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Blu-ray Review – Tales From Earthsea

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'Tales From Earthsea' was damn good, and I feel it's one of the better Studio Ghibli films. I think the reason I connected with it more was its grounding in reality. Sure it deals with magic, dragons and wizards, but it does it in a 'Game Of Thrones' kind of way. Other Ghibil films tend to deal with fantasy in a more surreal drug trip setting and that often disconnects me from the film.

“Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the wizard Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. He can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged.”

It's also from first time director Goro Miyazaki, who's the son of the renowned director Hayao Miyazaki, as in 'Spirited Away' Miyazaki. Now that’s a massive name to be compared too, and I think he did an awesome job for his first feature. So I really enjoyed this film and the English dub was one of the best I've ever heard, with perfect voice talent picked for the job.

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