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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Mti edition (7 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781167826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781167823
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 1.9 x 32.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Titan Books has put together a really exceptional book." - Superhero Hype

"It s one of the most-anticipated movie follow-ups of the year and now you can feast your peepers on these amazing... behind-the-scenes snaps...which...showcase a series of breath-taking moments from the film." --MSN Homepage

"Amazing photos." --Red Orbit

"300 fans will definitely want to grab this incredible art book." --Retrenders

"As gritty and glorious as you would expect for a publication dedicated to the 300 empire. It really is the perfect sneak peak into what you should expect for the sequel and things are looking good so far!...a truly artistic delight." --Critiques 4 Geeks

"If you were a fan of the first 300 and can t wait to see the sequel, this is the book for you. It contains everything you could ever want to know about Rise of an Empire and looks pretty damn cool on your coffee table as well." --Film Pulse

"Simply gorgeous and would easily be something you leave out for guests to marvel at, and if you re a fan of the films then this book is a must have. Five Out of Five Stars." --SciFi Mafia

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PETER APERLO is an LA-based writer whose credits include the screenplay to the video game 300: March to Glory. He is the writer of the Watchmen Movie Companion and The Art of Watchmen movie book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:41 Mins
This artbook is a marked improvement over the one for the first film, 300: The Art of the Film.

This book is actually a collection of production photography, film stills and concept art. Everything appears in high resolution, printed to the edge, huge. Hardcover, 160 pages.

There are a lot of photos. I don't like artbooks that feature more photos than art. But in this case, all the visuals in the book are quite stunning, photos and art included, especially the photos actually.

The photos and stills are great. You'll see many for the characters, behind the scenes where they use green screen, details on the costumes, weapons, and of course the sets where they build parts of the ships that appear in the movie. Lots of glamour shots to be seen, including the soulful, vengeful, deceitful and more.

Concept art are mainly of the key scenes and environments, and mostly far shots of the capital Persepolis, Sparta, and other places on the war path of Xerxes.

Layout of the book is quite well done to play up images. Photos and art well mixed throughout. There's a very textural feel throughout with the splatter, rain, sea and mud.

The book has spoilers and they come in the form of pictures. But I don't suppose they will dull down your enjoyment of the film anyway. Story plots are mentioned in small bits only.

Highly recommended. It's a visually beautiful book, wonderfully art directed.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:45 Mins
"300: Rise of an Empire: The Art of the Film" is a fun art book to look though - these films are very interesting visually, and it's worth it to take a closer look at the design elements of the movie. This art book is definitely an improvement over the original "300" art book, although it is too short on actual conceptual artwork.

I would describe this product as more of a visual companion than a traditional art book. If you liked the film, the book does have value - it essentially goes through each character, location, and battle (devoting several pages to each), and includes text and imagery related to that subject. But if you like conceptual paintings/sketches, you might be disappointed in this book.

Included in this book:
- Costumes and Character Portraits
- Storyboards of major sequences
- Close-ups of weapons used in the film
- Design/construction of the boats
- On-Set vs. Final Film comparison shots (a lot of green screen work)
- Visual Effects progression frames
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A very good art of film book, filled with everything related to the films special effects and actors costumes etc...4 stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
A film tie in novel that not only gives the reader the chance to get to know the cast but be enveloped with the whole scenario of an epic point in Western history. It’s beautifully put together, has some top notch explanations as well as allowing the reader to delve into how some of the effects were achieved. Back this all up with a friendly writing style that invites you to see the process and all round I was a more than happy reader. Great stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful visual companion 3 Mar. 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This artbook is a marked improvement over the one for the first film, 300: The Art of the Film.

This book is actually a collection of production photography, film stills and concept art. Everything appears in high resolution, printed to the edge, huge. Hardcover, 160 pages.

There are a lot of photos. I don't like artbooks that feature more photos than art. But in this case, all the visuals in the book are quite stunning, photos and art included, especially the photos actually.

The photos and stills are great. You'll see many for the characters, behind the scenes where they use green screen, details on the costumes, weapons, and of course the sets where they build parts of the ships that appear in the movie. Lots of glamour shots to be seen, including the soulful, vengeful, deceitful and more.

Concept art are mainly of the key scenes and environments, and mostly far shots of the capital Persepolis, Sparta, and other places on the war path of Xerxes.

Layout of the book is quite well done to play up images. Photos and art well mixed throughout. There's a very textural feel throughout with the splatter, rain, sea and mud.

The book has spoilers and they come in the form of pictures. But I don't suppose they will dull down your enjoyment of the film anyway. Story plots are mentioned in small bits only.

Highly recommended. It's a visually beautiful book, wonderfully art directed.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Can't wait to see the new film! 5 Feb. 2014
By Elipses - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book shows stunning artwork from the sequel movie to 300 - 300: Rise of An Empire.

The film derives from the original 300 graphic novel from Frank Miller and his influence shows.

Beautifully produced and rich with lush imagery, this book is wonderful to behold.

Can't wait for the film!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Epic Presentation For Those Interested in Filmed Epics 24 Feb. 2014
By E. Lee Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was – and still am – one of those viewers who was totally captivated by the cinematic marvel that was director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300, the tale of a contingent of Spartan soldiers making one, last, futile stand against a horde of invading Persians. In fact, I was a bit surprised how struck by the film I was considering I only thought its graphic inspiration to be mildly interesting. I appreciated what Miller did sans dialogue, weaving a tale plucked from history of warriors doing what they do best; but Snyder’s film added so much more plot, depth, and complexity to a story Miller essentially reduced to a black-and-white (albeit in color) moment in time. That’s what great films do.

Naturally, I’m excited as are many to see that there’s further story coming to such a seminal period in the history of human civilization, so I’m equally jazzed to provide a few humble words on a book celebrating the film’s unique visual style.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

I’m a stickler for trying to avoid any big spoilers, so even though I’ve given you a heads-up with my above statement you can rest assured I won’t be revealing anything about the film’s plot or action sequences. I will say that, if you thrilled at the first, it certainly would appear that the sequel intends to up the ante by venturing much more closely into the world as created and even envisioned by Xerxes, the mortal-turned-god who presided over the Persians. Also, I’m divulge that the book was prepared with the same limited chromatic style common to the film it obviously represents; while there are plenty of photographs that represent specific moments from the motion picture, there’s also a wide variety of sketches and drawings detailing conception to presentation.

To my delight, I also found a nice sprinkling of either lines of dialogue that might be spoken in the film appearing as quotes, but – more likely – these sentences harken back to other Greek works that explore the characters and events detailed in the film. I’ve no doubt these lines – if they’re not dialogue – were certainly ones consulted by Frank Miller in the act of researching which real-life figures he intended to include in his story; as a lover of quality quotes, there are some terrific ones here. The book furthermore details the greater ‘who, what, where, when, why’ in various sections – i.e. the Corinth Council, Athens, the Battle of Artemisium, etc. – peppering each chapter with plot points that correspond (no doubt) to what’ll be some big action up on the silver screen.

There’s a nice forward from the director Noam Murro, wherein he basically talks about what a daunting challenge he undertook at Snyder’s request … but I’d imagine the obstacles he faced were nothing like what the Spartans did in legitimate history. You’ll pardon my wry reflection, but isn’t it a bit ironic what we find challenging today is staging big moments from history instead of the actual history itself? I know I see things that way. Snyder’s afterward, by comparison, is actually a bit disappointing, reading and sounding more like the Academy Awards speech he probably wants to give. I don’t mean for that to sound as insulting as it probably will, but – as they say – it is what it is, and I’m not inclined to change it now.

Seriously though, this is one very nice book.

300 – RISE OF AN EMPIRE: THE ART OF THE FILM (2013) is published by Titan Books. The book is written by Peter Aperlo with a forward by (director) Noam Murro and an afterward by (producer) Zack Snyder. This coffee-table style edition is available with a cover price of $34.95 (U.S.).

HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. At this point, there’s no way for any of us to know whether or not the film, 300 – RISE OF AN EMPIRE, will approach the sheer awesomeness of its inspiration, but, if the book is any indication, it certainly appears as if it’ll bring the same kind of epic-scope to storytelling for viewers. Readers of the book won’t be entirely spoiled on the plot, I suspect, but – if it’s spoilers you’re looking for – then, naturally, they’re in here. What the volume does best is capture this latest chapter of cinematic big-budget effects particularly well. It’s a grand companion to those wanting to know more about the behind-the-scenes efforts required to bring it all to big, glorious, blood life.

In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Titan Books provided me with a reading copy of 300 – RISE OF AN EMPIRE: THE ART OF THE FILM by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
‘That’s a little too fun to ignore 13 Aug. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Typically, unless I am buying a textbook, I don’t want to spend a whole lot; however, the sequential art titles offered by Titan Books are worth every penny they are priced at. Larger than most laptop screens, this book is a stunning piece of visually history. Peter Aperlo has brought together the entire process from design concept to final movie rendering. While this book strays away from historical accuracy, unlike the first 300, the attention to detail, CGI, and acting more than makes up for it. This book leads readers through the often-daunting process of playing the part with grueling hours in the gym and non-stop fight training to lead viewers to believe they truly are Spartan and Persian warriors. As you dive deeper into the book, you are given a rare glimpse of the fine-tuned detail from the iconography to the massive detail of the CGI environments that had to be created for so many different points in the movie.

“What had captured Miller’s imagination during his research on the initial graphic novel was the fact that the Battle of Artemisium had taken place during the same three days as the Spartans’ stand at Thermopylae, and not very far away at that. ‘That’s a little too fun to ignore,’ says Snyder.”

The stunning imagery within this book will surely provide readers with a newfound appreciation for the time, ingenuity, and perfection that goes into making a movie, and books such as this one deserve a sacred spot on display within any home library.

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review
*You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
Five stars? Really? 6 Oct. 2014
By iXlad66 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is literally filled with promotional stills and frames taken directly from the film. Thanks, but I've seen the movie, as well as the ads, posters, trailers, etc. There are tons of pictures of actors holding weapons menacingly as well as a multitude of "beauty" shots of the principal characters. Each of the main characters gets a 2 to 4 page spread plus a little "bio" that describes their personality. I really don't give a crap about Artemisia's brave spirit and vindictiveness; I want to see some clear shots of the fantastic costume she was wearing in the final battle scene.
Also, this is a film about war, yet they devote 3 sparse pages to weapon designs. The Greeks hardly wear any armor, but the Persians did, and there's barely anything to show for it in this book. I thought the whole point on an "art of" book was to showcase the concept art, design, pre-production and some relevant information about the making of the film. The text seems to focus more on telling you the plot of the film, and less about the design decisions or inspiration. Yes, there are some reproductions of scenery art and set design but overall I find the book lacking, and compared with other “art of” film books (from Weta or Marvel to name a few) this one really falls flat.
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