Thomas & Friends-Truckloads of Fun (2004)

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Released 3-Aug-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Song Lyrics
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 66:06
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By David Mitton
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ringo Starr
Michael Angelis
George Carlin
Alec Baldwin
Michael Brandon
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Junior Campbell
Andreas Fehrle
Graeme MacArthur


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    It's hard to believe that Thomas was created by Rev. W. Awdry in 1945. In a world where fads come and go, Thomas is a constant that most of us grew up with, either in books, on TV or on video.

    The Thomas empire still steams strongly on, an oasis of yesterday with its steam engines and simple stories, and this disc gives us ten Thomas adventures interspersed with three songs for the kids to sing along with.

   I believe one of the reasons Thomas has been so successful is because of the high production standards. While many children's programmes can be of second rate quality as they are "only for kids", Thomas is always well filmed and the time put into the modelling is evident to see. Thomas and Friends - Truckloads Of Fun maintains the usual high standard of the Thomas series.

Thomas And The Trucks (5:36)
    Thomas wants a change so he swaps with another engine so he can pull trucks instead of carriages.

Troublesome Trucks (5:36)
    James has to deal with some troublesome trucks when the couplings break.

Accidents will Happen (3:34)
    A song that the kids can sing along with.

Tenders And Turntables (5:31)
    Thomas has been sent to work on a branch line and the bigger engines are angry at having to do their own shunting.

Trouble In The Shed (5:31)
    The big engines refuse to do shunting so the Fat Controller decides to teach them a lesson.

Off The Rails (5:32)
    Gordon gets stuck in a ditch when he runs off the rails.

The Snow Song (5:32)
    Another song the kids can sing along with.

Thomas, Percy and The Coal (5:36)
    Percy has an accident loading coal and buries Thomas.

Mavis (5:34)
    Mavis the quarry engine gets stuck on icy rails when she doesn't listen to advice.

Heroes (5:34)
    Two small shunting engines are heroes when they save the quarry workers from a rock-fall.

Sir Topham Hatt (3:14)
    Another sing along song.

Four Little Engines (5:34)
    Scarloey, despite his age, is told to pull some passenger carriages and his springs break.

Make Someone Happy (5:33)
    Percy is grumpy until he is sent on a run to bring a special passenger to the village fair.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    These episodes are from the older Thomas TV shows and so are in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The quality is not as good as the later series with some low level noise being present and the overall picture being more grainy. Many of the episodes look to be from a VHS transfer. A couple of the episodes display some telecine wobble.

    These quibbles aside, the video is acceptable and is quite watchable. I doubt that the target audience of toddlers will be too upset by these minor video flaws.

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Audio

    As is usual with this series, audio is Dolby Digital 2.0.Another good, clean audio transfer with clear and easy to follow dialogue. Not much is expected of the surrounds and sub-woofer, but again, I don't see the target audience complaining too much.

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Extras

    There are no extras. The menu is static with the Thomas theme behind it.

R4 vs R1

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

    I could not locate this collection in Region 1. There is a Region 2 version that appears to be identical.

Summary

    Another collection of Thomas adventures that every toddler will love.

    Video is average.

    Audio is good.

    No extras.

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© Glen Randall (If you're really bored, you can read my bio)
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba SD-1200Y, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TH-42PV500A 42" HD Plasma. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V596
SpeakersRichter Wizard fronts, Richter Lynx centre, Richter Hydra rears, Velodyne CT-100 sub-woofer

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