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Godzilla: The Ultimate Edition Soundtrack, Limited Edition

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BSX Records presents GODZILLA: THE ULTIMATE EDITION, featuring music composed by David Arnold (STARGATE, INDEPENDENCE DAY, CASINO ROYALE) for the 1998 action film produced by Sony Pictures, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Dean Devlin (STARGATE, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE PATRIOT), starring Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn and Jean Reno. BUYSOUNDTRAX Records, under license from TriStar Pictures, presents the GODZILLA: THE ULTIMATE EDITION on 3 CDs, including the complete score to the film, along with a selection of bonus tracks and the original planned album arrangement of David Arnold s score, previously only available as a promotional release.

Following the 1993 box office success of JURASSIC PARK, American producers were on the hunt for similar properties to develop. With the failure of GODZILLA 1985 to capture and hold a modern audience s attention, the opportunity presented itself for TriStar Pictures to pursue and reach an agreement with the Toho Company for the movie rights to one of cinema s greatest monsters. After a first attempt to get the project going collapsed in 1994 due to a proposed budget already spiraling out of control, GODZILLA went back into hibernation again, until producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich were approached for the project. Following their great success with INDEPENDENCE DAY in 1996, they were the perfect candidates to bring the big green lizard back to the screen. After they came up with a fresh take on the subject and, more importantly, a way to bring the budget down to something more manageable, Devlin and Emmerich joined the production and shooting began in 1997.

Following their great success on STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY, it was no surprise that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich would return to composer David Arnold to compose the music for the film. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1997 to work on GODZILLA, Arnold found himself standing before a new set of creative challenges, which included frequent rewriting or rerecording portions of the score due to a constant flow of last minute changes. As a result, music was, more often than not, recorded to blank footage. Many alternate cues were also produced in an attempt to anticipate the action in several major sequences that CGI animators were still rendering. Arnold was able to overcome these obstacles, producing what many consider to be one of the finest orchestral scores of the 1990s.

BSX Records presents GODZILLA: THE ULTIMATE EDITION, featuring music composed by David Arnold, conducted by Nicholas Dodd and mastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland. The booklet contains new liner notes written by author David Hirsch. Previously released on compact disc in 2007 and difficult to find, GODZILLA returns to the market again, on 3 CDs, including the complete score to the film, along with a selection of bonus tracks on the first two discs and the original planned album presentation of David Arnold s score on the third disc, previously only available as a rare promotional release.

GODZILLA: THE ULTIMATE EDITION is a limited edition release of 3000 units.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Beginning (3:31)
  2. Tanker Gets It (1:13)
  3. Chernobyl (3:15)
  4. Footprint (0:35)
  5. Footprints / New York / Audrey (0:56)
  6. Chewing Gum Nose (0:32)
  7. Ship Reveal (1:41)
  8. The Boat Gets It (2:11)
  9. Dawn Of The Species (1:51)
  10. Godzilla Arrives (3:13)
  11. Mayor s Speech (1:05)
  12. Caiman s Office (0:47)
  13. Animal s Camera (1:41)
  14. Military Command Center (1:57)
  15. Audrey s Idea (0:24)
  16. Evacuation (2:43)
  17. French Coffee (0:58)
  18. Subway Damage (2:52)
  19. Fish (1:50)
  20. Guess Who s Coming To Dinner? (5:15)
  21. 1st Helicopter Chase (4:10)
  22. We Fed Him / Audrey Sees Nick (1:21)
  23. Nick And Audrey (4:48)
  24. He s Preparing To Feed (0:36)
  25. Nick Gets Fired (5:47)

Disc: 2

  1. Chewing Gum (1:53)
  2. Rumble In The Tunnel (1:37)
  3. Godzilla vs Sub/Egg Discovery (9:44)
  4. Baby Zillas Hatch (3:53)
  5. Nick Phones For Help (1:30)
  6. Eat The French (2:16)
  7. Phillip Shoots The Lock (1:05)
  8. Big Speech /Garden Gets It (7:09)
  9. He s Back! / Taxi Chase & Clue (7:08)
  10. Big G Goes To Monster Heaven (4:32)
  11. The End (4:09)
  12. The Beginning (no choir) (3:35)
  13. The Boat Gets It (alt.) (1:11)
  14. Footprints New York (alt.) (0:50)
  15. Evacuation (alt.) (2:43)
  16. The Garden Gets It (alt.) (3:03)
  17. Monster Heaven (alt.) (4:32)
  18. Gojira (Album Version) (2:46)

Disc: 3

  1. Gojira Opening Titles (2:47)
  2. Dawn Of The Species (1:49)
  3. Joe Arrives (2:10)
  4. Leaving Manhattan (2:41)
  5. Subterranea (2:50)
  6. Warnings / Fish Bait (5:13)
  7. It s Alive!! (3:23)
  8. Audrey Steals The Tape (2:45)
  9. Nick Gets Fired (2:54)
  10. Foreign Help (1:47)
  11. The Babies (3:51)
  12. Final Encounter (4:08)
  13. Taxi Chase (3:41)
  14. Brooklyn Bridge (4:31)
  15. Finale (4:06)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 2012)
  • ultimate_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Soundtrack, Limited Edition
  • Label: BSX
  • ASIN: B00A6HXWUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're a fan of David Arnold and/or his score to Godzilla, do yourself a favor and pick this up, even if you already have the 2007 LaLaLand Records edition.

This 3CD, limited edition set includes the complete score on discs 1 & 2 (with 7 bonus tracks), a bonus 3rd disc containing the original unreleased score album (intended to be released alongside the complication album, but never saw the light of day, outside of this and the promotional/bootleg editions), and a 10-page insert booklet, with liner notes by David Hirsch.

The digital sound mastering was done by James Nelson at Digital Outland, and the sound quality is EXCELLENT! Kudos to him!

This is one of David Arnold's finest works in sci-fi/action scoring, and this version is a great presentation of his fine efforts. It certainy doesn't hurt to add this to your collection!

WELL worth it!

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Despite the movie itself being of rather average quality, and being despised by most Godzilla fans, myself included, for its treatment of the Monster King, David Arnold's score is one of the few aspects of the film that most fans and critics can actually claim to enjoy. I personally find this to be one of the best scores in the franchise, and it's quite clear that the movie could have been so much better than it actually was, if the producer and director hadn't made the main character (Zilla) so completely different from how he should have been portrayed. As a side note, I actually like the design of Zilla (as the 1998 Godzilla has been officially renamed by Toho), just not the character's behavior and lack of power.

Onto the score itself, The Ultimate Edition is exactly what it claims to be: The Ultimate Edition. With three discs devoted to the score, including the complete score on discs one and two (along with seven bonus tracks), and the original unreleased soundtrack album on disc three, this set has everything a fan of the score could ask for, aside from a few remixes of specific tracks, but that's what YouTube and dedicated fans are for.

Arnold's score is a lot of fun, with just the right amount of loudness when needed, and the right amount of emotion at the right time, such as when Zilla dies. Yes, the death of the title character at the hands of a few missiles is what angers fans the most, but the music track that David Arnold composed, in all of its forms, is just breathtaking in its sense of majesty and mournfulness for the tragedy of the character. On disc two, this track is called Big G Goes To Monster Heaven, while on the Soundtrack Album, or disc three, it is called Brooklyn Bridge.
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Just got this today and this is the "must have" score from this film. I never understood why they never released the soundtrack to this when it came out in 1998. Having collected and enjoyed soundtrack music for a number of years...I remember this being one that I most wanted the year the movie was released. I was so disappointed that they only released the soundtrack with the "other" music. You can find that one in the cheap-o bins everywhere now for little or nothing. Music like that is easily forgotten and sent to the waste land...but this music is timeless! I never even knew that this collection existed until I was digging around on Amazon one day trying to find if soundtracks that I've always wanted where ever released. I stumbled upon this CD and quickly ordered it. Apparently there were only 3000 made as it is a true limited edition with all of the score, alternate takes, other cues from the film. The bonus disc is what was supposed to be the original release for the film score but mysteriously never was. There is a lot of music here from David Arnold who is also known for the "ID4" film score. Three discs make up this collection and it also comes with a small booklet which gives some background info about the composer, the film and includes pictures from the movie. It is a must have for David Arnold fans and soundtrack collectors in general. Listening to the music makes me want to watch the film again, which wasn't all that bad...it was a fun ride...wonder if they'll ever make another? No matter, the music from the film is very complete in this collection. Snag it if you can!
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This soundtrack is awesome. Too bad it was used for one of the worst and so-called Godzilla movies of all time. By the way the packaging sucks! This plastic casing broke and also the CD's were scratch up alot on the inside. That's a bad product treatment. Horrible.
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Although this movie was berated by the critics and some fans, the movie score for this is phenominal. David Arnold captured the forboding and adventure of this movie. The opening title composition sets the tone and flow of the movie. I was very dissapointed that this movie score was not released when the movie came out and took a long time to be made available for fans of this movie. Yes, there are fans of this movie and the score. Could the movie have been better? Yes, it could have. I don't feel it was as bad as everyone thinks. Even Dean Devlin who produced the movie with Roland Emmerich admits they dropped the ball on the story. Let us look foward to more Godzilla movies from Toho and Legendary Pictures. This new Godzilla rocks.
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