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A concise and yet comprehensive look at the Movie Trilogy,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy (Paperback)
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.