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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Volume of a superb Trilogy
This,like the two previous volumes is a beautiful book covering all the elements of the films production from beginning to end with hundreds of illustrations, set pictures (including a stunning one of Princess Leia in THAT costume and a surprise foe for the Rancor that made me burst out with laughter when I saw it),not to mention reams of detailed production notes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Fine
This doesn't give you as much inside information that is interesting as the prior volumes. In fact it drags as it goes on endlessly about the effects and editing.

The real frustration is that none of the enhancements work on my Galaxy Tab so the primary reason for buying this is a total waste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Volume of a superb Trilogy, 4 Oct. 2013
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This,like the two previous volumes is a beautiful book covering all the elements of the films production from beginning to end with hundreds of illustrations, set pictures (including a stunning one of Princess Leia in THAT costume and a surprise foe for the Rancor that made me burst out with laughter when I saw it),not to mention reams of detailed production notes.
Its broken down into a dozen or so chapters that truly show how the film evolved through the entire production and ,just like its predecessors,its a wonderfully detailed recollection of how a very well loved film was made and brought a fitting end to a trilogy that has no equal, at least by my reckoning anyway.I've spent a good evening just browsing through it and smiling at various set photo stills,everybody looks like they had a blast on this final shoot. I'll even forgive the Ewoks appearance (and interestingly they don't appear that much in this book).
The whole series easily surpasses anything I've ever read on how these films were really made nearly three decades ago and this last one completes the series most fittingly. It's a superb addition that completes a stunning set. No real fan of the trilogy can call himself that and NOT have these.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and invaluable, 4 Feb. 2014
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In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m a big fan not only of the original Star Wars trilogy but also of behind-the-scenes books and so this was an absolute perfect fit for me. The third in Rinzler’s series - but the first I’ve read - this is an exhaustive account of making the third Star Wars film from preparing the script right through to the release. I thought I knew a lot about the production (last year I read Peecher’s “The Making If Return Of The Jedi” and although that is quoted frequently here, this book is markedly more in-depth) but Rinzler reveals several facts here I’m sure are appearing for the first time (I didn’t, for instance, realise Ralph McQuarrie left the film early, burned out from Star Wars and Empire), building the story from contemporary interviews (in 2011 and 2012), vintage ones (from Peecher and various magazines and journals) and also production reports in the Lucasfilm archives.

What I liked most about it is that even though this is clearly sanctioned by Lucasfilm, it is remarkably candid. Interviews are often frank - nobody liked the Ewoks apart from Lucas, Richard Marquand’s filming style annoyed several actors (Carrie Fisher accuses him of treating her badly, whilst fawning after Harrison Ford), the ILM supervisors often clashed heads over equipment and Fisher’s party-girl antics sometimes affected her performance - but all the better for that, as it shows how hard people worked in often trying circumstances.
I particularly found the transcripts of the story conferences fascinating, as Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan (who do most of the talking), Howard Kazanjian (the producer) and Marquand build the script up, piece by piece, often following paths that lead nowhere (an awful lot of design work went into the Imperial stronghold of Had Abaddon until they decided to put the Empreror on the Death Star), putting the story together. There’s talk of death and sacrifice (even before Harrison Ford signed on), as pretty much every aspect of the film was open to discussion.

Moving beyond pre-production, the book charts the progress as sets go up in England (designed by Norman Reynolds), Buttercup Valley in Yuma (the barge sequences - which cost millions and yet appear in the film so briefly that Lucas now regrets not filming it all at Elstree) and Crescent City in Northern California, where the crew got to take over a portion of logging forest. The actors add fresh angles to the story and, again, the frankness of some of them is refreshing, even if some of the behaviour (from the likes of Anthony Daniels and David Prowse) isn’t.

For me, the most interesting part was post-production, as ILM moves into gear and the deadline to release day counts down. Taking on an unprecedented number of effects shots and with a writer/producer who kept adding shots (with Lucas shooting most of the live action inserts himself as Marquand had moved on to his next project), the book captures well the frenzied atmosphere of a crew making ground-breaking discoveries whilst not really having the time to do so (especially since most of the crew were coming off other films, such as E.T., Dragonslayer and Poltergeist). It also does a good job catching everyone’s reaction on Black Friday, as Lucas threw out a load of shots as not being good enough. Ken Ralston (space battles), Dennis Muren (speeder bikes and the rancor) and Richard Edlund (everything else) are quoted extensively and clearly convey the scope of work they were dealing with. Phil Tippett, who designed the creatures with Stuart Freeborn, also lays claim to naming Salacious Crumb when, after a night on the sauce, he apparently said, “Wait a minute guys while I tie my soolacious.”

George Lucas casts a long shadow, involved in the process from the beginning and his comments on hiring Marquand since he didn’t want to do all the work himself quickly come back to haunt him. Although Marquand did direct the film - his wife and son are interviewed - and Lucas clearly had a great deal of respect for him, he had to be on set virtually every day as Marquand wasn’t experienced with special effects. The toll on Lucas’ home-life was devastating, with him hiding his impending divorce from most of his crew (both Lucas and Spielberg were involved in divorce during the pre-production of “Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom” (concurrent to this), with both of them blaming their ruptured personal lives for the darkness of that film). In a nice turn, for a modern book, Marcia Lucas’ role (though slimmed down with this film) is still acknowledged, even if she only makes a couple of appearances.

The final part of the book deals with the release and reception of the film, as it gobbled up box office records and delighted the paying public, whilst drawing mixed notices from the critics. There’s also an epilogue, charting what happened to most of the key players after the film wrapped and Lucasfilm went into a ‘two-year hibernation’ and as Lucas himself is quoted as saying, it’s good to see so many people going off and changing the way films are made and perceived. The ILM and Lucasfilm group from the early 80s, was probably the equivalent of the Corman outfit in the 60s and 70s).

The book is filled with beautifully reproduced photographs - designs, on-set, pretty much every aspect of the production - and Rinzler has done a great job, identifying most of the personnel captured in them.

If you’re a fan of Star Wars and/or Making Of books, then this is a superb read - informative, amusing, frank - and I was sad to finish it. Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Making Of Book, 17 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: The Making of Return of the Jedi: The Definitive Story Behind the Film (Hardcover)
The Making of Return of the Jedi: The Definitive Story Behind the Film.

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Hardback Edition
372 Pages
Author: J.W. Rinzler.
Foreword By Brad Bird

What's The Story.
The Making of Return of the Jedi chronicles `how George Lucas & his crew of extroverted artists, misfits & expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time' to create the next unforgettable chapter in one of the most beloved stories in movie history. Get up close to the action & feel like a studio insider as:

* George Lucas, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan & director Richard Marquand huddle in a script conference to debate the destinies of iconic Star Wars characters

* The artists & technicians at the ground-breaking Industrial Light & Magic facility surpass their own revolutionary innovations with boundary-pushing new visual effects

* A crack team of sculptors, puppeteers, actors & `monstermakers' brings Jabba the Hutt & his unsavoury cohorts to startling, slobbering life

* Actors & crew race to the finish line at Elstree Studios, in a fiery desert & beneath the canopy of a dense redwood forest to provide answers to the questions that audiences had waited three years to find out: Is Darth Vader really Luke's father? Who is the mysterious `other'? & who, or what, is the Emperor?

Star Wars luminaries from both sides of the camera, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, director Richard Marquand, producer Howard Kazanjian, Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett & mastermind George Lucas, all weigh in with candid insights on everything from technical crises and character design, to the Ewoks & the ultimate challenge of bringing this phenomenal space fantasy to a dramatic close.

A gloriously illustrated & painstakingly researched tribute to a truly spectacular movie, The Making of Return of the Jedi invites you to return to a galaxy ... far, far away.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Making Of Return Of The Jedi gives an excellent account of the trials & tribulations that writer George Lucas became so obsessed with his saga he even directed the director, J.W Rinzlers third adaption of source material taken from Lucasfilm archives delves into in-depth day to day account on making what was deemed at the time the finale to this three part saga as author J.W.Rinzler gives a great fluidity to the books narrative detailing many in-depth interviews from the cast & crew to pushing the technical boundaries of special effects that caused several clashes of creative differences within ILM production while nobody during the shooting of the movie were taken with the Ewoks apart from creator/writer Geroge Lucas to finally Richard Marquand's filming style seemingly annoying several actors especially Carrie Fisher throughout this movies production.

This book was a phenomenal read & It captivated me from beginning to end which even a hardcore Star Wars fan like myself found out some new bits of trivia I didn't know about on this amazing movie.

This is a very detailed & well written making of book & is jam packed with beautifully reproduced photographs - designs, on-set & captures pretty much every aspect of the production as author J.W. Rinzler has done a great job in adapting the movies frenzied production archive material & has delivered a outstanding detailed account job in his novelization throughout this 372 page book which was at the time the apparent closure to one of the most influential movie sagas ever made.

Overall, The Making Of Return Of The Jedi is a absolute must buy purchase for Star Wars fan's as it details ever conceivable detail you'd wish to know about this movies production & yet delivers so much more.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The circle is now complete..., 8 Oct. 2013
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Having pre-ordered the previous two books when they originally came out I was extremely pleased that J Rinzler had decided to complete the 'Making Of' for the original trilogy by writing this book.
Now that I have had a chance to read through it ( abeit very briefly) I can say that this book is equally on a par with the previous volumes , if not outdoing them.
The book is written in exactly the same format as the previous books and has lots and lots of behind the scenes photos and interviews.
However where this book slightly deviates is that it contains a lot more art, sketches, storyboards etc which really help lift it to a different level.
I cannot recommend this volume highly enough and if you own the other two books then go get it ,if you don't own the other books then I would as : Why not?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord have mercy..., 13 Oct. 2013
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Rinzler's three books almost outshine their subject matter itself. Buy them all now, sell your house or your spouse if you have to, just cash out for these monumental books NOW! This volume, about the often undeservingly snubbed "Return of the Jedi", features one the most heartbreaking photos that I've ever seen; deep down we all know what happens with the sets after a movie has wrapped, but actually seeing it: "Ay, but to die"...

This review is written by a moderate SW-nerd and not a fanatic by any means. I've never posted a review on Amazon before, but having JUST finished my maiden voyage through this volume, I couldn't contain myself: It is a thing of true beauty with a dedication to detail that invites to hours upon hours of extensive reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Star Wars fans, 3 Nov. 2013
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A great third addition to the series ( if you haven't read the first two, then please do!), this book goes in depth into the making of episode 6 of the Star Wars saga, and delivers a definitive study of the making of a Hollywood blockbuster. Wonderful reading, and truly engrossing for any Star Wars fan. Packed full of of never-seen-before pics, and different variations of the screenplay, it also goes into fantastic detail about every step of the movie making process, and pulls no punches in it's analysis of how Return of the Jedi was made, how it performed, and how it came to be the most unfavourite of the original trilogy. Superb stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 15 Jun. 2014
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Second interactive book in the series and great enhancements. Very detailed and informative. Great for Star Wars and film making fans
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Fine, 25 May 2014
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This doesn't give you as much inside information that is interesting as the prior volumes. In fact it drags as it goes on endlessly about the effects and editing.

The real frustration is that none of the enhancements work on my Galaxy Tab so the primary reason for buying this is a total waste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional.....but, 20 Nov. 2013
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No surprises here that this book is the definitive account of the making of one of cinemas enduring classics as its two predecessors, also by this author, set the bar so high.
The 'but' relates to the enhanced sections of the ebook not working on my Kindle Fire HD - disappointing, as I'd bought the Fire specifically to see this content. Have had to resort to watching the content via the Kindle app on iPhone. Curiously, the enhanced content on The Making of Empire does work. It possibly has something to do with the audio/video content not downloading onto device correctly as Jedi downloads in a few seconds whereas Empire takes 10-15-minutes. Despite this, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book of return of the Jedi, 19 Oct. 2013
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if you have already star wars and empire strikes back versions of this book you need to buy this one of return of the jedi its packed full with behind the scenes info and picture never seen before and big book great book and if your a star wars fan go get it and buy it A1 A++++++ :-)
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