Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’

Movies are an illusion. Cinema is the art of the moving image; the moving image isn’t more truthful than are cave paintings, or hieroglyphics, or the Sistine Chapel. What the artist finds is the truth behind the “truth.” Art portrays the aspirations of the society in which it is made.- George Lucas, The Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III, 1999-2005’”

Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI, 1977-1983 (40th Anniversary Edition)

In the beginning, I was struggling with the plot, just figuring out what it was going to be. I had a sense of what the Force was, how it worked, and they could do with it, but the story didn’t have room for that – yet. – George Lucas to Paul Duncan, explaining how theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI, 1977-1983 (40th Anniversary Edition)”

Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) Directed by: Kevin Burns, Edith Becker Written by: Ed Singer Starring: Robert Clotworthy (Narrator), George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Walter Cronkite, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alan Ladd Jr., Steven Spielberg, Irvin Kershner, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Warwick Davis Harrison Ford: There’s a princessContinue reading “Documentary Review: ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the STAR WARS Trilogy’”

Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’

The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark (2020) Based on: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020 TV Series) Edited by: Jennifer Heddle On August 25, 2020, Disney-Lucasfilm Press published The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, an anthology of 11 short stories based on 11 episodes of Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The CloneContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’

Luke Skywalker was Annikin Starkiller. Han Solo was a “huge green-skinned guy with no nose and large gills.” And Princess Leia had a bit part. – Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays Considering how intertwined George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy is in modern pop culture, it’s hard to imagine that the film versions of AContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays’”

Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)

Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope Based on a screenplay by George Lucas Writer/Editor: Roy Thomas Artist: Howard Chaykin Consulting Editor (1977): Archie Goodwin Cover Artist (2015): Adi Granov The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)”

Audiobook Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection’

On February 14, 2017, Random House Audio released William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection, a 15-CD box set featuring the three audiobook editions of author Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy. It consists of dramatic readings of Doescher’s first three books in the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series: Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, TheContinue reading “Audiobook Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second’

On July 7, 2015, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books published Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second, the fifth book in a series of nine in which the author reimagines the Skywalker Saga as plays written by the greatest dramatist in English literature – William Shakespeare. Doescher, who was born inContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope’

The Force. The Force doth give a Jedi all his pow’r, And ‘tis a field of energy that doth Surround and bind all things Together, here within our galaxy.  – Obi-Wan Kenobi, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Verily A New Hope, Act II, Scene 2 On July 2, 2013, Philadelphia-based Quirk Books published Ian Doescher’s WilliamContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope’”

Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (Multi-Screen Edition)

On Tuesday, March 31, Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) and Lucasfilm officially released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on two Blu-ray formats, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) and the older High Definition (HD) Blu-ray discs (BD) in several combinations, including a Multi-Screen Edition with two HD BDs and an insert with a Movies AnywhereContinue reading “Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (Multi-Screen Edition)”