© 1998 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Rodan, The Flying Monster|
|Japanese Title||Sora no Daikaiju Radon|
|Movie also known as:||Rodan|
|CD Label||Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks||39|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1996|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1956|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1957|
May 8, 2000
This CD features some genuinely creepy cue's that sound dark and foreboding to accompany the scenes in the movie that take place in the mines. Some of the other cues are intensely emotional. We also get to listen to some great Akira Ifukube marches that are used in many of these films. There is also a lot of interesting piano work in many of the tracks.
When this movie originally came out in 1957 and I saw it at a drive-in as an 8-year-old child, this movie scared the crap out of me. By today's standard this movie is pretty mild but to a child growing up in the late 50's and 60's, this movie had some very scary parts. The scariest were the scenes in the mines where the giant insects drag down and kill the cop/military man and several miners.
Some of the music on this CD gets pretty repetitious. We get several variations of the main theme throughout the CD. Track #30 features a brief Rodan sound effect. Tracks 31 through 38 are sound effects tracks and track 39 is the audio portion of a pair of "Rodan" trailers. About half the music on this CD works better in the movie than as stand-alone listening. Overall this is a very good CD and a good addition to your collection.
U.S. Title: Rodan, The Flying Monster Japanese Title: Sora no Daikaiju Radon 1 Main Title 2 The First Victim 3 The Underground Tragedy *1 4 The Appearance of Meganuron 5 Meganuron's Fear *2 6 Meganuron - Pursuit 7 The Cave-in 8 The Earthquake 9 Amnesia 10 Supersonic Pursuit 11 A Shadow Blankets the Sky 12 The Birth of Radon 13 The Large Underground Cave 14 The Appearance of Radon 15 Radon, Get 'em! *3 16 Radon Flies to Sasebo 17 Radon and the Saikai Bridge 18 Radon Attacks Fukuoka I 19 The Fury of the Shock Waves 20 Radon Attacks Fukuoka II 21 The Self-Defense Force Heads to Aso 22 The Natural Beauty of Aso 23 Ending Collection of Separate Takes 24 M1T1 25 M8T1 26 M10T1 27 M11T1 28 M14T1 29 M21T2 30 Main Title (with cries) Collection of Sound Effects 31 Radon's Cry (5 variations) 32 Sound of Radon in Flight 1 33 Sound of Radon in Flight 2 34 Sounds of Meganuron Crying and In Flight (3 variations) 35 The Siren in the Coal-Mining Town 36 The Earthquake 37 The Eruption 38 Radon's Cry (materials, 4 variations) 39 "Radon, The Great Monster in the Sky"/Preview Edition *1 Literal Translation: Tragedy in the Subterranean Passage" *2 Alternative Translation: The Fear of Meganuron *3 Alternative Translation: Get Radon!