Thomas & Friends-Three Cheers for Thomas (2004)

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Released 7-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Game-Cargo Challenge
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 57:12
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Mitton
Studio
Distributor
Hit Entertainment
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Michael Angelis
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Junior Campbell
Andreas Fehrle
Graeme MacArthur


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Thomas the Tank Engine is a huge favourite around our house. My 2 year old son has the DVDs, the slippers, the pyjamas, the T-shirt, the track suit, the books, the wooden train set and much more. Therefore, this new disc was greeted with great excitement.

    It is interesting to note that there are actually two versions of this show globally, an American one, with similar stories but an American story reader and the English one, as we get here. I recently purchased a disc of the series from Region 1 and was disappointed to find the annoying American voiceover. My son doesn't seem to mind but I find it a little difficult to cope with. This disc has a similar format to that one, although with an English voiceover. This disc is designed as one program with seven stories interspersed with various songs and games. Accordingly there are actually 11 segments included here in the 55 minute run time, despite there only being 7 chapter stops. Each of the seven stories runs for approximately 7 minutes. They are a brand new 2004 production.

    The 11 segments are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Thomas Saves the Day - Thomas has to ferry workers each day to a new station which is being built, however there is a dangerous bend along the way which worries him. When Annie & Clarabel are sent for a refit he gets very nervous about it.
  3. Don't Tell Thomas - The other engines are keeping a secret from Thomas and he is desperate to find out what it is.
  4. Percy memory game
  5. Fish - Thomas has an accident involving stinky fish when he is not careful enough. Involves an engine I haven't seen before called Arthur.
  6. Halloween - Arry & Bert try to scare Thomas and Emily on Halloween. It annoys me that this show is becoming more and more Americanized with episodes like this.
  7. Song - Surprises 
  8. Spic and Span - There is a competition for the smartest engine but Thomas and Percy have trouble getting and staying clean.
  9. Chickens to School - Thomas volunteers for three extra job however gets so tired that he starts mixing them up.
  10. Thomas repaint interactive activity
  11. Thomas & the Circus - Thomas gets the job of collecting the circus which is coming to Sodor, however because he is greedy things go wrong.

    Another excellent set of Thomas stories which all little Thomas fans will enjoy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good but lacking a little in sharpness.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although could not be described as crisp. There was no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read, however I felt they were placed too high on the screen obscuring the picture.

        

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music is good fun and the songs are great for little kids.

    The surround speakers were not used.

    The subwoofer added bass to the music but this was a function of my amp's bass management.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu is simple and easy to use.

Cargo Challenge Game

    With significant help from the voiceover the player must decide how many trucks to take and at what speed for various jobs to see if they will arrive safely. Not bad.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    There is no real comparison available here as the US discs contain the American voiceover.

    On this basis, I would recommend the Region 4 version.

Summary

    A collection of 7 new Thomas stories interspersed with songs and games.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has one extra which the kids will enjoy.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, September 09, 2005
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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