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The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy Paperback – November 6, 2002
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Brian Sibley is the author of The Map of Tolkien's Middle-earth, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, and The Land of Narnia: Exploring the World of C.S. Lewis. He lives in England.
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I almost gave this book 3 stars, because of what I think it lacked, but it deserves the other star just because the movies were so good! If given the choice, I might have given it 3.65 stars.
I was expecting much more - actors' biographies, the screenwriters' methods and decisions in writing the screenplay, a timeline of the making of the trilogy, etc. Also I hoped that it would be more celebratory of the achievements of this landmark film series. This was impossible since the book was published prior to the release of the Two Towers. So that's my fault for not looking at the publication date.
In a nutshell, the book is a premature summary that fails to pay tribute to the entire trilogy. It makes a mediocre collector's item that I could have done without. One star for information and another for quality photos.
The book details the elaborate depths the artists went to make the trilogy what it is; epic. So many small details, that are usually not noticeable to the naked eye, are discussed in the pages of this book. The reader will understand that this was not just another movie to the creators; this was the creation of an entire world, in all aspects.