Within a Minute: The Making of 'Episode III' (2005 Video)
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So this becomes probably the first 'making of' ever made that lists the entire cast and crew, with their names scrolling up and down the screen, sometimes even with pictures. The molecule like family trees look very flashy hovering over fiery Mustafar, but soon become rather tiresome. Although we meet a lot of ILM staffers (including some amateur video of the accountants and caterers), George Lucas is in almost every shot, calling the shots and making sure that nothing is approved without his permission. He even tells John Williams where to insert a new piece of music, apparently. Rick McCallum narrates and proves he knows every one by name, finds each prop "exquisitely made" and bemoans the "tragic short lifetime of the sets". Lots of this footage and interviews are recycled from the short web docs (are also on this bonus disc), so there is quite a bit of overlapping and people who have followed the production on line learn nothing new.
If anything, this documentary is too informative. Do we really need to meet the guy who puts markers on a blue screen? I suppose they all have families, as Kermit the Frog once said. The cast hardly gets a word in edge ways, though Ewan McGreggor does say he'll never get used to blue screens. That's just about the funniest anecdote in the whole documentary, especially when you realize the whole thing is just one long technical summary. Towards the end even the original approach stars imploding on itself when McCallum seems to make the impression that everyone was working full time on just this one minute of film. Amazingly enough, though Rick calls the members of the London Symphony Orcestra "deeply talented musicians", they are the only group that does not get a complete on-screen roll call...
6 out of 10
As you can see, I am getting really desperate for a comment on IMDb. I mean, I am commenting on a DVD feature for Star Wars. That is really desperate. I am even commenting on it before I have even commented on all the Star Wars movies. That is just bizarre. Anyway, this is a fun but run-of-the-mill making-of documentary that has fun things to talk about, but some things are really boring.
Here is the basis of this making-of documentary. This basically talks about the making-of Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith, but more pacifically scene number one hundred fifty-eight in the Mustafar duel in the end of Episode Three. This talks about the person who writes the script, called a writer, this talks about the producer, the director, and it also talks about the music of Star Wars, the props, the special effects, the sets, the actors, the sound, and everything that makes Star Wars possible, to finally the Final Screening.
Overall, this is an okay documentary. Although it really is not "within a minute" it is still a very detailed making-of. They have too much detail, though. I mean, they are some things that they talk about that you have either never even heard of or could really care less for. They are also too many boring parts in this that can actually make it a nine or even a ten, but some are very interesting. Anyway, this is a good yet sometimes boring making-of documentary for Star Wars.
Recommended Titles: Star Wars.