Book Review “Star Wars: Frames”

starwarsframesAuthor: George Lucas/LucasFilm Ltd
Hardcover: 736 pages
Publisher: Abrams
Release Date: October 29, 2013

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

One thing that “Star Wars” has is that it is extremely visual. For a film series that started back in the 70’s it was and still is revolutionary in terms of visual effects. When I heard about “Star Wars: Frames”, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was speechless when I opened this book. The book consists of over a thousand images from all six of the films…and that is all. But that is enough to leave you speechless for hours while you look through each of these amazing frames hand picked from the “Star Wars” franchise. I should also mention that this complete set a freaking ton, I would say at least 25 pounds. It is split into two books the first is the original trilogy and the second one is the prequel trilogy. This book may have no words but it is outstanding and a must have for any “Star Wars” fan.

Official Premise: After George Lucas finished work on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he wanted to look back on the Star Wars saga with an entirely new point of view: isolating stills, or frames, from each of the six Star Wars films, focusing on them intensely as works of photography and design, and reproducing them in a book. For two years Lucas went through more than 150,000 frames per film, editing more than 1 million frames down to the 1,416 images that now comprise Star Wars: Frames, a testament to the hard work, craftsmanship, and dedication evident in every frame of every film. Star Wars: Frames brings together Lucas’s personal shot-by-shot selections into a lavishly designed two-volume hardcover set—one volume for the Original Trilogy and one volume for the Prequel Trilogy. For collectors and fans, Star Wars: Frames is the ultimate look on this grand project devoted to a cinematic phenomenon—and the ultimate Star Wars collector’s tome.

Each of these volumes consists of two 368 page hardcover books, which are enclosed in this gorgeous deluxe slipcase. What makes this very cool is that these frames are also George Lucas’ personal shot-by-shot frame selection from all six films. Guillermo del Toro gives a wonderful introduction for the original trilogy, which is very in-depth and we get inside the mind of one of my favorite directors and his real passion for “Star Wars”. For the prequel trilogy, J.W. Rinzler, who is the  author and editor for Lucas Licensing’s book division, gives an equally awesome (but slightly shorter) introduction. This book is retailing for $150 dollars but trust me it is worth every single dollar. This is going to be one of my prize pieces in my “Star Wars” collection.

 

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