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Editorial Reviews

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“…richly detailed and a must-have for Godzilla fans.”
Examiner

“…brings the Kaiju to your coffee table… a beautifully designed book…a must for die-hard fans of Godzilla and film buffs alike.”
Geekadelphia

“…a giant, beautiful book that would be equally at home on a coffee table or on a shelf alongside other textbooks on how movies are made. The people at Insight Editions always impress with the quality of what they do, and this grand, exhaustive title is no exception.”
Tech Times

“Whether you want to read and see images of cut scenes (such as the Godzilla and MUTO fight at sea) or want to get more in depth information about the MUTO and Godzilla’s history, it’s all here.”
DVD Corner

“…one of the most handsomely designed and published behind-the-scenes movie art books I’ve ever seen.”
Film Edge.net

“It honestly doesn't matter if you liked the film or not. Anyone who loves movie art books will want to add this one to the shelf. It's a little piece of movie history all on its own. You'll even discover a removable poster tucked away in the back.”
Mania

“…Without a doubt this is a book that speaks to both collectors and fans of the movie.”
Geek Native

"…The book's as lavishly produced as you'd expect, and offers a veritable goldmine of stuff for movie geeks or fans of design in general.”
Den of Geek

“…this book is a must-have for fans of the Toho legend, the movie making process or simply those of you who just appreciate “awesome.”
Moviepilot

“…offers everything that diehard fans of the movie could want.”
Washington Post quoting Insight Editions' Senior Editor, Chris Prince

“…this is an impressive hardcover coffee-table book that immediately asserts itself as a must-have book for any Godzilla enthusiast.”
Godzilla News

“On its own, the concept art is often beautiful, suitable for framing (if it could be printed and framed, that is), while the storyboards offer the kind of insight burgeoning filmmakers or fans of the production process will eagerly embrace. The photos, a mix of behind-the-scenes photos with the occasional greenscreen in the background, and set photos nearly identical to shots taken from the final film, offer additional production insights…Ultimately, readers of Godzilla: The Art of Destruction will come away from reading the book with the recognition of the massive complexity behind a production like Godzilla. Edwards and his creative team accounted for practically every detail before, during, and after production.”
Screen Invasion

“Each page seems to be carefully put together to create a stunning mix of information, photography and art. Top that of with a director like Gareth Edwards who has become a fan favorite within the fandom of Godzilla, his introduction in the book will more than likely make this book a coveted item for Godzilla collectors…For its size it packs as much power as Godzilla’s nuclear breath.”
Universe G

“…among all of the interviews with the cast and creative team on the film, it also features a series of early, rejected designs for Godzilla. Several images are accompanied by comments from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards regarding the reasons the designs were rejected.”
Digital Trends

“…an exhaustive look the production process by way of on-set photography, storyboards and, best of call, concept art, the book features a centerpiece spread that readers can fold out that contains various designs for Godzilla.”
Coming Soon

“This awesome tome looks at the making of Gareth Edwards' film hitting theaters this Friday and, within, you'll find an exhaustive look the production process by way of on-set photography, storyboards and, best of call, concept art.”
Shock Til You Drop

“The book delves into the making of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla with concept illustrations, sketches, and storyboards, and is perfect for fans of big, scaly monsters who have all the feels.”
TOR.com

“… chronicles the making of Godzilla from its conception to the final product. If you’re excited to see Godzilla this weekend (and we know you are), you’ll want to get your claws on this bad boy.”
Nerdist

Art of Destruction provides a glimpse at how the filmmakers envisioned the chaos and devastation they wanted their film to encompass. From what we’ve seen from the finished product, they did a hell of a job translating the ideas from page to screen. Even the cover of this book is freaking epic.”
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About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 published books, including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, a TLA finalist selection. His "making of" books include Godzilla: The Art of Destruction and Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; 1St Edition edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608873447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608873449
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 18, 2014
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Godzilla: The Art of Destruction is actually more a "art and making of" book that just solely an artbook.

Plenty of reading material on the movie production are included with the artworks. There are a few paragraphs of text every double-page spread. They are really insightful and talks about the different aspects of the filming process, writing the story, designing creatures and sets, and interesting bits about making the movie. The lengthy writeup really provides the book with depth.

The concept artworks included are fantastic as well. You'll get to see the different variations of Godzilla and creatures from different artists along with director Gareth Edwards comments on each design. It's interesting to see the design iterations. There are different skin, texture, scales and postures for the giant star of the movie.

The rest of the artworks are scene paintings of story beats. Those are big, beautiful and detailed paintings with very cinematic look and feel. They really nailed the lighting, camera angles and atmosphere. Other visuals included are photographs shot behind the scenes while filming.

Lastly, it includes a fold-out movie poster of soldiers diving from the sky with red smoke and Godzilla's huge scales in view.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of content packed into the book. The art is great and the writeup provides a nice overview on how the film is made.

Highly recommended.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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"Godzilla" is a film that features many technical and creative achievements. "The Art of Destruction" is a book which provides an overview of the film's production as well as a lot of imagery from the movie. This is one of the better movie art books out there. Practically every sequence in the movie is represented in the book - whether it be concept artwork, storyboards, or production photos. For that reason, I'd recommend you see the film before looking through this book (but once you do see the film, you'll probably be interested in taking a closer look at the designs contained within).

A large number of pages are dedicated to the title monster's design - and not just his final finished look, but all sorts of different conceptual design elements that were not used in the film. You really get to see the evolution of the creature's design and you realize just how many iterations the artists went through before finding exactly the right look.

Included in the book:
- Foreword by director Gareth Edwards
- Godzilla designs (including a fold-out page)
- Muto designs
- Concept Art of various locations and set pieces
- Storyboards of key sequences in the movie
- On-set photos w/ cast
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Noticed on barcode of item it retails for $45 so for the $28 and change I paid for it, it was well worth it. Haven't read it all yet, but have looked at every page and it is a spectacle, would recommend it not only to Godzilla fans but film fans who enjoy the process of film making. The concept illustrations and story board pictures are amazing, and to see and read how this film came about is enjoyable. Also there is a poster tucked inside a pouch in back of book that is of the "Halo Jump Teaser Trailer" release.
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I got today and I am very impressed, came in factory sealed and save for the pages. They are very crisp, glossy type and the art spread across the book are just impressive. The renderings of Godzilla from different artists and a give away poster of the film also makes this "The Art of" book stand out. The dusk jacket that features Godzilla on a black and red photo is just astounding and sets the tone of the book. Haven't gone through the texts but I'm already stoked by the renderings and photos this book contains.

A must for any Godzilla fan.
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Got this for my boyfriend as part of his kaiju themed Christmas. We both really loved the latest Godzilla and this book is not only beautiful but has really great production notes. It's really an art book about a movie. Highly recommend for fans.
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This is a beautiful art book filled with many concept drawings and paintings from the film, a huge fold out section of Godzilla concept artwork, from initial ideas to the final permutation of Big G, and a wealth of information on production, filming, computer graphic realization, etc. Extremely informative and beautiful to look at, this book is a must have for Godzilla fans in general and especially fans of the new film. Long live Godzilla!
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Excellent book for movie fans and especially Godzilla fans. Full of good details and beautiful pictures. I recommend this book for godzilla movie fans. Yes, I really liked the new movie too. Saw it twice with my son. The director needs to be praised for staying faithful to the original movie.
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This book delivered what I was hoping for - the design process that resulted in the new Godzilla design. Beautifully illustrated and accompanied by commentary from Gareth Edwards, this book was clearly created with the audience in mind. I believe Edwards when he says he wanted to create the kind of book he'd want see as a fan of this genre. I wish there was more design dedicated to the Mutos as well. While not as in-depth on the Godzilla design as the Smaug book, it still delivers on the promise of an "Art of" book. Not just a bunch of production key images but true iteration that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the creative exploration.
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