Bringing Godzilla Down to Size
International Title
Music By: Kow Otani
Record Label: [Unlicensed]
Running Time: 21:02 Discs: 1
Release: May 2009 CD Number: None
Anthony Romero
First off, huge thanks goes out to Robert Storch for sending this disc for review!

This CD, actually a CD-R, was distributed by Ed Godziszewski and Norman England (via noman@gol.com). The disc contains the full score to the documentary feature "Bringing Godzilla Down to Size", which is found on Classic Media's Rodan and War of the Gargantuas DVD. Composed by Kow Otani, the music found on this CD is a lot better than what many would expect for a DVD supplement feature. The score feels slightly like a video game soundtrack, which is natural given that a orchestra was not used. To Otani's credit, a few of these cues, like "History Lesson" and "Volcanic Reaction", are neat. The problem is that the music excels at what it was intended to do: sift into the background. Truth be told, the music doesn't fare too well as a standalone experience. These themes are mostly on the low key side and don't draw a tremendous amount of attention to themselves, outside of the rousing "Old School" track. There isn't a whole lot of music to this release either. Still, it's a neat little CD to have, and Otani's inclusion here should pique interest. The music, despite a weak initial reaction, does kind of grow on the listener with time as well.

Bottom line, it's hard to be too critical of this release, which isn't even intended for mass market to begin with. For what it is, Otani does a fine job and it's unfair to stack it up against the commercial film scores. That said, it still isn't particularly gripping, but hardcore fans will probably enjoy the rare opportunity to pick this up. As a side note, these are limited to 250 copies, each of which denotes the number on the back of the cover. Earlier copies released also had tracks 8 and 10 reversed on the back cover, with the Ending Titles being cited as track 8.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Opening Theme
  2. There Were Giants
  3. Trouble on the Horizon
  4. Behemoth Cometh
  5. History Lesson
  6. The Legacy Grows
  7. Future Wonders
  8. Volcanic Reaction
  9. Old School
  10. Ending Titles