Feature-length movie, Misty Island Rescue, is set for release on DVD from Lionsgate in October in the UK, September in the US, and across other international territories including Australia, Germany, Benelux and Spain by the end of 2010.
The 60-minute rescue-adventure special sees Thomas the Tank Engine leaving the Island of Sodor for the first time.
It is also the first event supported by the brand's new licensees including Fisher-Price, Learning Curve and Mega Bloks.
Misty Island Rescue introduces new destinations and four new characters. The Sodor Search and Rescue Centre is the new home for Harold the Helicopter, Rocky the Crane, and Captain, a new lifeboat on the Island of Sodor. Misty Island itself is home to new destinations including the Shake Shake Bridge and the Logging Center.
"As we mark Thomas & Friends’ 65th Anniversary, we are very excited to introduce Thomas’ greatest adventure to date, and unveil an impressive array of tie-in products across all key categories," said Rick Glankler, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management, HIT Entertainment.
"Thomas is the undisputed number one engine around the world, and we know that Thomas fans will be enthralled by this heroic rescue story.”
A theatrical release in 65 Vue Cinemas across the UK is planned over the weekend of October 2nd-3rd, 2010.