Tales from Earthsea [DVD]
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Based on the classic Earthsea fantasy book series by Ursula Le Guin, Tales from Earthsea is set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a master wizard and Arren, a troubled young prince on a tale of redemption and self discovery as they search for the force behind a mysterious imbalance in the land of Earthsea; crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared, and humanity is giving way to chaos.
Featuing a timeless story and magnificent hand drawn animation, Tales from Earthsea is a must have DVD for every film enthusiast's collection.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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It is pretty good, but not great like I'm used to with Ghibli movies. The story itself was not told very well, and we never even find out if the main problem is resolved at the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a fan of Studio Ghibli and their stories seemed to be getting better and better. However, the first time I saw this video, I was disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wisdomstar
I love this product, it totally fits my needs. I am giving it 5 stars because of the quality of this product.
No problems… Very Satisfied! Read more
Hugs fan of novel and their adaptation is amazing. One of the best from Studio G and great a family film with many adult elements.Published 5 months ago by Ishmael