© 1998 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Varan, The Unbelievable|
|Japanese Title||Daikaijū Baran|
|Movie also known as:||Baran: Monster from the East |
The Great Monster Baran
The Monster Varan
|CD Label||Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks||44|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1996|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1958|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1962|
May 5, 2000
This CD starts off with what sounds like a variation on the jungle music from "King Kong vs. Godzilla". Track #5 contains some male voices chanting in the background. Most of the tracks here sound very similar to and derived from music in other Godzilla and Toho films scored by Akira Ifukube up to this point in time (1958). Some tracks here are so close that they could have been alternate takes. Some of this music is so good and so well done on this disc that I wish some of these takes had been used in some of the other Godzilla movies over the ones that were used.
The tracks on this CD are broken up into four sections. The movie originally started out as a US and Japanese collaboration for a TV show and later was turned into a feature film. Tracks 1 through 19 are from the film and tracks 20 through 29 are tracks originally scored for the TV show. Section three is made up of alternate takes and section four is sound effects.
For this movie an American "B" movie star, Myron Healey, was used. Mr. Healey played in over 150 movies and TV shows and is best remembered for his parts as a heavy in many westerns. His face and voice is easily recognized by anyone growing up in the 50's and 60's but his name isn't so familiar. Unfortunately his acting in this film is pretty bad and I was not impressed much with this movie. In fact the best part of this movie is the outstanding score by Akira Ifukube and clearly one of his best. This is one hell of a good CD and at over 73 minutes an outstanding value. If you see this one, grab it. You won't be disappointed.
Title translations updated 10-21-99 courtesy of August Ragone U.S. Title: Varan, The Unbelievable Japanese Title: Daikaijū Baran 1. Main Title 2. Mystery Of The 20th Century 3. "Iwadani Village" or "Iwatani Village" (Iwatani/dani means "Stone Valley") 4. The Anger Of Baradagi 5. Baradagi, God Of The Mountains 6. Fierceness Of Baran 7. Cannon Shot Towards The Lake 8. Fierceness Of Baran II 9. Baran Flies 10. Fishing Boat Disaster 11. Baran vs. Fighter-Bomber 'Neptune' 12. Baran vs. Destroyer "Uranami" A 13. Baran vs. Destroyer "Uranami" B 14. Fierce Battle Begins 15. Self Defense Forces Tank Takes Action 16. Baran Lands at Haneda (Airport) 17. Special Dynamite 18. Rebirth Of Baran 19. Ending TV version (This music was written for the film when it was planned as a tv-movie with AB-PT Productions, the motion picure division of the ABC-TV network of the United States of America; the film was originally commissioned as a US telemovie by ABC. When this project fell through, Toho decided to proceed with the production for domestic theatrical release. Maestro Ifukube then penned a score fit for a theatrical release, and is arguably one of his best.) 20. Main Title (TV-1) 21. Rockets And Eastern Monsters 22. The Self Defense Forces to Iwadani Village 23. The Lake of Baran 24. Baran's Fierceness 25. The Self Defense Forces Retreat 26. Tokyo's Citizens Ordered To Evacuate 27. Counter Attack Ordered Against Baran 28. Transport Of Special Dynamite 29. Ending Another Chapter "Additional Tracks" or "Bonus Tracks" "M"-Tracks are from the movie score ("T" denotes "take"); and "TV" denotes cues for the aborted TV Version of BARAN. 30. M1T1 31. M1T3 32. M1T4 33. M2T2 34. M4T1 35. M11T2 36. M18T1 37. M20T1 38. TV-2T5 39. TV-3T2 40. TV-11T1 41. TV-14T2 Sound Effects 42. Baran's Caw (Cry) 43. Appearance In The Water 44. Baran's Footsteps