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Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded Hardcover – April 30, 2012
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This book has it all: First, it is one of the first Star Wars books to cover all 6 films in detail: several very large and colorful pages for each film, with so much information that even the greatest, most knowledgeable Star Wars fan could not have fully covered. Second, This book goes way beyond the movies! This book includes many Epanded Universe pages, as well as a timeline! This book also has a Galactic Map! Third, This book even goes Behind the Scenes!! From pre-production of A New Hope to opening night of Revenge of the Sith, this book gives a brief, but great summary of how the films were made. This also has a few pages of merchandising, like figures, DVDs, etc. My favorite of this section was a brief history of Star Wars video games, complete w/ screenshots!
So overall, when they decided to call it the "Ultimate Visual Guide" they weren't kidding. This book is good for starting fans, in order to help them understand the entire Star Wars concept (and it is a hard concept to grasp) and a perfect addition to any veteran fan's collection. It even has my favorite Star Wars antagonist on the fron cover: Darth Vader! So to put i bluntly: simply perfect!
Well it is. Sort of.
While it covers many, many aspects of the Star Wars universe, it seems geared towards those hardcore fans that already know the basic stuff. Have you ever seen those foreign language audio courses, that have a "Step 1", then a "Step 2", "Step 3", and so on? Well, this book would be "Step 2" in the Star Wars learning course. I highly recommend picking up the "Complete Visual Dictionary" (which I have also reviewed), as it examines the more basic things Star Wars, such as the characters, weapons, and so forth. This book, while very thorough and informing, covers some of the deeper stuff, like conficts between galaxies, emotions, stuff like that.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, but only if you are either already a major Star Wars geek, or if you buy it along with the "Visual Dictionary".
By far, this is the most complete guide to the Galaxy, from beginning to end, from the Sith to the Jedi, from the Republic to the Empire, and back.
It covers all the nine episodes, and everything in between, battles, characters, ships, battles ... you just eat this stuff up!!!! I see it like a most extensive and accurate History Book. Totally recomend it.
1. The presentation and visual layout of the pages was very cluttered and felt haphazard. The mix of photos, stills from animation shots, and drawings were thrown on top of each other and made each page look crowded and awkward. It didn't have the polish of the Visual Dictionary series or the Art Of series. It reminded me of pages from my children's elementary school yearbook.
2. The content did not have enough depth. This book is an outstanding attempt to include information from all 6 movies, and expanded universe characters and stories. But the information is not very cohesive nor detailed enough. The Visual Dictionary series is very successful at keeping the descriptions brief but also at the same time being very detailed. The "Star Wars New Essential Chronology" is a far more superior text which covers the same material. Even though it is more of a narrative than visual, I felt it was much more carefully put together while the Ultimate Visual Guide felt like it was rushed through production.
There are many books that document the Star Wars universe but unfortunately this one does not present the material as effectively as the others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book to leave on your coffee table. Have very nice pictures and StarWars information that even the most hardcore of fans may be missing.Published 1 month ago by Cole Jezowski
Bought this for my dad for his birthday. A perfect gift for anyone who is passionate about Star Wars!Published 3 months ago by Princess Britta
Great pictures and I learned a few things I didn't know.Published 10 months ago by John M. Springborn