Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection - Box 2
International Title
 [Box Set]
Music By: Various
Record Label: Toho Music
Running Time: 305:22 (Total) Discs: 6
Release: December 2004 CD Number: GB2
Anthony Romero
This is the second box set in the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection line, which features the soundtracks to the Godzilla movies from 1965 through 1969. The set features never before released content, as well as a few themes and songs which have never appeared on CD before. The packaging here maintains the general look of the previous set, with the booklets containing additional information on the themes and nice production stills for the movies, although all in black and white. The same level of quality in the packaging, with each having its own jewel case and the booklets printed on thick glossy paper, is maintained for this second set.

Like all of the sets in the line, the music here has been remastered. Regrettably, Toho Music's efforts in doing so have not been as fruitful as one would have hoped for, with scores like the one for Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) being a little mixed while on the flip side others like All Monsters Attack (1969) have never sounded better. Overall, the contrast in quality between this set and previous releases is marginal at best.

Sadly, and I'll be brutally frank in saying so, this set, and the third for that matter, tend to lack compared to the others. The biggest problem is that there is no real "deal breaking" content that has been added to this set. The first box had the luxury of debuting a package that included both the stereo and mono score to King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) while the fourth box had a plethora of material spread across nine discs, featuring almost ten hours of music; however, this set doesn't have much of anything to really boast about. Personally, I was pleased with some of the new additions, like the "Pun Pun Pun" song on the disc for All Monsters Attack (1969) and... well, that's kind of the problem. The new outtakes present are nice, but they have a habit of sounding too close to the final pieces to really be noteworthy. The fact that the bonus disc is merely a compilation CD, containing material already enclosed in the first two sets, only adds insult to injury for this box as a whole.

To be fair, this set isn't overpriced, but only if you need everything inside. Chances are hardly anyone is going to care about the last disc in the set, and if you already own one of the other scores on CD then the value takes a nose dive since importers are paying around $125. Consequently, it's not surprising to see that this set has not been selling. Assuming that these are distributed in roughly numeric order, then less than 600 sets for this box have been sold three years after it was first debuted. That's a low number, especially since the limited run was 1,954 units. Those sales are also noticeably worse than the performance of the first set, which wasn't very spectacular in the first place. Suffice to say, despite a limited print run, these sets will be around for quite some time to come. The positive aspect of this is that Toho greatly delayed the fourth box, and is now producing truly fantastic sets that are worth every penny, meaning that the performance of the first three boxes sent the right message in regards to what type of content and effort is needed to move them off the shelves at their current price ranges.

To not end on a dismissive note, if one doesn't own the soundtracks for the five films included: get this set. If there is an interest in these scores then by all means this is a fantastic way to get them all in one fell swoop. Even if the bonus disc might be kind of a bust, if one needs all five of these CDs then the price range is not bad at all given how rare the 1993 Toshiba releases are today. However, if someone already owns one or two of these soundtracks then the price definitely becomes a hard pill to swallow as it's not inexpensive by any stretch.

It should also be mentioned that all of these sets are also sold exclusively online at Toho Music's site or Arksquare.net.
Rating: Star Rating

Disc 1:
Great Monster War

Film: Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)


Disc 2:
Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas

Film: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)


Disc 3:
Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son

Film: Son of Godzilla (1967)


Disc 4:
Charge of the Monsters

Film: Destroy All Monsters (1968)


Disc 5:
Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters Giant Attack

Film: All Monsters Attack (1969)


Disc 6:
Godzilla 2