Gamera: 1995-1999 Ultimate Sound Tracks
International Title
 [Box Set]

Music By: Kow Otani
Record Label: Tokuma Japan

Running Time: 203:54 Discs: 3
Release: December 1999 CD Number: TKCA-71801
Anthony Romero
This box set, containing the most complete offerings to all three of Kow Otani's stellar work on the Gamera series, has become a hotly desired item in the collector circuit. Although not released all that long ago, the release consistently fetches rather exorbitant prices on the resale market, typically going for well over $80 which is nearly double its original retail value. Thankfully, the desirability of this set is well merited. As previously mentioned, this set boasts expanded soundtrack releases for all three of the 1990's Gamera soundtracks. All three are improved over their single disc presentations, in particular the first disc which contains several themes that were left off the original CD release entirely. However, the discs for the other two films are also noteworthy for what they offer over their previous releases, such as the trailer for the second film and some unreleased advert background music from the third.

In regards to the music itself, Otani's work on Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera trilogy is one of the composer's finest hours. All three scores make for excellent listening experiences, both as part of the movie and as a stand alone body of work.

Bottom line, even though the three disc set commands a hefty price today, it's worth the money for what's found inside. Those who already own one of the single disc releases, though, might have some trouble warranting the set, at which point it would be advisable to simply opt for the single disc releases of all three scores instead. However, those who haven't purchased one of the three separate releases are better off holding out for this three disc offering, even though it's a little rare to pop up now.
Rating: Star Rating

Disc 1:
Gamera: Giant Monster Midair Showdown

Film: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)


Disc 2:
Gamera 2: Advent of Legion

Film: Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)


Disc 3:
Gamera 3: Evil God Iris' Awakening

Film: Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)