Nine Peeks at the Joy within The Making of Return of the Jedi

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Hey: If you gave your dad a Father’s Day raincheck for The Making of Return of the Jedi, don’t forget to come through: J.W. Rinzler’s third look behind the scenes of the original trilogy is as hefty (362 pages, 11×12 inches)and detailed and well-researched as the first two. It’s overstuffed with interviews, transcripts, photos, artwork, and script excerpts, and it’s the kind of book made for repeated browsing and mining.

From different versions of the opening crawl to storytelling conversations between George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan to the visions of concept artists and the unparalleled practical effects work of Industrial Light & Magic, Rinzler just fills page after page with good stuff, Maynard.

Check out the gallery showcasing some of my favorite bits, including a shot of the Emperor’s hairdo, a surprise Star Trek link, and a few amusing Easter eggs in the storyboards:

Disclosure: Del Rey/LucasBooks provided a copy of this book for review.

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