Monday, September 9, 2013

Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway – The Movie Arrives on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD on Septmeber 17th -- Reiew and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone

It’s The Royal Event Of The Year With Thomas & Friends® In This All-New Epic Movie Adventure!
Available On Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download And Video On Demand  
September 17 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 9/17/13

Blu-Ray+DVD Combo Pack SRP: $24.99

DVD SRP $19.98 


"It’s Full Steam Ahead on the Island of Sodor with Thomas and his engine friends in the all-new CG animated movie Thomas & Friends®: King of the Railway coming to Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand September 17 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. King of the Railway The Movie introduces four new engines and one new destination on the Island of Sodor.  New engine Stephen is based on the legendary “Stephenson’s Rocket”, one of the fastest and most advanced steam locomotives of its day. Meet the Earl of Sodor and see how Thomas and the Steam Team rely on friendship and cooperation to avoid disaster and save the day!

Nearly 40 King of the Railway themed products will launch at retail to support the movie, including toys from Fisher-Price across three track systems, books, games, apparel, an app and more, making it the biggest Thomas & Friends event of 2013 for the #1 Preschool Toy brand, and a must own for Thomas fans everywhere! Thomas & Friends: King of the RailwayThe Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is loaded with special features including an all new, exclusive game, karaoke music videos and engine puzzles! The Thomas & Friends®: King of the RailwayThe Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.


Join Thomas & Friends as they embark on a legendary movie adventure! The steam team’s quest begins when a special guest arrives on Sodor with a big surprise and important jobs for Thomas, Percy and James. The engines meet new friends and discover suits of armor; coats of arms and legends of long-ago heroes. Then their bravery is put to the test when their new friend Stephen goes missing. Will Thomas find him in time? Will the engines discover the truth about the Island of Sodor’s biggest mystery? It’s a crusade of knightly proportions for Thomas & Friends in this epic movie!


·        The Search for the Lost Crown Game

·        It's Gonna Be a Great Day Karaoke Music Video

·        Searching Everywhere Karaoke Music Video

·        Working Together! Karaoke Music Video

·        Guess Who? Puzzles


King of the Railway is the biggest Thomas & Friends DVD program of the year, supported by a multi-pronged marketing campaign that includes themed toys and train sets from Fisher-Price, a related mobile and tablet app set for global release in 2013 and best-in-class partners across the globe including Mega Brands, Ravensburger, Random House and Egmont. Fisher-Price will cross-promote King of the Railway DVD content and the related toys through TV advertising and on-package promotions. A dedicated King of the Railway online destination on that is desktop, tablet and smartphone compatible will launch in July 2013. This site features an interactive map of the Island of Sodor and will introduce King of the Railway characters and destinations.  There will also be three new interactive games.  Collectible character badges will be hidden within the site and upon collection, fans will be able to share the badges on Facebook and Twitter. Lastly, there will be global Blue Carpet Premiere events held in London, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico timed to the DVD release."


Type:  Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5

Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH

DVD Closed Captioned: English

Feature Run Time: 62 minutes

Blu-Ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio Status: 5.1 DTS HD-Master Audio and English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD Audio Status:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital

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My Thoughts:

My girls were so excited to see this new Thomas & Friends movie from HIT Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment this past weekend, that they opted not to go to the park with their indeed, so that they could snuggle with him on the couch and watch Thomas together.  :-)  This all-new movie introduced Thomas the Tank friends to four new engines, as well as a new destination on the Island of Sodor. 

This new movie will introduce fans to the Ulfstead Castle, of which Sir Robert Norramby, the Earl of Sodor, wants to reopen.  He enlists the help of Thomas, Percy and James, to with a "special."  Their task is to deliver supplies to the Castle.  If seeing a new location on the Island of Sodor is not enough to get your little ones excited, they will jump for joy when they meet new steam engines including Stephen, Connor, Caitlin and Millie.  My daughters were happy to see two new girl characters added to group, with Millie being their favorite of the two.

Together as a team, the old and new engines need to work together to rescue Stephen (one of the new engines), as well as complete the "Special." As a parent, I love Thomas & Friends, as it always reiterates through the movie and television episodes the importance of friendship and working together -- and, this movie follows suit -- and doesn't disappoint.  My husband and I had a blast with the girls, spending Saturday afternoon snuggling on the couch, as we watched this new full-length movie.  It was action packed and full of adventure, keeping everyone's attention from start to finish.  And, when the movie finished, both girls turned to my husband and I and said in unison "Again, again." I see this new movie being on replay mode throughout the coming weeks, as the girls can't seem to get enough of Thomas and the other engines. 

Don't forget to check out the bonus features, which includes music videos, jigsaw puzzles and more.  While you and little one wait for this new movie to release on Blu-ray, DVD and Combo Pack, please enjoy the FREE Thomas & Friends coloring page, to download and print out.  My refrigerator is covered with a half a dozen of these coloring pages that the girls spent last week coloring, as they waited to watch "King of the Railway" this past weekend.  This is definitely one Thomas & Friends movie not to miss, and one that your family will enjoy watching over and over again. :-)


One lucky reader will win a DVD copy of this new Thomas & Friends DVD, thanks to the folks at Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created by a father for his son nearly 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. 

Thomas & Friends is the number one preschool toy license in the US and has been the number one preschool entertainment brand in the US since 2009[1]. The unrivaled popularity of the global brand continues with Thomas also being the number one preschool toy license in Germany and Australia, as well as the number one foreign preschool brand in China, Japan and Korea.

Disclosure: I was sent a DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone