Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection - Box 5
International Title
 [Box Set]
Music By: Various
Record Label: Toho Music
Running Time: 587:53 (Total) Discs: 9
Release: January 2008 CD Number: GB5
Anthony Romero
Thanks goes to Robert Storch for the box image!

After a long delay, and shifting of contents as Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) was originally going to be part of the next set, the fifth box in the Perfect Collection is finally available. Like the set before it, this one contains nine CDs and over nine hours of music.

In terms of the movie presentation, this set contains the best and most complete collection of music for Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999). The content for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) is also varied from its previous two disc set, making it a nice companion piece for each other; however, the earlier set does boast superior audio quality. Sadly, the other two movies aren't up to par with their earlier two disc releases. They should be great for casual collectors, but its worth noting that the superior versions of both are found elsewhere. To compensate this a little, the second CD for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) works as a dumping ground for a ton of single songs, which most are likely unfamiliar with and does add a bit of worth to that release that the previous set didn't have. Also, to be fair, the Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) CDs contain a lot of music, and they are only narrowly beaten out by the earlier two disc set.

As for the bonus discs, the set continues Toho Music's rather annoying trend of trying to release "LP faithful" CDs. On the plus side, the subject matter are two releases that every hardcore soundtrack fan should have in their collection: Ostinato and Symphonic Fantasia (called An Evening of Special Effects Film Music here). The downside is that, either due to trying to preserve the LP experience or just their general methods, the sound quality here isn't up to snuff with other releases of this music on CD. Still, it's not bad as much as it's "not as good", and should be fine for most listeners.

Overall, this set has a lot of great music and is an excellent way for new collectors to catch up on some of the amazing music in and related to the franchise that they might have missed. For old collectors, though, this box set is a hard sell. If someone already has the previous two disc sets for the Heisei films, then it's really impossible to recommend this at its price tag of over $100 with shipping. This box set really has the misfortune of following Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection - Box 4 (GB4), which is arguably the best in the line and was a great for both old and new collectors. This box, though, is largely for newcomers to soundtrack collecting. Still, for a new collector, this box is a great release, and a better bargain than the first three "Perfect Collection" boxes without contest.

As an aside, it should be noted that these boxes are limited, with each being given a run of 1,954 units. Every unit is also given a unique number on the back in the form of a sticker placed above the copyright information. However, these expensive sets have proven to be a tough sell, so there isn't that much of a need to rush although it's still something to consider as time goes on. It should be mentioned that all of these sets are sold exclusively online at Toho Music's site, Arksquare.net or Screen Archives.
Rating: Star Rating

Disc 1-2:
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Film: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)


Disc 3-4:
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Film: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)


Disc 5-6:
Godzilla vs. Destroyer

Film: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)


Disc 7:
Godzilla 2000: Millennium

Film: Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)


Disc 8:
An Evening of Special Effects Film Music



Disc 9: