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Art of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [Paperback]

Deborah Call
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THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is a magnificent, full-color celebration of the amazing artistic and technical accomplishments in the second chapter of the most spectacular space epic of all time. Lavishly illustrated with production sketches, production paintings, costume designs, construction drawings, matte paintings, storyboards, and stills, and complete with biographies of the outstanding artists and technicians who created the film, THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is an indispensable volume for fans and special-effects buffs alike. This volume includes:
* The complex stop-motion animation technique used for the tauntaun, the beast Luke rode on the frozen planet Hoth
* The design and animation techniques used in the creation of the immense Imperial walkers
* The fascinating development of the swamp planet Dagobah
* The evolution of the character of Yoda
* Enthralling matte paintings that bring Cloud City to life

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This book is the best in the Art Of Star Wars series, but has a few downfalls.
This book is filled with color photos, but the text that goes with the pictures hasn't improved much. A good thing about this book, is the artwork is divided up into sections: HOTH, STAR DESTROYER, ASTEROID FIELD, DAGOBAH, BESPIN, REBEL CRUISER, and at the beginning of each section is about one and a half pages of text that describes how the "section" was done for the movie.
The "features" of the book such as the technique for the Imperial Walkers and Tauntauns to make them move, was included in the paragraphs at the beginning of each section, but really was poorly written. And the evolution of Yoda wasn't even written in text at all. All it consisted of was pages of drawings that looked different.
The pictures are, as always, magnificent, and included photographs, drawings, sketches, paintings, matte paintings, and blueprints, although the blueprints are on two pages, and a portion of them disappear where the two pages meet. But the rest is great, and it is so amazing to see how real the matte paintings look!
All four and a half stars are for the great pictures, organization, and text, but the missing half star is due to the lack of text. The lack of text is the real downfall, but since the pictures are great, I don't regret getting it. Especially since this is the only ART OF THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK book there is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the original trilogy Oct. 27 1999
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This book is FAR superior to the other two "Art of" books in the original trilogy because it is actually an "Art of" book and NOT an illustrated screenplay. By publishing the script elsewhere (in numerous publications - the best being "The Empire Strikes Back Notebook" which had the script, commentary from Kasdan and Kershner, and tons of storyboard panels - try to get a copy), Lucasfilm wisely left room for the artwork and its accompanying explanatory text. The other two books, while providing plenty of fantastic eye candy, unfortunately tell you nothing about the artwork. It is a good sign that for Episode I, Lucasfilm has chosen to go with and improve upon the editorial model set by the "Art of Empire" book.
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I have purchased all three of these special edition books. I think they are all wonderful. The only irritating thing is that the "A New Hope" volume, and the "Return Of The Jedi" volume have the script included. THIS VOLUME DOES NOT!?! That's just dumb. This volume is chock full of pages with pictures, their captions, and vast blank white space areas that could have been filled with the script - like the other two books in the set.
Oh well. For what the book does offer it is still great. I'd trade it in gladly for a version that included the script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the original "art-of" series April 13 2002
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Of the three original Art-of Star Wars books, this is the best, for it does not include the screenplay that the other two do, and instead has useful information about the production of the film instead. The only drawback is that many of the illustrations run across the center of the page, where the binding obscures a portion of the image, but this is fairly common in softcover of this type. Recommended for fans and serious film buffs alike.
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