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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2003
ART of Star Wars IV: A New Hope is an obvious piece of collection. It has photographic material of the local settings and several unique concept drawings. It's a clear evidence - in comparison with all the other volumes of The Art of Star Wars - of the evolution in plastic, photographic, and even dramatic material from the first STAR WARS until today. Although its Art is quite rough and very preliminary-like drawn, we can still feel the shivers up our spine wile going trough this history testimony. Unfortunately the Scrip occupies almost all of the space for the explanatory text that in ART OF STAR WARS: EPISODE I and in ART OF STAR WARS: EPISODE II fulfils a written "making of". But it's always a thrill to go trough the original script which is accompanied by the Storyboard enhancing the evolution of the story. A second part of the book composed of almost fifty pages is dedicated to the extra material. A Section about Star Wars posters the original and the replicas, adaptations to other countries, and events such as concerts and celebrations. A section filled with cartoons and "spin-off" art were the Star Wars characters are involved in parallel adventures and even political sarcasm. A touching section about the young fans drawings, fans Who are now older than the STAR WARS SAGA, but that show in there unique pure way all they're favourite characters. And in the end a full detailed photographic and concept art section about the making of the new footage added to the STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - a New Hope - in its special edition. Concluding, it’s a "must-have" for a true STAR WARS lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2011
Bought the equivalent book for The Empire Strikes Back, in 1980s, which was excellent, and so were those for Revenge of the Sith and Attack of the Clones. Therefore I had high hopes for this one.

However I was disppointed that so much of the page area was in my view wasted on a big section at the back on cartoons and kids pictures (25/173 pages), a lot of mediocre stuff, and the complete script. It would have been better entitled The Script with some artwork. No text about the artwork itself, or the creative people who made it.

There are a few full page pencil sketches of dubious value, whilst the fantastic paintings of Ralph McQuarrie are few and far between, and very undersized considering that they have always been the real star of the Star Wars art show.

I think this book just doesn't do any justice to a visually awesome and ground breaking picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 1999
The book was exactly what I expected. High quality prints and photos of the original Star Wars concept art. Very well done. One of my most prized Star Wars collectors books. It recreates the entire feel of the vision of the Star Wars concept from the mind of Lucas and its producers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2009
I'm not really sure this book can be called 'the art of Star Wars'. While it does indeed contain artwork from the original movie, it is more of an illustrated screenplay. If it had been called that then I wouldn't have bought it, since I have the scripts, and was quite dissapointed when I saw inside the book. There are some decent pieces but mostly the 'artwork' is the rough sketches combined with a few fine art pieces and bumped up with photos and pictures of the models. Considering the fact I know there was a lot more of Ralph McQuarrie's artwork produced during the making of the film (a fair amount of which can be seen on his website) I was hoping for a lot more.

Nonetheless I've given it three stars because there are some good pictures and it IS Star Wars collectable material and if you don't have the script then it's good for that too.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2012
The Art of Star Wars was a seminal publication back in 1977, as books like this (script, production art, media homage, fan reaction) were rare. I bought the original back then, and age and overuse (plus a very weak binding) weren't kind, so an almost identical reprint (the main change is the cover) is most welcome. Most of the reviewers mark it down because they take the content out of context, but this was a publication way before even the common use of VCRs and back then the script was one of the only ways to relive the story. The addition of political cartoons, various posters and child fan art serve to remind of the cultural impact Star Wars (before the New Hope subtitle was even added) had, and there have been many books since that would fulfil their requirements if they chose to look. This remains a classic book, and a reminder of a time before Star Wars became such a cash cow and every morsel of info and imagery was to be devoured by fans!
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on 19 October 2014
i'm pleased with the book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
Ex library book with the first page 3/4 sliced out to hide the stamps. Very dog eared and badly kept. Shame.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2010
I was very satisfied with the product. Art arrived on time and in good condition .. thanks
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2001
The book was beutiful. I recomend this work to anyone who loves great art or Star Wars.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 1997
this book shows you the runner up costumes for the charachters.
the script is very detailed.
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