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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film (Star Wars - Legends) Paperback – April 24, 2007
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"A book like this simply blows everything else out of the water...For Star Wars fans, this truly will be the Holy Grail, and even obsessives who think they know everything about the movie should prepare to be astounded. As a 30th anniversary tribute, this could not be bettered" Film Review "Majestic...truly indispensable" Total Film "terrific behind-the-scenes study...a detailed, sensible but compelling account of the film's creation, minus the hype...Combining the access of an authorised account with the edge of great stroytelling, the making of a 30 year-old movie has never felt more alive" Empire
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: Revenge of the Sith, as well as The Art of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Art and Making of Monster House, and Creating the Worlds of Star Wars, which he co-authored with visual-effects supervisor John Knoll. J. W. Rinzler now lives in Petaluma, California.
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So, I 'll say it here, separately. BUYER BEWARE, SPECIAL CONTENT NOT AVAILABLE ON ADROID/PC
The images, including artist sketches/paintings, storyboards, and actual production photographs are comprehensive and I was amazed that it was all able to fit into the 100 MB it is taking up in my kindle's memory. I know that this enhanced edition is supposed to include audio and video that I cannot view on my monochrome kindle, but at least they are not occupying my memory space. I will try to find a compatible platform to view them at some point, but for now I am quite satisfied with this version for the price. It is quite a deal considering the MSRP of the print edition. Chances are, I will end up owning the hardcover as well, but am using this copy to preview it and appreciate its content.
Highly recommend for any Star Wars fan!
Devices read on:
* iPad (retina)
* Nexus 7 (2013)
* iPhone 5
Still pretty, and many are illuminating, but by default they're never full page -- always a ton of white space around 1-3 zoomable pictures -- so you lose the ease of flipping through pages and just landing on something pretty
*Audio and Video only playable on some devices*
If you have an iPad or Kindle Fire, you're golden. Videos and audio work on those devices, and they're amazing. Own a Nexus 7, you're SoL. Nothing plays, which is too bad considering the Nexus 7 was my favorite device for actually reading the book.
* Everything else:
Great detail without going dull. Lifelong Star Wars fan, so getting this much narrative of the production itself is like nothing I've ever seen.
Being able to actually read this thing anywhere is great. I don't see how I would have consumed the coffee table edition, outside of the occasional bored skim.
One of my all-time best Kindle purchases.
As with Rinzler's followup "Making of" books for Empire and Jedi, The Making of Star Wars' biggest fault is that it focuses too much on the rough drafts of the script. Maybe it's just me, but I don't need to hear the story from start to end five times, even with revisions. Rinzler made the rather silly decision to provide a bullet-point list of plot elements that were retained for the final film after each draft, which is subjective, annoying, and pointless. He wisely decided not to repeat this in the later books.