© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Rebirth Of Mothra|
|Movie also known as:||Mothra|
|CD Label||ADV Music|
|Music by:||Toshiyuki Watanabe|
|Additional Music by:||Yuji Koseki & Akiko Yano,|
with vocal performances by Megumi Kobayashi & Sayaka Yamaguchi.
|Number of tracks||21|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1996|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||VHS Tape - Aug. 3, 1999|
DVD: Double DVD, Columbia/Tri-Star #04691, Feb. 2000
Also has 1997 "Rebirth Of Mothra II"
This is the ADV Music U.S.release of the soundtrack to the first of the latest Mothra movies known in the US as "The Rebirth Of Mothra". These movies are geared more towards children than kaiju loving adults but I still enjoyed the movie.
The music here is great and in my opinion surpasses the movie it's for. We no longer have twin fairies but instead have fairy sisters known as the Elias. Most of this score features grand, really upbeat action music and marches. Track # 5 is a very new, upbeat version of the original Mothra song sung by the Elias. Track # 9 gives us a new more mellow tribute song to Mothra also sung by the girls. There is also a nice, romantic sounding recurring Mothra theme sprinkled throughout the CD.
While this CD won't make you forget the Akira Ifukube originals, Toshiyuki Watanabe has done a really nice job of scoring this movie and giving us a very listenable CD that holds up well as a stand-alone piece. Also ADV Music has done a very nice job with this U.S. release. If you don't have or can't get the original Japanese disc, then this is a great and affordable alternative.
For additional great reviews by Jeff Berkwits of this Mothra disc, go to: http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue379/sound.html
Rebirth Of Mothra