Conclusion: After just one viewing, 'Tales From Earthsea' quickly became one of my very favorite Studio Ghibli films. This title is definitely not one to watch with the kids, but for those mature enough to watch a dark and violent PG-13 film, it's a creative and beautiful worthwhile experience that's entirely entertaining. The video and audio qualities are outstanding, both absolutely perfect and void of any flaws.
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.
Conclusion: Tales from Earthsea is an unfortunate misstep born from production woes and inexperience. It has the makings of an excellent film, but the execution is lacking. One can only imagine what it might have been had Hayao Miyazaki helmed the project, or if director Gorō Miyazaki had more time to acquire all he needed to fully realize Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy world. It's not a bad film, but it isn't all that good either.