Wars - Behind the Magic is Magical
A Cornucopia of
Star Wars fans have
a new resource to help keep them satisfied until the 1999 release of "Episode
"Star Wars, Behind the Magic," a two CD-ROM reference work that
features just about everything you need to know about that long ago galaxy
far, far away.
One thing you dont
get is substantive information about the upcoming movies, just a few teasers
and some rather innocuous shots from "Episode One." This is
okay, though; theres enough to show that George Lucas et al appear
to be doing a good job, yet not enough to spoil your enjoyment of the
film when it finally is released.
I like that. I remember
when "The Empire Strikes Back" first came out I was in a grocery
store, flipping through a comic book version of the film, tantalizing
myself with what Id see in a few days when I travelled to the big
city to watch the flick. Then, much to my chagrin, the comic opened to
a page that revealed (horror of horrors!) that Darth Vader was Lukes
father. This spoiled the suspense and Ive vowed never to jump the
So LucasArts has given
just the right amount of information here.
Cornucopia of Galactic
"Star Wars BTM"
pulls info from all sorts of sources spread over various media
which is appropriate since the films have evolved into a multimedia empire
that extends from movies and computer games to novels, comic books, toys,
etc. etc. etc. You also get interviews with some of the people "behind
sections make up the two discs -- Scene-by-Scene, Characters, Locations,
Technology, Events, Expanded Universe, Behind the Scenes, Star Wars: Episode
I Preview and Glossary. You get more than 2,000 photographs and production
art examples, a score of 3D models, 40 minutes of video, 20 minutes of
audio and 30 ship schematics.
There are also scene-by-scene
reviews of each of the Star Wars Trilogy Special Editions, as well as
the story timelines from each movie. The "Characters" section
features all of the main characters, prominent groups, creatures, and
aliens, while the "Locations" section includes all the worlds
and locales featured throughout the Star Wars universe.
If you want to find
out how all the neat gadgets work, click on the "Technology"
section and youll learn about the weapons, vehicles and devices.
You can even try out some of the weapons!
a commentary, courtesy of C-3PO, that accompanies you as you go wander
around a virtual 3D walk-through of the Millennium Falcon, the legendary
ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.
If youre into
costumes, youll want to check out the virtual fashion show of Princess
Movie freaks may enjoy
the behind the scenes photographs and stories from the film sets.
And theres also
a reasonably in-depth look at the cast, crew, personnel, special effects,
publicity, actor screen tests and Star Wars culture, along with a 700-entry
searchable database, including images, thats nestled in the "Glossary"
And you also get the
inevitable trivia game.
Fans are also sure
to enjoy the "Lost Scenes" section, which includes such "lost
to the cutting room floor" scenes as Luke Skywalker on Tatooine,
viewing the capture of the Rebel Blockade runner from the opening of "A
As is typical of George
Lucas and LucasArts, Star Wars Behind The Magic is very polished and is
sure to be a "must have" for the millions of Star Wars fans
all over the galaxy.
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