Summary: I’d watch “Tales from Earthsea” again for the wonderful hand-drawn artwork, backgrounds, and animation, but not for the hackneyed narrative that left me with a “been there, done that” feeling and reportedly disappointed Le Guin as well.
Conclusion: Tales From Earthsea is a middle tier effort from Studio Ghibli, never competing on the same sort of level as their more established classics but worth seeing for fans of what they do or those who just enjoy a good animated fantasy film in general. If the story never catches fire, at least it always looks great. As to the Blu-ray itself, it's got a decent enough selection of extras and both the audio and the video score high marks, making it a pretty good package overall.
Conclusion: Tales From Earthsea wasn’t my cup of tea. It was a bit long and boring for me. There were things I found interesting about it, but none of that really flourished into anything. This Blu-ray features a great presentation as well as some really meaty extras that have carried over from the previous editions of the film. Fans will definitely want to upgrade, those curious may want to see the film before they purchase.
Excerpt: Released around the world in 2006/2007, Studio Ghibli's "Tales from Earthsea" finally makes an appearance on U.S. shores, after some contractual mumbo jumbo with the SyFy Channel kept the picture in a state of limbo for an extended amount of time. Given a polish with an English-language voice cast and branded with a controversial PG-13 rating (a first for a Disney animated release), "Earthsea" is an impressive motion picture, but perhaps not worth the incredible wait it...