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Product Description

Based on Ursula K. Le Guin's multiple award-winning classic tale comes this richly imagined epic mini-series. In the magical world of EarthSea, the Amulet of Peace has ensured harmony between humans and dragons for centuries. But when the Amulet is broken and a piece of it disappears, it's up to a neophyte wizard to restore balance and stop a nefarious king from conquering EarthSea's islands.

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Originally broadcast as Legend of Earthsea in December 2004, the Sci-Fi Channel's four-hour miniseries of Earthsea rides the coattails of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with its quest-driven story of humble blacksmith Ged (Shawn Ashmore), a wizard-to-be who is mentored by the magical Ogion (Danny Glover) as he seeks to preserve the realm of Earthsea from the evil King Tygath (Sebastian Roché). Ged's adventures lead him to the priestess Tenar (Kristen Kreuk, from Smallville) and with secrets shared by High Priestess Thar (Isabella Rossellini), they gain the power to prevail over Tygath. As presented by Robert Halmi Sr. (producer of Merlin, Gulliver's Travels and several other fantasy miniseries), this skeletal rendering of Earthsea boasts a wealth of digital effects and semi-lavish set design, but Ashmore's lack of charisma hampers a production already fraught with problems. It provoked the wrath of fantasy fans and a firm rejection by author Ursula K. Le Guin, who had watched helplessly (she wasn't involved or consulted) as her classic novels A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan were racially "whitewashed" (in Le Guin's words) nearly beyond recognition. As TV fantasy goes, Earthsea is admirably ambitious, but best enjoyed by those with no awareness of the classic books it is very loosely based on. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Actors: Attila, Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kreuk, Isabella Rossellini, Danny Glover
  • Directors: Robert Lieberman
  • Writers: Gavin Scott, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Producers: Dianna Oliva-Day, Kevin Kelly Brown, Lawrence Bender, Matthew O'Connor, Michael O'Connor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BPA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earthsea" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The special effects are interesting, the acting a little slow.
Cecile F. Rbeihat
It had none of the sublime spiritual beauty of Le Guin's text, and the inner lives and struggles of the characters were not as clearly portrayed.
Gypsy Cat
There are just so many things wrong with this movie that it is impossible to list them all.
Wilderness

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143 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Andres R. Guevara on March 31, 2005
Format: DVD
First off, I am not a slave to the book when judging adaptations. I understand and appreciate that what often works in books doesn't always translate onto the big or little screen. BUT, having said that this is NOT an adaptation. Instead it feels more like the Ciff notes as written by someone who has never read the books. I know that movies have to leave out a lot of details, but "Earthsea" leaves out nearly every detail. Instead, it feels like a total strip down of the story; like Ms. Le Guin's discarded first draft.

As a fantasy by-the-books movie, I can recommend this only to people who are just looking to pass a few hours.

But, as has been expressed below by Ms Pamela Thomas, I am worried that people will see this and completely ignore the books. If I hadn't read the books and saw the movie my first reaction would be: "Oh boy, those Le Guin books sure are overrated." And that can't be further from the truth!

Skip the movie, read the book!
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jody Gentian Bower on March 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I can't review this miniseries as an independent example of fantasy film-making. I am a huge fan of the books and can only judge it by how well it does as a cinematic adaptation.

It fails miserably.

It's not just that the writers fail to get anything right beyond the names, and sometimes not even that:
- "Ged" is the wizard's secret name, "Sparrowhawk" is his commonly used one
- Ged and the other Archipelagans are aboriginal peoples (LeGuin says they are like the Inuit), not white
- There are no girls at the school at Roke
- Tenar is recognized as the incarnation of Arha when she is 5 years old; she does not take a "test" to become the priestess
- Kossil is old and fat, not young & beautiful, and no men come near the temple
- Nemmerle dies after using up all his magic after Ged summons the gebbeth, not in battle
- the Kargads never attack Roke or go to war or come to Atuan during the story; the Kargad king is not in the story

That's only a part of how wrong the scriptwriters went. But more importantly, they didn't understand what the gebbeth represented. It was Ged's own shadow side; it represented the dark side of ourselves that we all need to learn how to deal with if we are to become whole. Because they didn't understand that, they fell back on a standard-issue good vs. evil plot. Nothing we haven't seen before. The uniqueness of LeGuin's story is lost.

It's a great shame that the Sci-fi folks fired the first screenwriter, Phillipa Boyens, who helped adapt "The Lord of the Rings" to the screen and is a LeGuin fan. We'll never know how good her script was.

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78 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Throughout the last two decades of the 20th century the fantasy genre gained a large number of followers, which initially might have been influenced by encounters with J.R.R. Tolkien's adventures or roll playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. This group of people has steadily grown through the help of computer games, books, and other media that brings the audience away from the reality of the human existence. Thus, the Sci-Fi Channel delivers the Legend of Earthsea to this growing fan base.

The televised miniseries Legend of Earthsea is an adventure that brings the audience away from reality to the world of Earthsea where the world consists of a vast number of islands. The author Ursula K. Le Guin created this world and she has a large number of dedicated readers. More can be found on her website, [...] in regards to her books and comments in regards to the TV series.

Legend of Earthsea opens in a small island village where the blacksmith's son, Ged (Shawn Ashmore) discovers that he has magical powers. Ged, a restless young man, saves the town from an attack through the use of magic, which brings forth the wizard Ogion (Danny Glover). Ogion requests that Ged becomes his student, but Ged's father initially rejects the request. Nonetheless, Ged becomes the pupil of Ogion, as he begins his journey on becoming a wizard.

On this journey the audience gets to follow how Ged is coming of age through foolish magical stunts and deadly encounters with dragons and other dangerous creatures. Ged builds lasting friendships and eventually discovers the wonder of love. Through many adventures with Ged the audience will experience both suspense and drama with some wisdom.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gypsy Cat on February 22, 2005
Format: DVD
Don't waste your money!

If you are a fan of the Earthsea series of books, you will be sorely disappointed in this miniseries. I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish watching it when it was originally aired on the SciFi Channel! The acting was poor and the dialogue was contrived. It had none of the sublime spiritual beauty of Le Guin's text, and the inner lives and struggles of the characters were not as clearly portrayed. In all, I found it to be juvenile and superficial. There is absolutely nothing of the spirit of the books in this miniseries!

Apparently, people who have not read the books have enjoyed this miniseries. I tried to imagine what I would think of it if I had not read the books, and could only conclude that maybe I would have liked it if I had seen it during middle school or earlier. In otherwords, adult fans of fantasy: don't waste your money.
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