The Art of Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi by Carol Titelman

The Art of Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi

The ART OF STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI is a lavish, full-color volume that commemorates the creative genius and technical wizardry behind RETURN OF THE JEDI, the dazzling space epic. Illustrating the original screenplay are hundreds of sketches, storyboards, matte paintings, blueprints, production paintings, and costume designs -- the work of the conceptual artists and d...

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The Art of Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi Reviews

  • Gwen Johnson

    At the time, we thought this was it for the "canon" Star Wars universe. I was a tad disappointed, but I think only because it was an "ending".

  • Andrew

    And finally the end of the saga or so we thought - this was like the other two art of star wars books originally published shortly after the films release and was seen as many as the end of the saga even though at the time it was stated these where the middle three of a 9 film series. Well we know now what that became - but back then to a small boy allowed to peer over my brothers shoulder this (and the other two books) fired my imagination possibly more than the original film - now years later

    And finally the end of the saga or so we thought - this was like the other two art of star wars books originally published shortly after the films release and was seen as many as the end of the saga even though at the time it was stated these where the middle three of a 9 film series. Well we know now what that became - but back then to a small boy allowed to peer over my brothers shoulder this (and the other two books) fired my imagination possibly more than the original film - now years later reprinted by titan and containing additional work from the special edition - i cannot be still feel the saw awe at the book i did then, only now i can appreciate the sheer artistic ability of the designers all the more.

  • Jeff Lanter

    As I finished reading the last of this series (or at least of the ones I own) I couldn't help but feel there is lost potential here. While the art is as beautiful and as interesting as ever. Return of the Jedi returned (sorry for the repetition) to A New Hope's format of just movie script and no behind the scenes information. This made it a quicker and less interesting read. Of the three movies, Return of the Jedi has a lot of interesting special effects and it would have been so great to learn

    As I finished reading the last of this series (or at least of the ones I own) I couldn't help but feel there is lost potential here. While the art is as beautiful and as interesting as ever. Return of the Jedi returned (sorry for the repetition) to A New Hope's format of just movie script and no behind the scenes information. This made it a quicker and less interesting read. Of the three movies, Return of the Jedi has a lot of interesting special effects and it would have been so great to learn more about it. Alas, while I recommend this book highly, it does not improve on the Empire Strikes Back which is by far the best of the bunch. These three books are all out of print now, but they are most definitely worth hunting down. I'm proud to have them on my bookshelf.

  • Mark

    The full screenplay for the third film, accompanied by stills, production designs and paintings. Reading this directly after the Empire Strikes Back one (last book read in 2012) was a mistake - where that volume concentrated on the images, showing designs building up to finished models/sets/etc with explanatory text, this has the screenplay (not the strongest of the original trilogy, in my opinion) and the artwork is cut back accordingly. Worse, we end up with lots of costume designs (each entry

    The full screenplay for the third film, accompanied by stills, production designs and paintings. Reading this directly after the Empire Strikes Back one (last book read in 2012) was a mistake - where that volume concentrated on the images, showing designs building up to finished models/sets/etc with explanatory text, this has the screenplay (not the strongest of the original trilogy, in my opinion) and the artwork is cut back accordingly. Worse, we end up with lots of costume designs (each entry explaining who drew it and who designed the clothes and it’s always the same names) and thumbnail sketches (a lot of which appear to be used as filler) but very little in the way of model or special effects or set photographs. The icing on that particular cake is that the Ewoks alone take up a handful of pages that I ended up just flicking through. The Star Wars saga - and the information contained in the Lucasfilm archives - is a goldmine (as is evidenced with the Empire volume) and this book, unfortunately, is saddled with the suggestion that it’s a real, wasted opportunity. Having said that, it’s well put together and the images are beautifully reproduced so it’s a pleasant nostalgic read but it really could have been so much more!

  • Annalise Sullivan

    I have a battered old copy of this book on my shelf and it never gets old. It shows a great deal of the concept art for Return of the Jedi, alongside the film's script. Featuring preliminary and unfamiliar designs of familiar characters, environment concepts, and much more, it's a wonderful addition to the library of any Star Wars fan.

  • Matthew Lloyd

    I recently read

    , and this subsequent book in the series deserves a similar review to

    . The art is, again, spectacular - perhaps even more so as the new locations and aliens of

    are in many ways more spectacular than the harsh imperial settings of

    . But then again, is anything more wonderful than Cloud City? As with the previous volume, some of the art is not well presented

    I recently read

    , and this subsequent book in the series deserves a similar review to

    . The art is, again, spectacular - perhaps even more so as the new locations and aliens of

    are in many ways more spectacular than the harsh imperial settings of

    . But then again, is anything more wonderful than Cloud City? As with the previous volume, some of the art is not well presented, whether too small or crossing the page divide, and it could have been much, much longer and held my interest.

    The main flaw of the volume, however, lies in the decision to combine the "Art of" book with the script of the film. Now, I love

    and can't deny that I felt a rush of excitement as I read the script of the Battle of Endor, but there was so much of interest in

    that I wished I could have learned in this book. How was Jabba the Hutt animated? Were the A-Wings and B-Wings designed before they knew which letters of the alphabet they would be named after? In addition to this lack of information, there's also limited labelling of the sketches, so that I can't tell, for example, if some of the sketches are the Emperor or the Imperial Guard.

    As with

    , I borrowed this book from the library. I think I would like to own the entire collection of

    , Episodes I-VII and onwards, regardless of the flaws in book design or individual films. If there's one thing right about every Star Wars film, it's the visual design, and that is well reflected in their art.

  • K.

    A return to the script-focused format of

    .

    Still a vast improvement over

    though, if only for the more interesting concept art, character designs, and matte paintings.

    I just wish that Deborah Call had edited all three of these.

  • Christopher

    Though Empire was the best film, its the concept art for Jedi that really makes this the best of the late 90s art books.

  • Lindsey Lobin

    Crying because of the ending.


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