Best of James is a US VHS/DVD release featuring three first season episodes, one second season episode and four third season episodes narrated by George Carlin and one song. The DVD release also featured three extra songs. It was distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment and released on DVD in 2002. And was released again in a three disc set with the Best of Thomas and the Best of Percy in 2003.


Known on the Island of Sodor for his fine scarlet coat and occasional high-falutin' attitude, James has been a fan favorite from the very begining. Children love his big grin and jovial way - - - adults connect with his kind heart and warm dispostition. This volume of the commorative Thomas & Friends Collector's Edition series is dedicated to James, the very useful, splenedid red engine. Celebrate all of the favorite stories which have made James one of the most popular and closest friends of Thomas. Remember when James got a little rough with some of the Troublesome Trucks and learned a very important lesson? Or whan James' joke on Gordon backfired on him? And who could ever forget when James got stung on the nose by a bee? Get your tickets ready and hop for miles of smiles with your Sodor family as they salute your friend and ours, James.


  1. A Proud Day for James
  2. James in a Mess
  3. Old Iron
  4. No Joke for James
  5. James Learns a Lesson
  6. Percy, James and the Fruitful Day
  7. James goes Buzz Buzz
  8. Time for Trouble


  1. Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover (Separate from main feature on DVD)
  2. Harold the Helicopter (DVD only)
  3. The Island Song (DVD only)
  4. Gone Fishing (DVD only)

Bonus Features

  • Build an Engine
  • Where Do I Belong?
  • Best of James Trivia
  • Character Gallery
  • Hooray For Thomas Read Along


  • The image for Time for Trouble on the DVD menu is actually from Troublesome Trucks.