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J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars, as well as The Art and Making of Monster House and Creating the Worlds of Star Wars, which he co-authored with visual effects supervisor John Knoll. J. W. Rinzler lives in Petaluma, California.

Laurent Bouzereau is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. Born in France, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501295
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA. Fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies. Presently executive editor at Lucasfilm.

He wrote and directed an animated short called Riddle of the Black Cat, which was shown at numerous film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival (available on iTunes and Kindle). "The Star Wars" graphic novel was a #1 New York Times best-seller. He is presently working on a novel.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 1, 2008
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This is probably the best making-of-the-movie book I've read so far this year.

A lot of effort must have been put into research. Considering when the first Indiana Jones movie was shot, I'm very impressed by how they manage to document all this information.

The book is about the production process of the 4 Indy movies, up to the Crystal Skull. The narration explains in great detail all the events that happen behind the scenes. It's filled with lots of interviews. Read from how Spielberg came up with Indy's name to the last day of shooting Crystal Skull where Harrison Ford gave Shia LaBeouf a signed hat.

Reading the book is like working on the set itself. For that, it's worth the price alone.

There are hundreds of high resolution production photos. Several art illustrations were put in also, such as posters, storyboards and set designs. There are 300 pages in this 15-inch (screen measurement) book.

For fans of Indiana Jones, this will be an immensely satisfying book. For non-fans, this book will still impress. This book is that good.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 29, 2008
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I am a huge fan of the "Indiana Jones" series, even though I was slightly disappointed with the most recent film. However, this `coffee-table' style book is a classic keeper! Authors J. W. Rinzler and Laurent Bouzereau piece together all the information any fan could want. From the inception where George Lucas and Steven Spielberg first start the process to the final sequel, there's a ton of information here. It's almost comical the way the storyboards are so carefully and accurately drawn and then filmed. The chronicling of the initial three films is a lesson in production where you get the inside scoop from Spielberg, Lucas and the cast and crew, especially the last ("Crystal Skull") film. I particularly liked the section on "deleted scenes" as some seemed like a good idea and others were just plain silly. This book would make a great present as well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S.A. on May 25, 2008
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This is an amazing and extremely comprehensive account of the making of all four Indiana Jones films - complete with all sorts of tidbits, stories, interviews, sketches, notes, letters, and tons of photographs, etc. The author did a magnificent job compiling all of the information into this book - you can almost feel like you were right there with the crew when they were filming these movies. I think this book is a bargain for the price Amazon is offering it for. You will not be disappointed - this is truly a book for the fans of Indy and fans of filmmaking.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By La Maquina on May 31, 2008
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I have to say that the research involved in this book was intensive. I am a pretty well-read fan of Lucas and Spielberg and I was still discovering cool snippets of information on every page.

If you need a frame of reference for the amount of love put into the writing of this book you should look at Rinzler's The Making of Star Wars, and Bouzereau's Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays. If you liked those books, you will love this book too.

If you are a fairweather fan, you may find the information overwhelming. For those fans, this is not a fluff PR book put out by the marketing guys.

This truly is as "definitive" a chronicle of the "Indiana Jones" movies as you can get.

Last note...if you want this book in HARDCOVER, it is not available in North America. However, the remedy is very simple...go to AMAZON UK to get it in hardcover. Get it now while they are still available. At the time I'm writing this, they've already sold out of their softcover versions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 10, 2008
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THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES is a marvelous, in-depth, well-illustrated guide to the four movies featuring everyone's favorite action-adventure hero. The cover of the book modestly proclaims it to be "the definitive story behind all four films." I don't know I agree with that statement but J. W. Rinzler and Laurent Bouzerea's book certainly sets a standard for future volumes on moviemaking.

As other reviewers have noted, the book is brimming with photos, artwork, storyboards, etc. that give the reader an unparalleled look at the four films. Likewise the behind-the-camera material gives one an education in why and how movies are made. And all for only $35.00.

Having said that, I'd like to throw out the following for what they're worth. As the book progressed, I got a feeling that the narrative was rushed. The coverage given Indy II, III and IV seemed more and more perfunctory. Also, I wondered about the book being a Lucasfilm production. According to the book: (1) everyone loved everyone else on all four films; (2) Steven Spielberg is just about the greatest thing since sliced bread; (3) things like egos, temper tantrums, etc. never intruded in the Indiana Jones film-making; etc. Maybe I'm being cynical but things seemed sanitized(?). Finally, after finishing the book, I still haven't a clue what the authors FELT about the films. They briefly summarize box office and critical reactions but you never find out if, for example, they loved Indy I, were disappointed by Indy II's shallowness and shrillness, felt Sean Connery deserved an Oscar for his ABSOLUTELY CHARMING turn in Indy III, etc. But then, if Lucasfilm is paying the check...

In any case, Indiana Jones' fans will want to add this book to their collection. Whatever my reservations, it's a great piece of work on some of the most entertaining - and profitable - films made in the past three decades. Recommended.
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