- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419704702
- ISBN-13: 978-1419704703
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 3.5 x 13.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 20.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: Frames 1st Edition
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"Cinematography is not about technology. It's about art, it's about taste. In the end it's about understanding your craft."
- GEORGE LUCAS
""FRAMES" is about allowing the reader the time and the space to examine fully that ("cinematography") craft."
- J.W. RINZLER, Executive Editor, LucasFilm
Author of "The Making of Star Wars"
From the Inside Flap
The set contains:
- A vellum dedication page bound into volume one signed and numbered by George Lucas.
- Six leather-bound volumes (11 inches x 22 inches wide) one for each episode in the "Star Wars" saga, contained in two chambers that correspond to the first and second "Star Wars" trilogies. Each chamber rests on air gliders that extend from the case when light pressure is applied.
- More than 230 film frames per volume correspond to each epic "Star Wars" film: "The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones," "Revenge of the Sith," "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi," totaling 1,416 images. Lucas selected each image from over a million possible film frames in the original reels.
- Two specially crafted embossed medallions (6 3/4" round) that represent the poles of the Force in the Star Wars saga: Jedi Master Yoda and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader.
- A handmade Arts & Crafts maple-wood case (24" long x 13" high x 15" wide) holds both book chambers
This landmark collection of images represents a unique opportunity for collectors and cinephiles to obtain a superbly crafted artifact of the "Star Wars" epics--offering the closest thing to having the actual film reels from "Star Wars." Representative of Lucas' personal reflection on each film, "FRAMES" is an inimitable memoir of his magnum opus.
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It arrived today from Amazon TRIPLE-boxed. At 21 pounds, it really needed that!
More than 1400 frames between the two books, and they really tell a story. If you'd never seen the movies, you could read this like a graphic novel and you would understand the whole wordless story. The frame choices are evocative. I found myself "hearing" aunt Beru calling for Luke, hearing Boss Nass's spitting noises. The choices of frames were phenomenal. And it was apparently a truly monumental task to create this book. Lucas began working on in it 2005! He could have given us another movie or two with all of the work which went into this.
The first 4 movies were all shot on film. Episodes 2+3 were recorded digitally. As a result, they look very different when examined as single frames. They look like paintings or heavy ink work. But this is apparently accurate. These are essentially the raw frames - no airbrush or editing. What you see is what you would see on a theatre screen. I measure each page as 12"x 13.5". There are two frames per page.
Since I was a kid I've wanted to hold Star Wars in my hands. I wanted to be able to stare at the images which raced by my eyes. It led to buying lots of toys. But, maybe this book is what I really wanted all along. Now I can just stare and drink it all in.
Here's the bottom line: If you like Star Wars, this is the only Star Wars book you've ever needed. It's not background or expanded adventures. It IS Star Wars. Don't think about it, buy the sucker!!!!
Noah K. Mullette-Gillman
Luminous and Ominous
I use white cotton gloves (you can buy them inexpensively by the 100 on the net for use in handling pricey antiquities and extremely rare antique books). At the very least, wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before use! One smudge and you're toast. If you think about it, few of these books will ever survive in 100% pristine condition, because the photos are so beautiful — on extra thick glossy archival stock — that many will be sold as "used" in the future (with projected ratings from "Fair" to "VG" condition, with few in "Fine" condition, and hardly any in "New" condition). Those who treat it like kids in a candy store will pay dearly in resale value later.
This book is so perfect in every way it will bring tears to your eyes. You can't go wrong. George Lucas must have considered this a "loss leader" for his Star Wars franchise, giving back to the fans, because this should sell for almost $500 at retail (not to give Disney any ideas!). You even might want to get a beautiful wood dictionary table stand, and open this book to the middle, to display it in your home library. Personally, if I did this, I would make a custom Plexiglas box to set over it as a display cover on the stand, to prevent dust from accumulating on it. I would also wrap the clam-shell box in saran-wrap and store in a safe place — NEVER in a garage where heat, cold and humidity will warp it.
My copy was shipped to me in Three Boxes -- the old box-in-a-box-in-a-box deal, with the actual item packed tightly into the smallest one : in other words, Amazon *really* cares sometimes.
Also, compared to the outrageous upper-crust-affordable-only prices of the first edition of Frames, this edition's price is a steal. This edition's original SRP is $150, but Amazon and more reasonable booksellers sell this for closer to, or less than, $100.
The outer package snugly contains the 2 volumes (a trilogy in each one). After short intro.s/forwards by J.W. Rinzler (author of all of the modern Making of SW movies books) and fantasy film director Guillermo del Toro, the books proceed with two film frames per page.
As one would expect, the frames range from action scenes to landscapes to creature shots to character moments. Of course, for some fans, there's the inevitable disappointment of a variety of scenes/characters/etc that were omitted; however, you get a wide range of shots.
Also, when it comes to the classic trilogy volume, you are getting images from the 1997 and 2004 Special Editions of those movies.
Despite the limitations, it is a gorgeous piece of work, with a massive set of great visuals from the six main films of the saga. Just be sure to dust off a sizable space for it, and be ready for its cinderblock weight, and you're good.