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Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails

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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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  • Actors: Martin T. Sherman, David Bedella, William Hope, Togo Igawa, Jules de Jongh
  • Directors: Greg Tiernan
  • Writers: Sharon Miller
  • Producers: Nicole Stinn, Marion Edwards, Christopher Skala
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2014
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E9HML0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By R. Wolf on September 26, 2009
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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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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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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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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I was attending a birthday party of a 3 year old this past weekend and needed a present. The theme of the birthday party was "construction" so I figured a present along those lines would be great! Figuring most people would get trucks and such, I went the train route. I remember liking Thomas the Train Engine as a kid and was surprised to find that they were still making movies! I knew immediately that this is what I wanted to get as a present! I chose both Hero of the Rails and Dinos and Discoveries. I figured Hero of the Rails would be full of trains and transportation and would be so fun for a three year old that loves locomotives! Dinos and Discoveries just sounded awesome - who doesn't love a trip back with the dinosaurs?! I received these only 2 days later (luckily since I waited to order them on Thursday for a Saturday party and they arrived in time for the party! They were such a hit! As soon as he opened them, the child screamed "Thomas!!" I see they are still just as popular as when I was a kid! The next morning the mom texted me a picture of her 2 sons sitting on the couch, holding hand and watching the Thomas videos intently. After a long day of a birthday party that tired mama was so happy for a break and something that could enthrall and entertain her boys so well! Highly recommended as a present and by a mother!!
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