Lord of the Rings fans take note, acclaimed fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin's epic tale of wizardry and prophecy comes to life as never before in director Robert Lieberman's imaginative screen adaptation of her popular Earthsea novels. Adapted for the Sci-Fi Channel, the two-part miniseries chronicles the journey of a reckless youth who seeks to master the ancient arts and become the most powerful sorcerer Earthsea has ever seen. As Ged (Shawn Ashmore) begins to discover the vast potential of his true powers, he must face great adversity if he is to truly fulfill his destiny and reunite his bitterly divided planet. Facing dragons, love, and eventually death itself, Ged's path to power is as wondrous and alluring as it is deadly. Also starring Isabella Rossellini, Danny Glover, and Kristin Kreuk (of TV's Smallville), this miniseries premiered in late 2004. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Having not read the books, I cannot comment on departures from the story, but, taken on it's own merit I believe this was a good movie. Good casting, believable villians, and fair FX made for a good show. Some parts were a bit cliche but, sometimes you have to have an "I had it with me all this time" to save on screen time. This is one that I would purchase to fill a gap in my fantasy/ sci-fi section.