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on April 26, 2007
Wow! That's really all I can say after opening this book for the first time. It is filled with wonderful behind the scenes pictures, interviews, storyboards, I could go on and on! I highly recommend spending the extra cash on the hardcover as you get 48 extra pages of the original storyboards for Star Wars, as well as the big man himself, George Lucas, speaking for the first time about the expanded universe. My favourite part has to be the unknown stories about the casting process as well as details on early versions of the script. There are so many ways this movie could have turned out differently(for the worse in my opinion), and it took a lot of hard work to bring the movie we all know and love to the big screen. Did you know that Star Wars premiered in only 32 theatres across the United States? There weren't many people who had faith in this "little space movie"..but thankfully George Lucas persevered, and brought us a legend.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon February 12, 2009
While this book was published in 2007, it's actually about the making and the history of the first Star Wars movie released in 1977. Considering how much time has passed, it's amazing the amount of material that has been collected for this book.

There are twelve chapters documenting the journey from the scripting stage, casting, set building, location shooting, all the way up to the movie release.

This book is written before anyone knew it was going to be a major hit. What that means is, they are writing it on the spot at that point in time -- in 1977. There's nothing closer to understanding what's going on during production and on their minds while the shooting the movie.

Included in the books are hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, scanned scripts, sketches of sets and ships, several film stills and immensely valuable and insightful interviews. It's essentially a very well documented production diary.

There are lots of details included. Read about how George Lucas was a compulsive writer who doesn't and cannot stop working. Find out how they overcome crisis like when one of their robots caught fire. Share their euphoria when they first received reactions from movie goers. And I can go on and on.

This is the definitive volume. It's well worth the money for any Star Wars fan or movie maker.

There are two covers for this book, a hardcover and the paperback. It's highly recommended to get the hardcover, more expensive, version. This book is big and thick at 314 pages. The spine of the softcover will most definitely wear off in the future.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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on December 8, 2013
Anyone who enjoyed the 1st movie all those years ago will love reading how it all started. I went back and watched the movie again after reading the book and it was so much fun to watch the scenes that they struggled so hard over, and of course the special effects that we now take for granted. A fun read and an in depth look at how a new type of movie came about. I keep thinking of how it would have looked if it had been all in Japanese or starring only midgets.
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on January 8, 2014
Very good book. Really illuminating. The enhanced edition has some pretty neat features, and looking at the storyboards, I understand why the special edition was released. Glad some things weren't changed too much tho.

The formatting for the iPad kindle app is sort of maddening though. Other than that, no complaints.
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on February 5, 2014
This is a great book that covers every aspect of the original Star Wars movie. with great visuals and interviews it makes for an enjoyable reading experience. a must have for any hardcore Star Wars or filmmaking fan
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on February 6, 2013
Seriously, if you're a fan and you're "wondering if it's worth it," it's worth it. I thought I knew most of what there was to know about the subject. This book quickly corrected me and I'm glad for that!
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on August 6, 2014
There are no documentaries or special features on any Blu-ray that contain the gems in this book. Rinzler digs deep into the project's history and answers questions even die hard fans didn't know they had.
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on January 18, 2014
excellent book that didn't get distracted by expanded universe or prequels. strictly star wars. feels like we're back in 1977 again!
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on July 24, 2015
Great book for a great movie.

Contains everything related to the movie.
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on January 19, 2015
A well made book. A must have for movie and star wars fans
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