25+ years' worth of material, most of it with old skool modeling -- I think the minority can cope. (Not to mention there are tons of Railway Series books to read, and YouTube for DIYers with Tomy models and video cameras!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Thomas the Tank Engine is an icon of young children's entertainment, and he comes to the next generation of viewers with another set of adventures. "High Speed Adventures" is a collection of six stories for Thomas & Friends as they go about their lives on the island of Sodor. Encouraging sharing, cooperation, and 'steamwork', Thomas tells many stories while doing much to captivate young viewers and giving them much to enjoy as they learn good values. "High Speed Adventures" is a top choice for parents of young children who want to let their children enjoy what they enjoyed as children themselves.
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