Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Thomas Friends Salty's Secret|
Actor: Alec Baldwin
Directors: David Mitton, David Milton
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Animation
Salty the diesel engine has a secret and all the other engines on Sodor want to know what it is. Join Thomas and Mavis as they meetSalty and discover the secret that Bill and Ben are still trying to figure out. Welcome Har... more »
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John Smith | 04/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok so all in all i liked this video...it combined some classic characters such as Thomas and Percy as well as new characters like Salty and Harvey.
Salty's Secret: 4/5
Very good introduction to Salty as well as a good welcome back to bill and ben. Salty comes to the island and is sent to work in the quarry with bill, ben, and mavis, even though he likes the sea. The reason this did not get a 5 is because the scenery is a bit dull and the "secret" advertised with the trucks was simply that Salty sings, however, the songs are very catchy and upbeat.
Harvey to the rescue: 4/5
Good way to teach children respect for others even if they look different. Harvey is a crane engine who the engines at first dislike because he looks different but then after he helped Percy when percy had an accident he proved himself to be useful and the engines soon befriended him. I had to take points off for the horrible scenery. In this story it shows even more. But only very educated children would be able to notice
No sleep for Cranky: 2.5/5
Im very happy to see Cranky but I was hoping he would be shown as less Cranky and not lonely and bitter. Cranky drops pipes on the tracks so they knock over a shed leaving Cranky trapped for the night with Bill, Ben, and Salty. Not very special at all. Though this story does get 2 points because it has comedy and for once a new character is introduced with proper development of character.
The Fogman: 4/5
A big improvement after the last story! A new fog machine comes to the island to replace a fogman but when the machine causes an accident for Thomas the fogman comes to the rescue and warns toby who is on the same line of the danger ahead. The Scenery for Misty Valley is alot better than the countryside seen in the last few stories. It only gets a 4 because I wish it was done with engines not seen this video like James, Henry, or Gordon.
A Bad Day For Harold: 3/5
The scenery has improved but this story does not have much towards the way of plot. Percy enjoys taking the mail so when a broken signal forces him to give his mail to harold he is upset. Harold later breaks down because it is too heavy for him and Percy saves him. It is nice to see a story about Harold the helicopter like in "make someone happy" but I do prefer the stories with engines.
Elizabith the Vintage Quarry Truck: 2/5
I was being generous with this one. It is by far the worst story on the video. It introduces Elizabith, who is a stuck up snotty truck that helped Thomas when he broke down carrying a special. The plot itself was a 3.5 but then it lost points for lines like "Thomas likes pulling specials, they make him feel special" and also for the poor ironic twist at the end where Elizabith turns out to be TFC's first car so he repaints her.
James the splendid red engine (song):5/5
This is an excellent song. It is catchy, witty, and shows an engine other than Thomas and Percy (like the better half of the video). Warning though this song is very easy to get stuck into your head!
Basicly this is a good buy for children who prefer chracters like bill, ben, mavis, and cranky. In General it is good too. I highly recomend it"
ONE OF THE BEST THOMAS DVDS!
Marley | St. Petersburg, Florida United States | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We have about 5 Thomas DVDs. I love it because it is narrated by Alec Baldwin (who I prefer) and it has Salty, Cranky, and all the other fun "sidekicks" as well as the main trains. My 2 year old loves it because of it being Thomas but he asks for this more than any other."
Wrong toy train included
Phil Ritter | Palo Alto, CA USA | 04/11/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD selection of stories was fine and my grandson enjoyed the stories, which I would have rated 5 stars. However, the picture shows what looks to be Bertie the red bus as the "toy" included, which is one that my grandson had been asking for. Instead the package contained another blue Thomas the tank engine, of which we already have several. Perhaps Amazon should scan the current package to show the correct toy. Others that I have ordered from Amazon have contained toy trains that match the picture."
Great for kids!
B. Knox | Eastern Shore, MD | 04/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thomas and Friends never cease to please my grandson! Even better, is the free train with the dvd. You can't beat this deal!"