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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design',
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a gorgeous hardcover book that is packed cover to cover with over a thousand images of concept art, photographs, sketches and paintings from the artists working behind the scenes to help bring Peter Jackson's vision of 'The Hobbit' onto the screen.
The book is compiled by Weta senior concept designer Daniel Falconer with a foreward by Production Designer Dan Hannah and an introduction from Richard Taylor, Weta's Design & Special Effects Supervisor. Each chapter of the book details a particular section of the film; starting with Bilbo Baggins, Bag End, Hobbiton and the rest of the Hobbits, through to a very detailed look at each of the Dwarves (even a quick look at Moria and the Battle Of Azanulbizar), the wizards, the trolls, the elves, Gollum, the landscapes and the other creatures from Middle-Earth that feature in the film. Each chapter is looked at in depth with prelim sketches, beautiful concept art and photographs.
There are two special fold-out features to this book; a large replica of Thorin's map, printed in glow-in-the-dark ink and a three page fold-out replica of Bilbo's burglar contract.
You can see as to how much detail has been put into this book, with the Weta team working very closely with the production team to make sure that the book is packed to the gills. Apparently this is only the first of a series of lavish hardcover books from Weta. If that's the case, and after reading this volume, I can't wait to see what the other books in the series will be like.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bone to pick with Amazon...,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design" is a great book and definitely worth purchasing if your a fan of film concept design. The book arrived before I expected it to. I'm happy about that.
My main complaint is with Amazon's web-page listings. Two versions of this book are listed on its UK website. Originally there were pictures of two slightly different covers. One dark the other lighter. I have checked back since and both versions now have the same photograph (with the light cover). The light cover was listed at £22.49 the dark at around £16.00. The light covers page count was listed at 272 pages, the dark at 208. I assumed that the lighter book was some kind of special edition, so I pre-ordered that one(I pre-ordered this book on November 26th 2012). When my book arrived I discovered that the page count was 208, exactly the same as the cheaper book. I checked back on Amazon's UK web-site. The page count for both books is now 208 pages. If you take a look at Amazon's US website, (at the time of writing this) it still lists the books page count at 272 pages.
I think the edition I purchased is the US version. I don't know for sure if there are any significant differences between the UK and US editions of this book. But I've got a sneaky suspicion that the only real difference between the two books is that the price on the back cover is listed in dollars and not pounds.
I think Amazon have given misleading information regarding the book I purchased. I hope in the future they make more effort regarding correct product details. If I'd have know that there was no difference I would have purchased the cheaper UK edition. Sorry about this rant, but I'm a bit annoyed. Sixty four pages of art work managed to drop out of my book from order to arrival.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous visual feast of delights,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)A well-crafted edition, containing a great representation of the Hobbit/Middle Earth world, this book also delves into a facsimile of the methodology of the back room designs for the set pieces for the motion picture. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Hobbit films - but how many Art Of books?,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)Mostly I like the book and the landscape format helps it to fit in with other Art Of books, but as many books were published for this film I feel it lacks some of the photography that the others have to explain the different elements. The coverage of each Dwarf character for example could do with a photo of the actor and of the final made up character, I also feel that some details of the digital art looks a bit artificial displayed on a large page when compared to art hand drawn or painted.
I thought I understood that a similar volume would be released for each of the three films, but now there is the Creatures and Characters book coming in April. I immediately planned to preorder it when I found it, though it seems a bit different in that it has photos of the characters on the cover corners so doesn't quite match the look of Art and Design. I thought that is was for The Desolation of Smaug, but that second Hobbit film isn't out until the end of the year. It isn't Volume 2 for the second film, it is a second book for the first film. Will it cover the same ground or have repeated artwork? Will there be more books covering other aspects before one comes out for the second film? I am very tempted by the preorder price but I have little room and only really wanted one definitive book for each, as usual there is little official explanation available so I'll likely wait to find out first.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb visual feast but not complete,
This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design (Hardcover)After having spent some time looking and reading through this book I felt the need to write a review to inform others of the disappointing flaw I found in this book. Let me first say that the series 'Art Of' books produced for the Lord of the Rings trilogy were phenomenal compilations of art work and reference images. What made those books stand out so well was the meticulous inclusion of material from characters and environments that had even the briefest of appearances on screen. This is why I was shocked to find out that 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' has absolutely no inclusion of artwork or images of Erebor, Dale, Dol Guldur, or Azog the Desecrator. The omission of these environments/character may not be an issue to everyone but it certainly prevents this book from being a complete collection of what was seen in the film. I find this particularly strange with Azog considering the amount of screen time he is given. Also although Erebor will without a doubt be present in at least one of the proceeding books for the forthcoming films, it is still a major flaw not to include ANY designs or images for an element that is as visually stunning and narratively important as it is.
On the plus side though what is included in this book is a magnificently detailed look at each of Thorin's company, with most of the dwarves having at least a double page spread showing complete breakdowns of each costume, including an incredible selection of beard designs. The supporting text is, as usual with these kinds of books, extremely informative and interesting to read. I am a particularly avid fan of Weta and they never bore me with their attention to detail, so if you enjoy reading 'Art Of' books as much as looking through them then this book with not disappoint in that area. It is also nice to read some comments from the actors themselves, showing even they had a little say in the design of their respective character's appearance from concept to screen.
Other than the missing bits mentioned above, the rest of the book is filled with what you would expect to see, and this is laid out pretty much in the order that it appears chronologically in the film.
In terms of aesthetics the book itself a beautiful execution of design, especially the book face which has an interesting faux leather appearance and feel to it. A little bonus to the book is the inclusion of fold-outs of Thorin's map and the contract which are nice touches.
In conclusion 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Art & Design' is a fantastic book that presents the design behind the film in an excellent way, but unfortunately it falls just short of the high standard set by the books for the Lord of the Ring trilogy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Son,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)My son saw this in Australia this summer and has wanted it ever since. Great Christmas gift. He has not put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles Art and Design The Hobbit Unexpected Journey,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)Love Alan Lee paintings and drawings so anything with his art in is worth buying. Loved the book, Can't wait for the next two.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every fan,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)This piece is beautifully put together. Full of concept art, character and location designs with descriptions and comments added from artists. Just pay attention to pages printed on black paper, they get easily stained with fingerprints.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)My husband is an avid Hobbit fan from the book to the music to the film and I bought this for his birthday he absolutely loved this!
5.0 out of 5 stars Went down a storm,
This review is from: Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) (Hardcover)I bought this for my boyfriend, who is a huge LOTR and Hobbit fan, for his birthday. He was over the moon and it was his favourite present by far. For a Tolkien fan I don't think you can go far wrong!
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Chronicles: Art & Design (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) by Weta (Hardcover - 14 Dec 2012)