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Godzilla 2000: Millennium by Takayuki Hatori

Composed  by Takayuki Hatori
Executive Producer: Neil Norman
Released by GNP Crescendo Records 1999


Godzilla is approaching 50 years old.  Not bad for a radioactive amphibian.  Excluding the great American film experiment entitled "Godzilla" back in 1998, this franchise has been exclusively associated with Japan.  It is fitting that Godzilla should return with Takayuki Hatori at the scoring helm.  Hatori employs the now famous Godzilla theme originally penned by Akira Ifukube to keep the movie-lineage of the great monster alive.  Hatori's latest effort for the big 'phibian is a fully orchestral score that is just tinny enough to remind us that Godzilla will always be best viewed in a big rubber suit fighting another guy in a big rubber suit- and not fighting Ferris Beuller in a CG vs Flesh undercard bout.  GNP Crescendo continues to provide the film music world with high quality recording of Big Green's film music and adds Godzilla 2000 to its two Best of Godzilla releases.


The Bottom Line

The recording quality is not quite as bright as most Crescendo releases, but is above average for most other labels.  There is nearly an hour's worth of music contained on 36 tracks, which is ample.  Takayuki Hatori's score is adequate for its subject; however it will not overly impress most and is much more sentimental than one might expect.  



Rating: 5/10



 Composition 4/10

 CD Length


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