Tales from Earthsea
is the epic anime DVD tale directed by Goro Miyazaki (Spirited Away,
Howl's Moving Castle) that is set on a mythical world of sword, sorcery and
dragons. Adapted from Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea novels, Miyazaki
does a brilliant directorial job at keeping to the original story
intact yet putting his own unique spin on the tale.
When dragons from
the west are spotted over the eastern oceans, it brings a foreboding
doom for the denizens of the world with a dark omen. Fortunately,
Ged, an archmade has taken on the quest to resolve this dark omen and on his
travels, he is met by Prince Arren of Enlad where they travel through a
land that is filled with both good and evil.
Tales of Earthsea
has some big Hollywood names to grace the movie which stars Timothy
Dalton as Ged, Matt Levin as Prince Arren, Mariska Hargitay as Tenar
and even Cheech Marin as Usagi. The DVD is also presented in
glorious 5.1 Dolby Digital with a glorious soundtrack that is only
fitting for an epic movie of this genre.
The animation of
Tales of Earthsea fits the genre perfect with its simplistic
animation styles and varied colour palette. The battles and special
effects of the movie really help distance the story from other similar movies of
the genre and Miyazaki does a remarkable job at translating the
movie from words to animation.
In conclusion, Tales
of Earthsea is your classic sword and sorcery tale that will appeal
to lovers of the RPG genre, Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.
Match that with great animation and a variety of special features
and there's little complain about this DVD.
Japanese TV Special