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Tales From Earthsea [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Junichi Okada, Aoi Teshima
  • Directors: Goro Miyazaki
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG992W
  • Learn more about "Tales From Earthsea [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2010
Format: DVD
Combining the fantasy novel of a Western author and the movie making skills of a Japanese animator seems like a strange collaboration, but it's nothing that hasn't already been done before with Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle, based on the book by Diana Wynne Jones. "Tales from Earthsea" is an adaptation of Ursula le Guin's beloved "Earthsea" series, which for many years was composed of only three books, but which now includes at least six installments.

There was already a connection between Hayao Miyazaki and the Earthsea books; he claims to have been heavily influenced by their worldviews and mythologies, both of which avoided the tradition black-and-white depictions of good and evil. Twenty years ago Miyazaki attempted to get the rights to adapt Earthsea, but le Guin refused - a decision that she came to regret after watching several of his films.

After the disastrous miniseries and after realizing the incredible talent of the Studio Ghibli, le Guin gave her consent for an adaptation (suggesting perhaps that the film could take place in the ten or so years that passed between A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan). But by this stage, Miyazaki considered himself too old to direct another movie, and the project was passed on to his son Goro Miyazaki, with assurances that nothing would be done without Miyazaki's consent.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By jmpg on July 20, 2007
Format: DVD
Following in the footsteps of Howl's Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli has once again turned to the works of other literary writers as inspiration for yet another animated feature. This time around, they have gone to the world of Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea series, loosely adapted from the third and fourth installments of the Earthsea saga (The Farthest Shore and Tehanu, respectively). What is interesting is that the movie was helmed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, and this is his directorial debut. Although far from great, this movie is still a good indication of hopefully even better works in the future from this director. Better known by the title Gedo Senki, the story revolves around a wise old wizard, a young prince with an accompanying dark side, and an evil witch who plans to use him for her own reasons.

The first thing you will notice upon watching is definitely the visuals. The details are very graphically striking and vivid. You will see everything from great-looking towns and markets to dank dungeons and castles to open seas and grassy meadows. There are quite a few beautiful overview and panning shots very reminiscent and much inspired by previous Ghibli films that fans will feel right at home. The only problem is with the washed out appearance and drab simplicity of the character designs, which clash and don't blend very well with the backgrounds and environments. This is vaguely awkward considering the amount of care that was put into the animation of the last few Ghibli features. But if there is one thing to complement this movie for, it would be the music. This is one of those rare cases in which the soundtrack, done by the legendary Tamiya Terashima, surpasses the movie itself.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 13, 2010
Format: DVD
In all respect to the other reviews here, I think it is time to clear up some misconceptions or questions about this movie, including: How to navigate the menus? is it bootleg? how to get it to play in English? why doesn't it say Disney on the label? why isn't it like Spirited Away?.... etc.
First let's address the bootleg issue. The version on the page I am writing this review for is a "Region 3" disc, not made for USA DVD players which are Region 1 unless you own a region free player. Region 3 is S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, parts of South East Asia. Japan is Region 2 by the way. The copy sold on this page is probably Korean or Taiwan, and I do not think it is bootleg. Studio Ghibli has to have a local distribution company in each country they release in, and Inter Continental is a distribution company in the Asian market. The real issue is that it has not been released in an official US version yet, but has been in the Asian market for a long time.
My copy is a single disc copy I ordered on the web a year ago for about $25, it is made in Taiwan by Bonzai Media, is a Region 1 disc, but is not bootleg. The menus on mine are not in English either, but are in several Asian languages and I suspect the menu is identical to the disc sold on this page. The menu languages seem to be Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. After figuring out the menu by trial and error, I was able to play the movie in English audio voices, well done I might add, by clicking the third icon on the menu page, taking me to another menu page where I clicked the third icon again, then clicked the icon on the far and lower right of that page to start playing in English. That's it.
The Disney thing - Disney has not released in the USA everything that Hayao Miyazaki has made.
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