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 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Not being an expert, in the late 70s I saw Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster, which 'co-starred' Mechagodzilla and King Cesar, the latter had a catchy little piece sung to him by a girl in front of a lake. Does this movie also have another title?

Now please forgive me as I now digress. In the same double bill was a 1973 movie called Beyond Atlantis. I presume it used stock music because, and this is something only my fellow Brits here of a certain age will appreciate, as a fight scene between two women was brewing I felt I knew the scoring from somewhere. Until this moment where I suddenly realised it was the same music used for the opening theme to the UK's commercial channel's national News at Ten!!!!

The recognisable bit is around the 23 sec mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJoXpJFHGs4


big grin

Great spot, Paul. I miss the BONGs - but thought we might get a couple near the end, there...

And finally...

Back on topic, I've only heard a couple of marches from Ifukube's scores (which also turned up on Takeshi's Castle, of all things), but very much enjoy them. Ditto the Cloverfield tribute, great fun.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Also anyone who likes Godzilla music should track down Ifukube's classical work, which is absolutely wonderful and often very much in the character of his Godzilla music. We have to be thankful that Toho has preserved all of this great music and made it all available over the years--it's a fantastic legacy.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

GODZILLA VS. THE THING
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Japanese version)
GODZILLA 1985

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Grozebear   (Member)

Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995) - Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993) - Akira Ifukube
Godzilla (1954) - Akira Ifukube
Godzilla (1998) - David Arnold
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) - Kow Otani

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

My personal favorite is definitely -- Godzilla 1985 (aka Return of Godzilla).
I've always felt Reijiroh Koroku's gothic style is more akin to this character.



That's a good one--very dynamic.
But I couldn't say I was very fond of the closing pop song, though I'm well aware that such things are par for the course.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MONSTER ZERO was one of the better ones.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

Like Thor, my Godzilla viewing experience is limited––though I can add Godzilla '54 to my brief seen list. David Arnold's Godzilla '98, however, is one of my all-time favorite scores, regardless of genre.

Alexandre Desplat's contribution was surprisingly entertaining for its unabashed bombast and––along with Bryan Cranston––the best part of the frustratingly vanilla film; though I don't know how well the score would play on its own.

And Thor, I do recommend seeing the original. Technological limitations apart, the film is worth watching for its story, its characters, and its striking imagery. It's been awhile so the specifics are hazy for me, but I recall being quite moved by a scene toward the end where one brave character dives into the ocean, I assume on a one-way-ticket mission to destroy Godzilla. Definitely worth a watch for fans of science-fiction cinema.

Ifukube's music is not a bad selling point, either. I'm sorry I missed out on the LLL release. I hope it makes it back to CD someday.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2014 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   Dr Lenera   (Member)

I only own about a third of the soundtracks but am a big fan and own all the films. I guess my favourites would be:

Godzilla 1954
King Kong Vs Godzilla
Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla 2
Godzilla Vs Gigan [which I know is mostly bits from other scores but works really well as a listening experience for me]

Some of my favourite Ifukube stuff is non-Godzilla films like Battle In Outer Space, Latitude Zero and Varan The Unbelievable.

Like Jeff Bond, I consider Michiru Ohshima's work to me the closest in quality to Akira Ifukube's Godzilla work. I would have loved her to have scored the 2014 Godzilla.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2014 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Not being an expert, in the late 70s I saw Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster, which 'co-starred' Mechagodzilla and King Cesar, the latter had a catchy little piece sung to him by a girl in front of a lake. Does this movie also have another title?

Now please forgive me as I now digress. In the same double bill was a 1973 movie called Beyond Atlantis. I presume it used stock music because, and this is something only my fellow Brits here of a certain age will appreciate, as a fight scene between two women was brewing I felt I knew the scoring from somewhere. Until this moment where I suddenly realised it was the same music used for the opening theme to the UK's commercial channel's national News at Ten!!!!

The recognisable bit is around the 23 sec mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJoXpJFHGs4


big grin

Great spot, Paul. I miss the BONGs - but thought we might get a couple near the end, there...

And finally...

Back on topic, I've only heard a couple of marches from Ifukube's scores (which also turned up on Takeshi's Castle, of all things), but very much enjoy them. Ditto the Cloverfield tribute, great fun.


Thanks TG. I only mentioned it because mentioning the Godzilla film reminded me of this funny moment, and had to get it off my chest, even if it might've found a slightly bigger response as a topic on it's own. I just remember my uncle and myself howling with laughter at this incident., and was very pleased to find that YouTube had the very example. Of course I know now how stock music is used all over the place and such things can crop up.

As for Godzilla I too have only seen a handful of films. King Kong vs Godzilla was the first on tv as a kid, along with King Kong Escapes at the cinema (which I prefer), and now have both on dvd. Then Cosmic Monster was next, and finally in the UK's Channel 4 showed a whole bunch, in the eighties I believe. These included Destroy All Monsters which I had longed to see since a visit to Canada in the 70s as a 12 year old, and bought a copy of The Monster Times which featured it. That same visit to my sister's allowed me to see Frankenstein Conquers the World.

I did enjoy the '98 version but was dismayed at the monster not looking the same. I should be seeing the new one this week sometime.

As for the music (at last – on topic!), I do like the theme that the Big G has in many of the Japanese movies, which I assume is the one everyone's mentioned, though nothing has yet made me go so far as to buy an album of music. I'd be delighted if I felt the need to put that right after this week's visit to the cinema.

 
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