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Rocketboy
09-13-2008, 12:31 AM
Confirmed at bottom of this post at StarWars.com (http://www.starwars.com/vault/books/news20080912.html)


Also to come is The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, to be released in 2010 in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of that filmThe Making of Star Wars was one of the few things Star Wars I've actually enjoyed in the past couple of years, so I'm hoping this will be of equal quality.

:thumbsup:

Bel-Cam Jos
09-13-2008, 10:50 AM
You mean Once Upon a Galaxy by Alan Arnold wasn't enough to sate your appetite? :p BTW, that was one of the first SW books I bought (I'd had the SW novelization and devoured it, especially the photos, along with the movie storybooks and books-on-tape, but I never even knew of the other books [Han Solo or Lando Calrissian Adventures, Splinter] at the time), from a comic book shop for $8, I think.

I, too, eagerly await this. Start a countdown clock website! :pleased:

JediTricks
09-14-2008, 05:18 PM
Pretty cool, I'll buy it. But the unauthorized BTS that BCJ just mentioned has some incredible tales that I can't imagine Lucas will want to admit to.

Rocketboy
04-20-2010, 12:46 AM
The April 16th issue of Entertainment Weekly has a story on Empire's 30th Anniversary and the Making of book and features Chewie holding Leia on the cover.
The "Exclusive Excerpt" they advertise is just a bunch of never before seen photos.
The pics are all online: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20361457_1,00.html

JimJamBonds
04-20-2010, 09:17 AM
The "Exclusive Excerpt" they advertise is just a bunch of never before seen photos.

I didn't read the article but I saw the pictures and was rather unimpressed.

El Chuxter
04-20-2010, 09:22 AM
Looks like Chewie is about to get jiggy wit' it.

JediTricks
04-20-2010, 03:55 PM
Eww, poor Harrison Ford had to have his open mouth molded! That must have felt so gross!

Anyway, yeah, those pics ain't blowing me away. Hopefully they saved the best for the book.

OC47150
04-20-2010, 08:57 PM
I still need to pick up that copy of EW.

I'm anxiously waiting for the book. I have the ANH version and the Indy Jones copy, and they're great.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-15-2010, 05:05 PM
I would plug another similar book that's apparently out now (thought it wasn't until this Tuesday); SW: Year By Year. It not only covers SW from Lucas' script writing (as has been done before) to "the present," it also shows world and entertainment events at the same time, broken down yearly from about the mid-70s to 2010 (includes things not yet out/happened like C5, SW: Visions book, TFU 2 video game, and Making of ESB) but prior to the 70s, it's basically by decade. It's a tad pricey ($50), but with some discounts (I got it for 35% off with membership and coupon) it is definitely worth it. If I didn't have a job, I'd just sit and read it for days on end; quite facinating what I've persued so far.

JediTricks
08-15-2010, 06:00 PM
I would plug another similar book that's apparently out now (thought it wasn't until this Tuesday); SW: Year By Year. It not only covers SW from Lucas' script writing (as has been done before) to "the present," it also shows world and entertainment events at the same time, broken down yearly from about the mid-70s to 2010 (includes things not yet out/happened like C5, SW: Visions book, TFU 2 video game, and Making of ESB) but prior to the 70s, it's basically by decade. It's a tad pricey ($50), but with some discounts (I got it for 35% off with membership and coupon) it is definitely worth it. If I didn't have a job, I'd just sit and read it for days on end; quite facinating what I've persued so far.
Amazon has it for $31.50 right now. I saw the SDCC panel for it, it looked interesting but I wasn't entirely sure it was my kind of book, I am waiting for more reviews.

DarkJedi5
08-15-2010, 07:19 PM
I flipped through this book and it didn't seem that interesting. I really liked the Making of Star Wars book and this one (on a quick flip through) just didn't stack up. It's full of information on the EU and advertising and things of that sort and if you really want to track the growth of Star Wars overtime, that's one thing but for me it just didn't strike a note. I mean there's a lot bad EU out there that I don't care about and since I first saw a Star Wars movie was on VHS, a lot of the vintage advertising and toy marketing aspects have no appeal to me.

OC47150
08-15-2010, 07:52 PM
I would plug another similar book that's apparently out now (thought it wasn't until this Tuesday); SW: Year By Year. It not only covers SW from Lucas' script writing (as has been done before) to "the present," it also shows world and entertainment events at the same time, broken down yearly from about the mid-70s to 2010 (includes things not yet out/happened like C5, SW: Visions book, TFU 2 video game, and Making of ESB) but prior to the 70s, it's basically by decade. It's a tad pricey ($50), but with some discounts (I got it for 35% off with membership and coupon) it is definitely worth it. If I didn't have a job, I'd just sit and read it for days on end; quite facinating what I've persued so far.

I will have to check that one out. Gotta love the coupons.

I'm already stashing $$$ back for Making of ESB. That might be my Christmas present to myself.

Droid
10-11-2010, 03:33 PM
I saw the Making of Empire over the weekend at Borders. Not sure it was supposed to be out yet. Anyway, it was $85.00! If it is that price, I'll have to pass. I would hope it would get discounted or be released in paperback eventually, but I just can't afford to pay that for a book, no matter how interesting.

Amazon has it listed as costing less, so I hope it goes down. I'd pay maybe $40 or so.

JediTricks
10-11-2010, 04:18 PM
Street date is tomorrow, and that sadly is the hardcover price. Nobody pays full sticker for such things though. For example, Amazon has it for $45.90.

I'm going to wait for the paperback, even though the paperback for Making of SW was missing some material.

OC47150
10-11-2010, 07:19 PM
I'm planning on this book being my Christmas present to myself. Between a nice fat Borders coupon, some Borders Rewards bucks and a little $$$ stashed away, I'm hoping to get it for under $40.

I love the SW and the Indy Jones books. I picked up the paperback versions of both at a con for about $25.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-12-2010, 08:22 PM
Street date is tomorrow, and that sadly is the hardcover price. Nobody pays full sticker for such things though. For example, Amazon has it for $45.90.

I'm going to wait for the paperback, even though the paperback for Making of SW was missing some material.I pay full price. There's more quality in the product then.


:rolleyes:


But I will be quite mad if they do that again. The softcover was great, but the stuff in the HC was nice to OMIT from it! :mad: I might try Costco.

dr_evazan22
10-12-2010, 10:31 PM
I had my pre-order thru Amazon and got a shipping notification today.

2-1B
10-12-2010, 11:22 PM
I should have preordered last night at 45.90 because now the in-stock price is 49.72.

JediTricks
10-13-2010, 05:36 PM
It looks like they may not issue a paperback version for this one, the SW and Indy paperbacks came out the same day as their hardcovers. Now I'm not sure what to do.

A.J.
10-13-2010, 09:11 PM
It looks like they may not issue a paperback version for this one, the SW and Indy paperbacks came out the same day as their hardcovers. Now I'm not sure what to do.

The author said there are no plans for paperback for this title on the SWAN podcast interview.

JEDIpartner
10-14-2010, 09:36 AM
The author said there are no plans for paperback for this title on the SWAN podcast interview.

I was going to mention that as well. :thumbsup:

That annoyed the crap outta me 'cos I bought the previous title in paperback. Now my "collection" is going to look all incongruous.

:mad:

JediTricks
10-15-2010, 05:55 PM
The author said there are no plans for paperback for this title on the SWAN podcast interview.Thanks for the info, that's a big frustration.


I was going to mention that as well. :thumbsup:

That annoyed the crap outta me 'cos I bought the previous title in paperback. Now my "collection" is going to look all incongruous.

:mad:Yeah, that's exactly right, what were they thinking?

Bel-Cam Jos
10-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Odd. I have not seen this book in stores at all (have checked B&N, Costco, Borders), only online.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-16-2010, 04:01 PM
Odd. I have not seen this book in stores at all (have checked B&N, Costco, Borders), only online.
I was under the impression that it hits brick-and-mortar stores later this month, but was released online early for whatever reason.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-17-2010, 10:15 AM
That would make sense... sort of. Scratch that: that would EXPLAIN why I can't find it "in real life," but not why it'd be only in cyberspace now. Shall I be patient, or react too quickly now?

Note: post #8000! :D

dr_evazan22
10-17-2010, 10:18 AM
If your taking votes, I'll vote for "react to quickly".

This book has some great photo's in it.

Neuroleptic
10-17-2010, 02:50 PM
I got the chance to see this book at boarders yesterday. Then I saw the price tag. 85 dollars is just too much for a book, especialy considering that most coffee table books of similar size are 25-30 bucks, just of a different subject. I want it, but I can't justify it at that price.

A.J.
10-17-2010, 09:11 PM
Amazon has it for about $30 less.

dr_evazan22
10-18-2010, 12:05 AM
One item I was happy to find in this book was the color codes for Boba Fett's ESB armor. The reason why I like this is that I'm in the market for a house and I want to paint a B Fett room. I had been wondering how I would get the correct colors.

Bel-Cam Jos
10-29-2010, 08:20 PM
Why was/is this book so awesome?
1) I can't wait to get to reading it (it's been a long time since a SW book has had that effect on me)
2) it has hundreds of pages filled with hundreds of photos and captions to said photos :pleased:
3) I got it from an online auction for... $25, with free shipping (and I had a $2 off coupon code) :D

Sigh... is it worth it to ask for a week off of work to properly enjoy this treasure trove? :rolleyes: Yes! :yes: (but alas, I shall keep my employment responsibilites)

OC47150
10-29-2010, 08:24 PM
That price is a steal!

I flipped through it at the bookstore the other day and was impressed. I liked the behind-the-scenes, candid photos.

OC47150
12-10-2010, 09:20 PM
Picked up my copy tonight. With a 40% coupon and $15 in Borders bucks, I got it for $38!

It's my Christmas present to myself.

jonthejedi
12-16-2010, 04:05 AM
I dropped every hint I could about this one to my wife...but it looks like I'm picking it up off Amazon...(sigh!):mad:

Bel-Cam Jos
03-01-2011, 08:11 PM
I finally finished this last night; what'd it take, 5 months? :( Like the wait for the film itself, I can't wait to see if they give ROJ the same treatment (in time for the 30th anniversary in 2013 perhaps?). Awesome timeline of personal accounts and statistics and commentary. :thumbsup:

Bel-Cam Jos
12-17-2011, 06:43 PM
Hijacked! :eek:

I bought a used paperback of The Making of ROTJ today. I was going to donate it to my school's library as part of my ongoing crusade to build up their SW books collection. But if anyone here wants it, I can send it to you. I'd need to know by Tue. of this coming week (12/20) or it becomes a gift to the kiddies.

El Chuxter
12-17-2011, 11:57 PM
Dave Grohl wants it, but I don't have his address.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-18-2011, 10:15 AM
Isn't he playing in a cover band at the Pechoolo Casino in R-E-N-O... that spells Reno?

JimJamBonds
12-18-2011, 10:44 PM
Are the Moopets still playing there? :bull_head:

Bel-Cam Jos
10-17-2013, 10:16 PM
I bought a used paperback of The Making of ROTJ today.I got my copy of the newest Rinzler hardcover tome on the Makings of the classic trilogy films. Need to get to reading it soon. Grading? You just don't measure up, sorry.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-29-2013, 08:03 PM
The best part so far is this following statement, about the discussions between Lucas, Marquand, and Kasdan...

Many of the ideas here are conceptual only and should not be considered as canon in the Star Wars saga.Wow. :eek: Read those green pages about the script; you will like them, or at least be intrigued by the comments.

JimJamBonds
12-29-2013, 09:58 PM
Wow, very interesting find there BCJ/

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-30-2013, 05:24 PM
I've only read two chapters, so I'm very much still in the business dealings section, but there has been plenty of intriguing information so far anyway. I can't believe Obi-Wan was literally going to return in the flesh, but it's clear that there wasn't much for him to do, so thankfully that was changed. I just read the summary of the second draft, where Jerjerrod has a lot more to do (before being killed by Vader) and was perhaps not going to be human. I love these books so much - for anyone who's on the fence, the ebook versions are pretty cheap compared to the hardbacks, and even though I have all three in hardback I may buy the ebooks just for the video and audio content. I consider these a must-read for SW fans.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-28-2014, 08:55 PM
Amazing book; only took me 12 parsecs to finish reading (Ben Kenobi looks incredulously at me, knowing it was only 3 months) The Making of ROJ. The English words to "Fancy Man" aka "Lapti Nek," how long it took to film scenes and how much the costs were, great behind-the-scenes pictures I'd never seen before, memories of fans included, those green pages with script updates. I feel bad for Marquand, realizing he was in a lose-lose situation but still came out okay (aside from an abrupt and fast death in 1987 :( ).