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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tales from Earthsea DVD Review

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Tales from Earthsea DVD Review

Synopsis: From Disney and Studio Ghibli comes the epic animated adventure Tales from Earthesa, directed by Goro Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, and Mariska Hargitay.

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.

Review: Tales from the Earthsea is a compilation of four of the Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guin.  Le Guin wasn't terribly happy with the departures that the adaptation took from her series.  The filmw as directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki.  This initial venture turned out to be quite enjoyable and a clear labor of love.  The film is purely a fantasy anime tale, but the voice acting is so above and beyond and the animation is so outstanding that it really helps to set the bar for the new generation of animation.  Released under the Studio Gibli and brought to America by Disney, this is a wonderful film that every anime fan should enjoy.

The special features on this DVD include: The World Of Ghibli: Visit Earthsea in this enchanted interactive experience, Behind the Studio - Discover the Film's fantastic origins!, Enter the Lands - Explore the many worlds of Studio Ghibli through this interactive experience and Studio Ghibli Trivia Challenge - Test your knowledge.

Interest Range: Anime