Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
International Title
 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Bandai Visual
Running Time: 37:18/74:24 Discs: 2
Release: December 1991 CD Number: BCCE-9001R/2R
Anthony Romero
Released under their Emotion line, this two disc set from Bandai is probably one of the few occasions where the single CD release is actually preferable. For whatever reason, this set only has a scant 37 minutes of music on it. It still features the same great Akira Ifukube score, but is missing enough great themes that searching out one of the other releases of the score is ultimately preferable, unless one is smitten by the inclusion of the "radio drama" tracks on the second disc.

In terms of the score, the soundtrack for the 1991 is classic Ifukube. He does, sometimes shamelessly, reuse themes for this film but the result is always enjoyable. The Godzilla theme makes its grand Heisei debut here, and has never sounded better up to this point. The composer also updates King Ghidorah's theme, mixing in the battle music from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) to make a very energetic cue for the three-headed monster.

As for this release, it's a "Dolby Surround" version of the soundtrack... in stereo. For some reason the cover and other parts highly promote the surround aspect of the film, yet the actual CD and in small print on the back its denoted that this is actually stereo, making it kind of a fake out. The overall audio quality here though is good, while the disc has a couple of unique "suites" for the music. This includes: "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Main Title", "3-D Image", "Godzilla's Resurrection" and "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah". To make it clear, these tracks bridge together different themes and often to good result. It's nothing major, but is something to make this release stand out a little. The other major change is the inclusion of a "radio drama" of the movie on the second disc. Essentially this is an abridged version of the movie's audio (complete with music, sound effects and dialogue). It's kind of a neat feature at first, and interesting to hear how they re-edited it as events like the jet attack on King Ghidorah are removed; however, the "drama" doesn't stand up all that well to repeated listenings, as one will undoubtedly find themselves skipping to simply the fourth and sixth tracks while ignoring the more dialogue heavy moments from the movie.

Overall, most people would probably be better off looking to get the single disc from Toshiba that features the movie's complete score with a few outtakes. More avid collectors might still find the two disc interesting, though, for the scant selection of "suites" and the radio dramas which aren't found elsewhere, including the 4th box in Toho's "Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection" (GB4).
Rating: Star Rating
    Disc 1
  1. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Main Title
  2. Remembering Lagos Island
  3. Unidentified Flying Object
  4. The Photographs of a Dinosaur
  5. The Self-Defense Force Mobilizes
  6. 3-D Image
  7. Teleportation
  8. The Proposal From the Future
  10. Dorats
  11. Lagos Island - 1944
  12. The Garrison Charges
  13. The Dinosaur Appears
  14. Parting with the Dinosaur
  15. Android M11
  16. The Bering Sea - 1992
  17. Godzilla's Resurrection
  18. Godzilla Lands in Hokkaido
  20. Godzilla Advances on Sapporo
  21. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
  22. King Ghidorah Crashes
  23. Good-bye, My Homeland
  24. Godzilla Won't Die
    Disc 2
  1. Drama - Track 1
  2. Drama - Track 2
  3. Drama - Track 3
  4. Drama - Track 4
  5. Drama - Track 5
  6. Drama - Track 6