Tales From Earthsea Blu-ray/DVD

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About Tales From Earthsea Blu-ray/DVD

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this Tales From Earthsea Blu-ray/DVD includes an exclusive Booklet.

Tales from Earthsea, based on the classic Earthsea fantasy book series by Ursula Le Guin, is set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. As crops dwindle and dragons reappear, mankind stands on the verge of total chaos. Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a powerful wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, search for the force behind this mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy the land of Earthsea. This tale of redemption and self-discovery that will take your breath away features the voices of Timothy Dalton, Cheech Marin, Willem Dafoe, and Mariska Hargitay.

Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Feature Length Storyboards, The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack, The Birth Story of Therru's Song, NTV Special


  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English, French
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Themes: Adventure
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 115
  • Release Date: 2/6/2018
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Ghibli's only misfire. Dub's nowhere near bad though.


TALES FROM EARTHSEA is the only major Ghibli film I didn't particularly enjoy. Although Goro Miyazaki doesn't deserve the backlash he got, it's obvious he wasn't up to the task of handling a complex story like the Ursula K. LeGuin novels. As with Disney's THE BLACK CAULDRON, trying to compress the books into one movie causes for a rather disjointed tale, with a lot of missing bits of information (the thing with Arren's shadow especially).

I personally don't have any major problems with the dub -- there's nothing majorly wrong with any of the Disney Ghibli dubs. Although Blaire is a bit weak acting-wise, she sings very well. Devon, Dafoe and Dalton are all adequate, but the best voice in the dub is Cheech Marin, who plays the film's solely engaging character, Hare. He's a much more affable baddie than the dull, monotonous Cob. Honestly, the film isn't that much better in Japanese -- it's just as confusing and flawed.

Either way, this isn't one of Ghibli's better works.

There is nothing WRONG with Earthsea! The dub is horrible as usual.


TALES FROM EARTHSEA gets too much flak; it's in no way a bad film. There's a lot of subtitlety and richness in Goro's story that requires more than one viewing to appreciate it. If anything, it's the dub that's horrible, no surprise because it's done by Disney. And as usual, they utterly crucifiy a great film with horribly cast big-names celebrities, ruin the nuances of the script, and dumb it down for kiddies. I don't want to even get into detail about how much of a BAD job the actors do in the film. You want good dubs? The Streamline dubs were perfect -- they did Ghibli right the first time. Only watch this in Japanese, or don't watch at all. But don't watch the dub! The movie is SOOOOO much better in its native language.

Why not try?

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May not be the most popular Ghibli film in the world but it still brings something to the table that I feel each Ghibli fan should try before judging .