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"Simply gorgeous and would easily be something you leave out for guests to marvel at, and if you’re a fan of the films then this book is a must have. Five Out of Five Stars." - SciFi Mafia

"An excellent exploration of the making of the movie." - Atomic Moo

"If you were a fan of the first 300 and can’t wait to see the sequel, this is the book for you. It contains everything you could ever want to know about Rise of an Empire and looks pretty damn cool on your coffee table as well." - Film Pulse 

"If you’re a fan of the 300 aesthetic, there’s no reason you won’t find 300: Rise of an Empire – The Art of the Film a safe purchase." - Top Hat Sasquatch 

"Amazing photos." - Red Orbit 

"300 fans will definitely want to grab this incredible art book." - Retrenders

"I sat down and studied this book with my dad who’s a history teacher, and we both thought this was a damn cool book to enjoy. If you loved the first flick and plan on seeing the next one, you should pick this up." - Project Fandom 

"Titan Books has put together a really exceptional book." - Superhero Hype

About the Author

PETER APERLO is an LA-based writer whose credits include the screenplay to the video game 300: March to Glory. He is the writer of the Watchmen Movie Companion and The Art of Watchmen movie book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Mti edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781167826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781167823
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.7 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 2, 2014
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This artbook is a marked improvement over the one for the first film, 300: The Art of the Film.

This book is actually a collection of production photography, film stills and concept art. Everything appears in high resolution, printed to the edge, huge. Hardcover, 160 pages.

There are a lot of photos. I don't like artbooks that feature more photos than art. But in this case, all the visuals in the book are quite stunning, photos and art included, especially the photos actually.

The photos and stills are great. You'll see many for the characters, behind the scenes where they use green screen, details on the costumes, weapons, and of course the sets where they build parts of the ships that appear in the movie. Lots of glamour shots to be seen, including the soulful, vengeful, deceitful and more.

Concept art are mainly of the key scenes and environments, and mostly far shots of the capital Persepolis, Sparta, and other places on the war path of Xerxes.

Layout of the book is quite well done to play up images. Photos and art well mixed throughout. There's a very textural feel throughout with the splatter, rain, sea and mud.

The book has spoilers and they come in the form of pictures. But I don't suppose they will dull down your enjoyment of the film anyway. Story plots are mentioned in small bits only.

Highly recommended. It's a visually beautiful book, wonderfully art directed.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was – and still am – one of those viewers who was totally captivated by the cinematic marvel that was director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300, the tale of a contingent of Spartan soldiers making one, last, futile stand against a horde of invading Persians. In fact, I was a bit surprised how struck by the film I was considering I only thought its graphic inspiration to be mildly interesting. I appreciated what Miller did sans dialogue, weaving a tale plucked from history of warriors doing what they do best; but Snyder’s film added so much more plot, depth, and complexity to a story Miller essentially reduced to a black-and-white (albeit in color) moment in time. That’s what great films do.

Naturally, I’m excited as are many to see that there’s further story coming to such a seminal period in the history of human civilization, so I’m equally jazzed to provide a few humble words on a book celebrating the film’s unique visual style.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

I’m a stickler for trying to avoid any big spoilers, so even though I’ve given you a heads-up with my above statement you can rest assured I won’t be revealing anything about the film’s plot or action sequences.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elipses on February 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book shows stunning artwork from the sequel movie to 300 - 300: Rise of An Empire.

The film derives from the original 300 graphic novel from Frank Miller and his influence shows.

Beautifully produced and rich with lush imagery, this book is wonderful to behold.

Can't wait for the film!
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Format: Hardcover
Typically, unless I am buying a textbook, I don’t want to spend a whole lot; however, the sequential art titles offered by Titan Books are worth every penny they are priced at. Larger than most laptop screens, this book is a stunning piece of visually history. Peter Aperlo has brought together the entire process from design concept to final movie rendering. While this book strays away from historical accuracy, unlike the first 300, the attention to detail, CGI, and acting more than makes up for it. This book leads readers through the often-daunting process of playing the part with grueling hours in the gym and non-stop fight training to lead viewers to believe they truly are Spartan and Persian warriors. As you dive deeper into the book, you are given a rare glimpse of the fine-tuned detail from the iconography to the massive detail of the CGI environments that had to be created for so many different points in the movie.

“What had captured Miller’s imagination during his research on the initial graphic novel was the fact that the Battle of Artemisium had taken place during the same three days as the Spartans’ stand at Thermopylae, and not very far away at that. ‘That’s a little too fun to ignore,’ says Snyder.”

The stunning imagery within this book will surely provide readers with a newfound appreciation for the time, ingenuity, and perfection that goes into making a movie, and books such as this one deserve a sacred spot on display within any home library.

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review
*You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
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