The Art of Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope (Art of Star Wars Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/1/14
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To compliment the new Special Edition versions of the classic Star Wars films being released in theaters, these new editions of the bestselling companion books each include sixteen pages of all-new material, plus all of the breathtaking photos, and artwork that have made them a must for all Star Wars collectors and movie buffs. Complete scripts for A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are also included.
Some highlights of the three volumes:
Storyboards of action sequences detailing the evolution of the story and characters
Spectacular US and foreign movie posters
Design and animation techniques used for the immense Imperial Walkers
The evolution of Yoda
Model construction of the new Death Star
Blueprints and sketches of the Imperial shuttle design
Rebel and Imperial vehicles
And much more!
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The vast majority of the artwork in the book is from the mind and talents of Ralph McQuarrie. Mr. McQuarrie is best known for his work on the Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc) and his later work on Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire and the artwork in the bible at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Special Edition). His work earned him a cameo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980 & 2004 Versions, Widescreen Edition) as General Pharl McQuarrie.
As noted by some other reviewers the book does have some binding issues. When the book is opened widely you can hear the glue cracking which over time may cause some pages to come unattached. Over all this book is an outstanding production. Recommended.
The other attractive thing of this book was the amazing artwork. It ranges from pre-production paintings, costume concepts, actual photos, storyboards, and poster art. It even has a section devoted to spinoff art and some cute fan art, mostly drawn by small children.
The one flaw in the book is not content related but the choice of paper and binding. The pages are glossy, like those of a yearbook...but the glue that holds the pages to the binding was not strong enough to hold the pages together. I went through three copies of this book in the time it was in print...I only looked at the last one ONCE and the pages still came loose. Thus, out of 5 stars, I give this book 4.