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The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace Hardcover – May 26, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; First Edition edition (May 26, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789447010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789447012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

No matter what you thought of Phantom Menace, you just have to love its visual effects and props. Episode I was absolutely radiant with special effects, making use of some 2,000 of them, dwarfing that of previous Star Wars installments and even the CGI-happy Titanic with its now-paltry 500. And the low-tech effects, the physical props of Star Wars, have always been unbelievably detailed, from Luke's scuffed-up speeder to Vader's slightly dinged-up helmet (don't pretend you didn't notice). Phantom Menace continues this tradition proudly, whether it's with Amidala's baroque headgear or the intricately machined (and deadly) armament on a droideka.

A page-turning droolfest, Episode I: The Visual Dictionary stops the film and zooms in on all this eye candy. As he did with the first trilogy in Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, author-archaeologist David West Reynolds once again elucidates and itemizes with glee, combining witty, pseudo-scholarly prose with clear movie stills and excellent closeup photos of actual props and characters. Every personality and group of note gets its due in this well-labeled, picture-packed book, from the Jedi High Council to the podrace crowd to the sea monsters of Naboo. Craving a closer look at Maul's double lightsaber? Wish you could tell a Neimoidian's rank by the hat on its head? Need some ideas for filling out your podracer toolkit? This is the book for you. --Paul Hughes

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Similar in size and concept to Reynold's Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary (1998), which covers the movie series up to that point, this large-format volume will appeal to those who can't get enough of Star Wars: Episode I as well as those who are still trying to understand what they saw. Each double-page spread introduces one main character or group of characters and includes several extremely crisp photographs (movie stills and posed photos) surrounded by captions and paragraphs of information. Taking a deadpan approach, archaeologist Reynolds never mentions movies or actors, he simply reports on creatures and events, explaining history, technology, anthropology, and politics in a galaxy far, far away, and perhaps helping fans to figure out what the heck was going on there long, long ago. Carolyn Phelan

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David West Reynolds is the author of several books, including #1 New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Episode I, The Visual Dictionary. He holds a doctorate in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. An expert in space exploration, Reynolds is directing a project with a group of lunar and astrophysical scientists to recover image data from a little-known 1973 Soviet moon landing. He lives in Marin County, California.

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It is the usual beautifully crafter Dorling Kindersley book with superb photo illustrations.
saliero
Also worth getting are The Star Wars Visual Dictionary and the Star Wars Episode II Visual Dictionary.
Alex Diaz-Granados
This book answers a lot of questions that you might be wondering about after you see the movie.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on February 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Star Wars, Episode I: The Visual Dictionary" combines text by David West Reynolds with a wealth of excellent full-color photographs. Rather than rely on shots from the film, the book primarily uses still shots that appear to have been purposefully taken for a project like this. This was, in my opinion, a wise choice, since I have noticed that the photos in other movie tie-in books can sometimes be a bit murky. The photos here are crisp and colorful, and really allow you to analyze and enjoy the details.
The text comes in the form of easy-to-digest nuggets. The book covers characters, ships, weapons, clothing, robots, animals, and other elements from the movie. The text offers intriguing little tidbits of info about the SW universe (although I imagine that more devoted fans may argue about how "canonical" this info is).
A nice aspect of the book is the fact that barely glimpsed elements in the film are given loving attention here. For example, you can "meet" the members of the Jedi Council more intimately. I liked the comparative size chart of Naboo sea monsters. And the fashion-oriented will have a great time exploring the ornate costumes worn by Queen Amidala and others. Overall, this book is a lot of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Dorling-Kindersley Visual Dictionaries are all top-notch products, fascinating not only for children, but for adults, as well. The STAR WARS, EPISODE I addition to this line does not disappoint, with page after page of wonderful, detailed photographs of the people, things and places featured in the film. Everything, from lightsabers to battle droids to Darth Maul, is examined closely and exhaustively labeled.
The fun doesn't stop with the photographs, however. Written in close concert with Lucasfilm, the book provides greater insight into the film by providing information about even minor characters with little screen time. As a result, the next time readers watch EPISODE I, they'll find themselves recalling these tidbits, and enjoying the movie even more than they did before.
Readers, adults and children alike, will find this Visual Dictionary a delight, and it will rarely stay on the shelf. Fun to read cover-to-cover, or just to leaf through, the book is an excellent addition to any STAR WARS fan's collection, and comes very close to being a must-have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erin Ptacek on December 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book along with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, also by David Reynolds. The pages are falling out of both books. I've had this problem with a few DK books, even the children's books. The older DK books are more sturdy. I give this item only 3 stars, and only because of the content. A book with missing pages doesn't get 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Camilleri on April 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is the ultimate place for all the information about anything from The Phantom Menace. Full of brilliant pictures and diagrams, with information which is clear on concise. This book is great as a reference which you can pull off the shelf anytime to check something. When looking up something, you always learn something new. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This Book is really cool. I looked at it in my school library and i saw all the different parts of a destroyer droid, Yoda's lightsaber, and Darth Maul's outfit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I read the whole thing in the bookstore, then I bought it! I look at it at least once a day. There are things in the book that weren't in the movie (did you see the representatives from Alderann? The hair on the female looked like Princess Leia's!). I especially like the 'background' information on the characters, especially on Queen Amidala. You even learned a little about 2 of her handmaidens. I just wish it told more about Obi-Wan Kenobi (like who are his parents? Which is his home planet/system?), he's my favorite. Go Ewan McGregor! Buy it for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I like this book a lot. It explains everything in detail. It even shows some things the movie doesn't show, like Yoda's lightsaber. You get to see details of Naboo sea monsters, profiles of the Jedi high council, inside Watto's junk shop, Queen Amidala's different dresses, and lots more. My favorite part is the battle droid section. You get to see inside a battle droid's head, discover how they unfold, and find out how many of them fit on a droid rack of an MTT. A must-have for Episode 1 fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on April 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This slim volume, published in 1999 to coincide with the release of Episode I, is actually a treasure for Star Wars fans who are interested in the details of the characters, lifeforms, and technology from that "galaxy far, far away...." Lavishly illustrated and wonderfully written by David West Reynolds. Also worth getting are The Star Wars Visual Dictionary and the Star Wars Episode II Visual Dictionary.
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