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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (18 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781168180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781168189
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This lavish landscape hardback, covering every aspect of the film s production, is such a treat. --SFX Review

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David S. Cohen has covered show business for 15 years, including more than a decade writing about visual effects for the entertainment bible, Variety. He is the longtime writer of Script Magazine's popular ""From Script to Screen"" series, and his previous book, Screen Plays, is a collection of those articles about the vicissitudes of Hollywood script development.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:24 Mins
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters is the art-and-making-of book for the film.

It's a great book. Big, hardcover, 156-pages. There are additional sticked on materials on the pages, stickers and two big posters.

The book is packed with amazing content. There are lots of concept art, set photography and lengthy writeup on the production. Everything's beautifully laid out.

The concept art consist of the characters, Jaeger robots, Kaiju monsters and film scenes. The bulk of the art, more than half the book, is on the Jaegers and Kaijus. The development art are just awesome. They are very detailed. There are Jaegers with their front and back with closeups to their heads, battle damaged versions, 3D wireframes, 3D gray models and some discarded concepts.

Kaijus are crustacean-lizards-insect inspired. The designs look great, menacing, and dangerous. The texture work is really well done. The sculpted maquettes look terrific. There are twelve Kaijus if I counted correctly. Guillermo Del Toro has his unique sense of art direction. It's clear he likes monsters very much. Kudos to Hugo Martin, Alex Jaeger, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and other artists on the designs also.

The set designs are illustrated with mainly photographs and art. Again, they are very detailed and there's a strong sense of worn and tattered feel to most places.

The commentary is excellent. There's plenty to read about the characters, the designs of the Jaegers and Kaijus, and many stories on the production process.

This is a fantastic art and companion book to the movie. One of my 2013 favorites.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2013
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First off I was a little surprised when I got this book as it follows the Vault books and includes little bonus items throughout. Anyway Guillermo Del Toro's films are known for there attention to detail and this book certainly shows the details behind the designs for the robots and monsters and sundry other behind the scenes designs and trivia. I was so impressed with this book I poured through every page upon receiving it (a rare thing indeed.)

I haven't seen the film yet so I can't comment more. I'm off to the IMAX to see it later this week and if the book is anything to go by it will be amazing....
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By JMM on 7 Dec. 2014
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"Pacific Rim" is a fantastic addition to any film book collection; it's instant classic of movie art books. This book is packed with a ton of outstanding imagery related to the movie -- those who have seen the film know that the art direction and design elements are among the film's many strengths.

As it's subtitle suggests, the book essentially focuses on three elements -- man, machines, and monsters. The most interesting part of the book to me is the "monsters"; every Kaiju that appears in the film is detailed in the book. Each one of the creatures is very different, and the in-depth look that this book provides allows for a greater appreciation of the work that went into designing them. No less challenging are the "machines", or Jaegers, which are cool-looking but also designed to be functional. And these are not just outer shells; the inner mechanics of the Jaegers had to be designed as well, giving that we see inside them at various points in the movie.

Overall, this book serves as a companion piece to the movie. Those who are interested in the art of filmmaking will no doubt want to read this book - it is a master class in fantasy design.

Included in the book:
- The Kaiju - designs, maquettes, concept art, anatomy
- The Jaegers - design, blueprints, emphasis on Gypsy Danger
- Storyboards of key scenes in the film
- Designing the various costumes and Jaeger piloting suits
- Conceptual art of the Shatterdome
- Designing the look of "drifting"
- Challenges of production (includes on-set photos)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete Draper on 8 Sept. 2013
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great book, with lots of extras. Well written and full of detail about the creative film making process, well worth the money
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OK, I'll admit I really enjoyed the movie the material for this book is culled from.

I also really like the book. The material is well presented, detailed and varied. You get design artwork and sketches, production paintings, set photos and a lot of information about the Kaiju, Jaegers and characters/actors.

There are interviews and quotes from many of the production staff as well as fictional biographies of the Jaegers and Kaiju. In addition there is a lot of supplementary material gum glued to the interior book pages. ID cards, sketchbook pages, even stickers and inside the back of the book a folder with propaganda posters for the defense corps. All of which really immerses the reader in the movie production.

I'd say this is one of the best merchandising books for a movie I've seen. Up there with the ones published by Weta. In terms of the printing and binding it's solid, with thickish gloss stock and sharp, bright printing.
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