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The Making of Return of the Jedi: The Definitive Story Behind the Film (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/10/1
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Just as Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi completed the most successful cinematic trilogy of its generation, perhaps of all time, this splendid thirtieth-anniversary tribute concludes New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler's trio of breathtaking books celebrating George Lucas's classic saga. Once again, the author's unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives has yielded a mother lode of fascinating and often unexpected revelations from behind the scenes of a blockbuster in the making. Brimming with previously unpublished photos, concept artwork, script excerpts, storyboards, on-set interviews and present-day commentary, The Making of Return of the Jedi chronicles 'how George Lucas and his crew of extroverted artists, misfits and expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time' to create the next unforgettable chapter in one of the most beloved stories in movie history. Get up close to the action and feel like a studio insider as: * George Lucas, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Richard Marquand huddle in a script conference to debate the destinies of iconic Star Wars characters * The artists and technicians at the ground-breaking Industrial Light & Magic facility surpass their own revolutionary innovations with boundary-pushing new visual effects * A crack team of sculptors, puppeteers, actors and 'monstermakers' brings Jabba the Hutt and his unsavoury cohorts to startling, slobbering life * Actors and crew race to the finish line at Elstree Studios, in a fiery desert and beneath the canopy of a dense redwood forest to provide answers to the questions that audiences had waited three years to find out: Is Darth Vader really Luke's father? Who is the mysterious 'other'? And who, or what, is the Emperor? Star Wars luminaries from both sides of the camera, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, director Richard Marquand, producer Howard Kazanjian, Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and mastermind George Lucas, all weigh in with candid insights on everything from technical crises and character design, to the Ewoks and the ultimate challenge of bringing this phenomenal space fantasy to a dramatic close. A gloriously illustrated and painstakingly researched tribute to a truly spectacular movie, The Making of Return of the Jedi invites you to return to a galaxy ...far, far away.
'The last of the original Star Wars trilogy 'Making Of's' is every bit as good as its predecessors. It's a rich, lovingly assembled book with enough treats to keep you occupied through a stay in the Sarlacc's belly. It's so packed with rare behind-the-scenes photos and gorgeous concept art that it would be worth buying for the visuals alone. But it's in the words that the real treasure lies. Even the most obsessive Star Wars fan will learn something here.' SFX Magazine, Five *****s 'Bursting with unparalleled access, previously unseen photos, exclusive interviews and on-set tales from the cast and Lucas's crack team of craftsmen, crew and jaunty model makers, Rinzler constructs a unique view of one of history's best-loved sequels.' Shortlist 'The real treat, however is the film's dazzling concept art. The Force is certainly strong with this one.' SPORT Magazine 'One that you will keep on your coffee table with pride. This book is in honour of the 30th anniversary and is the wonderful creation of bestselling author J. W. Rinzler. Rinzler was given access to the Lucasfilm archives and found the most fascinating revelations from behind the scenes of the film. Great to have such an in depth insider look at one of the most famous sci-fi films of all time (and personally my favourite Star Wars film). Now all I need to do is get the back catalogue and clear some bookshelf space...' amazingstoriesmag.com 'The book charts every step of the way, and chronologically we end up with not just the release and various poster camaigns, but also the aftermath of the film.' filmwerk.co.uk 'Another cracking book.' Jedi News 'Concluding Rinzler's trio of books celebrating George Lucas' "Star Wars" films is this "mother lode" of revelations about the making of "The Return of the Jedi" which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013.' Bookseller商品の説明をすべて表示する
My reason for giving it five stars as opposed to four is because other digital editions had higher resolution video and graphics - they are several times the size of this file and it shows. Several times I wanted to zoom in on something in a photograph but it was too blurry when even blown up a little bit. This was confirmed by the publisher that they send the same digital files to all e-book producers, and for whatever reason Amazon lowered the rez. Since I have the hard copy book as well this wasn't a huge deal, but it was kind of annoying. I'll stick with Kindle anyway - it has the best availability on all my devices, the most choices, and I like that my digital library all rests in one place - but if you are only buying the digital version, keep this in mind. Everything was fine to watch/read, but if you want to zoom in and see detail it's just not there.
The book itself, though, is absolutely stunning in the amount of data and material. It's really unbelievable. After reading you honestly feel like you were there for each and every day of filming these incredible movies. I'd give the book itself ten stars if I could - the four stars is simply for the digital presentation itself.
Anyway, about the book-- so glad to get this in Kindle edition. Reading it on a Kindle Fire, so I haven't had the issues that Android users had with the video clips. There are plenty of behind the scenes video clips and audio interviews. I've been a fan since the beginning, and I'm pretty sure that a lot of these haven't seen the light of day since 1982/83. Plenty of concept art too, but if you have seen The Art of Return of the Jedi (from original release time), you've seen a lot of this already. What was new in the artwork was all of the conceptual stuff that got eliminated as the script was developed and simplified. Lots of underground volcano lair and Emperor's fortress art for example. Jabba's evolution too.
The text, much like the first two of Mr. Rinzler's books, is fascinating. Making of Star Wars showed us the business behind making what was basically a giant indy film, Making of ESB took it to the next stage as Lucasfilm was growing, and in this book, we see it maturing as the top special effects shop in motion pictures. Somehow, they were always just scraping by financially-- they needed to re-release Episode 4 again in 1982 just to get enough to finance ROTJ.
Rinzler doesn't shy away from Lucas's faults-- micromanaging his director and special effects team, refusing to compromise on plot points that no one else understood (Ewoks!), aiming at a younger audience and steering clear of any sad endings. But he is still respectful.
There are a ton of interviews, both from the time the film was made and from the present. Hamill on board with everything then and now, Fisher sarcastic as hell and Ford was a stick in the mud then and now. Richard Marquand (director) seemed to have to bite his tongue every day that he dealt with Lucas, but was ever respectful.
OK Mr. Rinzler-- please tell me that you are now working of The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark!
But I hesitated before getting this book, because how much drama could there have been for the third film? The series was proven, the money had been rolling in, the effects industry was maturing. But I was wrong. This book paints a thoroughly entertaining portrait of the effort and thinking behind Return of the Jedi. As with the other books, the reader is given a forensic view of the pre-production, production and post-production of the film.
And it's a fascinating ride. No matter how much you might think you know about Star Wars and Return of the Jedi, this book is sure to blow your mind with all the bits of trivia and info that pop up.
Not only would I consider this book to be essential reading for any Star Wars fan, but it is a worthy document of the process of blockbuster film making in the early 1980s in general.