April 5, 2009

Review: The Making of Star Wars

I first saw this book at Star Wars Celebration IV and had been eagerly awaiting the release ever since.  The prospect of a well-researched history of Star Wars and a trove of new behind-the-scenes images was a welcome addition to the book collection.  It's been on my shelf for a while now, but warrants a very brief review.
At first glance, it looks like a coffee table book - and the Ralph McQuarrie artwork and large images from production would make a perfectly good picture book.  But the read is what make Rinzler's account truly breakthrough.  Plan to spend some serious time reading The Making of Star Wars, as nearly every page offers a detailed account anchored by draft scripts, production notes, and interviews.  Spending a little time with this book and you are guaranteed to learn or see something new.

In a perfect world, there would be an eBook version of this book, if only to make reading the text easier.  The large format is a necessity for the rich visuals, but a companion eBook would make sitting down with the text a little more accessible.

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