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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Price: $11.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie music maestro John Williams does it again in Star Wars, June 17, 2005
Just like the movie, the music for Episode 3 plays dark, but still keeps the great sense of adventure and excitement that only John Williams can deliver. Echoing some of his old classics from the 70s (Superman and Close Encounters) every track moves faster than a blaster shot and manages to stick in the memory more than Attack of the Clones. Despite the darkness, heartfelt tracks like Anakin's Dream and Padme's Destiny are amazing. But also welcome are the devilishly dark Palpatine's Teachings, Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan and Enter Lord Vader. Running just over 70 minutes, this never repeats itself and keeps the momentum surprisingly high. And just like previous Williams scores, this is of higher caliber than the movie itself. Being a completist, I snatched this right up and I wasn't disappointed. This wraps up the saga well while throwing in cues from the original trilogy, specifically Empire Strikes Back. Excellent.


The Art of The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings)
The Art of The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings)
by Gary Russell
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic LOTR book!, June 17, 2005
The final in the "Art Of" series, Gary Russel does a good job of tying up the loose ends, mainly concerning the conceptual design and final presentation. Daniel Falconer's concept art is of particular interest here, and Randy Cook as well, showcasing their excellent and experimental work well here. I really enjoy taking a few hours off, sitting down and reading a really good movie book cover to cover on a warm summer day and this one fits the bill admirably. With character and costume sections covered well, this book has become one of the best. A good price tag means you're not looking too hard for any flaws (And there are none) aswell. Informative and always fascinating, this is perfect coffee table reading. A Must-have for LOTR fans who want every single piece of movie making history.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A premiere magazine, June 17, 2005
When you want to catch all the latest movie buzz then look no further than Premiere, the top movie magazine in USA and popular in international bookstores as well. One of my personal faves, I like the sharp writing concerning actor interviews and the frank and honest reviews. A refreshing standout in a sea of mags that take movies a little bit TOO seriously, Premiere has something for everyone. Essential for movie buffs and the culturally concerned alike.


Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
by Stan Lee
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spider-Man, June 17, 2005
The one where it all began, Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is an essential addition to any Spidey collector. The premise: A young student Peter Parker struggles with issues of acceptance and success, but when he is bitten by a radioactive spider, he realizes that destiny has something in store, for he is to become Spider-Man! The villains are juicy, the relationship between Peter and Mary Jane Watson is genuine and the artwork is spectacular. A fantastic beginning to an amazing comic!


Aliens vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt (Alien Vs Predator)
Aliens vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt (Alien Vs Predator)
by Mike Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.26
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid read but lacks depth, June 17, 2005
Like the accompanying movie, Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt looks nice but ultimately fails to grip the reader. That's not to say that the comic is without merit, but the cons outweigh the pros. The story is well composed, and the action is faced paced and fun, but eventually the whole thing runs out of steam and starts repeating itself. Roger Robinson tries hard to encapsulate the reader by reassuring them that the end will be spectacular, but it dosn't quite match the high expectations I had for this, in what was supposed to be more energetic. A good read, but perhaps it could have done with a stronger story before being rushed into production. A must for hardcore AVP fans only.


Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm
Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm
by Mark Cotta Vaz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $53.36
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, June 17, 2005
One of the greatest 'making of' writers Patricia Rose Duignan's Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm is one of my all-time favorite books, charting the journey of ILM from fledgling company in George Lucas' garage to the No.1 Special Effects company in the world. Insightful and comprehensive, this is flawless reading and has some great accompanying images from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and surprisingly some of their lesser-known movies like Willow and Hook. An essential movie book, I just love every page, so carefully written, so rich in detail, it leaves the reader feeling that they have experienced something very special. Fantastic and brilliant. BUY IT NOW!


Daredevil Visionaries - Frank Miller, Vol. 1
Daredevil Visionaries - Frank Miller, Vol. 1
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daredevil- Reborn, June 17, 2005
Thankfully Frank Miller stepped in to change the Daredevil story for the better. I don't have to tell anyone how great Stan Lee was, but Daredevil was something of a Spider-Man clone when he first started out, and was chased by some very forgettable villains. But all that changed when the comic was given a new breath of life and now its one of my favorites. I've been collecting MARVEL comics for ages now, and this is one of my favorites. Great stuff, and a must-have for any comic collector. The artwork is visually stunning; the writing is sharp and contains real depth and emotion without sacrificing the quintessential villains and numerous amazing villains. Top-notch stuff.


Essential X-Men Vol. 1
Essential X-Men Vol. 1
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great X-Men Collection, June 16, 2005
This review is from: Essential X-Men Vol. 1 (Paperback)
If the word 'ESSENTIAL' is printed on any book, it had better be good, or it can simply waft over to the world of movie lies where Jan DeBont and Stephen Sommors live. But thankfully like the Spider-Man Essentials this is an extremely satisfying comic collection that chronicles the history of Wolverine, Xavier, Storm, Nightcrawler and the rest of the mutants. Both revealing just what a groundbreaking concept the comic was and showcasing some fantastic artwork, Stan Lee's X-Men comics are just fantastic, I love all these comics, perhaps too much, my bookshelves agree. But this is definitive, must-buy material. Exciting stories, gripping bad guys and some amazing twists, this is a masterpiece that deserves all the plaudits it gets. With a starting point like this, it's clear to see why the comic has endured some shaky times and an uncertain future. Kudos Stan Lee, kudos.


The Movie Book
The Movie Book
by Editors of Phaidon Press
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly and Superfluous, June 16, 2005
This review is from: The Movie Book (Hardcover)
A note to prospective buyers: THE MOVIE BOOK will give you a hernia if you're not careful. But its rather bookshelf-busting size is a complement, with in-depth insights into the actors, directors, special effects guys, cinematographers and musicians who make movie magic. The only problem with this book is that several of the bios are out of date. Of course, you have to accept that with any movie chronicle book, but its glaringly obvious with certain actors. The Christopher Lee bio for example, states that the famed actor has never been able to escape the confines of horror movies, when of course, since the book was published, he has gone on to tackle serious drama (Jinnah), science fiction (Star Wars) Lord of the Rings and Willy Wonka. Now if that's not range, I don't know what is. My point is, when the actors and directors are being chronicled, rather than being presumptuous, instead be more ambiguous so the writing doesn't outdate so quickly. And there are some glaring omissions here (Where is Stan Winston?) One may suggest that for a book that not only displays its significance but also shoves it down your throat, that it might be time for a comprehensive update before this one gets put in the 'old time' bookshelf.


Batman: A Death in the Family
Batman: A Death in the Family
by Jim Starlin
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comic book, June 16, 2005
An important chapter in the life of Batman "A Death in the Family" is one of my favorite Bat-comics. Killing off Robin (Due to a reader's poll so the readers killed him, not the writers) was both risky and created a fascinating edge to Batman. The Joker, in usual maniacal form here, weaves his sinister plots as Jason tries to find his long-lost mother. With real emotion, sharp action and an incredible finale, this is possibly the best in the Batman comic series. The artwork is deep, dark and complementive. Really impressive and inviting, and the theme contains a real sense of yearning for acceptance and a need for self-completion. A must have addition to any Batman fan's collection.


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