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Author: J.W. Rinzler, Laurent Bouzereau
300 Pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 20, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0345501295
Price: S$58.85





Countless of making of books are published a year to tie-in with the summer blockbusters. But nothing even comes close to this one, “The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films”. Containing over three decades of information from the Lucas archives and spanning 300 pages of cast & crew interviews, artworks and photographs, it is simply breath-taking to say the least. It’s indeed a book every Indy fan is waiting for.

Written by veterans Laurent Bouzereau and executive editor at Lucasfilm, J.W. Rinzler, the book is divided according to the various episodes and excerpts from the original script treatment are included for your reading pleasure. It’s amazing to read about how the iconic George Lucas and Steven Spielberg work so closely despite their individual newfound successes to create the “Lost Ark”. It was a daring venture for both Lucasfilm and Paramount to first launch the man with the hat at that time but of course everything pays off in the end.

Some rather interesting anecdotes include how the goofy Indy’s duel with the scimitar wielding bad guy came about and Kate Capshaw resistance to film a scene with reptiles in a deleted sequence from the original “Temple of Doom” shooting script.

And who can forget ILM’s contribution to the visual effects especially the memorable opening of the Ark sequence, get to know how the primitive optical and matte effects were done in those days where digital technology were unheard of. Even stuntman Vic Armstrong who stand in for Harrison Ford in a couple of action scenes were covered. Almost every notable cast and crew members who worked on the popular series were interviewed for their contribution.

Despite “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” being a lackluster entry to the magnificent franchise, “The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films” serves to remind us that how the great cinema of the eighties were done and created. Of course let’s not forget how it tediously traces the journey of how the man with the whip and hat was born. No doubt Indiana Jones will always be one of the greatest icons in contemporary cinema.


"All the films I have done in the past 15 years have really been movies that have appealed to me,
” Spielberg says, "which I assumed wouldn't reach vast audiences on the levels of Jurassic Park, E.T. or Indiana Jones. But this new film is for the audience; I had them in mind every waking hour: What would they like to see, are we being too complex in our layering of clues, are they too far ahead of us, too far behind, are they going to laugh here, is this crazy enough, is it funny enough? It was always for the audience!"


The Hat. The Whip. The Legend. Get this at all cost!

Review by Linus Tee


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