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Tales From Earthsea [DVD]

Goro Miyazaki    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Goro Miyazaki
  • Producers: Steve Alpert, Javier Ponton, Toshio Suzuki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ghibli
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GJ438
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adapted from Ursula K. Le Guin's beloved children's fantasy book series, this animated film from Studio Ghibli marks the directorial debut of Goro Miyazaki , the son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki ('Spirited Away', 'Howl's Moving Castle') . A strange force is disturbing the natural harmony in the land of Earthsea. Dragons are fighting, magic is dying out, and humanity is falling into chaos and disorder. Haunted by inner demons, Prince Arren stabs his father and absconds with the king's sword. He meets master wizard Ged and a strange young girl named Therru and finds friendship and protection. A dark shadow, however, continues to haunt Arren, drawing him closer to the evil sorcerer Cob whose quest for eternal life is destroying the balance between the realm of the living and the dead. To save Earthsea, Arren must stop Cob, but Arren himself is desending into darkness.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but not all bad 2 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Having read, and loved, the books on which this film was based, I had very high hopes for it. Unfortunately, I left the cinema feeling a little disappointed.

Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea is a grand and deeply moving epic, and none of this really came across in the film. Parts of it were brilliant, but I agree with the reviewer who said the end of the film doesn't live up to the promise of the beginning, with major themes and ideas left unexplored and questions left unanswered. The potential in the source material was squandered leaving me with a feeling of 'what might have been'. I really think that if they'd followed the book more closely they'd have ended up with a better film.

On the whole, I think it was a fair first effort for Goro. For me, the film was better than some of Ghibli's other works, and overall I do like it. It's certainly worth buying for any Ghibli fan, and shouldn't disappoint too badly (even my non-Ghibli-fan friend loved it). For those who haven't already done so, do read the books, they're fantastic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The magic was missing.. 27 April 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an incredibly well animated film, just what you'd expect from Ghibli, but it just did not hold the same magic that most Ghibli films has done. I felt it was quite western in its storyline which may have something to do with it. The first Ghibli I saw was Princess Monoke, shortly followed by Spirited Away, and I was enchanted from the very start. I've seen several more and loved them all, but I just wasn't taken with this one. 3 stars for the usual quality but I probably won't watch it again.
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a tale of two miyazaki's 13 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
Expectations are doubtless high for this - the first Studio Ghibli release since 2005's Howl's Moving Castle; it is also the debuting directorial effort of Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro - a decision which is known to have been the source of much tension between the pair during the film's production.

Tales from Earthsea concerns the plight of Prince Arren - a boy equipped with both shy humility and apoplectic rage as violent as it is ephemeral. Fleeing the palace after a brutal murder, the seemingly cursed Prince finds unlikely companionship in the wizard Sparrowhawk, whom he accompanies on his travels to discover the source of that which is unbalancing the world; disease, poverty and enslavement are proliferating at the hands of an esoteric force, which Sparrowhead will discover emanates from the pernicious machinations of one Lord Cob, who seeks immortality. The two male protagonists come to encounter and reacquaint themselves respectively with female companions, Therru and Tenar, who assist them in their ultimate battle against Lord Cob and his minions.

The film falls very much into the "epic" category of Ghibli's dichotomic catalogue, and allegedly forces the contents of at least three Earthsea books (which, regrettably, I have yet to read) into its duration - a decision which, I feel, results in disjointed pacing: the anti-climatic final battle yawns over a vast chasm of slight tedium, while the more intriguing opening scenes involving the King are danced over with quite unnecessary flourish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and death 25 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Tales from Earthsea" is a Miyazaki movie. Just not THE Miyazaki.

No, this extremely loose adaptation of Ursula le Guin's Earthsea series is directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki. And it has the earmarks of a promising first effort -- the visuals are hauntingly lovely, the dialogue is sometimes beautiful, and there's raw passion in its making. But honestly, the story is often confusing.

The archmage Sparrowhawk encounters a young boy named Prince Arren in the desert, and takes him under his wing. Arren is on the run from his own kingdom after committing a horrible crime, and Sparrowhawk is out to find out why magic seems to be draining out of the world, and darkness is creeping into people's hearts.

After some misadventures with slavers, they make their way to Sparrowhawk's friend/love interest Tenar, and her adopted daughter Therru. Unfortunately, the malevolent mage Cob has learned of Sparrowhawk's presence nearby, and plans to use Arren in his quest for eternal life and revenge againt Sparrowhawk... unless Therru can help her friend come to terms with his inner darkness.

For the record, "Tales From Earthsea" is just a stunning movie visually -- ivy-draped cities, azure seaports, dark looming castles against twilight skies, and long sweeping green fields dotted with trees in the morning sun. There's a genuine sense of magic and mystery to this world, and you can really feel the passion that Miyazaki had for his story.

However, the story itself is kind of mixed. The dialogue is strong and often hauntingly powerful ("But only to men is it given to know that we must die, and that is a precious gift"), and the story has some scenes that are .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent item
Great condition and i would buy from seller again, i would recommend this product to anyone, a great family friendly film for any age and taste in genre
Published 2 months ago by magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
This is Christmas gift for 10 year old boy he will love it also was such good value for money.
Published 7 months ago by glittersharts
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
If you enjoy Japanese illustrations then you will find this film beautiful. It is not supposed to be a film exactly following any of the Earthsea books but is loosely based around... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alice
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Earthsea movie you're gonna see unless there comes some Le...
Le Guin's cycle is hard to film: slow paces, little action and a lot of philosophical dialogues. If Jackson's "LotR" is what it is (and it's better not to talk about his... Read more
Published 11 months ago by st
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
Tales from Earthsea is an animated movie directed by Goro Miyazaki and based upon the Earthsea novel series by Ursula Le Guin. Read more
Published 12 months ago by chilled monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth having in your collection
I had to buy this for the sake of owning all Ghibli on blu-ray. I was expecting it to be absolutely terrible from just word of mouth on the internet; It's not terrible and not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nigel
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a present
Don't have an opinion, but no complaints from the recipient and it arrived in good time. Cannot say more as I have not seen it.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs G Pittaway
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film
amazing film, came in great time! really well worth buy for the price of it. Goes very nicely in my Studio Ghibli collection
Published 16 months ago by NevNev
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales From Earthsea
Studio Ghibli make beautiful animations with stunning graphics. This story reaches into the world of magic and has a fabulous storyline with memorable characters.
Published 16 months ago by Nadi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other ghibli, but nice blu ray
Good story although lacking in places, some parts felt slow. It doesn't quite show some of the Ghibli magic most other films in the collection have but is still worth a watch.
Published 18 months ago by Joe
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