"The 25th Reich"
Music By Ricky Edwards
16 Tracks/Disc Time: 56:15
Over the last few decades there have been films of all types that, well... boggle the mind with gonzo originality. Many films such as these have spawned cult classics that include the likes of "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzi", "Repo Man", "A Boy And His Dog", "Dollman", "Zardoz" and "Saturn 3" that come to mind. "The 25th Reich" is definitely one of those films that pretty much isn't in the league of as the ones I mentioned, but it is so insanely original that you can't help but watch it for curiosity. The film is just a plan desperate adaptation of J.J. Solomon's novella, " 50,000 Years Until Tomorrow", which is a WWII Sci-Fi action adventure filled with time-travelling, Nazi robots, faulty spaceships and giant creatures as five US soldiers are recruited by the OSS for a time travel mission to save the world from the tyranny of Hitler's 25th Reich as he has a new and even whackier plan to rule in 1943!. The film is an Australian import directed by Stephen Amis and is soon to hit Blu-Ray and DVD racks very soon.
The film's score was the work of composer/orchestrator Ricky Edwards, who has orchestrated the score for "Australia", "The Bank Job" and "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole" and was the assistant musical director and performed music in the Oscar-winning Scott Hicks’ Academy Award nominated, "Shine". "The 25th Reich" marks his first fully score available in any format of his own works that is very much a rousing throwback to those scores of the 1940's and 1950's with touches of Bernard Herrmann styled, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" theremin effects that at times feel intentionally goofy as is the film itself.
"The 25th Reich March" is patriotic and melodic track that (I swear intentionally mocks John Williams' Darth Vader theme as well as "The Empire Strikes Back") also features the touches of the theremin and electronic effects to evoke the alien themed storyline as well as the heroics of the G.I. Soldiers which leads into the "Opening" which opens the film and features the same erie "alien theme". The score also has a bit of inspired goofiness to it that surprisingly is very energetic and entertaining and I found to be really likeable that includes the tracks "Breaking The Time Machine", "A Rabbi In New York", . There's also inspired touches of John Williams' "Raiders of The Lost Ark" like suspense in the tracks "Traitor In The Camp Part 1", "Traitor In The Camp Part 2", and "Voices And Time Travel", in particular with a erie chorus that really works. "Attack Of The 25th Reich" is a really aggressive and entertaining track that really pulls out all the stops of Edwards' themes and just pushes it full tilt for eight solid minutes. "Kick Some!" is another solid track that has a patriotic edge to it while still retaining the alien mood and really pumping up the action again towards the end like "Attack Of The 25th Reich" did. "The 25th Reich End Credits" is pretty much a reprise "March" track that opens the album which is filled with the scores main thematic material.
MovieScore Media/Kronos Records album is very solid and engaging in particular for a B-movie score. Edwards really put alot of great effort into this score and it really does show and the Williams' inspired take offs do work in its' intentionally goofy manner and has no shame in doing so. You can clearly tell that he was having fun with the material despite its' low grade antics and just went for it. "The 25th Reich" is just simply one of those scores that you either love or hate, in this case I really am fond of it for the particular reason that it knows what it is. A parody. Affectionate thumbs up.