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Star Wars in Books

The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
J. W. Rinzler
Random House Publishing Group; April 2005

Packed with breathtaking visuals created by a team of world-class artists, The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith reveals an essential element of the climactic finale of the Star Wars film saga. For years, George Lucas's handpicked group has laboured feverishly to bring Episode III's unforgettable creatures, exotic worlds and mind-bending action to life. Together, they created character drawings, costume designs, droids and starships, planetary vistas, animation sketches, matte paintings, and animatics--every type of illustration imaginable. This extraordinary volume unveils the best of their efforts: never-before-seen images--storyboards, models, production sketches, and ILM-generated art--that chronicle the fascinating journey from first draft to theatre screen.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith -- The Visual Dictionary
James Luceno
DK Publishing, Inc.; April 2005

From Anakin Skywalker to Yoda, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith --The Visual Dictionary includes a plethora of pictures and diagrams that describe and explain every minute detail of the important characters and creatures from the Star Wars: Episode III motion picture. With more than 30 characters featured -- Count Dooku, Padme Amidala, Mace Windu, Darth Sidious, et al. -- each entry includes annotated photographs and stills from the film, as well as interesting factoids, such as where Count Dooku's tunics are made and what exactly is in Obi-Wan's utility belt! For example, the two-page spread on the alien warlord General Grievous includes not only pictures of the nightmarish cyborg in action but also diagrammes explaining how he can dislocate his shoulders and split his arms in two in order to wield four light sabres at the same time; detailed schematics of his energy staff and blaster (the Blastech Custom DT-57 Annihilator); and a brief history of how and why he became transformed into a cyborg. With Jedi knights, battle droids, alien cyborgs, clone troopers, and exotic technology and weaponry galore, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith --The Visual Dictionary is an absolute feast for the eyes. This book will be cherished by Star Wars fans of all ages.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Miles Lane
Dark Horse; April 2005

This novel is the adaptation of the most anticipated of the Star Wars films! The action of the Clone Wars comes to a dramatic conclusion, and events are put in place for "A New Hope." Battles rage in space, armies clash on alien worlds, heroes become martyrs, and friends become enemies all leading up to the biggest, longest and most incredible light sabre duel in Star Wars history! This is the story that answers the questions. How did Anakin succumb to the dark side? What happened to Luke and Leia's mother? And why are there no Jedi around in the original Trilogy? Artist Doug Wheatley (Star Wars: Empire volume two) brings a level of life and detail to the adaptation that rivals that of the films themselves. An epic graphic novel not to be missed!

Compiled by: Sanyat Sattar



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