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5.0 out of 5 stars All you wanted to know... and more
This is an extremely detailed and excellent account of the making of the three Lord of the Rings films. It has plenty of detail regarding costumes, make up, creatures, set designs, miniatures, props, et al; plus plenty of fantastic photographs and sketches. It is full of interesting facts and also includes comments from the actors and technicians involved. You can...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Unfortunately this wasn't at all the exciting book I'd hoped for. It does contain some interesting stuff (for example, that a good armour-maker can be judged by how he makes armour for the lower leg, and that the model of Boromir's corpse was so lifelike that after a couple of hours somebody asked whether Sean needed a drink), but not nearly enough. Far more of it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you wanted to know... and more, 1 Dec. 2002
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy (Hardcover)
This is an extremely detailed and excellent account of the making of the three Lord of the Rings films. It has plenty of detail regarding costumes, make up, creatures, set designs, miniatures, props, et al; plus plenty of fantastic photographs and sketches. It is full of interesting facts and also includes comments from the actors and technicians involved. You can either pick it up to read in short bursts or, like me, read great chunks at a time in order to find out how they did the next bit! It also informs you of how much some of the actors and extras put up with in order to look like dwarfs, Uruk-hai's, orcs, etc. The work put in to the prosthetic make up is incredible - especially as some of them only appear for a few seconds. I found the picture of Boromir's dead body particularly eerie as it looks so 'life-like'.
Although titled as the making of the trilogy, there is very little detail regarding the third film, which is perhaps a good thing so as not to spoil anything!
Obviously, it will not answer every question you may have regarding the films, but it certainly goes a long way towards it. I think it is a must have book for all fans of the films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A concise and yet comprehensive look at the Movie Trilogy, 15 Jan. 2004
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Lawrance Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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The chapter where you become truly amazed at how Brian Sibley can make every single aspect of the production of "The Lord of the Rings" fascinating is Chapter 8: Hobbit Hair and Wizards Whiskers. That is because he talks not only about how Peter Owen and Peter King created the hair and makeup for Gandalf's beard and Galadriel's golden tresses, but also because he explains the need to making bucket loads of mud (short version: you need "sterilized" dirt). Then there is the sidebar that explains director Peter Jackson got the sound of several thousand Uruh-hai chanting Black Speech as they march to Helm's Deep in "The Two Towers" by going to a New Zealand versus England cricket match (admit it, you were expecting it to be soccer or at least Australian rules football). Once you have that reached that level of insight you know that you are getting a truly comprehensive look at "The Making of the Movie Trilogy."
Sibley covers everything from model making to creating the one ring to rule them all, so ultimately it is just a question of what parts you like best. Obviously, anything have to do with Éowyn, the White Lady of Rohan is going to appeal to me, so I liked the look at her costumes. But I also really enjoyed the Epilogue: An End and a Beginning, that has to do with the world premier party for "The Fellowship on the Ring" in New Zealand. I liked the poster of New Zealand customs desks reworked with signs indicating lines for Orcs, Trolls, Journalists, and hobbits and the set of commemorative stamps and special first-day cover. Sibley wrote "The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide," so he obviously knows the territory, but what impressed me most is that while explaining how the magic is made he manages to be both comprehensive and concise. After all, he could have put together something as long as the Trilogy itself in detailing the process of adapting it for the screen. Fans of the movie trilogy will find this a worthy companion volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The making of a masterpiece, 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy (Hardcover)
This book is for those people who, like myself, have watched the whole of the appendices section of the Extended 'Fellowship of the Ring' DVD, and want to know more about the making of The Lord of the Rings. It's full of fascinating and often hilarious accounts by people who were (and still are) involved in the films, from the Director, the cast, the designers and producers, through to the people who make the amazing wigs! The book is written in a very easy to read and informal way, which makes it quite unusual but a pleasure to read. One of the best bits is the interview between the author and actors Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, which is very funny. The illustrations and photographs are wonderful, and the foreword by Sir Ian McKellen adds a really nice touch.
This is a must-have for all LOTR fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 2 Mar. 2014
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Unfortunately this wasn't at all the exciting book I'd hoped for. It does contain some interesting stuff (for example, that a good armour-maker can be judged by how he makes armour for the lower leg, and that the model of Boromir's corpse was so lifelike that after a couple of hours somebody asked whether Sean needed a drink), but not nearly enough. Far more of it consists of a HUGE amount of "personal" waffle ("I always thought of art", admits Daniel, "as just something I could do." "Richard has to dash off to a meeting, but Tania has arrived with a batch of invoices needing to be processed.") and lengthy, self-indulgent and not very interesting rhetoric that made me start flipping pages to get to the next interesting bit. It's written in a very padded-out coffee-table style ("We wander through Rivendell and Lothlorien sampling a Middle-earth menu that includes...") with a lot of coy turns of phrase and plenty of exclamation marks. Some of the photographs are interesting, but there are an awful lot of stock ones from the films and not nearly enough behind-the-scenes ones showing how the film was made (which the book's title had led me to hope for). I would have liked to read a very different book on this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 5 July 2011
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This is the best book I have seen on the subject, lots of interviews and inside information on making the films. It has a good balance of photograps/drawings and text. Brian Sibley is obviously a fab of Tolkein (and these films) and this really comes across. Of particular interest to me is the behind the scenes work done by so many enthusiastic and talented artists who worked alongside Alan Lee and John Howe converting thier drawings into three dimensional pieces. And of course the costumes! Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... is a very interesting bookt to read if you like the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy more than ..., 26 Nov. 2014
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This is a very interesting bookt to read if you like the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy more than just a film. It is a very enjoyable personal account of the biography of the films. It describes how and by whom the film was made and what tremendous effort was brought into making these spectacular movies. It's well illustrated, but much-much more than just a picture book. It's well written and let's us gain a good insight int the backstage events that brought Lord of the rings into light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great companion guide, 2 May 2011
This is a brilliant companion guide to have if you are a fan of Lord ofthe Rings as it includes some inside secrets and describes how they did some of the effects and their first premiere. This book does have a lot of reading in it and if you are looking for a guide that is like Harry Potter Film Wizardry then this book isn't for you. The book is more for adults but it can be enjoyed by any Lord of the Rings fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance!, 5 Feb. 2003
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This bookis magnificent! It contains everything and anything from the whole trilogy (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers & The Return Of The King) of The Lord Of The Rings. It takes you behind the scenes of the filming, including Peter Jackson (director) and all the many crew and cast members. Contains hundreds of brilliant photos to awe at and detailed interviews from the cast and crew. A must have for any Lord Of The Rimgs fan like myself :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any LOTR fan, 13 Feb. 2015
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The content of the book is brilliant with lots of detail and images about how LOTR was made.
I was disappointed in the condition of it as it was not as described.
Perfect for any fan who wants to know what it was like to be part of such an immense production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star magic, 29 July 2012
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Bought this for my aunt who is ill in hospital. She loved the films and was very pleased with the book which goes behind the scenes. The book was second hand but you would never know and it was excellent value for £2.80.
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