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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511461
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
 
“Just like Rinzler’s 2010 volume about Empire Strikes Back, The Making of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi is an indispensible volume that will add tons of insight to your appreciation of George Lucas’ Original Trilogy. Rinzler has gone through masses of production documents at Lucasfilm and interviewed tons of people, and come up with a portrait of Lucas struggling to find a fitting ending to his ambitious, heroic saga.”io9

Praise for J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars
 
“A mammoth tome so packed with photos and facts, a wookiee could get a hernia trying to lift it.”New York Daily News
 
“Outstanding . . . Rinzler’s Making of will be an instant fan fave and a shining star in that galaxy far, far away.”—Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as well as the London Times bestseller The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. He also directed the animated short Riddle of the Black Cat and is presently working on a children’s book.

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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.

Have recently finished an animated short film, Riddle of the Black Cat, which will be showing at the Buffalo Int'l Film Festival this fall.

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Very well written, loaded with many never before seen photographs and insight, even I was surprised to learn some of the surprises this book contained.
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The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler is truly an impressive book to behold.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Skuldren on October 1, 2013
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The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler is truly an impressive book to behold. Within the 372 pages, the story of how Return of the Jedi was made is fully laid out in a wonderful format that's thoroughly engaging. The book covers the entire process, from securing the funding for preproduction to the response of critics and fans after its release. There are summaries and passages from the early drafts of the scripts, behind the scenes stories from the actors and special effects artists, and a wide array of pictures and concept art throughout the book. If you're a fan of the films, this is definitely a must read.

As a long time fan of Star Wars, I found this book to be very surprising. I haven't read the other books in the `Making of' series, so this was my first exposure to J.W. Rinzler's chronicling of the films. With non-fiction books like this, it can be hit and miss with the subject matter. Sometimes it can be too dry and weighed down with facts. In The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, that doesn't happen. Every paragraph in the book has some fun factoid that keeps things interesting. There was a ton of information I did not know. For instance, ROTJ producer Howard Kazanjian was second assistant director to one of my favorite westerns The Wild Bunch. Another fun aside was that the idea for the Ewoks (initially called Ewaks) was born from George Lucas' work on Apocalypse Now and his desire to have primitives defeating a technologically advanced force. In fact the core idea for ROTJ was based on that with Jabba, Tatooine and Han all being afterthoughts. Other cool notes were presented in early drafts of the script where Obi-Wan and Yoda don't come back as Force ghosts but actually come back to life fully in the flesh.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Geerling TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 4, 2013
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I read the first two Making of Star Wars books by J.W. Rinzler within months of their being published. Both were engrossing works of art containing many rarely-seen photos and anecdotes from cast and crew from Star Wars.

Just like the first two books, this book gave so much detail and life to what used to be my favorite movie of the original trilogy, and made me want to watch the entire original trilogy again. Everything from set design to sound design and the soundtrack is explored and related in incredible detail, from pre-production to post-release.

Unlike most other 'coffee table' books of similar girth, these books will have any serious Star Wars fan devouring every word, cover-to-cover--you can't repel a book of this magnitude!

There are only two complaints I have about this book:

1. The text is very small, and the pages are glossy--meaning it can be slightly difficult to read in some light.
2. It's the last Making of Star Wars book for the original trilogy. Somehow I don't think reading about Jar-Jar's floppy ears will ever be as enthralling as reading about the countless hours Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew spent in their iconic costumes.

If you love Star Wars, this book is worth every penny.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig on December 6, 2013
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This review is for the "enhanced" edition. The quality is absolutely awful on all 3 of these editions. If you're looking to purchase. DO NOT get the kindle editions and buy the iBook editions. They use 720p HD video, as opposed to the standard definition video on the kindle which has been severely compressed. Also compressed are the picture files which look awful on the higher definition kindle.
To compare, the kindle edition is approximately 1/4 the size of the iBook edition. If you care about the visual quality of this release. then get it from iTunes.
Amazon overly-compresses ALL of their "enhanced edition" books and this practice needs to stop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audio on November 16, 2013
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I have the hardcover books of this series, which are great to flip through pictures of but actually sitting and reading the dense text in a volume that physically large is cumbersome at best. Very glad the digital edition is here for easy tablet reading in bed, and don't regret owning both so I can flip through and look at the great pictures in the book yet still curl up and read the absolutely engrossing text. The video clips included are also pretty neat as well - short, but each one has it's own value (like the one on "Endor" when the director gives his direction, then George kind of re-gives it and pretty much ignores what the director said - it really reenforces points of the book).

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.
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