Sales of traditional 'making of’ books took a tumble when DVDs began to include lengthy behind-the-scenes material. Peter Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy is correctly deemed worthy of one such in-depth coverage though, and the tie-in volume will suffice until extras-loaded Blu-rays come along.
When it comes to behind-the-scenes books, Brian Sibley is no saucer-eyed neophyte, having covered the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in similar fashion. His experience, however, proves both a pro and a con in his latest work: on the plus side, he conducts competent interviews that cover all the key cast and crew; on the down side, this has the feel of an interview checklist. Less forgivably, a chapter on Jackson’s groundbreaking employment of the high frame rate (HFR) format misrepresents it as high definition (HD), while the chapter on 3D is nearly as perfunctory as Peter Jackson’s 100-word introduction.
Reviewed by David Hughes
|Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — Official Movie Guide, The|