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TOP 50 REVIEWERon June 22, 2013
SPOILERS APPEAR IN THE FLIP-THROUGH VIDEO BESIDE

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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters is the art-and-making-of book for the film.

It's a great book. Big, hardcover, 156-pages. There are additional sticked on materials on the pages, stickers and two big posters.

The book is packed with amazing content. There are lots of concept art, set photography and lengthy writeup on the production. Everything's beautifully laid out.

The concept art consist of the characters, Jaeger robots, Kaiju monsters and film scenes. The bulk of the art, more than half the book, is on the Jaegers and Kaijus. The development art are just awesome. They are very detailed. There are Jaegers with their front and back with closeups to their heads, battle damaged versions, 3D wireframes, 3D gray models and some discarded concepts.

Kaijus are crustacean-lizards-insect inspired. The designs look great, menacing, and dangerous. The texture work is really well done. The sculpted maquettes look terrific. There are twelve Kaijus if I counted correctly. Guillermo Del Toro has his unique sense of art direction. It's clear he likes monsters very much. Kudos to Hugo Martin, Alex Jaeger, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and other artists on the designs also.

The set designs are illustrated with mainly photographs and art. Again, they are very detailed and there's a strong sense of worn and tattered feel to most places.

The commentary is excellent. There's plenty to read about the characters, the designs of the Jaegers and Kaijus, and many stories on the production process.

This is a fantastic art and companion book to the movie. One of my 2013 favorites.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
I just got the book.

After months of tracking every piece of artwork, every trailer, every commercial, I figured there wouldn't be much in here that I hadn't seen.

Boy, was I wrong.

An amazing book. Beautiful images, great text describing every stage of the production. And the construction of the book is beautiful: when you see Raleigh Beckett's name badge, it's actually a cardboard badge tipped in, like an old fine art book.

If the movie is anywhere near the level of excellence that this book reaches, we're in for an amazing ride.

Can't wait!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
This is a great book, all the artists are credited on every piece. (unlike a lot of recent art of movie books) Lots of work that's not in the film is included. Lots of cool pull outs and posters included and they did a great job covering all aspects of the film making process. A+ worth every penny
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
I am a huge fan of this genre and needless to say when I heard of Pacific Rim's existence months ago I did all I could to agther as much spoiler material as possible. Not disappointed with what was online, I was informed of the existence of this book, whose release 2 weeks before the opening of the film, prompted me to get one last peek into the design and world Guillermo Del Toro was preparing for us.

This is a superb "making of" book, perfect for any sci-fi fan who loves to get the isnide scoop on designs, artwork, set photos, actors comments and storylines for this epic film. It's beautifully put together, harback, with rich glossy paper, fabulous illustrations and informative writing. It gives the reader the background story behind the attacks, who the Kaiju are, where they're from, our repsonse and just how narrowly we escape extinction.

All in all this I cannot remember enjoying a "making of" book as much as this one. Hopefully you will too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2014
Although i enjoy the book I wouldve liked to see more about the artist process that went into creating the jaegers/suits/kaiju etc. The book has details about everything from characters to set pieces, i just wish it was more about the process from loose sketches to final design, especially for the jaegars. There was nothing i havent seen that wasnt already uploaded to youtube. Still would recommend to lovers of the movie and artbook collectors
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Chock full of incredible background text and illustrations. If you love Kaiju and Giant robots... I highly recommend this! Highly!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon December 7, 2014
"Pacific Rim" is a fantastic addition to any film book collection; it's instant classic of movie art books. This book is packed with a ton of outstanding imagery related to the movie -- those who have seen the film know that the art direction and design elements are among the film's many strengths.

As it's subtitle suggests, the book essentially focuses on three elements -- man, machines, and monsters. The most interesting part of the book to me is the "monsters"; every Kaiju that appears in the film is detailed in the book. Each one of the creatures is very different, and the in-depth look that this book provides allows for a greater appreciation of the work that went into designing them. No less challenging are the "machines", or Jaegers, which are cool-looking but also designed to be functional. And these are not just outer shells; the inner mechanics of the Jaegers had to be designed as well, giving that we see inside them at various points in the movie.

The book comes with a forward written by director Guillermo del Toro (if you're a fan, check out this book), and as a bonus you get two posters from the movie (they measure approximately 18 x 30").

Overall, this book serves as a companion piece to the movie. Those who are interested in the art of filmmaking will no doubt want to read this book - it is a master class in fantasy design.

Included in the book:
- The Kaiju - designs, maquettes, concept art, anatomy
- The Jaegers - design, blueprints, emphasis on Gypsy Danger
- Storyboards of key scenes in the film
- Designing the various costumes and Jaeger piloting suits
- Conceptual art of the Shatterdome
- Designing the look of "drifting"
- Challenges of production (includes on-set photos)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Pacific Rim": My humble movie review - It's the best "Cthulhu vs Mecha" movie... EVER!! 5 tentacles UP!! Really, the only thing wrong with "Pacific Rim" is that the movie goes by too fast. The monsters and robots, are so strange, and wonderful, and amazingly well designed, I wanted to see MORE... that is why I bought the book "Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters". It gives you every monster from sketch through to fully rendered image. Plus, all the back story ideas of why they look like that. What powers each Lovecraftian creature has. What weakness. What's their alien-monster-god goals? Did you know the monster "Otachi's" tail could come off and fight on it's own?! Yes, all the monsters have names! The robots too. Each with different powers. It's a beautifully made book; 156 pages packed full of art, plus ID cards for the robot (Jaeger) pilots, plus stickers of the Robot's insignia, plus an envelope in the back that holds two fold out propaganda posters. All the art you pass by so quickly in a movie, Monsters, armor, sets, costumes, storyboards, everything... you can look at as long as you want, in this book. Read about the "journey of design" each "thing of Art" took. Guillermo del Toro, an artist himself, fully documents his movies. I have the amazing "Art of" books from both Hellboy movies. However, this is even bigger and better. There is so much information squeezed into the movie, I don't know if I would have enjoyed it WITH OUT the book explaining all the things I wanted to know about this world, about this adventure. PLUS, like all Guliimero Del Toro movies, "Pacific Rim" has "heart". The characters have goodness in them. There's horror, but also humor. You like the characters. You don't leave the theater feeling tainted, but "up and excited"; like you stepped off a thrill ride - a great "ghost-train" ride. And the book tells you all about each and every thrill you had, and many others you missed on the first viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
Book provides great pictures and behind the scenes thinking to the movie. Well worth the money spent with all the information gathered within.

Great movie, great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
To see more pictures from the book, please visit my blog via my Amazon profile link.

Pacific Rim is the giant monsters (Kaiju in Japanese) VS robots (called Jaegers) film directed by Guillermo del Toro ( Cronos, Blade 2, Hellboy 1 & 2 ). This is the official art book for the film, packed full of fantastic illustrations and concept art used for the visual development of the monsters and robots.

The images found in the book are big, crisp and of high quality.

The contents are broken up into 4 main sections,

Part 1 "Monsters In The Mist" covers the script, story and characters,
Part 2 "The Crazy Kids In The Submarine" covers Art & Design, Storyboarding and the Jaeger (robot) designs,
Part 3 "Doing It For Real" covers Shooting & Production, Special (practical) Effects and the Sets, and
Part 4 "Simulating The Apolcaplyse" covers Post-Production, Visual Effects, 3D, Sound & Music, and finally the Kaiju (monster) designs.

Picking this one up should be an easy decision if you're into the giant kaiju/mecha genre. Very highly recommended.
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